I just found a dish on the United Airlines “Bistro Onboard” menu, the Southwest Chicken salad shaker, that is better than any of the current domestic first class menu options.
Highly Recommended: Southwest Chicken Salad Shaker On United Airlines Bistro Menu
Per the menu, the salad is described as a:
Layered salad shaker with brown rice, black beans, chili lime diced chicken, roasted corn, red bell peppers, red onion, pepper jack cheese, and cilantro.
I love the Latin flavors and found the salad very fresh, light, and delicious.
The cost for this is $10 or 1180 miles (less than one cent per point…please don’t waste your points in this way). If you use a United Airlines co-branded credit card from Chase, you will receive a 25% discount.
I’d love to see white chicken breast meat rather than rib meat, but this was a refreshing dish and much better than the chicken with orzo or the plant-based meatballs currently being served in the first class cabin.
I have a feeling this comes from the same kitchen that makes the kale salad shakers on JetBlue, which I also recently enjoyed.
With the dressing and cheese, I’m not sure how healthy the salad is, but it was certainly lighter than the cheeseburger (also recommended), the cheese plate, or a snack box.
I greatly appreciate options beyond packaged snacks on longer flights in economy class and United does a good job with its buy onboard menu. The latest addition, the Southwest Chicken Salad Shaker, is highly recommended and not only something I will be ordering again but also requesting from the back when I fly in first class.