Fast fooder Chick-fil-A is in some deep doo-doo with many longtime customers.
The eighth largest fast-food chain in the U.S. has ditched its iconic sugar-heavy Cole Slaw — beloved for 49 years for its ability to pair nicely with their spicy fried chicken sandwich and waffle fries.
In its place is a brand new item developed for them by star chef Ford Fry: Superfood Side .
It’s an on-trend kale salad, with kale, Broccolini (skinnier and milder than regular broc), dried sour cherries and roasted nuts — walnuts, almonds and pecans — in a tangy maple dressing.
While that new side salad sounds absolutely thrilling to me, since I love kale salads in general, and salads with dried fruit and nuts in particular, not everyone is amused by the change.
This funny, profane (warning, NSFW), brutally honest review of the new salad  has people choking on their green leafies.
Customers took to social media to let Chick-fil-A know their feelings (#bringbackcoleslaw), and Snopes even felt the need to weigh in to confirm the discontinuation wasn’t all just an ugly rumor .
Why did they 86 the cole slaw? “The decision to remove Cole Slaw from the menu was a difficult one, but we have heard from guests that many of them are looking for new tastes and healthier side items,” the company said on its Facebook page.
want NEED, this cole slaw, the company has released, for the first time, the original Chick-fil-A cole slaw recipe. I hunted it down for you, because I’m a giver like that.
Here it is:
They’ve even made a 1-minute “An Ode to Cole Slaw ” video memorial to it. “To the side that was never just a side item. Gone but not forgotten.”
Other C-f-A menu items that are gone but not forgotten? Carrot Raisin Salad, original brownies, lemon meringue pie and cheesecake, according to people whining on Facebook.
Want more Chick-fil-A recipes?
- Original Carrot & Raisin Salad  
- Holiday Breakfast Bowl (uses C-f-A Chicken Nuggets)
- Peppermint Milkshake Pie (uses a C-f-A Peppermint Chocolate Chip Milkshake)
- Chicken with Cheddar Waffle and Cinnamon Apples  (uses C-f-A chicken filet)
- Caprese Chicken Skewers (uses C-f-A Grilled Nuggets)
- Chicken Pasta Picnic Salad  (Uses C-f-A Grilled Nuggets)