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i don't think i say how much i love my job enough. Salata, The Next Generation Salad Bar, contacted me about giving their new catering options a try and you know i jumped right in, head first! i called my sis-in-law, Michelle, right away; she was all for getting together for a "girl's night 'out'" kinda thing! a brand spanking new Salata was built next to my gym a few months ago and i stop by there every so often to get my fix. if you are a lover of gigantic salads with a TON of variety, you need Salata in your life. trust me on this one! i stopped by the City Centre Houston location to pick up my goods and decided to eat my post workout lunch there. if you're a Salata first timer, follow me:
'thank you for finishing your call before ordering.' you tell'em, Salata. vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free peeps unite! i started with a salad and i wanted to go big. really big. post workout 'hangry' BIG.
i love that the calorie count is listed for every.single.item, right there in front of you.
i jokingly told the sweet girl who took my order that i wanted a lil' bit of everything and she responded, 'ok!' with a smile and got her scoop on. mind you there are like 50 different things you can build your salad with, people! you don't pay by weight at Salata; everything is portioned out reasonably by the server. look at all that gorgeous, healthy color!
dressing on the side, you know it. that Chipotle Ranch though... don't say i didn't warn ya. i wanted to drink it. i got a small side of it along with the fat-free mango dressing. if you'd like to sample one first, just ask.
protein! i went with the seafood mix which is a scrumptious combo of herb marinated salmon, krab, and shrimp. those three proteins are available individually along with these choices: baked tofu, quinoa, falafel, pit-smoked turkey, asian BBQ chicken, pesto chicken, spicy chipotle chicken, and herb marinated chicken. complete nutritional stats and ingredients are available on their website. avocado is extra but get it anyway!!! you're worth it.
next, you have a choice between croutons, a multigrain stick, or a basil asiago roll on the side,
a cup of yummy, gluten-free soup,
and/or one of these sweet treats for just a buck.
nothin' to it, right?
i found Dego and i a quiet corner of the restaurant so i could do my Periscope thang buuut, as usual ya girl couldn't catch a signal. womp. man i love the app so much though! i just wish i could get a gauranteed signal whenever the moment to broadcast strikes. i am not a fan of scheduled scopes (or super crazy long scopes that you can't fast forward through lol), so maybe i'm finally accepting that 'winging it' is just my thing.
just know it went down.
my lopsided bun and i were on our way to Michelle's house with the Salata Bar in tow.
thank you, Michelle, for graciously hosting our lil' shin-dig! i set everything up on the kitchen island before we dove in. the Salata Bar serves 15 people and came with:
- large tongs
- small tongs
- 1 protein choice (we chose the Asian BBQ chicken)
- 3 housemade dressings of your choice (we chose Chipotle Ranch, Ginger Lime Vinaigrette, & Lemon Vinaigrette)
- 12 fresh toppings
- multigrain sticks, croutons, pita chips, & basil asiago rolls
the ladies circled the island like sharks while i took pictures, haha.
twice in one day. ok, 3 times cause i took the leftovers home and ate again.
the Salata Bar was perfect for us, but there are a few more catering options to choose from including Wrap Trays, Boxed Lunches, Salata Bowls or you can customize a combo package.
i also brought along this low carb, dairy-free dessert for us to enjoy: Chocolate Chick Cookie Pie. i didn't tell a soul about the secret ingredient ;)
what a fun night; all the ladies raved over how delicious, fresh, and healthy everything was. they also now want to order cases of the Chipotle Ranch dressing!!! if you're in the business of hosting parties, gatherings (family, friends & professional) then the Salata Bar is convenient, highly recommended, and fitfoodiele approved.