Eating to Live on the Outside: Salad Creations

Yeah, so with a name like Salad Creations, it’s got to be good, right? It is, well, sort of. At a glance, it’s about a zillion times better than typical standard American restaurants like IHOP and Boston Market, but believe it or not, it’s got issues. What kind? The standard American salad variety, not sure what I mean? Okay then, let’s just cut the chitter-chatter and get right down to it.

If the name didn’t give it away, I’ll enlighten you, Salad Creations is all about salads, so we’re definitely off to the right start. In fact, last time we examined a restaurant with the word salad in its name we discovered New York City’s own Just Salad—one of the best restaurants to date. Salad Creations and Just Salad have another thing in common too. As great as their offerings are, they still have some undesirable menu items; like bacon, cheese, and croutons for example. So, like Just Salad, in order to get the best out of Salad Creations I’ll have to be careful where I step. And not to behave like every fat American who claims to be on a diet, but yet loads their salad with bacon bits, croutons, shredded cheese, and then drowns it in “light” ranch dressing.

Okay, first up are Salad Creations’ Featured Salads and Chopped Salads. The Chopped “Boca” Veggie is by far my favorite; it’s prepared with lettuce, green bell peppers, red bell peppers, red onion, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, corn, chickpeas, vine-ripe tomatoes, and croutons—obviously the croutons are getting the boot and, you know me, I’m going easy on the dressing too. In the end, I think you’re left with an excellent veggie-based phytonutrientful meal, full of biodiversity. Oh, and as for the dressing, Salad Creation boasts a bunch of homemade dressings. In my opinion the basic Balsamic Vinaigrette probably does the least amount of damage, especially if you’re only using a little bit. What do you think?

Now the other salads on the menu are tougher and require more alterations if you plan on walking away from your meal with as few concessions as possible. So, if I had to pick, I’d probably say the Farmhouse Salad and the Santa Fe Chicken Salad have the most potential, but again, you’ve got to do some nitpicking. Together they come with garden fresh lettuce, vine-ripe tomatoes, red onions, carrots, cucumbers, corn, green bell peppers, and sunflower seeds. Not bad, right? Here’s the problem, they also come with croutons, cheddar cheese, and chicken. But, if you ditch these undesirables you can certainly resurrect either salad into decent meal. Sometimes a little hard work pays off. Actually, if you think placing a special order is hard work, you probably shouldn’t leave your house, ever.

What makes Salad Creations different from Just Salad is they offer more than just salads—look a pun—Salad Creations also serves wraps, soups, and smoothies. So, if you walk into a salad place, and you DON’T feel like salad—why the heck are you in there in the first place—uh, I mean, you have plenty of other options instead of a salad. The menu doesn’t tell you what type of soups they have, so you’ll have to ask on that one, but we can certainly take a look at the wraps and smoothies. The only wrap to catch my eye was the Boca Veggie; it’s loaded with green peppers, carrots, onions, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, corn, tomato, chickpeas, croutons, Romaine lettuce, and topped off with balsamic vinegar—now that’s a lot veggies. Again, the croutons are history. Once they’re gone you’re left with a good looking sandwich. And of course you’re concession will be the wrap, but given the amount of vegetables, I can live with it. Now if the wrap is too much for, I’d advise you lighten up—kidding—no, seriously, take a chill pill. And as for the smoothies, they all look good, but I’d definitely ask if they’re dairy-based because if they are, I’m staying far-far away from them.

Finally, if all else fails and I was in a serious panic about what to order—I’d just make my own salad. Salad Creations gives you that option, and believe me, it’s a luxury. For example, doesn’t a salad comprised of Romaine lettuce, red onion, carrots, beets, corn, cucumbers, artichokes, and sunflower seeds, sound good to you?

Let me know what you think. Check out Salad Creations’ menu and let us know how you Eat to Live on the Outside? Leave a comment or email us at diseaseproof@gmail.com.
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