I am a recovering vegetarian. For years I didn’t eat any animals at all. Mostly this was because I didn’t feel well after eating them. Eventually I added fish back into my diet and when I was pregnant with my first daughter, I needed barbecue chicken. So I was done with vegetarianism.
All of that time spent not eating animal protein really got me to focus on my veggies and helped me realize that I feel much better when my diet is vegetable based – no matter what else it is that I’m eating. So if you and I go out to eat together, there is a good chance I will order a salad.
This is why I am such a fan of Salata – if you are in the Houston or Dallas area, you might be, too. I had already eaten at Salata a couple of times when I got the opportunity to visit and talk to someone more in depth about the what they have to offer.
One of the things I didn’t know was that Salata is based right here in Houston. In fact, the dressings are made every morning at the headquarters downtown and delivered to each of the 11 area restaurants daily. The dressings are gluten free and they even have some vegan options. In addition to offering gluten free salad dressings as a dine in option, you can purchase bottles to take home as well. I also learned they are implementing procedures for those who are especially sensitive to gluten to insure their orders are not cross contaminated. Also? They offer gluten free soups: Tomato Basil, Tortilla, and Broccoli.
My favorite thing about Salata is that the ingredients are fresh and that the quality is apparent – this is not a drive-thru salad. I also found it very easy to find something for my girls to eat, as they accompanied me on this tour. I ended up having them split a wrap in which I included things I knew they would eat: chicken, spinach, carrots, & ranch dressing. The wraps come with pita chips, so they loved that.
I had a salad (of course) and added salmon. For my dressing I chose to combine the Lemon Vinaigrette with the Fresh Herb Vinaigrette – I didn’t even know I could do that until they suggested it. They have the most delicious assortment of teas and lemonades (they have regular soft drinks, too) that it was hard to decide, but I settled on a Plum Cinnamon Iced Tea. Seriously – doesn’t it sound like I made that up? Nope. So yummy. And kind of fancy, right?
Most of the Salata’s locations are currently in Houston and the Dallas-Fort Worth Area, though there is also one in Los Angeles. There are plans to open 40 more locations in the next couple years, so if you don’t have one near you now, keep checking.
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Full Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Salata. They provided me and my children with a meal so I could review their products. All opinions are my own.
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