Local Eats: Salata Salad Kitchen

 

Written by Laura Beam in the June 2019 Issue

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Whatever taste you crave, there’s a salad for that. At least there is at Salata Salad Kitchen where an amazing spread of fresh ingredients gives you unlimited flavors to create your perfect feast. No need to ditch your diet for a fast food fix when this cool spot is serving up the delicious, nutritious foods you love in a convenient fast-casual setting. Select from five lettuces, 55 toppings, 10 proteins and 10 house-made dressings, and watch as your masterpiece is tossed-to-order in a salad or wrap. Then pat yourself on the back--don’t you just feel better when you choose healthier eating?

Cool to Customize

As you pass by each section of the immaculate counter behind glass, your appetite is stirred by an irresistible array of veggies, cheeses, nuts, sprouts, fruits, seeds and lean proteins. It’s like the freshness of summer is before you for the picking--and someone else did all the work, meticulously cleaning the veggies with an antimicrobial wash and hand-cutting everything fresh daily.

Toppings are unlimited at one fixed price for either a small or large salad, then proteins can be added to further customize your creation. Choose from four chicken varieties--herb- grilled, Asian BBQ, Chipotle and pesto--along with pit-smoked turkey, salmon, shrimp, baked tofu, quinoa, falafel and more.

Top it Off

Salata takes their handcrafted approach to food seriously, ensuring each item is top-notch and tasty. Even Salata’s croutons are prepared in-house. But nowhere does their handiwork shine more than their 10 proprietary dressings. “The founder’s brother-in-law spent a year formulating the dressings,” says Chuck Smith, Director of Operations. “Today they are still house-made in small batches with freshly-picked herbs and no preservatives.”

There is a dressing for every food mood you have--tangy, creamy, citrusy, spicy, earthy, sweet--and mixing them is encouraged. It’s just another way to make it all your own. Try up to four different dressings, like the buttermilk ranch with delicate hints of dill or the tangy balsamic vinaigrette that pairs deliciously with the Asian BBQ chicken. Other top picks are the fresh herb vinaigrette, honey mustard, chipotle ranch, ginger lime and fat-free mango.

Do the Diet

Today’s growing health and fitness trends are feeding Salata’s popularity. “Generations have shifted from a diet of meat and potatoes to healthier eating,” says Jeff Conner, Director of Business Development. Salata’s straightforward menu makes it a hit with those following a keto, low-carb, vegan, vegetarian or pritikin heart diet. “There is a lot more public awareness about which foods benefit our bodies and Salata provides a healthier dining option,” adds Smith. “You can come here and feel good about it. You don’t have to wonder or worry about what you are eating.”

It’s a Wrap

Salata’s wraps are another highlight, with their creative tortilla flavors stealing the show. Choose from wheat, cool cucumber (how’d they get that in a wrap?), TX BBQ, Thai ginger and southwest. And don’t forget to try Salata’s house-made soups and refreshing organic teas, lemonades and limeades. And everything you love in the restaurant is equally great for catering. Your office will thank you.

Visit www.salata.com or dine at Bryant Square, Edmond; Quail Springs (May & Memorial), OKC; Oak Grove (122nd & MacArthur), OKC; or two Tulsa locations and more coming!

 

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