30 Days, 30 Salads: Day 4

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Salad: Corner Bakery Salad Trio
Calories: 405

Verdict: 30 Days, 30 Salads keeps on truckin with the Corner Bakery Salad Trio I had for lunch yesterday. When you go to Corner Bakery the trio is a good option since the "Entree Salads" are another bunch of salad grenades (see: salad bomb, jersey shore). On the whole, the side salads--three of which you choose from and which are served with some extra spring greens and a nifty little cafe roll--are a much better bet since they all are fairly low in calories and the portions are healthy but satisfying.

I went with the Asian Edamame, Rosted Potato Bacon, and Tossed Green options, and we pretty pleased with the bunch. I'd had the edamame salad before, and remember it having a pickled ginger note that was pleasingly weird, so I tended to stay away from it if i wasn't feeling in a pickled-gingery mood. But on this second pass I found that the pickled ginger is really only hinted at and the whole thing has a great fresh taste and texture. Deffinitely a must try, even if you're just choosing it as a side for a sammy. The tossed greens were good, but by the end I was feeling a little clogged by the vinaigrette, which was a little oil-rich. Since I ate that first, I really couldn't enjoy the Potato Bacon, which had a wonderful flavor, but was rich enough with its own dijon dressing. The roll was a really tasty little carb aside that would been an even more welcome addition if I had chosen the tuna or chicken salads as on eof my sides. (The roll is 120 calories on its own though, so if you go with heavier salad choices you might want to forgo it altogether.)

All in all, this trio was an embarrassment of salady riches. In the future I'll probably ask them to put the vinaigrette on the side to make it perfect. One thing's for sure: you'll be seeing the trio again (in some permutation or other) during my 30S/30D adventure.
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