Have you tried the spring seasonal salads at Boudin yet? If not, you better hurry because the salads will only be available until the end of the month. Hand-crafted with fresh seasonal ingredients, the three seasonal salads pack quite a flavorful punch.
My family and I had the opportunity to try this season’s salads during a media preview a while back. At each presentation of the carefully plated salads, my mouth watered with delight. The salads were perfectly paired with either a Sonoma Coast 2013 Pinot Noir from La Crema or a 2013 Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay from Kendall-Jackson®. Wine with salad? Yes, please!
It was difficult to pick a favorite since they were all so delicious. The Mango & Red Quinoa salad was a culmination of many favorite salad ingredients like the supergrain quinoa, arugula, almonds, and goat cheese. Also included in the salad are Romaine lettuce, red grapes, and red onions. Of course, the addition of mangoes endeared this salad to me instantly. I love mangoes. I usually buy them by the box. Week after week, my family goes through boxes of this tasty fruit.
I was giddy with anticipation when the Bacon, Blue & Beets Salad was presented. First of all, it had bacon. Bacon. Enough said. After Expo West, I was in love with beets. I couldn’t get enough of it. The combination of the two in a salad was a perfect union for me; and with the addition of blue cheese, it was an explosion of flavors in my mouth. Okay, I admit, I do love salad. All you have to do is look at my Instagram feed to see that I am a fan of salads. This particular salad had spring mix greens, chicken, red onion, red and golden beets, green beans, applewood smoked bacon, blue cheese, and spiced walnuts. That is one hearty salad.
The last of the spring salads introduced was the Forbidden Rice & Chicken Sesame salad. It contained baby spinach, black rice, chicken, Granny Smith apples, garbanzo beans, pickled red onion, and goat cheese. Similar to the Mango & Red Quinoa Salad, this salad is topped with a house-made dressing.
All three salads boasted of tremendous flavor with limited calories. The three salads are all under 500 calories each, with the Mango & Red Quinoa Salad topping the list with just 287 calories. Are the salads filling? Yes, well, at least they were very filling to me. I would probably order at least two of the three and share with someone the next time I go back. It’s just more fun that way.
Disclosure: I was compensated for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.