When I go to restaurants I order main entree salads all the time, but I never seem to make them at home. One of my favorite places to go for a great salad is Urbane Cafe. Their salads are always fresh and they use seasonal ingredients. Not to mention the bread at Urbane is to die for; it’s fluffy, warm, and baked right in front of you! Good bread is the key to my heart, I tell ya.
From a nutrition point of view, Urbane Cafe gets an A+. At Urbane, the healthy choice is the easy choice, which is not usually the case in our obesogenic environment. By that, I mean that when you order a sandwich it automatically comes with a delicious side salad, instead of the usual french fries or chips. In fact, Urbane doesn’t even have a deep fryer. I also love Urbane because it’s a family-owned company and they are always giving back to the community.
I’m pretty much at Urbane Cafe at least twice a week on my lunch break, maybe a few times for dinner. Heck, I would probably go for breakfast if it was open then. In an effort to not eat out quite as much I recreated my favorite salad from Urbane Cafe. It’s not exactly the same, and it obviously doesn’t come with that amazing focaccia bread, but it’s pretty darn good. When making this salad I realized that making main dish salads at home is totally worth it! Why have I never done this before? I ate this salad for lunch and dinner today. It is nutritionally complete on it’s own, no need to serve with anything else. It’s bursting with protein from the beans, pecans, and cheese!
Whether you make this salad at home or go to Urbane and order it, you have got to try it! It is delicious and you feel so good and healthy after eating it! To make it a little easier I’m giving away two free lunches at Urbane Cafe! The winner will be randomly picked on Friday January 9th. To enter the giveaway just leave a comment on the blog telling me:
1) If you have been to Urbane what is your favorite thing to order there? 2) If you haven’t been what is your favorite vegetable/veggie dish? 3) To earn a second entry “like” Nutty Nutrition and Fitness on Facebook or follow me on twitter @HeatherRDN.
- 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
- 1 can (16 oz.) garbanzo beans, drained
- 1 can yellow corn, drained
- 1 cup pico de gallo (buy from produce section)
- ¾ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- ¾ cup pecans
- 1 avocado, diced
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- salt and pepper to taste
- Add all salad ingredients to a large bowl and mix well.
- For dressing mix oil and balsamic until well combined. Add sugar and spices and stir. Add dressing to salad when ready to eat.
Urbane Cafe is located in Simi Valley and several locations throughout Southern California. Find out if there is one near you here.