I feel like I have five trillion things to update you guys on today but first things first.
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And then, because there is really never such a thing as too MANY summer salads, head on over to Marcus Samuelsson’s site to check out my post on this Broccolini and Sweet Sesame Salad (also my submission to this week’s IHCC!).
And now, have you guys ever heard of Pret A Manger? It’s always been kind of on my radar, but I’d always thought of it as “that British fast food chain” and didn’t really give it much of a second thought.
Then, last week I was invited to have lunch at their location on 23rd street (near Madison Square Park) and learn more about some new products they would be releasing especially for summer. And now I just can’t stop thinking about them.
Unbeknownst to me, Pret A Manger really places a HUGE emphasis on sourcing local, high quality, seasonal ingredients for their meals. They have a whole list of chemicals and preservatives that they refuse to let anywhere near their dining establishments (and certainly never in their kitchens) and are really pretty picky about the small list of things they do allow in their products. Love that.
In addition, they donate all of their leftover food to charity, which is always a plus in my book.
Recently, they have been putting a lot of time and energy into developing some fun salads to include in their summer line-up, all of which launched and are officially in stores as of yesterday. I was one of the lucky few who got to try these before their official release and I have to say, I can’t wait to go back for more.
My favorite was above and beyond the Berries and Beets salad (I mean…three HUGE coins of goat cheese all for under 400 calories. Yes. Please.) but the Falafel Meze, Market Fresh, and Wild Salmon salads were all worth going back for seconds. If you are located in New York, DC, Chicago, and Boston and are near a Pret, I would definitely recommend checking them out for lunch or dinner. It’s rare to find a “fast food” option with such quality ingredients and it’s always great that you can get a meal that you feel good about even while on the go!