Salad and Go brings wholesome meals to the drive-thru
First, let me say that I don’t know the first thing about healthy eating. I’m 23, broke and busy so I usually eat what’s cheapest and fastest. But Salad and Go, which opened in Plano just last week, is really changing the game.
“The Drive-Thru Revolution,” as mentioned in a press release, opened its first Texas location on May 5th at 1400 Coit Road in Plano. The food consists of healthy options – salads, wraps, breakfast burritos, soup, sodas, organic tea, and cold brews.
But here’s the real game changer: all salads and wraps are only $ 5.74, and all 24-ounce drinks are $ 1. And the menu isn’t confusing like many healthy restaurants. It is very simple and easy to follow for someone who is not used to eating this type of food on a regular basis.
The Salad and Go experience
If you’ve passed Salad and Go, you’ve likely seen the long lines of cars. And I was a little intimidated by the transit line when I first pulled up. Cars filled the two-lane line. But it happened incredibly quickly. I stood in line at 11:38 am and got my meal at 11:52 am. However, there is a faster option – you can order in advance. There is a small pick-up window next to the thoroughfare where you can run up, get your food, and leave.
The problem many come across with salads is that they aren’t very filling (at least for me). Fortunately, the salads fill a 48-ounce bowl. I ended up ordering a grilled chicken Caesar salad which is pretty high in calories in most places. Although I’m not the one who counts calories, I was shocked when I checked the menu and saw that it was only 300 calories.
Even with low calories, the salad managed to be delicious. The salad was crispy and the cherry tomatoes were fresh. The chicken was seasoned perfectly – just enough that it didn’t taste like styrofoam, but not so much that it was overbearing. There were also delicious croutons and cheese. The bandages are also made in-house and it shows. The Caesar dressing was so good (and only 120 calories). I also got their organic iced tea which was perfectly prepared – not too sweet and not too bitter.
And the best part about it? I only paid $ 7.30 for everything.
The bigger picture
But the food wasn’t all good. The concept behind Salad and Go is absolutely something that everyone can (and should) leave behind. The reality is that obesity is an epidemic in America. And while this subject is constantly being misunderstood as a beauty issue, it really isn’t. It’s about health. According to the CDC, many obesity-related diseases such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain cancers are among the leading causes of “preventable premature death.”
However, it is difficult for people on lower incomes to eat healthily. Eating healthy tends to be more expensive. Salad and Go is changing the game in this way too, as the food is cheaper than other fast food restaurants. Salad and Go also donates fresh salads every week to various organizations that fight homelessness and hunger in DFW. The first partnership is with the North Texas Food Bank.
If your eating habits are mine, then you should definitely try Salad and Go. It’s an easy, quick, and delicious way to stay healthy. And it stands for something much bigger than food.
Salad and Go does not accept call-in orders. However, you can pre-order whatever you want on the Salad and Go website or app. Salad and Go’s opening times are Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.