Aug 14, 2018 | Editorials
RUMSON -- Salads at Salt Creek Grille are not a sideshow, but a main event on the popular bi-coastal restaurants’ menus and popular all year round.
Through Salt Creek Grille’s 20-year history, the owners have learned a thing or two about what their guests crave – delicious-tasting, unique, nutritious, satisfying salads packed with flavor and a variety of textures. The award-winning American grill’s menu features the more traditional American grill staples like steaks, seafood and chicken and many tantalizing salads. The salads range from a traditional Wedge salad to a trailblazing Caesar salad with a modern twist - hearts of Romaine lettuce that are flash-grilled over the restaurant’s signature authentic Mesquite wood fired grill and served with shaved Asiago cheese and house-made focaccia croutons and lip-smacking, garlicky Caesar dressing. The grilling adds yet another dimension of subtle flavor from the mesquite wood, creating a more satisfying entrée-like feeling to the dish often served as a side.
“What we are finding is that people are no longer just talking about eating healthier, they are ordering healthier options,” said co-owner Steve Bidgood, who manages Salt Creek Grille’s Rumson and Princeton locations along with co-owner Hugh Preece.
Bidgood said when it comes to salads, his guests look forward to variety, crunch and eye-popping goodness on Salt Creek Grille’s plates. Salt Creek Grille’s chefs spend as much time developing salads on the menu as they do on entrées. The chefs pride themselves on making everything in-house from scratch with the freshest and best ingredients to be found. Most of the salads start with greens as their base cut into appetizing bite-sized bits with additional crunchy ingredients like nuts or crispy vegetables, a little cheese and tangy dressing. The salads are tossed to order with just the right amount of dressing so that the salad stays fresh and crisp from the kitchen to the table.
Salt Creek Grille’s salads are listed in two categories, side salads and entrée salads. However, Bidgood said that many of his customers order a side salad with an addition of protein such as chicken, salmon, shrimp or slices of flat-iron steak on the side. It’s the perfect meal for moms, dads and kids on the go. And all salads also can be ordered as take out.
“It’s as if people are taking the message of author/activist Michael Pollan to heart, ‘Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants,’” said Bidgood, “Our guests are savvy and informed and work out regularly to stay fit. They want to dine out often with friends and family, but they also want to remain healthy and trim. So, they often opt for our salads to fulfill their needs. It’s much healthier for your meal to consist of more vegetables with a side of protein, rather than the other way around!”
Salt Creek Grille’s salad offerings include Caesar Over Mesquite, with shaved Asiago, focaccia croutons, mesquite-grilled Romaine, Caesar dressing and a Classic Caesar salad is also available; Salt Creek House Salad includes baby greens, Fuji apples, gorgonzola, sweet and crunchy candied walnuts, Roma tomatoes, balsamic vinaigrette; Wedge Salad with chilled iceberg lettuce, cherry tomatoes, shaved red onion, savory applewood-smoked bacon dressed with tangy blue affinee cheese dressing; Pear and Goat Cheese, phyllo-wrapped, creamy goat cheese, mixed greens, wine-poached pears, Roma tomatoes, roasted cauliflower, candied walnuts, sherry vinaigrette; and lastly the menu features a very popular Superfood Salad that also includes quinoa a nutritious, ancient grain that is a complete protein, high in antioxidants and fiber. (Ancient grains are among the top food trends in restaurants for 2018 according to the National Restaurant Association.) The Superfood Salad has toasted, nutty quinoa, shredded broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, crunchy sunflower seeds, hearty roasted beets, dried cranberries, Fuji apples, feta dressed with a snappy, lime vinaigrette.
“Our salads are not only delicious, refreshing and nutritious, their colors and textures are as beautiful to look as they are to taste,” said Bidgood. “It has been a great seller, so we are bringing it back for the summer season.”
So be sure to satisfy your cravings during the busy fall back-to-school season and order one of these amazingly delicious and satisfying salads.
Salt Creek Grille is located at 4 Bingham Avenue in Rumson. For more information, call 732-933-9272 or visit www.saltcreekgrille.com
Photo Credit: Salt Creek Grille