Where: Salsa FRESH Original Mexican Grill, Harvest Plaza, 9650-155 Strickland Road, Raleigh, NC. Salsa FRESH has 3 locations – 2 in Raleigh and 1 in Morrisville and is open seven days a week.
GF Menu: No.
What I ate: Chicken Tamales.
How to order it: The “Salsa Fresh Promise” states, “your salsa will never come from a can, jar or frozen bag” and “your rice and beans will always be prepared FRESH daily from scratch.” This is good news for Gluten-Free diners since many of the sneakiest glutenous culprits are ingredients that are hidden within processed foods.
When ordering rice, ask your server whether the rice has been prepared in a broth that contains gluten. On the day I visited, I was assured that the broth was gluten-free.
When ordering items made with corn, be sure to ask whether the corn meal mix contains any gluten. Traditional Mexican cuisine uses only corn meal in tamale dough, but more recent versions may contain some wheat flour. At Salsa FRESH, the menu states that the tamales are made from “an original recipe passed down through the generations.” When I asked about the gluten content, the manager informed me that both the tamales and the hand-cut corn chips are made fresh and only with corn.
What it looks like:
This festive color wheel of food radiated health and happiness, and it tasted terrific. Two hot chicken tamales wrapped in corn husks were complemented by fresh salsa, rice, black beans, and a dollop of delightfully thick sour cream.
I’m including an image of this educational card at Salsa FRESH because I appreciate its message. It reminds us that eating fresh fruits and vegetables lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, and helps protect against cancer.
Green Note: Here is “The Salsa FRESH Promise”, as written on the Take-Out menu and the Salsa FRESH home page:
- Your salsa will never come from a can, jar or frozen bag.
- Your salsa will always be made from FRESH produce delivered and prepared daily.
- Your guacamole will never come from a can or a frozen “pulp product.”
- Your guacamole will always be prepared FRESH daily with real avocados.
- Your rice and beans will never be processed in a factory, frozen in a bag and then boiled.
- Your rice and beans will always be prepared FRESH daily from scratch with no lard.
- You will never be served anything that came from a can.