First Impressions of Saladworks



Saladworks Logo

I’m all about trying to eat healthy these days and recently we had a new chain restaurant open up here in my town called Saladworks.  It’s a franchise concept that focuses on fresh salads.  Yesterday I was able to give them a try for the first time.

When I walked in, the restaurant had a nice atmosphere and the workers were all very nice.  They asked me if this was my first time and I told them “Yes.”.  The lady began to explain to me all the food items they offer.  They have salads, sandwiches, paninis, wraps, and soups.

They have a nice deli-like counter where you can see all of the fresh made salad toppings as well as a sample salad of each of their featured salads so you can see what they look like and what toppings they have.  It was really a nice concept and I was very impressed.  If you don’t want one of their signature salads then you can “build your own”.  Since I have gluten and dairy restrictions I decided to build my own salad.

I chose to start off with spring mix, then added some chicken and ham.  Next I topped it off with bacon bits, grapes, and carrots.  With the custom salads you get your base greens (i.e. lettuce, spring mix, spinach, etc.)  and then you get five toppings.

My first meal at Saladworks
My first salad from Saladworks with a small cup of vegetarian chili.

I also opted to get a small bowl of soup.  They had a vegetarian chili so I decided to try that.  They do offer combos where you can get half of salad and a soup.  I don’t recall the price of this but it would probably be a bit more economical.  You do various combinations such as half of sandwich and soup or sandwich and salad.

As I moved on down the line they told me that I also get a roll with my meal.  I could choose from white or wheat.  I choose a white roll.

The total for my meal was just over $12 and this did not include a drink.  I was getting my meal to go so I didn’t need a drink.  I thought this was a bit pricey but I needed to see how good the food was and if it was really worth it.

The salad that was made for me certainly looked beautiful.  The photo above was the one I took at home of the  salad before I consumed it.  I don’t know if they train their workers on how to make a “good looking” salad but I was really impressed on how well it turned out.  Especially since it  freshly made right in front-of me.

Everything in the salad I had tasted fresh.  I had the fat-free balsamic vinaigrette dressing.  It was pretty good.  The chicken and ham tasted good as well as the other ingredients.  The only thing I don’t know is how “organic” their salad items are but I didn’t seem to have any major reactions after eating it so that’s a good sign.

The vegetarian chili was more along the lines of a vegetable soup.  When I think chili I think of something a bit less “soupy” and a little more thick and meaty.  It was still okay.  Not the best I ever had, but for a basic soup it was fine.  I’m anxious to try their fiesta tortilla soup.  They didn’t have that one on tap when I was there but I will try it next time they have it.  I always get the fire roasted tortilla soup at Jason’s Deli (another one of my favorite places to eat because they are gluten friendly) and so I’m thinking the fiesta tortilla soup will be similar.

The white roll was your average dinner roll.  I don’t eat regular bread often anymore since I have a sensitivity to gluten, but I ate this one and it was good.  There was nothing special about the roll, but nothing bad about it either.

My first impression of Saladworks was a good one.  The food was very fresh and the presentation of the food superb in my opinion.  One thing I failed to mention is they use these plastic “fancy” looking salad plates for your salad.  It certainly made the salad look more premium like you had ordered it at some fancy restaurant.

The prices are a bit high, but at many other places where you buy “premium” salads I believe you will pay a similar price. I was very impressed by the freshness of the food.  My entire visit was a great experience and then the meal was a pleasure to enjoy.

Saladworks also offers a rewards card called their “Fresh Fan Club”.  Each time you make a purchase you earn points that you can redeem for food later on.  I got 94 points for my meal and 200 for registering my card on their website.  With only 200 points you can get a free item such as a brownie or a cookie.  You’ll need 1000 points for a free salad.

Some other perks of Saladworks is that you can order online and they also deliver (or at least mine does).  The next time I want food delivered at home It will be great to be able to have one of these fresh salads.   It certainly beats the pizza option.

In summary, my first experience with Saladworks was a good one.  I will definitely be going back and would recommend them as a healthier choice in “fast” food.

Happy 4th of July!


I had a great 4th of July and I’m thankful to have this day off.  My day was filled with getting some things done around the house and then I enjoyed an evening with the parents.  We finished it off by watching some local fireworks.  I’ve always enjoyed watching fireworks since I was a kid.  Once of these days I would love to go see a huge display somewhere like New York or Washington D. C.  That would be so cool.

So I thought it would be interesting to share some fun facts about related to the 4th of July that have found:

  • You can thank China for the American Flag.  Nearly 87.5% ($2.8 million) of all U.S. flags are imported to China.
  • You can also thank China for fireworks.  97% ($190.7 million) of fireworks imported into the U.S. are from China.
  • You can thank Iowa for HotDogs.  One out of ever four pork hot dogs consumed in the U.S. comes from Iowa.  If not Iowa, then most likely from North Carolina (who knew?) or Minnesota.
  • Enjoy your unpaid holiday.  Independence Day was made an official unpaid federal holiday by Congress in 1870.  It wasn’t until 1938 that Congress changed Independence Day to a paid federal holiday.
  • A salute of one gun for each state in the United States, called a “salute to the union,” is fired on Independence Day at noon by any capable military base. 

So what did you do on this 4th of July?  Leave me a comment below.  I would love to hear about it.

I hope that you had a safe and fun holiday.  Now it’s time to enjoy the weekend.

Effective Video Marketing Can Help Grow Your Business

The Value of Video Marketing

If you want to grow your business online, one way to do that is through effective video marketing.  By creating and uploading videos to a site like YouTube you can rapidly increase the exposure that your business or online entity is receiving.    The infographic above (created by Animoto) gives you an idea of how much videos can help your business.

My company, ILN (Internet Lifestyle Network) is currently teaching us how to do effective video marketing through a 90-day video challenge.  The goal is to make one video for your business every day for 90 days.   This challenge will serve to help you get into the habit of creating and posting videos every day.  It will also help those of us who are not that comfortable speaking to overcome the fear and shyness that keeps most people from doing any video marketing at all.

If you need help getting started with video marketing of need guidance in how to fine-tine your current marketing efforts then I encourage you to contact me.  I would love to help you grow your business and help you to reach a higher level of success.  Please connect with me on Facebook by sending me a message or friend request.  We can setup a time to chat and find out how we might help on another.

Working Out With The Internet Lifestyle Network

Recently, my company, the Internet Lifestyle Network, has started a 90-day video challenge among its members.  The purpose of this challenge is to get everyone in the habit of consistently making videos which is key to effective video marketing.  I have accepted the challenge and this is my first video of ninety.

In addition to this video challenge I have also decided to challenge myself in the area of fitness.  It’s been a long time since I’ve been on a regular exercise schedule so I’ve decided to also be consistent with a daily workout routine.  Completing the video challenge will help grow my business and completing my fitness goals will help improve my health.  I believe being consistent in multiple areas of my life will make me a better person in the end.

You can watch my first video below.  Let me know what you think.  If you want to know more about the Internet Lifestyle Network visit my website here:

Leave me a comment and tell me what things you are changing in your life to make you a better person.  I look forward to reading what you have to say.  Until next post…have a great day!