Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen

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Review guidelines:

1 Fork = I would rather eat dog food.
2 Forks = I would eat there if I was starving.
3 Forks = Not bad; someplace I would occasionally consider eating.
4 Forks = A good place to eat; I will put it into my rotation of places I dine frequently.
5 Forks = One of my all time favorites!

One caveat to note – I am allergic to fish and seafood, so if you are looking for those recommendations, you will have to consult someone else.

Because I have a daughter-in-law with Celiac and a really good friend who is Vegetarian, I will try to point out whether those options are present when I review a restaurant.

August 1, 2014 - Lunch

Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen

1781 Sharkey Way
Lexington, KY 40511
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If not for the limited seating, I would have given it a 4.5 rating.

People who work on the north side of Lexington will be excited to find another lunch spot that is not fast food! Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen is brand new – just opened this week. It is owned by the same people who own Orange Leaf Yogurt. The restaurant is located off Leestown Rd – coincidentally next door to an Orange Leaf Yogurt.

Vinaigrette’s concept is simple - fresh salads with homemade dressings. Seven girls from work made the trip amid the grand opening crowd for lunch. Warning, get there before the lunch rush as the indoor seating is limited. There are a few patio tables available (no shade) and overflow guests can sit inside the Orange Leaf Yogurt next door.

The menu consists of 5 signature salad bowls and 4 classic salad bowls – all with the option to add protein or delete ingredients you don’t like. The salads are made while you watch, assembly line style. There are 10 house made dressings to choose from. There are also a variety of seasonal lemonades and iced teas to choose from.  I chose the Bluegrass Blackberry salad and added country ham as the protein. In addition to the ham, the salad consisted of spring greens, strawberries, onions, candied pecans, dried apple slices, and feta cheese. The blackberry vinaigrette dressing was delicious! The salad was accompanied by several slices of baguette bread. I selected the watermelon lemonade for my beverage. The salad bowl portion was very large and drinks included free refills. The order process was fairly efficient once you got to the counter.

All the girls on this trip liked their salad choices. This restaurant is a great concept. There are so few places in Lexington to get a good salad. I hope they expand to additional locations around town. We will definitely return. My check total was $12.67 including tax. Note: Operating hours are 11am – 3pm. Carry out is available. Website is coming soon, but here is a link to their menu:

Gluten Free Options – none advertised, but the dressing ingredients would be the only potential issue.

Vegetarian Options – Most of their base salad offerings do not include meat, but for meat lovers who wish to add protein there are several choices.

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