Back when it was Franklin Park Mall... Way back in the 1980s... There was a salad place at the food court. One of their salads was a chicken pasta salad that was slightly dark orange-ish in color, and had a wee bit of spice. The chicken was shredded, and the pasta was rotini. I am looking for either the recipe or news that it's still being made/sold somewhere.
This place also made black bean soup on, I think, Wednesdays or Thursdays. It was out of this world good, with big slices of spicy sausage in it.
For some reason, I have fixated on these two food items and desperately want to find and/or make them.
In the meantime, I think I'll have a large Greek chicken salad from The Wing Station.
Can't remember, anon. Salad Galley is the logical answer, but I really can't remember. I know some people who have owned local Salad Galley places, so maybe I'll hunt them down and ask them. Wonder if those salads are made in-house or purchased by the 5 gallon bucket...
Southwyck used to have Le Petit Gourmet. I don't know, did Franklin Park have one too? That seems like the kind of salad that Le Petit sold. They moved to a Maumee location and have a website. They list a rotini salad.
It always seems like the food we crave is the kind that we can't find anywhere :)
Don't know, dell_diva. It was a no-seating place (counter only) and it was stainless bins of cold salads lined up that you chose from.
I saw that Salad Galley has a Facebook page, so I asked there. Also, I noticed that on that Facebook page they talked about their soups, and they specifically mentioned "black bean with sausage".
I am hopeful!
Isn't there a Salad Galley on Navarre? I used to love their seven layer salad. OMG that was good.
I had an awesome pasta salad (maybe with turkey?) at the Toledo Club's Xmas Tree festival. It was very slightly spicy and also a bit orange in color. Maybe you could call and ask the chef. If I were making at home, I would do an ordinary pasta/chix salad, and then add Mexican seasoning (cumin, garlic, chili powder) and chipotle peppers.
My friend used to make an addictive black bean soup, so I totally understand your craving. She used a boxed mix (Zatarain's New Orleans) and added sliced sausage. Although I haven't been able to find the mix here, I know it contained LOTS of salt and some monosodium glutamate (along with onions, green peppers, garlic). You can probably make that yourself, too. Just add a lot of seasonings.
Annie, it's still there, just east of Ralphies, they share the same entrance at the light across from the defunct Foodtown. still good! :)