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Chicken pasta salad from place that used to be at mall...

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.

created by gamegrrl on Feb 05, 2012 at 04:25:44 pm     Food     Comments: 8

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Salad Galley?

posted by anonymouscoward on Feb 05, 2012 at 04:28:06 pm     #  

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...

posted by gamegrrl on Feb 05, 2012 at 04:36:16 pm     #  

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 :)

posted by dell_diva on Feb 05, 2012 at 04:40:27 pm     #  

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.

posted by gamegrrl on Feb 05, 2012 at 04:42:20 pm     #  

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!

posted by gamegrrl on Feb 05, 2012 at 04:53:53 pm     #  

Isn't there a Salad Galley on Navarre? I used to love their seven layer salad. OMG that was good.

posted by Anniecski on Feb 05, 2012 at 04:56:47 pm     #  

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.

posted by viola on Feb 05, 2012 at 06:12:57 pm     #  

Annie, it's still there, just east of Ralphies, they share the same entrance at the light across from the defunct Foodtown. still good! :)

posted by nana on Feb 05, 2012 at 09:55:08 pm     #