Lettuce Eat Salad Company opened in the Carrefour shopping center at the corner of Kirby and Poplar in early April, and I stopped by the salad shop on Wednesday to try it out.
In the same vein as the national chain Saladworks, Lettuce Eat serves fresh salads that are tossed and chopped, then placed in a bowl or wrapped in a warm tortilla. Lettuce Eat was created and is owned by Memphian Kelcie Allen, who saw a need for a salad shop in Memphis similar to the ones she frequented as a student in NYC.
Customers can choose one of the 10 pre-designed combinations or create their own by choosing from among six types of greens; seven varieties of cheeses; 13 protein options; more than 30 vegetable, fruit, and nut mix-ins; and a slew of homemade dressings.
I chose to go with the Thai Peanut wrap ($8.89), which comes with romaine lettuce, avocado, cabbage, edamame, carrots, Chinese noodles, mandarin oranges, and honey-peanut butter dressing. I added tofu (+$1.49) to my wrap for a little extra protein. The wrap was good, but there was way and while the dressing tasted good, there was way too much of it for my tastes.
Other options include the Steakhouse ($10.49) with romaine, steak, blue cheese, and fried onions; the Kale Yeah ($8.99) with kale, quinoa, craisins, goat cheese, and almonds; and the Southwestern ($8.29) with romaine, avocado, corn, tomato, fried onions, and pepper jack cheese.
The make-your-own salad/wrap starts at $6.99 for one type of lettuce and four vegetables, with meat or additional toppings costing $0.59-$3.99 each.