Muffuletta Chopped Salad @ Cafe Orleans

Price: $21.00

When: February 3, 2018, 6:45 PM

Reservations: Recommended

Verdict? Recommended

It’s dinnertime at Cafe Orleans. We’ve had a disappointing starter (Seafood Gratin), and are on to the main courses.

I’m trying the Muffuletta Chopped Salad.

Now, I’d had an underwhelming salad earlier in the day. But I’m still keen on getting a good, flavorful salad before I leave the parks. We’ll see if the Muffuletta can scratch that itch.

Visually, this is a big ‘ol pile o’ greens, heaped together in the middle of a shallow white bowl. It’s topped with shaved parmesan, and has been doused with vinaigrette. It doesn’t have a lot of curb appeal.

I spear the first bite, and … hey! This is great!

Simple ingredients: a basic lettuce mix, yes, but also ham, salami, provolone cheese, olives, and the parmesan. But what ties it all together is the vinaigrette. It’s a light, refreshing dressing, not overdone.

Each mouthful is exactly what you hope for from a good salad: a mix of ingredients, flavors, and textures, without being too monotonous or heavy. I enjoyed every bite of this, and came away from the table feeling refreshed and happy.

I would gladly eat this again. If you’re craving a straightforward, unpretentious, high-quality salad, you won’t go wrong here. Recommended for sure.