2201 College Ave
Austin, TX 78704
Vinaigrette hails from New Mexico and opens today in Austin. I had the pleasure of previewing their menu yesterday and was impressed by both their beautiful airy space and their healthy offerings. Vinaigrette is a salad bistro with entree-sized salads that can be customized with delectable meats like duck confit and seared scallops. Though the salads are the stars of Vinaigrette, they also offer soups and stews, sandwiches, rich sides and desserts to accompany your leafy greens.
My life-long reluctance to eat salads has been something I’m trying to diminish as I grow older. I love that Vinaigrette can be a delicious positive influence on people like me. I ordered the Beet Goes On salad with duck confit and my friend Ashley ordered the Cherry Tart salad with added scallops. They both had the building blocks of satisfying salads, bright dressings, fresh leafy greens, salty crunchy nuts, and bits of savory cheeses. The added duck and scallops made the voluminous salads even heartier.
I felt so virtuous eating a big salad for lunch that I didn’t feel guilty for pairing it with fried goat cheese balls, creamy mac and cheese, and a lemon curd cheesecake. No regrets, y’all.
Cherry Tart ; dried cherries, mild feta cheese, peppery baby arugula and toasted pecans with champagne vinaigrette; $10.95. With Scallops, additional $8.
The Beet Goes On; baby greens and arugula tossed with tangy goat cheese, chopped pistachios, balsamic roasted beets and honey-balsamic vinaigrette; $11.95. With Duck Confit, additional $7.50.
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