Newk’s Eatery is ramping up its signature culinary-driven menu with summer salads that are all about the super fresh, the super flavorful and the superfoods. Starting May 18, the fast-casual brand will be introducing a dynamic batch of fresh new entrées, including the brand new, superfood-packed Red Quinoa and Kale Salad as well as the return of an overwhelming guest favorite, the Red, White and Blueberry Salad. Newk’s will also be extending the run of two salads from its super-performing premium seafood line through the summer with the Ahi Tuna Salad and the Shrimp and Avocado Salad.
“Our vibrant summer salad offerings capture the feel of the season and provide healthy meal options that still excite the taste buds,” said Chris Newcomb, Founder and CEO of Newk’s Eatery. “Our salads’ finely-selected ingredients, featuring a mix of nutrient-heavy superfoods, sushi-grade Ahi Tuna and flavor-rich homemade dressings, boast bold flavor profiles rivaled only by their wellness benefits.”
Newk’s summer menu makes superfoods front and center with its limited time Red Quinoa and Kale Salad. The salad is enriched with three superfoods, julienned kale, red quinoa and sweet dried cranberries, tossed with a robust mix of edamame and pecans and topped with a drizzle of Newk’s handmade apricot ginger vinaigrette. Newk’s peels and minces the ginger for the salad’s dressing in-house to ensure optimal freshness and spice, fusing the zesty ginger with apricot jam, diced red onion, rice wine vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. Newk’s is expanding its superfood offerings further with the return of the Red, White and Blueberry Salad, a guest favorite featuring two popular superfoods, spinach and blueberries, along with fresh-cut watermelon and ripe strawberries, dressed with feta cheese, pecans and fat-free raspberry vinaigrette. Both super salads will be listed on Newk’s 600 Calorie Menu which offers guests a diverse range of nutritionally-forward, flavorful entrees within 600 calories.
“Healthful food options are a primary concern for a majority of people today,” said Alan Wright, Vice President of Marketing and Franchise Operations. “When people think of fast-casual eating, most no longer think of the type of high-calorie, processed food that once characterized the industry. Instead fresh, innovative dishes are what guests have come to expect and crave, and we are working to translate these cravings into delicious entrées that speak to guests’ wellness goals, relying heavily on superfoods, superfruits and dark greens.”Guests will also be able to enjoy both the Ahi Tuna Salad and Shrimp and Avocado Salad, along with the Ahi Tuna Sandwich, through the summer following the noteworthy success of the premium seafood menu after its February debut. Earning 30% of Newk’s profits in the salad category, these fresh seafood salads have quickly become guest favorites. The Ahi Tuna Salad features flash-seared Ahi Tuna steak on top of a bed of spring mix greens, tossed with cucumbers, grape tomatoes, radishes, carrots and Newk’s house-made ginger wasabi dressing. For an equally flavorful salad option, the Shrimp and Avocado Salad boasts a dozen whole broiled shrimp served with fresh arugula, grape tomatoes, green onions, diced avocado and feta cheese, tossed with handcrafted lemon basil vinaigrette dressing.
The Red Quinoa and Kale Salad will be priced at $9.99 and the Red, White and Blueberry Salad for $8.99, while the Ahi Tuna Salad will be sold for $12.99 and the Shrimp and Avocado Salad for $10.99. Newk’s summer menu will also feature the mouth-watering Pesto Chicken Salad Sandwich for $7.99, Chicken Parmesan Sandwich for $7.69 and Thai Chicken Pizza for $8.99. The fast-casual restaurant is finishing out its summer menu by bringing on board a Southern favorite, offering freshly-brewed iced peach tea for a refreshing, fruity pick-me-up on a hot summer’s day that pairs well with the restaurant’s sweet and spicy entrées.
The Jackson, Miss.-based Newk’s Eatery currently has nearly 80 locations in 13 states. Newk’s is featured on Technomic’s list of top 50 fast casual chains nationwide.
Newk’s Eatery is passionate about delivering fresh, flavorful food experiences. The fast casual brand’s culinary-driven menu prepared in its open-view kitchens includes made-from-scratch soups, fresh tossed salads, artisan pizzas, hot toasted sandwiches and desserts. Rapidly expanding since its first restaurant opening in 2004, Jackson, Miss.-based Newk’s currently operates and franchises nearly 80 units in 13 states.