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Salsarita’s Asheville: We Have Tofu!

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Whether you’re a vegetarian or just really like the taste, tofu can be tough to find. It might even seem like, everywhere you go, the meatless options are limited to “Sure, just lettuce is fun -__-“…until now.

If you’re a tofu lover, come to Salsarita’s of Asheville for your favorite meatless protein. Tom LaFauci, our Manager in Asheville, noticed that there was one thing missing from his menu: tofu. He’d seen other restaurants serving it–many of which were vegan restaurants and vegetarian restaurants, but many were not–and knew how much our customers would love it. It wasn’t long before tofu became a staple on the menu at Salsarita’s of Asheville!

Haven’t tried tofu yet? Here are a few things to know!

  • Tofu is naturally gluten free and low in calorie.
  • It’s also rich in protein, iron and calcium.
  • With other lifestyle changes, consumption of tofu has been proven to help promote a healthier life! (And, also, it’s yum.)

Whether you live in Asheville or are just driving through, be sure to visit your local Salsarita’s, where you can enjoy your favorite Mexican foods, regardless of dietary preferences or restrictions. If you’re looking for a vegetarian or vegan restaurant with fresh flavors and endless options, visit Salsarita’s Asheville today!

4 Reasons for the Roomie Date

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If you’re in college, you’re probably up to your eyes in storage bins and clothes, preparing to return to campus for another fun year (if you haven’t moved back in already). For some of you, this will mean new dorms and apartments, but others of you will be returning to the college dorm or apartment that you’ve already called home for a year or more.

Either way, you’ll likely be returning to roommates–some new, some old. Whether you’re reuniting with the BFFs you call roomies or meeting entirely new people altogether, one thing is for sure: the roommate date is a must.

 

 

Here are just a few benefits of the roommate date:

 

1. You don’t have to eat alone.

Sure, you’re a full-grown, independent adult now–we get it. But that doesn’t mean you want to eat every meal alone! When you’re hungry and don’t feel like another night of noodles or eggs, your roommate is the perfect, most accessible person to invite.

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2. You can carpool!

Why take two cars when you can drive together and finally perfect your duet?

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3. It’ll bring you even closer.

Even if you and your roommate have gotten so close you can communicate using only your eyes, it can be easy to lose touch when classes pick up. Meal time is the best time to catch up with your roommate, one-on-one. Without the distraction of cell phones or the TV, you can really find out everything that’s been going on in your roomie’s life.

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4. It’s a great way to clear the air.

Bypass the passive aggressive notes because, though hilarious, they usually make things so much worse. Opt instead on voicing any concerns you may have over some shared chips and queso. It’ll help you avoid any confrontation and make it feel like less of an attack. “I really need for you to start doing your dishes…here, have some more queso!” Plus, if your roommate is going through something, this might just be the perfect chance to talk about it away from home.

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Salsarita’s is the perfect place to host your roomie date. Share stories over shared chips with salsa, queso and guac. Then, dive a little deeper, while you each enjoy one of our many entrees. Salsarita’s can be found on or near many college campuses, including University of South Carolina, Ole Miss, Mississippi State University, Auburn University and many more. Visit our Locations page to find a Salsarita’s near you and your rooms!

How to Make a Mexican Chopped Salad

How to Make a Mexican Chopped Salad

I always buy a taco or burrito at Salsarita’s.

If this sounds like you, we bet you’ve never tried our Mexican Chopped Salad. We know what you’re thinking, “Why would I want a boring ol’ salad at Salsarita’s, when there are so many other delicious items on the menu?” Our salads are anything but “boring”  and “ol’,” but more on that on another day. Today, we want to show you how ordering or making your very own Mexican Chop Salad can be just as tasty and satisfying as a taco or burrito.

The secret to making the perfect Mexican Chopped Salad is to treat it like you’re making a taco. It sounds crazy, but, trust us, it works. You just add all of your favorite taco ingredients to your salad, minus the shell.

The next time you’re making a salad at home or catering with Salsarita’s, try building a salad like this:

Step 1: Start with a big bowl, and add the shredded lettuce.

Step 2: Pick your protein. This is the first step to personalizing your dish by choosing your favorite meat, like seasoned chicken.

Step 3: Add cheese. We know some of you may not put cheese on your salads, but for those who do, be sure to put it after the protein but before the rest of your toppings.

Step 4: Add toppings. This is the best part! Add all of your favorites, like onions, olives, corn, tomatoes, salsa, and even guac, beans and rice.

Step 5: Add the dressing. This is a crucial step because, by adding the dressing to the top of the salad, you will have all of its flavor in every bite!

Got it? Good. Let’s get  choppin’! Be sure to share photos of your Mexican Chopped Salad with us on Instagram @Salsaritas!

When your cheat day turned into a cheat weekend… Monday’s are for salads.

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12 People Who Are Low-Key Obsessed with Salsarita’s

12 People Who Are Low-Key Obsessed with Salsarita's

Salsarita’s fans are the best. We love nothing more than getting on Twitter and seeing your tweets about how much you love our queso and guac and how you just “need Salsarita’s rn.” Ugh, seriously. You guys are the best. *virtual high five*

Here are a few of our favorite recent tweets from 12 people who are low-key (and high-key) obsessed with Salsarita’s.

 

 

 

The one who understands that Salsarita’s is a deeper experience. 

The one who knows how important it is to document every glorious, delicious moment of going to Salsarita’s.  

The one who knows that Salsarita’s really is the key to happiness.

The one who knows that you can meet your soulmate anywhere, even Salsarita’s. (Especially Salsarita’s.)

The one who admits that Salsarita’s is low-key their soulmate. 

And the one who admits that Salsarita’s is high-key their soulmate.

The one who knows it’s never too early to eat Salsarita’s… 

…or too late.

The one who knows that 3 weeks is WAY TOO LONG to go without Salsarita’s.

The one who knows that, with Salsarita’s, you’re never alone.

The one who knows that our guac really is what life is all about.

And, lastly, the one who knows that emojis speak a thousand words.

 

Are you obsessed with Salsarita’s? Let us know in a tweet @Salsaritas!

10 Memes That Are All Too Real If You’re Dating A Taco Lover

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For some people, tacos are life. You’re dating, married to or in love with a taco lover, you know how true this is. They believe every night is taco night and that the answer to any question is, simply, “Tacos.”

 

 

 

 

 

 


Date nights have gotten predictable.

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Whenever they’re bummed out, at least you know how to make them feel better.

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And don’t get us started on how hangry they get if they’ve missed their tacos.

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Love notes are simple and to the point.

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No matter the situation, they always have a taco pun at the ready.

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Sometimes when they’re looking at you, you can’t shake the feeling they’re thinking of someone else.

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The only way you can propose is like this…

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…because if you don’t…

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Sometimes you want to talk about your vision for your future together, and theirs looks more like this.

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But when it comes down it it, you know how much they love you.

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Are you dating or in love with a taco lover? Be sure to share this blog with them, and you know what they say…if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em! Visit the Salsarita’s nearest you.

5 Ways Guac Rocks

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Guacamole is so in these days. Seriously, you can go pretty much anywhere and find at least one dish with guac in it. The best thing about it is its versatility, and with football season just around the corner, here are a few new ways to include guacamole in your next tailgate.

 

 

 

 

7-Layer Dip

This dip is a fan favorite at every tailgate, and with seven different layers, you can enjoy bean dip, guacamole, cheese, sour cream and more in just one bite!

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Deviled Eggs Stuffed with Guacamole

This app adds a new twist to an old favorite. Deviled eggs stuffed with guacamole will be your favorite addition to any avocado inspired menu.

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Hotdogs with Sriracha Guacamole 

If you like a kick of spice, this is the perfect dish for you. This spicy sriracha guacamole dog is a great combination of classic foods with a new flavor.

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Guacamole Hummus 

This. Hummus. Is. Yummus. It really is. It isn’t your traditional hummus, either. This guacamole hummus is a mix of new with old, introducing a new flavor to your favorite dip.

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Guacamole Nachos

This is a more traditional use of guacamole, but you know you love it. Nachos and guacamole go together like…well, nachos and guacamole. Plus, nachos make the perfect appetizer for any event.

Mexican Food Nachos

And the best part about all of these guacamole dishes? Not only can you make them for your tailgate, but they’re also easy to make after your tailgate, using the leftover guacamole!

Football season is just around the corner! Don’t forget to put in your catering order so that you can enjoy all of your favorite Salsarita’s favorites (like guacamole, duh!) when it’s game time.

 

 

 

 

10 Songs to Add to Your 4th of July Playlist

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It’s that time of year again, where everything shifts to red, white and blue. There is one thing that is the back drop to every patriotic event that will happen on the 4th of July. Music! Everyone needs to have the perfect playlist to go along with the perfect all-American day. What songs belong on this playlist? We’re glad you asked.

 

 

 

 

1. “Party in the USA” — Miley Cyrus

This is a great song to start off your 4th of July playlist. It’s fun and will have the older and younger generations singing along.

Lyric to Belt Out: “I hopped off the plane at L.A.X. with a dream and my cardigan.”

 

2. “American Saturday Night” — Brad Paisley

True. Patriotic. Spirit.

Lyric to Belt Out: “It’s a French kiss, Italian ice, Spanish moss in the moonlight. Just another American Saturday night.”

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3. “American Pie” — Don McLean

This song has been around for many years, and it’s still one that everyone knows and loves.

Lyric to Belt Out: “Bye, bye Miss American Pie, Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry”

 

4. “Sweet Caroline” — Neil Diamond

Who doesn’t smile when they hear this song? “Sweet Caroline…BA-BA-BA!”

Lyrics to Belt Out: “Sweet Caroline (BA BA BA), Good times never seemed so good (SO GOOD, SO GOOD, SO GOOD)”

 

5. “Chicken Fried” — Zac Brown Band

Because, chances are, some of you might just be serving fried chicken at your 4th of July party. (Try this instead.)

Lyrics to Belt Out: “You know I like my chicken fried”

 

6. “Kids of America” — Kim Wilde

We think the name pretty much sums it up.

Lyrics to Belt Out: “We’re the kids in America (Whoa), We’re the kids in America (Whoa)”

 

7. “House Party” — Sam Hunt

Nothing says “America” better than good ol’ country music.

Lyrics to Belt Out: “If you’re gonna be a homebody, We’re gonna have a house party”

 

8. “All American Girl” — Carrie Underwood

This song is great for family events and really depicts the life of an American girl.

Lyrics to Belt Out: “And his heart belongs to that sweet little beautiful, wonderful, perfect all-American girl”

 

9. “Firework” — Katy Perry

Because it’s the one day a year where fireworks are seen everywhere in the US.

Lyrics to Belt Out: “‘Cause, baby, you’re a firework”

 

10. “Summer Nights” – Rascal Flatts

This is the perfect song to end your playlist, while watching fireworks with the ones you love.

Lyrics to Belt Out: “Holler if you’re ready for some summer nights”

 

Now that your playlist is ready, what’s for eats? Make it easy with Salsarita’s catering. All entrees are customizable, and chips and salsa are always a hit after a day spent outside!

The 10 Awkward Things That Happen At Every Summer Party

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It’s the first week of summer, which means that at least one person you know is throwing a beginning of summer party (even though, let’s be honest, we’ve all been in summer mode for weeks now). Some of you are social butterflies at these parties, flittering and fluttering your way from one conversation to the next. But, for the rest of you, the only thing flittering and fluttering at a party is your heart as you brace yourself for whatever awkward thing you’ll inevitably do before the night is over.

 

 


Here are 10 of the most awkward moments you’re bound to experience during at least one of this summer’s parties:

 

1. Walking up and not knowing whether to enter through the front door or to walk around back.

 

2. Ringing the doorbell and realizing that no one heard, so you just stare through the window like this…

 

3. Finally getting inside and not knowing whether to hug or shake hands, so instead you do a combination of the two.

 

4. Saying “Nice to meet you” to someone you think you’ve never met just as they say, “It’s good to see you again.”

 

5. Meeting new people and immediately forgetting their names.

 

6. Trying to look like you belong when your one friend goes to the bathroom.

 

7. Trying to make your way into a conversation, but instead you just stand an awkward distance away from everyone and listen.

 

8. When your friend (finally) returns, and you have to act like everything was totally fine.

 

9. When you feel the conversation lulling and try frantically to think of something to say,…but you’ve got nothin’.

 

10. When all else fails, you pet the dog. Any dog.

 

If you’re an awkward party goer, at some point you’ll probably find yourself posted up next to the food table…because what better way to make friends than through a shared love of food? Make sure the food is awesome, and use Salsarita’s catering. With a build-your-own tacos, nachos and salad bar, plus chips, salsa and guac, you’re guaranteed to have a good time.

Have an awkward party moment of your own? Tweet it to us at @Salsaritas!

 

 

 

 

How to Grill Pineapple

How to Grill Pineapple

Are you fired up for summer? So are we! You’re probably firing up the grill more, too, which is why we want to share one of our favorite summer treats with you.

You already know that, at Salsarita’s, we love pineapple in the summer. Not only is it a great source of Vitamin C, but it’s also deliciously sweet and incredibly versatile. Pineapples are not just for fruit salad anymore! You can serve it in tacos, on fish, with cheese, in salsas, and, as we’re going to talk about today, you can even grill it.

So how do you grill pineapple?

First, you peel, core and cut your pineapple into rings. Then, you place the pineapple rings into a large plastic baggie and toss them in the ingredients of your choice. You can use anything from honey to butter to even hot sauce! Let your pineapple marinate for at least half an hour. (We know, we know; marinate and pineapple in the same sentence has a weird ring to it, doesn’t it? But trust us…it’s delish.)

Then preheat your grill to high heat. Once the grill is hot, put the pineapple rings on it, and grill each side for about 3 minutes or until you see grill marks.

OR, if you’d prefer, you can also cut the pineapple into smaller pieces, and grill them on skewers instead.

Grilled pineapple is great paired with fish, on a salad or even just eaten on its own. Try it, and let us know what you think @Salsaritas. And be sure to visit the location nearest you to taste our infamous pineapple salsa* for yourself—we promise you’ll love it!

*At participating locations only.

Purple Heart Homes Recognized on “Wilson’s Moment of Good”

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Last November, WWCB News Rising in Charlotte, NC announced their newest segment to ‘Wilson’s World’: ‘Wilson’s Moment of Good,’ hosted by Jon Wilson. This segment is completely dedicated to giving back to people throughout the Charlotte community that selflessly donated their time and financial resources to help others in need. Salsarita’s is proud to sponsor this segment, which is why we give each recipient a $500 gift card!

In May, the ‘Wilson’s Moment of Good’ recognition was presented to Tim Parker, a supporter and volunteer of Purple Heart Homes. Purple Heart Homes was founded by veterans, for veterans; co-founders John Gallina and Dale Beatty can be seen in the video as well.

“At the end of the day, we are helping our brothers and sisters with their homes. We are leaving a vet with an improvement in his house that’s going to last him 20, 30, 40 years. The vet will be able to stay in their house and be able to live there. They won’t have to go to a rehab home, a veteran’s home, or anything like that,” said Parker, upon receiving the reward.

When asked what it means to him to be a part of Purple Heart Homes, Parker replied, “It’s awesome. We’re still continuing to serve our country. We’re serving our brothers and sisters, our veterans.”

For the whole story, watch the video below.