By Jan Walsh
Photography by Beau Gustafson
Today I am tasting the Salad Trio at the Riverchase Ashley Mac’s, their largest and newest location. This salad offers an your choice of three of their salads: chicken salad, pimento cheese, Greek pasta salad, broccoli slaw, fresh fruit salad, baby bleu salad, Mandarin orange salad, chopped BLT salad, or garden salad. I chose the chicken salad, baby blue, and broccoli slaw. I lightly drizzle Ashley’s Mac’s Poppyseed Vinaigrette over everything.
The scoop of white meat chicken salad is made of hand-pulled chicken breasts and includes bits of crisp celery, juicy red grapes, and just enough mayo and special seasonings to give it added moisture and flavor. It’s easy to see and taste why Baby Bleu is their most popular salad. It is colorful, fresh, and sweet-tart. Layers of mixed greens are crowned with fresh strawberry slices, Mandarin oranges, creamy crumbles of blue cheese, and sugared almonds. The flavorful broccoli slaw adds incredible crunchiness to the plate. It would make a lovely side with any dish. The Salad Trio is rounded out with a tiny, warm sour cream biscuit and crackers, adding just enough starch to balance the dish.
Ashley Mac’s is open for lunch and dinner at two other Birmingham area locations as well, Cahaba Heights and Inverness. All three are locally owned by Ashley and Andy McMakin.