Industry News | September 2, 2015

Del Taco Gets Fresh with New Handcrafted Ensaladas

Del Taco Restaurants Inc., a leader in the quick-service category, invites guests to “Eat Well with Del” with its new Handcrafted Ensaladas. Prepared to order with quality ingredients including hand-sliced avocado, Del Taco’s three new salads are all under 600 calories with dressing included. The expansion and innovation of the salad options are yet another step in the brand’s continued commitment to provide guests with high quality, flavorful, and UnFreshing Believable menu items with Del Taco’s convenience and price.

“Our Handcrafted Ensaladas are made-to-order in our restaurants’ working kitchens using the freshest ingredients including our new fresh lettuce blend, sliced Hass avocado, handmade pico de gallo, and fresh house-made tortilla chips,” says John Cappasola, executive vice president and chief brand officer, Del Taco. “We’re proud to introduce this new premium menu platform as part of our brand’s continued mission to serve UnFreshing Believable food that our guests will love.”

Available beginning on September 3, the Chicken Bacon Avocado Salad features freshly grilled marinated chicken, fresh sliced Hass avocado, crispy hand-chopped bacon, handmade pico de gallo salsa, chopped cilantro, and fresh house-made tortilla chips atop a mix of fresh crisp romaine and iceberg lettuce. It is served with new cilantro pepita ranch dressing and has only 590 calories. The Mexican Chopped Chicken Salad includes a fresh blend of romaine and iceberg lettuce topped with fresh sliced Hass avocado, handmade pico de gallo salsa, chopped cilantro, fresh house-made tortilla chips, spicy Jack cheese, seasoned black beans, and freshly grilled marinated chicken. It is served with salsa casera and has only 510 calories. The Signature Taco Salad features seasoned beef, freshly sliced Hass avocado, handmade pico de gallo salsa, Cheddar cheese freshly grated from 40-pound blocks, chopped cilantro, seasoned black beans, fresh house-made tortilla chips, and real sour cream on a mix of fresh crisp romaine and iceberg lettuce. It is served with salsa casera and has only 540 calories.

Each of Del Taco’s new Handcrafted Ensaladas is served in eco-friendly containers made from recycled beverage bottles. These new salads provide guests with more fresh choices, following the recent addition of sliced avocado to the menu along with the success of several new product introductions including the Epic Grilled Chicken Avocado Burrito and new line of Fresca Bowls.

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