Thursday, April 6, 2017

Blaze Pizza introduces new line of additive-free salads

Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza, the 100+-unit chain that entered the Capital Region market last year with venues in Guilderland's Stuyvesant Plaza and Niskayuna's Mohawk Commons, on Wednesday announced the system-wide launch of its new Simple Salads line.

The announcement notes that the salads and dressings are free of artificial flavors, colors and preservatives.

The new items are a selection of freshly prepared recipes created by Blaze's executive chef Bradford Kent, made with in-season produce -- so they will vary periodically, tossed with dressing to order, and are available as either a full-size entrée or side salad portion. Another option is ordering any of the Simple Salads is a "pizza salad" served on a warm garlic pesto and Parmesan crust.

For those unfamiliar with the Blaze methodology, pizzas are created using fresh, made-from-scratch dough, topped by an assembly line group of "pizzasmiths," popped in a super-hot oven for 180 seconds, and you're served. (Go here to see a video of the process that I posted back in 2015.)

Among the first new salads:

• Tomato & Mozzarella (baby arugula, romaine, cherry tomatoes, ovalini mozzarella, roasted red pepper and basil pesto vinaigrette)

• Arugula & Fresh Fruit (baby arugula, seasonal fruit, goat cheese and balsamic glaze)

• BLT Cobb (applewood smoked bacon and buttermilk ranch dressing)

• Classic Caesar (romaine, Parmesan, asiago croutons and Caesar dressing)

• Kale, Quinoa & Cranberries (a vegan offering with kale, red quinoa, dried cranberries and a citrus vinaigrette)

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