In what could be called the great green veggie breakup of 2016, Chick-fil-A is dumping its coleslaw and adding the newfangled kale-Broccolini salad to its menu.
The coleslaw side dish has a small but loyal following. If you’re part of it, you have until Monday, Jan. 18, to get your coleslaw before it disappears from the menu.
Writing about coleslaw might seem like small potatoes, but this coleslaw has made headlines before. When rumors surfaced last year that it might disappear, some fans freaked out. The dust-up even showed up on fact-checking site Snopes.com, with Chick-fil-A representatives saying at the time that they were just testing removing the coleslaw at 30 franchises.
But Dec. 31, the ax officially fell. The Chick-fil-A website features a video titled “An Ode to Cole Slaw” formally saying goodbye to the side dish with sad music and the words “In memoriam. Cole Slaw. 1967-2016.”
Recognizing the fandom surrounding this 360-calorie side dish, the company released the recipe on its website in the form of a downloadable recipe card.
Monday, Jan. 18, also marks the debut of the coleslaw’s replacement: the new “superfood” side salad made from kale and Broccolini – that long, thin, broccoli-like vegetable. (Yes, Broccolini is capitalized because somebody trademarked it. It’s a hybrid between broccoli and gai lan – which also goes by several other names).
The 140-calorie salad also has roasted nuts, dried sour cherries and a maple vinaigrette dressing.
Milk and cookies for adults
An event featuring a grown-up version of milk and cookies is happening at Eureka! restaurant at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 19.
Every week the restaurant has a “Steal the glass” event featuring a local craft beer where customers get to keep the glass. Next week’s version of the event features Paso Robles-based Firestone Walker’s 2015 Nitro Merlin, an oatmeal milk stout brewed with lactose sugar that gives it a creamy texture similar to milk.
It will be paired with cookies from the Brown Butter Cookie Company, which has shops in Cayucos and Paso Robles.
Eureka is at 7775 N. Palm Ave. in Fresno. Cost: $12.
Pieology Pizzeria restaurants in Fresno have added custom salads to the menu for customers looking for something on the lighter side.
Customers choose from organic field greens, romaine hearts or spinach and then add any of the more than 40 pizza toppings into the salad. They then choose from five dressings.
Chick-fil-A’s coleslaw recipe
4 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup mayonnaise
2 10-ounce bags of finely shredded cabbage, chopped
1/4 cup diced carrots
Whisk vinegar, sugar, mustard and salt together until sugar is dissolved. Add mayonnaise and whisk to mix. Add cabbage and carrots. Mix to combine. Refrigerate for two hours and serve.
Makes 6-8 servings.