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Laura Pensiero, our Chef and Registered Dietitian, ate Just Salad every day for lunch and dinner for two weeks, creating her own #ChefLauraChallenge. Check out her first entry to learn more, and keep reading below to see how she’s doing.                                                                                   


During my two week Just Salad Jump Start Challenge, I was invigorated by spending time with the Just Salad Team, losing weight and generally focusing on my personal wellness. While I was happy to return to New York’s Hudson Valley and my work at Gigi, I missed the rigorous walking schedule to and from the many Just Salad locations. Fortunately, when I got home, my new spin bike was all set up and ready. My first few ‘rides’ were really tough, but I quickly saw my endurance increase and I actually look forward to it now!

As for eating, I’m trying to do what I tell others to do: Start the day with breakfast, have smaller and more frequent meals, and drink lots of water. It doesn’t work out every day, but I am planning ahead to make sure it happens most of time and so that I have access to healthy choices.

The whole experience has jump-started a lot of changes in my life and business. After completing the Just Salad Jump Start Challenge, I feel mentally and physically stronger. I’ve become a role model for friends and family. Together we have built a strong support system for each other, while living a healthy active lifestyle. In the upcoming months, I‘m very excited to be continuing my work with the Just Salad Team on some exciting new salads, toppings, and dressings to bring your way when the summer heat hits!

Chef Laura Pensiero

Questions about the #ChefLauraChallenge? Tweet us @justsalad! We’re happy to ask Chef Laura any questions. 

Vitamin Water for 99¢ in April


This April, power yourself with vitamins and antioxidants in Vitamin Water for only 99¢. We carry Vitamin Water in nine flavors: Power C, Zero Power C, XXX, Zero XXX, Revive, Energy, Zero Squeezed, Zero Energy, Zero Glow and Zero Revive. To receive the promotional price, simply show your loyalty card to the cashier or order online.


- Team Just Salad

5 new stores coming this spring!


Next week, our 2nd Upper East Side location opens at 70TH ST & 1ST AVE! Keep posted for details on our Grand Opening promotion (there will be a “buy one, get one” deal!).


We are super excited to open our first location in the Garden State! Our WAYNE, NJ store opens within the next two weeks. To kick off the store opening, we’re celebrating with a FREE SALAD DAY, so stay tuned for details.


Not only are we crossing state lines, we are venturing into DUBAI. Opening within the next month, check out Just Salad Dubai’s Facebook & Instagram pages to stay up to date on their progress.


HUDSON SQUARE is finally getting a Just Salad! Opening this spring at the corner of Hudson and Vandam Streets, be sure to walk by and enter our Instagram contest (details are posted on the window!).


And lastly, we are bringing more salad-love to FiDi at the corner of BROAD & BRIDGE ST. Have a location suggestion? Tell us!

You’re Invited: JS Park Slope’s 1 Year Anniversary

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This Saturday, you are invited to our Park Slope store’s 1 year anniversary! To celebrate, we are offering 50% off smoothies and soups*, complimentary face painting, and FREE basic stroller cleaning from Clean Bee Baby. In addition, 15% of all sales will be donated to New York Methodist Hospital’s Spirit of Women program. Stop by this Saturday to enjoy the festivities!

See you then!

- Team Just Salad

*With purchase of salad or wrap.

#ChefLauraChallenge: Results!

Laura Pensiero, our Chef and Registered Dietitian, ate Just Salad every day for lunch and dinner for two weeks, creating her own #ChefLauraChallenge. Check out her first entry to learn more, and keep reading below to see how she did!

Reflecting on my journey through the Chef Laura Challenge, I’ve had my ups and downs, but in the end, I have learned so much AND seen great results.

Let’s start with the challenges. By the end of the first week, I felt maxed out on salad. I’m convinced this would have been a lot easier during the hot weather months when salad feels more natural, but in the dreary February month, salad definitely doesn’t feel comforting or nourishing enough. Luckily, with all of the salad and menu varieties at Just Salad, I can’t say that I’m limited in options. I’ve mixed my lettuces between dark and light, blended low-fat dressings and even switched it up with some soups, such as the Vegetable Split Pea.


From there, I’ve learned that having a plan is fundamental in being successful. At first, I was going to Just Salad slightly hungry and without a plan. Half-way through the challenge, I started mapping out my salads online with Nutritionix, rather than calculating while in line at the store. A ‘plan’ is providing more balance and tampering down any anxiety about balance. I also determined that protein is essential! By doubling my protein at lunch, I felt fuller longer and my cravings for unhealthy snacks was greatly reduced.

I’ve also realized that slow eating is key. Eating slowly allows you to be more conscious or mindful and increases the response of hormones that let us know we’re satiated. Take time to chew your food, and appreciate the nourishment!

And now for the results…drumroll please!!

Chef Laura

In just two weeks of walking more, hydrating more, and eating with a plan… I’ve lost 8.2 pounds and 7 inches in total! The funny thing is, I knew all of the nutrition tips and tricks prior to the challenge. However, by being proactive in these 2 weeks, and acting on my knowledge, I’ve seen results and feel great! These past 2 weeks were a great “jumpstart” to my lifestyle change. I want you to keep in mind that two huge salads per day is sustainable only in the short run, but is a great way to jumpstart into healthy eating, break bad habits, and learn from the challenges it poses. That said, the variety at Just Salad helps keep it interesting!

Thank you so much for following on my journey. It’s amazing how simple changes I’ve made (through eating at Just Salad) can yield great results! In two weeks, I will be sure to update you all with how things are going post-#ChefLauraChallenge. (Let’s just say, I plan on incorporating everything I have learned + I bought a spinning bike to stay active no matter the season!)

Until then, keep on eating healthy!

Chef Laura Pensiero

Questions about the #ChefLauraChallenge? Tweet us @justsalad! We’re happy to ask Chef Laura any questions.

Energize with 99¢ FRAVA this March


This March, we are super excited to offer Frava for only 99¢!

What is Frava? Frava is real fruit juice infused with natural caffeine (Fruit + Java = Frava!). A natural, clean alternative to traditional energy drinks, we carry Frava in four flavors: Peach Mango, Pomegranate Acai, Pineapple Orange, and Cranberry Orange. To receive the promotional price, simply show your loyalty card to the cashier or order online.


- Team Just Salad

PS: Last week we launched the VIP Blue Bowl into outer space! Check out our video and enter our first contest (ending tomorrow!).

#ChefLauraChallenge: Meet Chef Laura

Laura Pensiero, our Chef and Registered Dietitian, is taking over our Instagram and Twitter accounts for her two week #ChefLauraChallenge. Read below to learn more, get in shape and win some cool prizes!


First off – let me introduce myself: My name is Laura Pensiero, and I am the Chef and Registered Dietitian for Just Salad. You may have seen me on the Just Salad Video or viewed the “Chef Laura Shrines” displayed at each store.

Today, I am thrilled (and, I must admit, a little nervous) to announce my Two Week Get Fit Challenge. For the next two weeks, I will eat Just Salad for lunch and dinner. Having been about two sizes smaller for most of my life, I decided it was time to make a change. I’m over 40. I’m not eating the way I should. And right now that extra 10 lbs to 15 lbs is not going to budge without some definite effort. It may not seem like a lot of weight, but it’s bothersome. Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine will help anyone feel great both physically and mentally.

Spending most of my time in Upstate New York near my restaurant and catering company Gigi Hudson Valley, I am very excited to devote the next two weeks to this challenge and fully immerse myself in the Just Salad culture. If you see me in-store, please be sure to say “Hello!”

Why am I doing this?
I realized that I am not doing the things that, as a nutritionist, I tell my clients to do. As a Registered Dietitian (RD), my job is to teach healthy living and I need to practice what I preach. Plus, I would have a fabulous wardrobe if I lost 10 lbs. Even though I am a RD, my schedule is demanding and I struggle to eat healthy consistently, just like many of you.

What’s the plan?
I am going to eat Just Salad every day for lunch and dinner. (Hopefully, I won’t get sick of salad!) In order to maximize the results in the quickest amount of time, I plan on filling my diet with lots of vegetables and lean proteins and minimizing carbs except for some of the high fiber ‘super foods’, such as wheat berries, quinoa, lentils, and edamame, that we offer at Just Salad.

Walking is a huge part of my plan. In addition to working out with Exceed Physical Culture, I am going to walk everywhere I possibly can. Living in the countryside, you do not realize how walking everywhere helps keep you in shape. Rather than walking around all the time, I get in my car and drive, especially in the winter.

Follow me!
Accompany me along my journey to lose a few pounds, and maybe lose a few yourself. I will be posting live updates and nutrition tips on Twitter and Instagram, “taking over” Just Salad’s accounts. Please feel free to ask me questions or provide some encouragement with #ChefLauraChallenge.  (Use #ChefLauraChallenge on Twitter or Instagram and you will automatically be entered to win cool prizes like our 2014 VIP Bowl!)

Wish me luck!


Chef & RD Laura Pensiero

Snack on BEANITOS for only 99¢ this February

This February, we’re excited to feature BEANITOS for only 99 cents!

What are BEANITOS? Made using whole black or pinto beans, these tortilla style chips are corn and gluten free and contain at least 4g of protein and fiber in each serving. We carry Beanitos chips in three flavors: Restaurant Style (White Bean w/ Sea Salt), Nacho Cheese, and Chipotle BBQ. To receive the promotional price, simply show your loyalty card to the cashier or order online.

Hungry yet? Order now!

- Team Just Salad

PS: Check out which talk show host gets her salad at our UES store!