healthy salads you can find around boston via wgbh includes rail trail microcreamery

by Matt priven

“If we’re going to identify some super healthy salads, we’re going to need to have some criteria. First of all, we’re not talking about appetizers or side salads here; this is a list of meal-worthy salads. As in all healthy meals, we’re looking for balance. We want a nice balance between veggies, protein, healthy fat, and carbohydrates.

Veggies: We’re looking for a variety of colors, which will ensure that we are getting a diverse array of nutrients. Extra points are given for locally-sourced ingredients. Not only are locally-sourced ingredients likely to be more fresh, they support the maintenance of our local farmlands, which means a healthier environment for all.

Protein: Lean meat, fish, and plant-based options all work.

Healthy fat: We’re talking about monounsaturated fats like avocados, nuts, and EVOO or sources of Omega-3’s like fatty fish, flaxseeds, and chia seeds.

Carbohydrates: Yes, we want a source of carbohydrates on our salad. Getting enough carbohydrates will help us replenish our blood sugar so we can return to our day with energy and focus.

Let’s not forget that taste is an important component too. If your salad is not delicious and exciting to eat, than how can it be called healthy? After all, health is about more than just collecting nutrients; it’s about enjoying life! So, without further ado, here are our picks for super healthy (and tasty) salads being served in the Greater Boston area.”

The ROASTED BEET from Rail Trail Flatbread Co.

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Ingredients: fire roasted beets, quinoa, pumpkin seeds, radicchio, endive, roasted red peppers, goat cheese, olive oil breadcrumbs, sherry vinaigrette

This is the only salad on the list not being served in Boston-proper. Rail Trail Flatbread Co. is located in Hudson, MA and they are serving a super healthy beet salad that is worthy of making the list. The Roasted Beet salad puts the focus on, well... beets. And for good reason! Loaded with folic acid and fiber, beets are a great choice. The pepitas bring healthy minerals and fat to the party. The addition of quinoa and goat cheese makes this salad a meal.

The cheese is a locally-made capri chevre sourced from Mullahy’s Cheese (also from Hudson, MA). While this salad is loaded with healthy ingredients, it is also full of flavor! The olive oil breadcrumbs and crunchy endive provide texture, while the sherry vinaigrette gives great acidity. Highly recommended!

33 Main St., Hudson, 978-293-3552,

hudson, massachusetts named one of the top places to live by boston magazine

“An artisanal ice cream shop (New City microcreamery), a craft brewery (medusa brewing company), a gift store stocked with handmade wares (haberdash), and, yes, a speakeasy (less than greater than), all within walking distance of one another: What city neighborhood could possibly check all of those boxes? Hudson does. Over the past five years, the once-­languishing central Massachusetts mill town has been transformed into a lively, dynamic locale—and people are noticing. Younger city dwellers worn down by sky-high prices are putting down roots here, as are suburbanites. “So many times before, we had found ourselves…sipping crafts beers at Medusa Brewing Company,” says teacher Ryann Hart, who moved to Hudson from nearby Marlborough. “And then we truly hit the jackpot when our dream home came on the market.”

We are excited to be named one of the top places to live in Massachusetts. to read more about hudson being the best place to live in massachusetts as quoted by boston magazine

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Rail Trail releases Impossible Burger

The Impossible Burger makes its debut on the Rail Trail menu this week. The burger comes with a vegan set—Daiya provolone, vegan French onion spread, crispy potato skins and lettuce. Stanford University biochemistry professor emeritus Patrick O. Brown started developing the plant-based protein in 2011, and now serves as CEO of Impossible Foods. ”

Worcester magazine

forbes magazine: A Restaurant Company Explains The Difference Between Good Profits And Bad Profits

“Order lunch or dinner at the Rail Trail Flatbread Co. in Hudson, Mass., and you’re in for a pleasant experience. The food is great. The service is excellent. And if you ask, your server will be happy to explain the economics of the business—labor, cost of goods, and so on—along with some ideas she and her coworkers have recently come up with to boost revenue and control expenses.”

forbes magazine

Hudson's Rail Trail Flatbread Co. opens up its books to workers

“Every employee at the restaurant – and soon two others across the street owned and operated by the same group – is taught the economics of running a restaurant, and to a greater extent, their own life, thanks to an open-book management style..”

worcester business journal


new city microcreamery

less than greater than

medusa brewing

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mullahy's cheese shop

mapleline farm

harvey's farm

lettuce be local

ground effect brewing

verrill farm


Rail trail flatbread company awarded Best Casual Restaurant: 2017 Boston Magazine

"Opened by three young entrepreneurs in 2012, this area hot spot almost single-handedly revitalized Hudson’s now-booming Main Street, and the fire is still burning bright in the pizza oven today."

Boston Magazine

Where to Eat + Drink in Hudson, MA

"Fresh out of Babson business school in 2011, friends Karim El-Gamal and Michael Kasseris began searching for the perfect site to open their first restaurant. But faced with Boston’s exorbitant rents, they (like so many before them) decided to head west, where Kasseris’s uncle owned real estate on Hudson’s main drag. In 2012, joined by Kasseris’s childhood friend Jason Kleinerman, they opened the Rail Trail Flatbread Co., offering 20 taps of craft beer and char-blistered pies. That leap of faith opened the floodgates for other food-oriented entrepreneurs, who are populating downtown with everything from a gourmet cheese shop to a next-level gastropub. Ahead, a pedestrian-friendly tour of Hudson’s burgeoning Main Street."

boston magazine


Rail Trail Flatbread Co. picked this small Central Mass. town to open their restaurant and they're glad they did

"What spurred you guys to open New City after the Rail Trail?

The storefront was all beat up and it was kind of a shame looking at it every single day, and always wondering what would happen to it, and how someone could clean it up. We also had a lot of families come in and ask for different desserts, and downtown Hudson was becoming a destination for many.

And I think we wanted to offer something to families that were coming here all the way from two or three or four towns over, an hour away, coming to Hudson. They wanted to have dinner, and have a nice Friday night, and we felt like ice cream was something we were always excited about doing."

read the full interview

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