Eat and Drink to your health at SALUD! de Mesilla
The Mesilla Valley has welcomed (with open arms I might add) a fresh, new eatery located next door to LuLu’s. Salud! de Mesilla opened their doors in the spring of 2016. Owners, Russell Hernandez and Christopher Schaljo, sat down with me to discuss their vast menu complete with options for many alternative diets.
Salud was actually a very well thought out name for this restaurant, according to Hernandez. This name comes from the feeling of being welcome and knowing all the other customers when you arrive, similar to the show “Cheers”. In addition, “Salud” in spanish, also means “to your health”, and that is exactly what they are trying to achieve here.
With alternative menu items such as a paleo wrap, pickled fennel, house-made mint vinaigrette, and gluten-free pancakes, everyone at your table is sure to be pleased. Russell and Chris really wanted to cater to all diets, even restrictive ones. They have been able to create a vast offering of gluten-free, vegetarian and paleo items.
Rainbow bread, a colorful, hearty loaf, is offered to every table upon being seated. The bread is complimented with various types of artisan butters, ranging from sweet to savory. Rainbow bread gives Salud their own signature twist on the typical chips and salsa given at most New Mexican restaurants. This fun creation can be traced back to their talented Pastry Chef, Milo Rubio, who has also imagined many of the decadent gluten-free dessert options. The most recent addition to the dessert menu is a Ferrero Rocher layered cake.
Another popular menu item is the Pecan Smoked Salmon over broccolini and papas. This dish features pecans from Salopek Farms, and a sweet serrano pepper aioli.
This vast menu is sure to cater to every person in your dining party!