‘Watts for Dinner’: Fresh Market – like homemade, without the work

Will Watts
Correspondent

Our next dining destination is Fresh Market; we shopped the one in South Naples. From the deli to the seafood department and bakery, we found plenty of options to take home, and avoid cooking – for the most part.

Our meal got off to an appetizing start with the shrimp salad ($12.19 lb.) from the seafood department. We paired that with some rosemary sea salt French rounds ($3.99 for a 7 oz. package). These small crunchy toasts usually pair well with the salad selection.

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We also shared a traditional pre-made salad ($8.99) – of which Fresh Market has a nice variety. And a spicy shrimp roll ($7.99) from their packaged sushi selection; which is made in store.

For our main entrée, we bought some tuna salad ($5.50 lb.) and a rustic French roll ($7.98) to make a tuna sub.   

First, the shrimp salad. Always a nice creamy dressing mixed with chopped celery and whole shrimps, minus the tail. This time around the small toasts were a little stale. I blame the humidity.

I loved the sushi roll. As far as pre-made goes, I like Fresh Market’s better than any of the competitors. And this one, featuring shrimp and a spicy mayonnaise, was particularly good.

The bread for our sub was nice and chewy. I liked the tuna salad, very mild; the way I like it.

For sides, we selected mascarpone mashed potatoes (yum!) and a baked macaroni and cheese (which required reheating in the oven; our only real chore this meal – besides shopping). The potatoes were heavenly and the mac and cheese respectfully sinful.  

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For dessert we selected an Italian cream cake from the bakery. It was a tough choice, as the bakery features many lovely treats. The cake features a nice creamy, rich icing and chopped walnuts in the cake. So good!

If you’re looking for a meal that feels homemade, without all the work; Fresh Market has numerous options from select pre-made pizzas, a variety of vegetable and traditional salads, and a huge bread and seafood selection. Happy eating!

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If you go

Fresh Market

  • Shops at Eagle Creek, 12628 Tamiami Trail E., Naples
  • 239-732-0237
  • thefreshmarket.com