5 years ago

The story behind our deli salads

Bea James, our Senior Manager of Organic, Natural and Health & Wellness, shares what makes our deli salads so special:

Our deli cases are filled with beautiful, fresh and flavor-packed salads! Choose from timeless favorites, like Cherry Chicken Pasta Salad or our Signature Potato Salad, to new masterpieces, like Grilled Vegetable Quinoa Salad or Sunny Broccoli Salad. You’ll love the tasty varieties each week.

The newest additions to our deli salads were expertly crafted by myself and Tim Tesch, our executive chef, and are loaded with trending health foods.

When we developed these salads, we looked at many cool beans (pun intended) and grains with the local experts at Indian Harvest in Bemidji, Minnesota. One of our favorites was the creamy and tender giant Peruvian lima bean that we used to create a lima bean salad with blue cheese, bacon and basil. We also loved the dainty little French green lentils that we combined with baby peppadews, asparagus and a sweet chili pepper dressing.

Tim explains, “Our goal is to deliver extraordinary salads that not only have the usual wholesome and pure qualities many people look for when they reach for a salad, but also salads that surprise and delight the senses with unique fresh herbs, grains, beans, vegetables and fruits.”

Another discovery for us was a beautiful golden grain called grano. We combined it with fresh vegetables and traditional Greek flavors to create our Greta Garbanzo Salad. We also enjoyed a hearty and nourishing grain called farro. We couldn’t help but play off the name for a salad we call Farrout Broccoli Kale. In addition to what the name implies, this salad also features dried apricots, sun-dried tomatoes and Parmesan cheese—all brought to life in a simple olive oil and lemon dressing. 

In total, we have 22 new sensational salads. We love each of them for the unique and colorful traits and flavors they bring to the party. The special quality they all share is the ability to shine on the center stage of your plate.

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad
A delicious twist on pasta salad and a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Rotini pasta with oven-poached chicken, fresh vegetables, and crumbled blue cheese smothered with a creamy and mildly-spiced buffalo dressing. Pair it with our Bake-at-Home Rustic Italian Batard and an iced sparkling beverage.

Grilled Vegetable Quinoa
Savory and smoky fire-grilled asparagus, zucchini, red pepper, and red onion tossed with fresh grape tomatoes, feta cheese, and tender quinoa in a fresh basil balsamic vinaigrette. Pair it with grilled salmon, our multi-grain baguette, and an Argentine Torrontes wine.

Greta Garbanzo Salad
If you favor the Mediterranean diet, then you’re going to love this one. Garbanzo beans, Grano, and kale tossed with kalamata olives and fresh tomatoes enrobed in an olive oil, lemon, mint and garlic dressing. Place this salad in a pita and serve with a Sicilian Nero d’Avola wine.