MILWAUKEE — Garden-Fresh Foods has expanded its clean label Green Leaf Signature Salads line with a new Caribbean jerk style cauliflower and chickpea salad. The company's clean and ready-to-eat salads are made for its grocery and private label customers.
The complete line, which now includes seven premium salads, contains only natural ingredients and no artificial preservatives, sweeteners, colors and flavors, the company said. The new salad is made with cauliflower, crisp carrots and tender chickpeas dressed in a traditional jerk-spiced vinaigrette dressing with a hint of red chili heat.
“With cauliflower as popular as it is today, we wanted to develop a flavor profile that leads with this popular vegetable, which may even overtake kale as the new 'it' vegetable,” said Tom Sterle, executive chef at Garden-Fresh Foods. “Cauliflower is easy to eat and is a healthy alternative to white rice and gluten-filled grains. Our new salad pairs well with lean protein like fish or chicken and is also a hearty stand-alone dish.”
The new salad, according to Tom Hughes, founder and chairman of Garden-Fresh Foods, was created in response to evolving flavor profiles around the United States, especially among millennials who continue to spend more time shopping in the deli and prepared food isles. “They also want new and bold flavors and place a greater focus on vegetables,” acknowledged Hughes, adding that millennials continue to remain a market growth opportunity for the company.
Green Leaf Signature Salads include:
- Caribbean Jerk Style Cauliflower and Chickpea Salad
- 3-Grain Curry Salad
- Korean Kimchi Salad
- Macaroni Salad
- Pasta Italiano Salad
- Potato Salad
- Whistling Dixie Cole Slaw
For more information on the company's line of Green Leaf Signature Salads, click here.