During a cold winter season, or like recently a polar vortex, I gravitate towards warm and comforting foods. In the winter, I desire foods such as mac & cheese and grilled cheese. Although I appreciate a good salad, it isn’t something I crave on a cold winter day. When I noticed that my local B.Good restaurant had a salad as one of their winter seasonal items, I admit I wasn’t initially sold. However, the salad’s description sounded unique and I was intrigued to try it out. The item I ordered is the seasonal Citrus & Avocado Salad. By the name alone, I was interested in the salad. One of my favorite pairings is avocado (creamy and fatty) and citrus (tart and acidic).
I sat down to wait, while my salad was being freshly prepared. I visited B. Good at 12:00 P.M., beating the lunch rush that soon accumulated. I thought I knew what to expect, but the salad exceeded any expectations I had. Being someone who enjoys a good salad, I’ve had many in my lifetime. I have to say, not only was this the prettiest salad, but it might have been the best tasting one I’ve ever had.
My first observation was the color scheme. The rich colors coming from this salad, is something you can’t miss. The Citrus and Avocado salad consists of a kale base, blood orange, avocado, radish, sweet potato, red cabbage, beets, cilantro and pumpkin seeds. Each ingredient of the salad was organized by color, which I found to be both thoughtful and aesthetically pleasing. It was so pretty I had to take a picture before digging in, even though I was extremely eager to. The vibrancy of this salad could brighten up any cold winter day.
The second observation I made was the portion. This was not a wimpy salad. Each ingredient was plentiful, I felt nothing was lacking. I knew I would be unable to finish the entire thing. This was satisfying because I felt I got my money’s worth and then some. If I was to make this salad on my own, with farm fresh ingredients like B.Good uses, I would spend well more than the $9.29 salad cost.
What I valued most about this salad, was its pairing of ingredients. All the ingredients featured, I would never think to combine into a single salad. Avocado, radish, red cabbage and beets are all items I typically see offered on salad’s at differing food establishments. Yet, I would’ve never thought to put a blood orange or sweet potato on a salad; let alone those two ingredients together. Every aspect of the salad was fresh. I didn’t see a single wilt or browning. The honey-ginger vinaigrette was tangy and lightly spicy but had a terrific sweetness from the honey. I kept finding myself trying to make the “perfect” bite; attempting to get some of each item on my fork all at once. The creamy taste of avocado, with the bitter spiciness of radish and tartness of blood orange, all sweetened by the sweet potato and beets, was an out-of-this world taste pairing. I could eat this salad every day and be satisfied, it was that good. Although it’s a winter seasonal item, I think this should be a permanent on the menu. I could see this being a salad that customers could enjoy year-round. Be sure to visit your local B.Good to get this salad before it leaves the menu.
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