eat these greens December 19, 2010

As of this very moment, I want you to forget everything you know about bagged salad mix. That sketchy stuff at your local grocery chain that you have to thoroughly inspect – through an overly-printed package – to make sure there are no wilted, brown or slimy bits in it. Imagine being able to go to an independently owned market and picking up a see-through bag of locally produced, high-quality lettuce for little more than you’d pay at a big-box store.

That day is finally here thank to Podponics, an Atlanta-based company growing some of the highest quality salad greens I’ve ever had the good fortune of tasting. Most salad lettuces are grown 2,000 miles away in California, which makes their average trip from field to table somewhere in the three-to-four day range. Podponics can deliver fresh salad greens to Atlanta stores and businesses in mere hours. Add to the fact that local produced products mean more local jobs…and it’s a win-win for everyone.

Their current blend of seven different types of lettuces creates a delicious blend of natural flavor – did you know lettuce had a flavor besides salad dressing – and texture. These aren’t your usual stiff, overly robust leaves – they have a silky soft texture that is unparalleled. I’m not the only food folk to be obsessed with these greens. Restaurants such as 4th & Swift and Goin’ Coastal have added Podponics salad lettuces to their menus. While the fledgling company is looking for investment to be able to extend their retail reach in 2011, consumers who want to use Podponics greens at home can purchase them at intown retailers such as Candler Park Market and Savi Urban Market in Inman Park.

For the ultimate Podponics salad experience, leave that heavy dressing for an Iceberg wedge. Use your greens as soon as possible after purchase and dress lightly. This is not the type of salad you use as a vehicle for the dressing. I whipped up a terrific and feather-light dressing of honey, citrus and poppy seeds (for a teensy bit of crunch), which I’ve included below. Enjoy!

For more information on Podponics, see their website or check them out on Facebook.

Honey-Lime Poppy Seed Vinaigrette – makes enough to lightly dress one bag of Podponics salad lettuces – serves 2

  • 1 tablespoon good quality, local honey
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • juice and zest of 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • ¾ tablespoon good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

- In a small bowl, whisk together honey, vinegar,  lime juice and poppy seeds. Slowly drizzle the olive oil into the bowl and whisk until combined. Give it a taste and add salt and pepper, as needed. Dress the greens and lightly toss. Serve immediately.

Comments

emiglia Dec 20, 2010 02:12 pm

I think it’s so great that you’re able to get such amazing lettuces in the wintertime! I got spoiled by local lettuce this summer (yes, the kind that actually tastes like something). I used to eat it plain while preparing dinner!

Nicole Dec 21, 2010 10:12 am

I think it takes a lot to make someone crave lettuce, but you sure have done it. I hate slimy leaves!

DessertForTwo Dec 22, 2010 11:12 am

I saw a recipe for a winter salad with poppy seeds in Fine Cooking a while back, and have been meaning to make it. Thanks for the inspiration!

P.S. Can’t wait to meet you at Food Blog South! :)

jean Dec 28, 2010 11:12 pm

Had the Podponic Greens at Goin’ Coastal… fabulous! Very cool concept – can’t get any fresher unless you are growing greens in your backyard! I’m going to try your lime and poppy seed dressing sounds light and wonderful!