It’s Leap Day and for the last several days I have been recovering from the class I took during Union Square Fest at Athleta. That workout was so intense that I struggled walking up and down the stairs for several days. Right after the workout, I decided to swing by Sweetgreen. Sweetgreen uses all their ingredients grown from local and community farms so everything is fresh. I decided to order the lowest calorie dish (375 calories) called the Rad Thai, derived from the Thai street dish Pad Thai. This salad consists of organic arugula + organic mesclun, sprouts, carrots, shredded cabbage, spicy sunflower seeds, cucumbers, basil, citrus shrimp, and one round of spicy cashew dressing. The salad was incredibly filling. My favorite part of the salad was the citrus shrimp. The total cost of this salad was $12.85 plus tax. The price is reasonable given the ingredients used. I would definitely return and try the Spicy Sabzi.
For those who do not have access to Sweetgreen or the organic ingredients, this salad can be made on a budget and it can serve more than one person.
Salad Blend – Arugula & Mesclun or any mixed salad = 2 for $5 at Stop & Shop
Sprouts – Chinese or Asian Supermarket usually sells for a decent price.
Shredded Carrots = 3 for $5 at Stop & Shop
Cabbage – usually the best sale is before St. Patrick’s Day at the price of either $0.19 and $0.29/lb. at Stop and Shop. Red Cabbage is usually purchased at $0.99/lb. on sale at any supermarket.
Shrimp – $6.99/lb at Stop and Shop
Spicy Sunflower Seeds – convenience store e.g. CVS, 7-11, Duane Reade
Cucumbers – usually purchased $0.99/lb and below.
Basil – I usually purchase a fresh pack at an Asian supermarket (approx. $2.00/lb)
Citrus Marinade – orange juice, lemon juice, olive oil, sriracha
Spicy Creamy Cashew Dressing (Derived from “Redeeming the Table”) – Juice of 1 orange, Juice of 1 lime or lemon chopped raw cashews, garlic, sea salt, red chili flakes and Grinds of black pepper
I have not made this dish personally, but after researching the ingredients, now I want to make this dish. It would be serve as a great and quick potluck dish too.