New Dole salad recipes highlight cities

Courtesy Dole Fresh Vegetables

One of four new salad recipes from Dole Fresh Vegetables, the "Red, White and Blue Berry Salad," uses Mediterranean blend lettuce with berries and cheese. Each salad highlights a specific U.S. city, in this case, Washington, D.C.

After 18 months of research into consumer preferences, Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc., Monterey, Calif., is releasing a series of salad recipes.

Each of the recipes is dedicated to a specific city, according to a news release.

Leading the parade is the “Red, White and Blue Berry Salad,” created as the official 2010 summer salad of Washington, D.C. The salad, developed by the company and the Dole Nutrition Institute, features strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, feta cheese and toasted almonds on a bed of Mediterranean or Spring Mix Salad Blends.

Other city/salad recipes are Philly Cheesesteak salad for Philadelphia, Connecticut Antipasto salad for Hartford-New Haven, and Crab & Fruit salad for Baltimore.

The research sought to identify cities with higher salad consumption and populations more likely to try new salad blends and ingredients, according to the release, and possibly serve salad as meal.

Washington, D.C. must share the spotlight with three other cities and their newly-created official salads, said Bob Ochsner, a spokesman for Dole Fresh Vegetables. The cities are Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Hartford-New Haven, Conn., he said.

The research project was part of the company’s relaunch of its Dole Salads and All Natural Dole Salad Kit lines, according to the release.