Spinach & Mixed Greens, Grilled Citrus Chicken, Pickled Beets, Feta, Carrots, Pickled Onions, Mint, Toasted Almonds with Tahini Caesar Dressing

Chef Lentine Alexis always looks to her international travels for inspiration. "There are so many ways other countries and cultures use ingredients and condiments that make really flavorful, healthful meals," she told us. It was on a bike ride through Morocco that inspiration struck for this salad where Lentine combines creamy Tahini Caesar dressing and feta with fresh mint, tart pickled veggies, sweet carrots and crunchy almonds. Chef Lentine calls it a "flavor-forward elevation of a traditional Caesar salad."

MAD Greens Menu Feature: Moroccan Caesar Salad

It was on a bike ride through #Morocco that inspiration struck for this #salad that combines creamy Tahini Caesar dressing and feta with fresh mint, tart pickled veggies, sweet carrots and crunchy almonds. Chef Lentine calls it a "flavor-forward elevation of a traditional Caesar salad." madgr.co/Moroccan_Caesar

Posted by MAD Greens on Monday, April 9, 2018
MAD Greens Spring Menu Fresh Mint

"Mint is an absolute staple in Morocco, the flavor is everywhere," says Lentine. While mint may seem like a surprising flavor to find in a bowl full of greens, it bursts on your palette and is so refreshing. It's also a natural selection for the springtime as fresh herbs are often the first thing available on a farm. This tiny leaf really ties the whole salad together and provides a nice balance to the tartness that comes from the pickled beets and red onions.

The pickled veggies may be polarizing to many, but these are what really elevates the Moroccan Caesar in terms of “foodie-ness.” National Restaurant Association and Unilever call pickles a top food trend of 2018. And let’s be honest, the resurgence of pickling is not surprising…vintage skills/crafts like canning, cheesemaking, bread breaking and yes, pickling are on the rise across Instagram and restaurant menus. According to Restaurant News Nation, pickles appear on more than 40% of all menus, up 15% in just four years. Plus, pickling is important in many cultures as a way of food preservation.

If all that doesn’t convince you to try the pickled beets and red onions on the Moroccan Caesar, think about the health benefits! Anything pickled helps improve your digestive system with cultivated probiotics. Pickling the beets makes them more digestible because the liquid breaks down the cellulose without losing any nutrients, meaning your body will absorb them faster. You can pickle just about anything with three components: brine, aromatics and food stuff. Our pickling liquid is rice wine vinegar, honey and salt so that the taste of the beets and onions can really shine. 

MAD Greens Spring Menu Pickled Beets

Yes, there's a lot going on in this salad but the Tahini Caesar dressing unites and grounds these unique ingredients. This is Chef Lentine's vegan (except for honey) alternative to a Caesar dressing. Its umami comes from Dijon mustard and the rich mouthfeel from the tahini, which is ground sesame seeds. She adds lemon juice and honey to balance it out for a sweet and tart, creamy yet dairy-free dressing.

MAD Greens Spring Menu Moroccan Caesar

Try the Moroccan Caesar for a fresh, balanced, satisfying salad...now available at all locations in Colorado, Arizona and Texas. Don't forget that for every Moroccan Caesar you purchase, we'll donate one meal to No Kid Hungry.