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Butch Cassidy (born in Beaver, Utah) was actually a very polite man who avoided violence whenever possible...one of his proudest claims was that he never killed a man.

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All honey is antibacterial because the bees add an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide. And some varieties of honey possess large amounts of friendly probiotic bacteria (good for your gut!).

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Butch Cassidy

Available: Utah

Chef's Inspiration

Utah is the Beehive State so my inspiration for this salad started with that sweet nectar of the gods: honey. I began with the dressing and decided to add in mint because it pairs well with honey by giving it a freshness and cutting the cloyingness. Everything else magically fell into place after that! The grilled sweet onions and the mangos complement the sweetness while the celery and walnuts balance it out. The onions bring a smokiness and the walnuts introduce a richness without adding too much flavor (Chef’s Tip: if you’re allergic to nuts, try feta or another light cheese instead). 

MAD Story

Butch Cassidy, born Robert LeRoy Parker, grew up on a small ranch in southwestern Utah that specialized in making honey. The Parkers could sell a small jar for $42, an exorbitant amount in 1876, so they forbade their 13 kids from eating any of it. But young Butch loved to lick his hands after harvesting the honey and he soon became addicted. He would pour it in his coffee in the morning. He would drizzle a handful of walnuts with it for an afternoon snack. He would even sneak it onto his chicken at dinner. When his parents finally realized what he was doing, they were furious and kicked Butch out of the house. They told him he couldn’t return to the family until he paid back the lost profits: $13,104.

Butch, having no idea what to do, ended up at the town saloon. There, he met Chef Dan, an out-of-town traveling salesman who peddled salad. Chef Dan was sad because people kept telling him his latest creation of baby greens, mango, celery and grilled onions was missing something. Upon hearing this, Butch had a brilliant idea…add honey!* And he knew just where to get some, albeit illegally since his parents had a restraining order against him. Yes, Butch Cassidy’s first theft was stealing honey from his own family’s ranch. But it worked. Chef Dan’s salad began to sell like crazy; people came from Arizona, Colorado and even Texas to buy it. Chef Dan was so grateful to Butch he gave him a small cut of the first month's profits: $15,000 dollars. Butch was able to pay back his parents and return to the family ranch to live out the rest of his days as a beekeeper. 

 
*He also mentioned his idea about honey-covered walnuts and honey-covered chicken, but Dan decided to focus solely on the salad.

Ingredients

  • Baby Greens
  • Mango
  • Celery
  • Grilled Sweet Onions
  • Walnuts
  • Grilled Citrus Chicken

Nutrition Information

  • Calories
    394
  • Total Fat
    21g
  • Cholesterol
    72mg
  • Sodium
    185mg
  • Total Carbs
    20g
  • Protein
    31g
  • Vitamin A
    17%
  • Vitamin C
    40%
  • Calcium
    8%
  • Iron
    11%