Mad Fact

Pomona was the Roman Goddess of fruit trees, garden and orchards and said to be part wood nymph. Unusually, she does not have a Greek counterpart.

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The fiber contained in pecans promotes colon health and facilitates regular bowel movements. It enables the colon to work at greater levels of efficiency by cleaning out the gastrointestinal system.

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Pomona

Available: Arizona, Colorado, Texas

Chef's Inspiration

This fruit-forward salad with a sweet crunchy surprise is one of our long-time favorite salads. The sweetness of the praline pecans really highlights the salty-sweet play going on between the cheese and the fruit. Eat at your own risk...one bite and you'll be hooked!

MAD Story

Like most gods of her time, Pomona went to college and, of course, had to participate in awkward orientation icebreakers (some things never change). Her school had asked all of its students to bring a physical representation of their “area of influence” (so the goddess of springtime came with beautiful flowers, the god of all rivers brought a bottle of water, etc.). The gods were then paired up and instructed to create something using both of their offerings, which they would present to the group. Pomona had brought a bounty of apples and craisins from her oasis. She was partnered with Aristaeus, son of Apollo and known for his ability to make olive oil, honey, cheese and butter. He had brought his favorite cheese…feta. Knowing that salad was THE hot new foodie trend (Dionysos has just invented the Greek salad), Pomona proposed they throw the feta, craisins and apples together on top of a bed of greens (plus some nuts for texture).  Their creation earned a standing ovation from the other students and Pomona earned her place in salad her-story.

Ingredients

  • Baby Greens
  • Apples
  • Feta Cheese
  • Craisins
  • Praline Pecans
  • Grilled Citrus Chicken

Nutrition Information

  • Calories
    570
  • Total Fat
    25g
  • Cholesterol
    117mg
  • Sodium
    777mg
  • Total Carbs
    51g
  • Protein
    35g
  • Vitamin A
    9%
  • Vitamin C
    8%
  • Calcium
    28%
  • Iron
    10%