Dole Food Company Inc. has added another selection criteria to the 12 recipes featured during its “Healthier by Dole” recipe series in May. The alignment of the stars.
In honor of National Salad Month in May, and in the spirit of encouraging more Americans to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables on the eve of the summer salad season, Dole has released a dozen original salad recipes linked to the specific astrological personalities of the 12 zodiac signs.
“Healthier by Dole” is a monthly recipe series that provides healthier, easier and tastier menu alternatives for big and small holidays and eating occasions. So far this year, Dole has offered a big game-worthy vegan tailgate in February, healthier, Irish-themed dishes for St. Patrick’s Day in March, and banana-centric recipes in honor of National Banana Week in April.
Left: Lion Cobb Chicken Salad; right: Walkabout Salad Cones
According to Melanie Marcus, RD, MA, Dole’s nutrition and health communications manager, this month’s salad-eating message is meant to be fun, slightly irreverent, and reach those who may not be following a regular salad routine. “From the Virgo who appreciates a more structured bowl of greens to the Scorpio looking for more daring ingredients to the Gemini conflicted between sweet and savory, we’ve got your salad profile covered. Our ‘Healthier by Dole’ menu series is all about making fresh produce more fun and accessible,” said Marcus. “Our hope is that by personalizing salad prep and selection, we inspire non-salad-eaters to discover that when fresh lettuces, fruits, vegetables, toppings, and dressings come together in a bowl, the result can taste like a little slice of heaven.”
Here are Marcus’ 12 salad signs of the zodiac in honor of both National Salad Month and National Eat More Fruits and Vegetables Day, an annual holiday observed on the Thursday before Memorial Day, which this year is May 26.
- Capricorn (December 22–January 19): Chopped Bacon Caesar with Shrimp
- Aquarius (January 20–February 18): Watermelon and Shaved Ricotta Salata with Mint
- Pisces (February 19–March 20): Pepper Crusted Tuna Cucumber Crunch Salad
- Aries (March 21–April 19): Blazin’ Fruit Salad
- Taurus (April 20–May 20): Southwest Caesar Chicken Salad
- Gemini (May 21–June 21): Sweet and Savory Potato Salad
- Cancer (June 22–July 22): Shaved Spring Vegetables, Spring Greens, and Curry Salad
- Leo (July 23–August 22): Lion Cobb Chicken Salad
- Virgo (August 23–September 22): Summer Cobb Salad
- Libra (September 23–October 23): Chopped Tahini-Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken
- Scorpio (October 24–November 21): Southwestern Gazpacho
- Sagittarius (November 22–December 21): Walkabout Salad Cones
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