When Pam Powell was a teenager, she worked as a dishwasher at Madden's on Gull Lake in northern Minnesota. All summer long she was eyeing the salad girl, waiting for her to quit so that she could get out of washing dishes. Her perseverance paid off, and eventually she became the "Salad Girl"! Thus began a lifelong love for designing healthy and beautiful salads.
That seasonal job eventually led her to catering and working as a private chef for several White Bear Lake families. "I was asked to create unique salads for each special occasion or party, and I learned to fashion my salads from the 'pick' of the garden that day," said Pam. "I would accent the fresh greens and vegetables with homemade vinaigrette inspired by the fruits and herbs of the season." It was these dressings that became the inspiration for her business.
"With the help and encouragement of my husband and business partner Jim, son Nick and his best friend Anna (and a whole lot of family and friends), we took these homemade dressings to the Mill City Farmers Market in Minneapolis the summer of 2007. The response was so terrific that we were invited to sell our now certified organic dressings at Kowalski's Markets," says Powell.
Look for Salad Girl products in the refrigerated dressing section of the Produce Department . Each bottle has one of Pam's salad recipes on the label for inspiration, and is paired with a package of "To Go Nuts!" and Fruits to top off each salad. "The dressings can also be used as marinades or grilling sauces for salmon, chicken and pork," offers Powell. "Try mixing some into your deviled eggs, tossing Crisp Apple Maple with warm cheese tortellini, sliced pears and toasted walnuts, or using Curry and Fig as a topping on roast turkey for a gourmet sandwich," suggests Pam. We're sure you'll think of lots of ideas of your own as you use these fresh-tasting dressings.
"The company is an extension of our belief that food is essential and holistic, and that eating fresh organic goodness benefits us individually and communally," adds Pam. Salad Girl offers sustainable packaging, local manufacturing, a commitment to give back to the community and a pledge of doing business with integrity, whimsy and joy! You can also feel good knowing you're supporting another one of our neighbors and local partners!