Community gardens are a common topic of conversation here on the site, and we think they’re also an essential ingredient in growing a healthier, more sustainable community uptown, and beyond. For anyone who can’t enjoy garden-grown produce in their neighborhood, or make it to a farmer’s market on the weekend, The Bronx Salad is making the fresh tastes and health benefits of the borough’s vegetables more accessible.
The Bronx Salad is a collaborative effort between The Institute for Family Health’s Bronx Health REACH Coalition, South Bronx Overall Economic Development (SoBRO), the United Business Cooperative, and Mainland Media that aims to improve the health of Bronx residents through better food choices by providing better food options.
Chef King Phojonakong, maker of The Bronx Hot Sauce — an ingredient in the salad — conceived the salad recipe. In addition to locally grown greens and The Bronx Hot Sauce, it includes a Caribbean inspired dressing made from a blend of secret ingredients. The salad was taste tested at Boogie on the Boulevard this summer and received amazing feedback from Bronxites.
20 Bronx restaurants, including Charlies Bar & Kitchen, Don Pancho’s Steakhouse, and Mott Haven Bar and Grill, have agreed to add the salad to their menu, and The Bronx Health REACH is running a ioby crowdfunding campaign to cover the startup costs of purchasing ingredients. The amount they raise will be matched by the platform if they reach their goal by this Friday, September 30th so all Bronxites and supporters are encouraged to donate!