The origin of Salad Girl Organic Salad Dressings dates back to my teenage years when I was hired at Madden’s Pine Beach Lodge in northern Minnesota as a dishwasher. All summer long, while tediously washing dishes, I watched in awe as the “Salad Girl” prepped fresh produce from local farms and blended delicious ingredients to make a variety of salad dressings for the resort. Oh, how I wished I could have that job!
By the end of the summer, my wish came true, and I became the Salad Girl! I didn’t know at the time that this chance introduction to fresh food preparation would lead to a life-long love for fresh, organic produce and to a rewarding career in the natural foods catering industry and a company called Salad Girl.
Hand crafting unique salads with home made, artisan vinaigrettes and fresh, seasonal, organic ingredients was definitely my forte. People ordered my vinaigrettes as gifts, and I often dreamed of bringing a fresher-tasting, organic salad dressing to market shelves.
In the summer of 2007, with loads of help and much encouragement from family and friends, my husband Jim, son Nick, his wife Anna and I decided to see if there really was a market for my fresh organic dressings. We rented a small commercial kitchen space at our local armory, sourced ingredients at the farmers market and we began bottling our yummy dressings by hand to take them to sell at a really cool artisan farmers market called: The Mill City Farmers Market in DownTown Mpls.
To our delight we sold out every weekend! We were given some gracious foodie reviews by Rick Nelson of the Mpls. Tribune and Kathy Jenkins of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that really helped create a buzz around our little adventure. One good thing led to another, and we were invited onto the refrigerated shelves of 8 of the Kowalski Markets when we were ready to scale up production! By the March of 2008 we tip toed from the stepping stone of the commercial kitchen to a local co-packer and we were able to fill our first order for the Kowalskis Markets! Salad Girl actually became the first Certified Organic Fresh Dressing For Fresh Greens on the refrigerated shelves in Minnesota.
From Kowalski’s Markets, we expanded to the Twin Cities Whole Foods Markets, Lunds & Byerly’s, and almost all of our neighborhood co-ops in the Twin Cities. In the past few years, we have gained refrigerated shelf space upon the shelves of many fine food stores throughout the Midwest including all the beautiful Midwest Co-ops, Marianos Markets, Metro Markets, Cub Foods, Jerry's Markets, Fresh Thymes Farmers Markets, Target Stores, Fresh Market Stores, Hy-Vee Stores, Natural Grocers Stores and
Our lovely assortment of Salad Girl Organic Salad Dressings are inspired by seasonal garden flavors and colors. These inventive and vibrant flavor combinations will not only complement fresh greens, vegetables, and fruits but will put an extra WoW! on your rice, couscous, quinoa, ramen noodles, and pasta. Our dressings are also marvelous as a marinade and dipping sauce for grilled meats, poultry, and fish! The Salad Girl Organic Salad Dressing Company believes that eating fresh, organic goodness benefits us individually, communally, and environmentally. We are committed to bringing healthy, safe, and tasty organic products to your table.
Enjoy with Salad Girl!