Published in Welwyn Hatfield Times 9 August 2017
Have you seen the little salad boxes popping up around the area? I always like to support an alternative to the big chains, and Prep my Salad is a great idea: they make boxed salads, that are perfect for an easy, nutritious lunch.
Naomi and Ben live in Panshanger and sell the salad boxes to private customers, for party catering and for events and festivals in Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield, St Albans, Harpenden and Hertford; I met Ben at a local school music festival. They have just catered at the West End Musical Choirs Summer Showcase in St. John’s Church in Hackney alongside food takeaway giant Leon. Prep my Salad also deliver orders to local offices for lunches which makes a nice change from sandwiches. Each salad costs 5 pounds, which includes delivery.
Naomi and Ben make everything themselves; the salads are very colourful, vegan and packed with plant-based protein for a filling lunch. The first salad they developed was the Buddha Box, and this remains a bestseller with quinoa or couscous, roasted sweet potatoes, mixed beans, cucumber, tomato, spinach and avocado dressing or hummus. I tried the Middle Eastern falafel box, which contained roasted red peppers, fruity couscous, falafel pieces, hummus and tahini dressing – delicious. Ben explained that they have developed the range to include regional salads such as Cauliflower Dreaming, Asian Super Green and Mexican Bean, so there is plenty of choice.
The idea for Prep my Salad started when Ben began prepping his salads for the week ahead on a Sunday night. His colleagues were so impressed, they offered to pay for some salads if Ben prepped some for them too! Naomi suggested they start selling salads to neighbours and friends and the business grew from there; “We love the idea of providing people with healthy, tasty and convenient lunches without any of the hassle of making it themselves”.
I like that Prep my Salad use only biodegradable packaging (made from plants); I do wish all takeaway companies would use this now – it is easily available online and costs just pennies more.
You can also buy Prep my Salads for parties and they do platters from 20 pounds each; this is a great idea if you are planning a barbecue or big party and want someone else to do the salads. They are in discussion with Peddling Pizza to join up to do parties as well. If you would like to contact Prep my Salad, visit http://www.prepmysalad.com.