( Courtesy Dole )

Dole Food Co. is offering a new line of Bountiful Kits, ready-to-eat salad kits that feature the plant-based protein trend.

The line, recently showcased at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association expo April 2-4 in Montreal, has four options that include Dole original dressings.

The new Bountiful Kits, according to a news release, are:

  • Sweet Thai: iceberg and green leaf lettuces and carrots topped with edamame, black beans, red rice and sesame seeds, with sweet Thai chili dressing;
  • Lentil Cucumber: iceberg and green leaf lettuces, radishes and red cabbage, topped with marinated green, black and red lentils, and a cucumber vinaigrette dressing;
  • Fiesta Ranch: iceberg and green leaf lettuces, carrots and red cabbage, toped with corn, black beans and red bell peppers, and taco ranch dressing;
  • Triple Quinoa: chopped kale and carrots topped with red, white and black quinoa, and chickpeas, with lemon basil vinaigrette.

The suggested retail price for the kits, which contain three servings, is $4.29.

Dole started shipping the Bountiful Kits to retailers in late March.

The proteins are packed in a “fresh pouch packet,” according to the release.

The salads, an extension of Dole’s Chopped! Salad Kits line, are designed to feature on-trend ingredients not often associated with the bagged salads category, according to the release.

“The result is a thoroughly more satiating salad that eats like a meal but can also be paired with other lean proteins or used as the foundation for a larger recipe,” according to the release.

The company plans to feature the Bountiful Kits in original recipes and healthy-living initiatives this year to showcase their versatility, according to Dole.

Submitted by HPT on Tue, 04/16/2019 - 14:24

DOLE should consider plant-based dressings too, especially when focusing on the plant-based proteins in these new salads. It's a bummer when you get enticed by vegan options then realize you can't have the dressing.

Submitted by M on Mon, 04/22/2019 - 13:27

Agreed, however, 3 of the 4 of these new Bountiful Kits do in fact have vegan dressings.

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Submitted by JL on Tue, 04/16/2019 - 20:55

Agree with above comment. A sizeable portion of consumers who choose these salad kits are also looking to cut down or remove all animal products from their diet. It only makes sense to make the full product vegan/plant-based so as not to exclude them.

Submitted by David on Thu, 04/18/2019 - 14:36

Every single plant contains protein. Protein is not a food group as it is a part of everything we eat. You will never be protein deficient, so don't ever give it a second thought. Simply eat a variety of plants.

Submitted by M on Mon, 04/22/2019 - 13:30

A variety of plants is key, which is why these new bountiful kits are a great addition to Dole's salad lineup. A variety of protein-heavy plant foods; lentils, quinoa, chickpeas, etc. will provide a healthy option for people looking for some extra protein.

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