I was rather predisposed to like Bloombox Salads. Not only had I done my best to rally troops towards their successful Crowdfunder, a few weeks ago, but owner Joy had come along to the July Scran Salon event and entertained the crowd with tales of pedal power and flower topped salad delights.
The travelling salad service launched last Friday. I caught up with Joy at her second stop-off point, just next to a lovely flower display near the junction of Hanover Street and George Street.
The Bloombox bike has a trailer on the back that packs in all the elements of their offering: salad boxes, sourdough bread and juice shots. The ingredients of the salad were many and varied and listed on the chalkboard interior lid. I had to try everything (£7), so left with a box bulging with goodness and a brightly coloured beetroot, kale and apple and ginger juice shot balanced on top.
Having taken a seat just near the galleries on the Mound, I tucked in, pausing firstly for photos and to apply the tahini and lemon salad dressing. The dressing was wonderfully nutty and just thick enough to spread on the bread for a nice little side-sandwich morsel.
The salad was truly excellent stuff. With a leafy base of kale, lettuce and rocket, lovely crunchy broad beans and deliciously juicy strawberries provided the backbone. Flowers added style and aroma and the dressing brought things together very nicely.
The juice shot was an invigorating little burst, packed with earthy sweetness from the beetroot.
I was entirely impressed and would strongly advocate a visit to the Bloombox travelling service next time you’re looking for an exciting and enticing lunchtime treat.
The service will run on Fridays, to begin with, but keep an eye on Twitter for news of other days when it will be available. Twitter also gives you details of Joy’s current location, but to give an indication of where you might find her, on last week’s service she had stops at St Andrew Square, Hanover Street, the Usher Hall, the Grassmarket, Middle Meadow Walk and the Meadows.