What Goes Into Mixt’s Best-Selling Zesty Bowl

    Mixt’s popular grain bowl has a sizeable fan base.

    Mixt / Nikolas Zvolensky

    Mixt’s Zesty Bowl.

    “Grain bowls are a great example of what Mixt customers crave: convenient, healthy, unexpected combinations. We’ve grown a sizeable fan base for ancient grains like farro and quinoa since we started offering them in 2015. Next up for us is developing grain bowls with lesser-known grains, like amaranth.

    “Mixt offers four chef-created grain bowls (one that changes seasonally) and an option for customers to design their own from a choice of organic farro or quinoa and more than 50 farm-fresh ingredients.

    “I created Mixt’s best-selling grain bowl, the Zesty, when we first launched. It starts with a base of organic quinoa, topped with organic baby kale that Mixt has delivered daily from farms located near our nine locations in California. Next we add slices of grilled free-range chicken prepared skillfully by in-house chefs. The secret to Mixt’s grilled chicken: brining and sourcing ethical product from family farms.

    “We then add avocado and sweet oranges to counterbalance the tangy notes from feta and our house-made pickled red onions. Shredded cabbage is added to give you a satisfying crunch with every bite. Basil and mint top it off to bring in a final flourish of fresh, aromatic flavors. A lemon-herb vinaigrette is drizzled over the bowl to amplify what I like to call a ‘flavor explosion.’”

    –Andrew Swallow

    Executive Chef, Mixt

    The Players:

    • Organic quinoa

    • Organic baby kale

    • Free-range, grilled chicken

    • Feta

    • Oranges

    • Avocado

    • Red cabbage

    • Pickled red onion

    • Basil

    • Mint

    • Lemon-herb vinaigrette