Embrace the arrival of warmer weather by ordering salads from The Travelling Greens. Run by Canadian ex-pat Sherine El Hashemi, the business opened at the beginning of September and is already becoming increasingly popular as word spreads.
Sherine has been living in Buenos Aires for many years now but told The Indy that “the idea to start this business here has always been in my head – my friends all said my salads were too good not to be shared!”
All of the salads and dressings are prepared fresh every morning and you can have your lunch delivered straight to your home or office. You can book for yourself or for your entire office in advance up until 8pm the night before, with delivery and pick up from 10am-2pm every Tuesday-Friday. At the moment Sherine delivers all of the salads herself covering only Palermo and Villa Crespo, but as she expands she intends to broaden the delivery range, so there is hope for those further afield.
Each salad is inspired by Sherine’s backpacking adventures (hence the ‘travelling’ greens) and they’re all named after different exotic places she has visited. “The Zicatela is named after an amazing surf spot in Mexico that I fell in love with, Nelson is a city in my native Canada, Naxos a beautiful Greek island, and Nuwieba a coastal town in Egypt.”
The influence of these destinations in clear in the ingredients of the salads: parmesan in the Tuscany salad, falafels in the Nuweiba, feta in the Naxos, and so on.
Her ‘Zicatela’ salad is the most popular option on the menu and Sherine’s personal favourite. It is incredibly flavoursome and mixes the usual salad components of lettuce and carrots with shredded beetroot, chickpeas, sundried tomatoes, avocado and feta cheese – a variety of textures and flavours that meant it never got dull! And those who worry a salad alone might not be filling enough for lunch – fear not! The portions are huge and definitely good value for your money.
I also tried out her hummus dip and you can really taste the middle-eastern flavours that she credits to her Egyptian roots, which is why she named it the ‘Zamalek’, after her favourite district in Cairo. “I use my mother’s secret family recipe for the hummus, and for the salads I develop the recipes using my own experience from working in a restaurant for 13 years, and also the advice of my friend who is a Canadian chef.”
The dips come with plenty of pitta bread and once again you get a large enough portion to save some for later. The hummus dips and packaged salads are also now available at health food store ‘El Granel’ on Scalibrini Ortiz 2715 in Palermo if you find yourself craving it outside delivery hours!
With options for meat-eaters, vegetarians and vegans alike The Travelling Greens caters for all, with a wide variety to choose from on the menu and new salads introduced regularly for weekly specials. This week’s special on offer is a new ‘Tex-Mex’ salad which sounds truly ‘mex-cellent’, so check it out alongside versions of the menu in both English and Spanish on the Facebook page. If you need any more convincing, there are some enticing photos on Instagram.
On the menu it states ‘Not all those who wander are lost, many are just looking for a really good salad’. It’s clear the hunt is over, so I recommend you leave the travelling to the greens and await your first delivery with anticipation!