When I took the lid off a soba noodle salad from Vancouver’s Culver City Salads, my first thought was, “Wow, it’s humongous.” Then I wondered whether the buckwheat noodles were really necessary, considering the pleasing variety of veggies already present.
Well, I managed to eat three-quarters of the entrée salad before I was too stuffed to continue. As well, the taste and texture of the noodles fit perfectly with the mixed greens, carrots, cabbage, chickpeas, cauliflower, sesame seeds, avocado, and dressing.
I had arranged to have the salad delivered for lunch by placing an order on the Culver City Salads website. In addition to the soba noodle salad, a quinoa salad and a brown rice bowl are available. They cost $12.50 each, are vegan and wheat-free (the soba is the only thing not gluten-free yet), and come in compostable packaging.
Started up in April 2012, Culver City Salads makes these salads and delivers them in downtown, Gastown, and Kitsilano between Tuesday and Friday. Earlier this month, I interviewed founder and co-owner Christina Culver, and she revealed her plans for a vegan and gluten-free food truck. Here’s hoping city hall likes the idea as much as I do.
If you’re in the Gastown area, Culver’s salads are also available at the Juice Truck, a food cart at Abbott Street and Water Street.