I am on to you, Trader Joe’s

by anna on August 30, 2008


If you ever are in Los Angeles, and you really like salad, then you should do yourself a favor and make the trek out to Pasadena to try the Dianne salad at Green Street Restaurant. From the outside, Green Street looks like just your average mid-range diner/family restaurant, but you can tell from the people waiting outside that there must be something special about this place. As it turns out, they have been there for more than 30 years, and though they might not have the most adventurous of menus, what they do, they do very well.

It would be hard to explain why the Dianne salad is so good–it is kind of like a Chinese Chicken Salad, but better. And there is something about the mixture of lettuce, almond slivers, chinese vermicelli noodles, and Green Street’s special Dianne salad dressing that is almost magical. Plus, every salad comes with a giant slab of yummy zucchini bread–an odd practice, I’ll admit, but nonetheless very appetizing.

When I first discovered the Dianne Salad, I made Mr. Right-Click go there several times within a few months–I was eating this salad two and three times a week at one point, in fact. If you are far away from the LA area, you can order one of their Dianne salad kits to make the salad at home. I have never tried this, but I can attest to their dressing being worth the price alone.

But I am not trying to do an ad for Green Street today. What I wanted to write about is the fact that I went to Trader Joe’s recently and saw a product called the “Pasadena Salad.” Upon further inspection, I realized that the ingredients to this salad are nearly identical to the Dianne Salad from Green Street Restaurant. Naturally, I had to sample it. The dressing even looks the same, and the taste comes very very close. So, apparently I am not the only one obsessed with the Dianne Salad . . . and Trader Joe’s is hoping to cash in on bringing this “Pasadena” (pshaw) salad to a more geographically diverse audience.

So I thought I’d just let you know, Trader Joe’s, that I’m on to you.

But don’t worry, I won’t tell them at Green Street. I’m pretty sure you’ve covered your tracks for copyright infringement anyway.


shonda August 30, 2008 at 6:52 pm

I’m a salad lover myself, but I don’t make it to the West Coast but once every 10 years.

QB August 30, 2008 at 8:03 pm

Alas, TJ’s salads are much crappier on the east coast (they don’t have the same ones, and the ones they have are not as good), so I will just have to imagine what this tastes like.

anna August 30, 2008 at 8:40 pm

WHAT?! See, I just assumed they had the same salads everywhere. That sucks. I will have to do some more investigative research on this topic.

Mary Anne August 31, 2008 at 8:13 am

Get this….THERE IS NO TRADER JOES IN TEXAS. Sit with that for a moment and try to feel my pain. How on earth is this possible? I have to have my MIL ship me my favorite soap ever, Next to Godliness Honey and Oatmeal…you must try, it is just yummy.

anna August 31, 2008 at 9:42 am

That IS painful.

My Buddy Mimi August 31, 2008 at 5:07 pm

Our admin is always trying to convince me to get Trader Joe’s salads for lunch. Perhaps I should listen to her?

QB August 31, 2008 at 6:29 pm

Trader Joe’s on the different coasts have different suppliers for certain things. We were disappointed to find that EC TJ’s didn’t have some of our favorite products- like the full fat flavored Greek yogurts, as well as the wide array of fresh salads. They do have some salads, but they’re not the same and don’t look as nice. Also, the salsas aren’t anywhere near as good out here, either.

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