Bronx Salad catches on among borough restaurants

The so-called Bronx Salad is spreading through the borough, months after its debut as part of an effort to get local people to eat healthier.



Chef King Phojanakong, the man behind the meal, says he chose healthy ingredients that are also familiar to people living in the Bronx.



Corn, black beans, mango and onions are among the foods he says are both healthy and tasty.



Phojanakong's recipe is now being served in 11 Bronx restaurants, including El Nuevo Delicioso on East 148th Street.



Owner Ruberto Morocho says the $6 salad has been popular so far.



"When they test it the first time, they come a second time," he says.



SoBro, the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation, says its next goal is to have the salad offered in 20 local restaurants.



Phojanakong has even more ambitious goals.



"I don't see why you can't be in California at a hotel eating a Bronx Salad, and not just for the health reasons, but for its flavor," he says. "It's a great story, and I hope that people benefit from it. And I hope to see it in menus across the country."


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