Reneé Rapp is known for many things, including her role in “The Sex Lives of College Girls” andher stint on Broadway’s “Mean Girls,” as well as her latest single “Snow Angel” taking over the billboards. But acting credits and albums aside, Rapp is also known for being a superfan of the salad chain Sweetgreen. In 2022,a TikTok of her crying over her Sweetgreen order went viral, and since, then she has continued to be vocal about her love for the chain’s salads. “There is no Sweetgreen in Paris who do I have to kiss to make this happen,” Rapp once tweeted.
It comes as no surprise, then, that the actress and musician has decided to partner with Sweetgreen on a limited-edition salad. Appropriately named The Reneé Rapp Salad, the new menu item is inspired by Rapp’s go-to Sweetgreen order. Like the one she went viral for in 2022, The Reneé Rapp Salad consists of cabbage, tofu, cucumber, tomato, broccoli, and cilantro, but instead of rice, it calls for spring mix salad leaves, in addition to spicy cashew dressing. “I switched from lime cilantro jalapeno vinaigrette with hot sauce to the spicy cashew, which was a big deal in my household”.
“I don’t switch up at all. I eat the same things every single day pretty much,” the “Tummy Hurts” singer explains. “Being that I have a sensitive stomach, I can only eat certain things. So a lot of the bowl is just based on what my body can be fueled by during the day and at night.
The Reneé Rapp Salad is currently available at all Sweetgreen locations from now until Oct. 23, but if you don’t live anywhere near Rapp’s favorite salad joint, it’s worth re-creating at home.
To properly replicate it, you’ll have to nail the spicy cashew dressing, roasted tofu, and spicy broccoli. Luckily, Sweetgreen has publicly shared the recipes for bothits dressing andits tofu on TikTok, while one employee divulged the recipe for the spicy broccoli on Reddit. The key ingredient in each one seems to be the “signature umami blend.” (You can find a similar seasoning at Trader Joe’s, and on Amazon, and spice brand McCormick also sells a version of it.) When you put all these components together, you end up with a hearty salad with a bit of heat and a satisfying crunch. It’s easy to see why Rapp orders it so often because it’s that tasty.
To learn how to make The Reneé Rapp Salad yourself, check out the full recipe below.
For the spicy broccoli: 1 broccoli crown 1 tablespoon sunflower oil 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1 teaspoon umami seasoning
For the roasted tofu: 1 block (16 ounces) firm tofu 1 teaspoon olive oil 1 teaspoon sesame oil 1 teaspoon hot sauce 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1/2 teaspoon umami seasoning
For the spicy cashew dressing: 2 tablespoons kosher salt 1 1/2 tablespoons garlic 1 cup cilantro 1 tablespoon sesame oil 1/2 cup young ginger 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar 2 tablespoons maple syrup 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons cashew butter 1 tablespoon lime juice Splash of water Dash of umami seasoning
For the salad: 5 ounces spring mix 1/4 cup each of: Red cabbage Cucumbers Cilantro Red onions Grape tomatoes Spicy broccoli Roasted tofu
Preheat an oven to 400°F.
Slice the tofu into cubes, then dress with olive oil, sesame oil, hot sauce, red pepper flakes, and umami seasoning. Transfer to a baking tray and set aside.
Cut the broccoli into bite-size pieces, and coat with sunflower oil, umami seasoning, and red pepper flakes. Toss to combine, then transfer to an oven-safe baking dish.
Bake the broccoli and tofu for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare the dressing by blending together the salt, garlic, cilantro, sesame oil, ginger, rice wine vinegar, maple syrup, red pepper flakes, cashew butter, and lime juice along with water and umami seasoning.
To assemble the salad, start by shredding the cabbage and deseeding and slicing the cucumbers. Then, chop up the red onions, cilantro, and tomatoes.
Add the spring mix to a large bowl, and top with the veggies, spicy broccoli, and roasted tofu.
Drizzle the dressing over the salad, toss to combine, and enjoy!
The Final Verdict
If you’re looking for something fast, uber-healthy, and far from heavy, the guilt-free Reneé Rapp Bowl is just the front-row ticket you seek. While it’s hard to imagine this salad being filling for eaters with hearty appetites, you’ll feel rather good after eating one. It’s a nice change of pace, even for us.
As for how this bowl lines up with the sweet sounds of Reneé Rapp’s music? We don’t want to “Talk Too Much,” but it’s safe to say it won’t cause any “Tummy Hurts,” as it’s far from being “Poison Poison.” So, What Now? Well, we suggest grabbing this tasty new salad soon, because it won’t be on tour forever.