2020’s challenges make way for 2021’s opportunities.

After a year where so much changed, Roots for the Home Team participants steered our organization in new directions, expanding our reach, and sharing more bowls of good.

2021 Highlights

We're baaaack — at Target Field.

July 15th, 2021

The return of the SaladUP! concession cart is a welcome sight at Twins’ games, providing ROOTS teens the opportunity for real-life experience with foodservice sales, hospitality and customer service. Loyal fans have welcomed them with open arms – and raised forks.

Read: ROOTS gets back in the ballgame

Score Roots Salads in-store

Pick Up Fresh at Kowalski’s

Four of our hearty and refreshing salads are available ready to grab and go at metro area Kowalski’s grocery stores. Swing in to enjoy some of the best summer salads in town.

2021 Recipe Creation Day

Recipe Day is everything fun about food.

Recipe Day is like the best in TV’s cooking competitions, up close and in real life. Local celebrity chefs mentor teams as the youths’ concepts are brought to life. The youth steer the process, pushing the chef’s creativity and knowledge to make cool new mixes. The recipes are made onsite, the youth name their salads, present the story behind their dish, then everyone tastes everything. What’s so impressive is how eclectic, unique, colorful and flavorful each dish is: these are no sissy salads.

2021 Salads

ROOTS youth team up with chef coaches to create 6 new tasty dishes.

Six youth teams + six celebrity chefs + one big day creating resulted in six super salads.

See all 2021 Salad Recipes and Stories

Salad Recipes and Stories

Check out our salads from previous seasons!

Every season’s a winning salad season. Ever year ROOTS youth create bowls full of deliciousness. Get in on the good eats and the stories behind their creation.

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2021 Chef Coaches

From recipe brainstorming to recipe creation day and into the summer, our Chef Coaches work along side ROOTS' youth to inspire, guide and share in the result.

Stay tuned… New salads and new recipes coming soon for 2021!

Get ROOTS salads for your next event.

This year our youth made and served more than 12,000 Roots for the Home Team salads throughout the Twin Cities. We are always looking for new ways ROOTS youth can actively experience sharing their salad creations in the community. Contact us today about your idea.

Let's talk about getting salads to your event

Find our salads at Kowalski's Market.

We are proud to have Kowalski's Market as a ROOTS partner. You can find a seasonal selection of our salads featured in the deli and prepared foods department.

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Get Involved with Roots

Step up to the plate and become a ROOTS Youth, Supporter or Mentor.

Become a Roots Food Partner or Program Sponsor

Are you an Urban Farm or food supplier? Are you a retail business interested in selling ROOTS salads? Would you like to serve Roots salads at your next event?

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Volunteer as a Youth Mentor or Chef Coach

Would you join one of our workshops to discuss your professional career experience and pathway? Are you a chef who would share your talent by guiding ROOTS youth as they create their salad recipes?



Simply put, money makes many experiences more attainable. Roots for the Home Team does everything in its power to clear pathways to success for our youth. Will you join our team to make these bright futures all the easier to reach?

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Become a ROOTS Youth

All Roots for the Home Team participants connect with our organization through Minneapolis and St. Paul urban farms. Are you a teen interested in joining Roots for the Home Team? Check out our youth Garden Program partners.

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