Clearly the Simpsons have never stepped out of Springfield to go to Los Angeles. Because in L.A. salad bars are the new wine bars, and everyone’s bringing their friends.
There’s an art to making a salad and L.A is full of artists, creating salads so delicious you won’t be left craving a burger (with a side of bacon, please). With never-ending lists of fresh ingredients, healthy dressings and unique combinations, here are five of our favourite lettuce-loving locations in L.A.
Whoever said salads are boring has never been to sweetgreen. The crème de la crème of salad bars, this place has more options than McDonalds, including a ‘create your taste’ green-style. Choose from their changing seasonal menu, signature dishes or simply make your own. With three menus, 18 set salads and 16 dressings to choose from, you’ll be the only thing that’s spoilt at sweetgreen.
Lemonade is the green canteen every workplace dreams of. Complete with trays and buffet-style selections, you can mix and match salads to satisfy your ‘must try everything’ urges. All ingredients are prepared fresh every day and the menu changes seasonally. Offering veggie-centric produce, with a focus on flavour, you’re guaranteed a unique yet nom-worthy selection. Think Ahi tuna and avocado poke, coffee-ancho rubbed skirt steak and ricotta cheese and champagne vinaigrette. And of course, wash it down with a lemonade.
Serving fresh, wholesome ingredients from AM to PM, Greenleaf is much more than a salad bar. Labelled the ‘Gourmet ChopShop’, it draws lettuce-lovers and carnivores alike but it’s the salads that have customers salivating. Menu items include the Mexplosion (a salad version of a burrito), Buffalo “Wangs” (orange BBQ sauce and bacon), and Ahi & Farro (think basil, mint, avocado, berries, seeds and caffeinated clementine), and it’s popular to make your own. Greenleaf prides itself on delivery fresh food, fast, and it’s doing just that.
Looking for a healthy lunch on the run that ticks all your nutritional boxes? Visit Mrs Winston’s. A self-service salad bar, you can create your own masterpiece from the endless array of fresh, natural ingredients. Pick your proteins, carbohydrates and healthy fats, add crunch with nuts and seeds, and finish it off with your choice of dressing. Plus, there’s nothing like paying per pound to keep your portion size in control. Found inside the green grocer, you can peruse the aisles for a healthy 3pm snack. Desk lunch sorted.
When it comes to salads, keeping them healthy often comes down to the dressings. But with calorie counts listed on the menu and only leaf options for the base, it’s hard to go wrong at Mean Greens. It’s the ultimate green buffet with a ‘build your own’ menu. Pick your leaves, stock up on veggies and protein (egg and tofu for the vegetarians), and choose from the never-ending list of sauce. With 14 gluten-free, 8 vegan and 11 low-fat dressings, you can even bring your fussy friends.