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LA is a salad-loving town. From healthy restaurants to even BBQ restaurants and steakhouses, you can find full-portion salads everywhere. The list below, which doesn’t include any build-a-salad restaurants, includes the top kale salads that go beyond the standard kale and vinaigrette or kale Caesar salad and are both healthy and delicious. These salads all bring something special to the table, from different fresh veggies/fruit to cheese, nuts and more, and feature kale as the primary green.
507 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
New Executive Chef Andrew “Dru” Betita’s twist on a kale salad with the kale salad with red cabbage, carrots, radish, and blood orange is fresh – by sourcing his ingredients from the Santa Monica Farmers Market – and bloody delicious with its ribbons of red cabbage, carrots, radish, and segments of blood orange that add a citrusy zing.
2408 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
The fresh kale cobb salad made with, kale, bacon, grilled chicken, goat cheese, avocado, eggs with olive oil & fresh lemon juice, is one the house’s favorite salads. It is perfect for any summer day to stay refreshed or even before a workout as it’s filling and at yet still light.
2135 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Chef Dave Martinez incorporates his kitchen theory of ‘Agro Dolce’ to this salad where it can be expressed most. From the seasoned heat of the Red Charmola to the pleasant, cooling breeze of an avocado mousse and a sweet citrus zest, this salad also includes an international romance between toasted pepitas and sumac feta, while not forgetting to toss in loads of love, of kale that is!
801 N Fairfax Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90046
At The Fat Dog, located in North Hollywood and on Fairfax, chef John Gladish introduces his take on a fresh spring kale salad with his wheatberry and kale salad. The salad consists of kale, shaved fennel, grape tomatoes, cucumber and is tossed in a lemon vinaigrette. It’s light and crisp consisting fresh ingredients, with a mix of both a chewy and crunchy texture with the addition of the wheatberries and chopped walnuts. And the lemon vinaigrette adds some acidity to bring out the flavors of fresh vegetables.
8905 Melrose Ave.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
West Hollywood’s mecca for plant-based Mexican fare has a new addition to the menu just in time for spring. For the strawberry & kale salad, chef Chandra Gilbert combines the hardiness of kale with a fresh, seasonal pop of flavor from strawberries, almonds, fennel, beet, and orange in this light and fresh salad.
The Hart and The Hunter
7950 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
The Hart and The Hunter’s kale salad is the right amount of spice, crunch and sweetens over a bed of kale. On top of the chiffonade kale is spiced pecans, sheep’s cheese, apple and dates with a walnut oil vinaigrette
Love & Salt
317 Manhattan Beach Blvd.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
In Manhattan Beach, Chef Michael Fiorelli puts a California twist on the traditional Italian chop, with the shaved black kale salad. The salad featuring ribbons of massaged black kale – which adds nutritional value and a satisfying texture to the salad that one might not find with other greens – tossed with soppressata, olives, pickled peppers, breadcrumbs, and ricotta salata.
1168 S Barrington Avenue #101
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Both healthy as it is delicious, the kale and arugula salad will keep you satisfied without weighing you down. Featuring pears and strawberries, it will not only keep it light for spring dining, but also create a gorgeous plated visual. And, to add zest, the agave-lime vinaigrette pairs perfectly with the pumpkin seeds and queso fresco, which balances out perfectly with the candied pumpkin seeds and optional chicken.
9900 Culver Blvd #1b
Culver City, CA 90232
The Tuscan black kale salad at Picnic LA is comprised of the freshest seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. The salad features kumquats from Garcia Farms, ricotta salata, toasted pistachios and a pomegranate vinaigrette that gives extra depth of flavor and sweetness to the salad without adding sugar. Picnic La uses Cavalo Nero kale, one of the oldest varieties, offering more texture and flavor than your typical kale.
Real Food Daily
414 N La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
The great cardini salad at Real Food Daily tips its culinary hat to the originator of the Caesar salad. An organic mix of Tuscan kale and romaine is tossed with garbanzo beans, red quinoa in a creamy almond shallot dressing with roasted yam croutons, spiced pumpkin seeds, macadamia parmesan and avocado.
219 Main St.
El Segundo, CA 90245
Chef Anne Conness celebrates traditional Hispanic ingredients reimagined through a California lens at Sausal in El Segundo. Though mostly known for hearty dishes like her popular red mole braised lamb, she lightens things up with her kale, quinoa & goat cheese salad, which features marinated Tuscan kale, quinoa, lentils, citrus, almonds, blackberries, goat cheese and a house vinaigrette.
10820 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
The Kale Colossus starts with kale massaged with sunflower ranch dressing then adds topping almost like a pizza: house made SunChorizo (a mix of Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, sundried tomatoes and spices), marinated mushrooms & red bell peppers, pico de gallo, Suncafe’s seed nacho cheese, cashew mayo, raisins & bananas. It’s raw, it’s gluten free, it’s big, it’s delicious.