What You’re Eating: Best Summer Salads In L.A.

August 20, 2014 5:00 AM

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(credit: RockSugar)


Nothing quite says summer like a seasonal salad. Fresh ingredients, guilt-free dining, and plenty of unique flavor combinations utilizing the harvest’s bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables work together at these Los Angeles restaurants to ensure that you have the perfect summer salad. Grab a friend and an appetite for summer to enjoy these amazing salads in and around Los Angeles.

(credit: Barton G The Restaurant)

(credit: Barton G The Restaurant)


Rake And Ho Garden Salad
Barton G. The Restaurant
861 N. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(310) 388-1888
www.bartongtherestaurant.com

Barton G. The Restaurant, named for owner and proprietor Barton G. Weiss, the internationally recognized event concept designer, restaurateur and culinary visionary, is constantly breaking the rules of fine dining. Their Rake And Ho Garden salad features typical ingredients, locally farmed organically grown petit lettuce and greens, blooming kale, herbs and blossoms, heirloom baby tomatoes and vegetables, red and white quinoa, bag of seeds, grains and nuts, and white truffle champagne vinaigrette. But, the unique and whimsical presentation takes center stage at Barton G.

(credit: BLVD 16)

(credit: BLVD 16)


Stone Fruit Salad
BLVD 16
Hotel Palomar
10740 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 474-7765
www.blvd16.com

BLVD 16, located inside LA’s Hotel Palomar features a variety of easy-going, California fresh, often interactive food. Chef Richard Hodge’s Stone Fruit Salad makes great use of the in-season stone fruits including peaches and apricots, coupled with harissa yogurt, almonds, spiced watermelon and micro celery. Two daily happy hours, coupled with boutique wines and specialty cocktails make for a perfect afternoon at BLVD 16.

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(credit: CPK)


California Fields Salad
California Pizza Kitchen
207 S Beverly Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 275-1101
www.cpk.com

California Pizza Kitchen features a bounty of fresh, summertime salads including the California Fields Salad with fresh watermelon, strawberries, field greens, baby kale, feta, California pistachios, and a housemade Champagne vinaigrette. A new specialty menu has been rolled out at six California Pizza Kitchen locations, including the original CPK location in Beverly Hills. This is the only location in SoCal where you can find the brand new Harvest Kale Salad, which includes baby kale, toasted farro, heirloom carrots, napa cabbage, red grapes, marinated cranberries, almonds, goat cheese, and housemade citrus vinaigrette.

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(credit: Mauro’s Cafe)


Spinach And Egg White Salad
Fred Segal Mauro’s Cafe
8112 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 653-7970
www.mauroscafe.com

Located in the heart of West Hollywood, Fred Segal Mauro’s Cafe features a unique summer salad just perfect for the light eater. The spinach and egg white salad is basic, but full of flavor; lemon and olive oil dressing adds just the perfect amount of zing to make this a fabulous summer salad. Other great options include a Quinoa Salad with fresh spinach, cucumber, peas, avocado, and balsamic vinaigrette, and the Bresaola Carpaccio & Arugola Salad made with salted cured air dried beef with shaved parmigiano, fresh crimini mushrooms, and Italian truffle oil.

(credit: True Food Kitchen)

(credit: True Food Kitchen)


Summer Market Salad
True Food Kitchen
395 Santa Monica Place
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 593-8300
www.truefoodkitchen.com

True Food Kitchen, known for serving both tasty and nutritious, anti-inflammatory dishes with only the best-for-your-body ingredients, is currently serving up a delicious Summer Market Salad. This gluten-free, vegetarian salad features the following fresh, seasonal ingredients: purslane, corn, almond, cucumber, avocado, goat cheese, and blueberry, topped with a tomato and herb vinaigrette.

(credit: Katie Bodell)

(credit: Katie Bodell)


Grilled Thai Octopus Salad
Tender Greens
325 N. San Fernando Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91502
Additional Locations Throughout LA & OC
www.tendergreens.com

Fine dining quality food, with all local, fresh, and sustainable ingredients await at Tender Greens, a farmer’s market inspired, relaxed restaurant. A variety of fresh, summertime salads, including daily features offering the most seasonally fresh ingredients, allow for plenty of options. Current favorites include the Grilled Thai Octopus Salad, with green papaya, thai basil, citrus peanuts, coriander, chili lime vinaigrette, and the Harvest Salad (pictured) featuring organic fruit, artisan cheese, local nuts, scarborough farms lettuces, and a delicious golden balsamic vinaigrette, served atop a goat milk yogurt. DTLA and Studio City location opening soon.

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(credit: Urban Remedy)


Shredded Kale Salad
Urban Remedy
Third Street Promenade
1415 3rd Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401
1-855-URJuice
www.urbanremedy.com

Urban Remedy, known for its juice cleanses and wellness kits, also features some amazing all-raw, vegan, gluten-free, and USDA certified organic salads to ensure that you eat well while enjoying your summer. Their brand new pop-up cart in Third Street Promenade serves their delicious and healthy meals in an easy, grab-and-go setting. Try the Zen Salad, with kale, napa cabbage, almonds, cilantro, carrots, and sesame seeds with a cilantro sesame dressing or the Shredded Kale Salad with red cabbage, carrot, cucumber, beet, and hemp seeds.

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(credit: RockSugar)


Crispy Duck Salad
RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen
10250 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(310) 552-9988
www.rocksugarpanasiankitchen.com

If you are looking for a unique summer salad with an Asian twist, head to RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen in Century City for two amazing salads, the Crispy Duck Salad (pictured) and the Chao Praya Chicken Salad. Executive Chef Mohan, a native of Singapore, offers guests his Five Spice Duck Salad, a refreshing and flavorful salad with Tatsoi (an Asian green), Mizuna (an Asian mustard green), Grapefruit, Candied Pecans and Plum Vinaigrette. The healthy Chao Praya Chicken Salad includes arugula, lola rosa, Asian pear, cucumbers, pecans, pomegranate and vinaigrette.

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(credit: L&E Oyster Bar)


The Summer Melon Salad
L&E Oyster Bar
1637 Silverlake Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 660-2255
www.leoysterbar.com

Although known for their tempting array of fresh oysters, L&E also features a wide variety of fare, from farms to ranches to fisherman, including a unique and light summer salad. The Summer Melon Salad is
topped with with sopressata (Italian dry salami), feta, garbanzo, pepperoncini, red onions, garlic, and oregano vinaigrette.

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(credit: The Must)


Avocado Salad
The Must
117 Winston St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 628-2000
www.themust.com

A beautiful outdoor patio and a whimsical, laid-back approach to dining is yours for the taking at The Must, located downtown. Try their fresh Avocado Salad this summer. Featuring plump grilled shrimp, fennel, watermelon radish, fried capers, upland cress, and of course, avocado, this salad is a summer salad is a must-try!

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(credit: Wood Ranch BBQ)


Grilled Vegetable Salad 2.0
Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill
189 The Grove Drive
Fairfax Avenue 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 937-6800
www.woodranch.com

It isn’t just burgers and ribs this summer at Wood Ranch BBQ. Enjoy a crisp bite of their Grilled Vegetable Salad 2.0 featuring mixed greens, zucchini, corn, basil, carrots, scallions, tomato, asparagus, avocado, grilled Portobello, and champagne vinaigrette. The smoky grilled flavor is a subtle nod to backyard BBQs, just perfect for summer. Wood Ranch has multiple locations around LA and OC.

(credit: Church & State Bistro)

(credit: Church & State Bistro)


Tomate Salade
Church & State Bistro
1850 Industrial St. #100
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 405-1434
www.churchandstatebistro.com

Ripe heirloom tomatoes, Persian cucumber, watermelon, and fine herbs pair perfectly together for a light, refreshing, and beautifully presented Tomate Salade at Church & State Bistro, located in the Downtown Arts District. Chef Tony Esnault maintains a strict adherence to seasonal dishes while still upholding a classic French preparation for all dishes.

(credit: Lucky Duck)

(credit: Lucky Duck)


Roasted Corn and Avocado Salad
Lucky Duck
2630 Hyperion Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 686-6304
www.luckyduckbysquareone.com

Lucky Duck, one of the newest restaurant additions to the city, serves hyper seasonal, California-inspired dishes, all sourced from local artisan producers guaranteeing some of the freshest food you will find in Los Angeles. Their Roasted Corn and Avocado Salad includes roasted yellow corn, avocado, feta cheese, grapes, and cheery tomatoes, just perfect for a sunny California afternoon.

Katie Bodell is the Blog Editor for Trekaroo, the largest family travel website in the U.S. She is also a freelance writer, a happy wife to her best friend, and a mom to three sweet California girls. See more on: Trekaroo | CheapOair | Google+ | Twitter.