I'm looking for my next great Salad find! I've had one too many Chinese Chicken Salads from "Feast from the East" and Chopped Salads from "La Scala" (although they're both delicious!). Anyone have a favorite salad in the LA area? Anywhere from Santa Monica to downtown to the Valley ..... willing to travel for a great salad!
I personally hesitate to call the salads at Tender Greens great. But considering that they use fresh high quality ingredients, make your salads to order, and do it in a timely manner, I would liken them to a modern-day short order cafe that focuses on fresh salads, sandwiches, and soups with a strong emphasis on fresh ingredients. Unlike the stereotypical greasy spoon, there's nothing greasy-spoonish about Tender Greens - I think of them as classic California with an emphasis on lighter fare. But as good as their salads are, I feel they could use a little more personality.
Didn't someone else just pose the same query a few days ago?
I'll say it again -- hands down the BEST salads to be found in LA are in NoHo -- at HealthyCA on Lankershim.
Eat in, take out, delivery and custom catering – HealthyCA has it all covered.
4724 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91602
Monday – Friday ONLY -- 10am-5pm
delivery hours – 11am-3pm
(818) 050-1037 fax
Thanks to the intermittent raves here, I just tried HealthyCA for lunch today. I had the "tofancho" with ancho chili marinated tofu, carrots, cucumber, avocado (half of a beautiful avocado), daikon sprouts, cilantro on mixed greens. It was very fresh and tasty. Many of the other salads look great as do some of the sandwiches, the people were really nice, I had no problem getting a table, street parking was easy. A winner.
Some of my personal faves...
Make your own at The Dressing Room in Sherman Oaks
Chopped Chicken Salad w/ Grilled Eggplant and Hearts of Palm added in at Sisley Italian Kitchen (no not the best restaurant, but great take-out salad w/ the grilled balsamic veggie appetizer)
Newsroom Cafe... almost all of 'em
Warm Spinach Salad and Shiitake Mushroom Salad (as well as others) at Home
The Grilled Veggie at the Ivy (yes totally overpriced)
Grilled Veggie w/ Shrimp at Cha Cha Cha
Some good ones at CPK
California Chicken Cafe design your own
i'm sure i'll probably catch a lot of flack for this one, but i have to agree with emme...
the grilled vegetable salad at the ivy.
i know, i know, the restaurant is overpriced and overrated...but that salad is the one reason to go there.
personally i think your best bet is to find a great salad bar [like the hollywood whole foods location at 3rd & fairfax] and build your own.
I think Japanese inspired salads can be outstanding. Nagao in Santa Monica has 18 such salads, all under $10 I think. Unfortuenately, their menu isn't up on their website:
Check out the pictures of Mako's Tuna Tataki & Calamari (pictures 2 & 3) below:
Is that what you're looking for?