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Best Vegetarian Salads?

hippodeir Jun 7, 2007 01:19 PM

I am looking for more places that serve up big, flavorful, healthy salads (preferably on the westside). So far, I've been to Native Foods & Mrs. Winstons (love them both)...Thanks!

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    slacker RE: hippodeir Jun 7, 2007 01:51 PM

    Tender Greens.

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      sweetTooth RE: hippodeir Jun 7, 2007 02:10 PM

      Hal's Bar and Grill on Abbot Kinney does salads well. Good size too.

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        hippodeir RE: sweetTooth Jun 7, 2007 03:37 PM

        thanks guys...
        any places that serve salads with imitation meats (tofu/tempeh/seitan, etc.)?

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          slacker RE: hippodeir Jun 8, 2007 12:44 PM

          You might try Leaf, as it's vegan, I believe. I haven't been there, as it doesn't really appeal to me personally.

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        running pig RE: hippodeir Jun 7, 2007 03:40 PM

        Always gotta go with Damon and Pythus.

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          hippodeir RE: running pig Jun 8, 2007 10:06 AM

          yeah, it's been a while since I was there last. I'll have to check it out. Still, I wish I could find "meatless" BBQ chicken salads, or really creative, big salads with plenty of toppings.

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            Bugg Superstar RE: hippodeir Jun 10, 2007 01:48 PM

            it sounds like you might want to check out the bbq tofu chop salad at RFD. a little pricey, but it is definitely a big salad.


            they also have a vegan caesar salad into which you can add "blackened" tempeh, which is a very delicious combination.

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          ElissaInPlaya RE: hippodeir Jun 8, 2007 10:09 AM

          Try the salads at: Bossa Nova, CPK, 26 Beach, Good Stuff, Fritto Misto, Koo Koo Roo (not quite as good here - but I bet the BBQ chik salad sans chicken would serve your craving.).

          All of these places will create non-meat version of any salad you order.

          1. NeNePie RE: hippodeir Jun 8, 2007 12:53 PM

            Hugo's on Santa Monica. The salads are special. My favorite lately is the kelp noodle salad with snow peas, scallions, cukes, other crunchies in a mango citrus dressing. Kelp noodles are interesting and well worth a try! My husband gets the beet salad which is also terrific. Even their dinner salad sparkles with flavor: a great balsamic, nice mix of textures and flavors in the greens.

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              hippodeir RE: NeNePie Jun 8, 2007 02:28 PM

              thank you!

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                goodhealthgourmet RE: NeNePie Jun 8, 2007 04:12 PM

                unfortunately the west hollywood lcoation of hugo's is closed until june 13th...

                but 'flowering tree' right up the street from there [corner of s.m. & harper] is probably perfect for you.

                if you're open to traveling a bit farther east, you'll find a TON of options at 'sante la brea' on la brea between oakwood & beverly.

                if you'd prefer something farther west, 'a votre sante' in brentwood is another good bet, but their menu is much smaller than the la brea location...and there's always 'coral tree cafe,' also in brentwood.

                i still think you're best off hitting one of the really good salad bars and doing it yourself...i know you've already done mrs. winston's...how about the hollywood/farmers' market and west hollywood [fairfax @ s.m.] whole foods? both have kick-ass salad bars and usuaally have tofu and/or tempeh add-ins...and erewhon market on beverly blvd. has a decent salad bar and is very veggie-friendly.

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                  hrhboo RE: goodhealthgourmet Jun 10, 2007 02:40 PM

                  Hugo's now closed until at least the 21st.

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                    goodhealthgourmet RE: hrhboo Jun 10, 2007 04:41 PM


                    thanks for the update.

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                  Emme RE: NeNePie Jun 9, 2007 01:24 AM

                  Newsroom Cafe
                  Hugo's, definitely second this
                  Eat Well
                  Sisley Italian Kitchen (salads and a GREAT balsamic grilled vegetable app plate)
                  Whole Foods
                  Cha Cha Cha (grilled veggie salad... yum!)
                  M Cafe de Chaya
                  Salads Galore
                  California Vegan

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                  sarahjane RE: hippodeir Jun 9, 2007 02:03 PM

                  try the salad bar at "go veggie!" at 5462 s centinela ave (right off the 90 fwy)
                  if you haven' been there, definitely do. they do have some imitation meats as well as sandwiches, hot entrees and soups.
                  the restaurant (which is cafeteria style) is adjacent to marina farms, a great produce/gournet mkt.

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                    weebites RE: sarahjane Jun 9, 2007 02:50 PM

                    not the westside but HealthyCa (on Lankershim in North Hollywood) if you find yourself in that part of town...

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                    Emalish57 RE: hippodeir Jun 9, 2007 10:21 PM

                    City Bakery in the Brentwood Country Mart has a whole gormet salad bar filled like wasabi pea tofu, roasted butternut sqaush,cumin carrots... the list goes on

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                      NAspy RE: hippodeir Jun 10, 2007 03:15 PM

                      Want to give a shout out to M Cafe de Chaya in Hollywood. I took a vegan friend there for dinner and she was very pleased, though be aware it's macrobiotic and not vegan. I had a very good ahi tuna salad there.

                      It's rather informal: you place your order at the counter and then they bring the food to your table. Very good high quality stuff. Parking is kind of tricky in that area though.

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