With summer heat in full swing, it’s time to look into something cool when it comes to food. And on Melrose Ave., cool can simultaneously mean hip and chilled. The fresh summers salads on menus here will likely offer both perfect flavor and terrific style.
For something completely different from the usual salad, Barbara Jean has you covered with a Grilled Little Gem Salad featuring tri-colored beets, goat cheese, and market-fresh citrus. Choices are seasonal: at the moment, a crisp apple joins the Little Gem mix along with shaved radish. As a bar bite from Barbara Jean at the adjoining Melrose Umbrella Company, you’ll find a refreshing watercress, grapefruit, Chioggia, local fennel, and bacon-bit salad with elderflower vinaigrette dressing.
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The chic, chef-centric fare at Beefsteak overflows with salad-y goodness. Try great green dishes such as baby kale with turmeric hummus, Castelvetrano olives, roasted cauliflower, carrots, and black pepper pumpkin seeds, or enjoy a crisp Sunflower Caesar that includes nutritional yeast and hemp seeds as a healthy and delicious substitution for anchovies.
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Inside this sleek, bright, trendy pizzeria, diners will also find some tasty salads. Try the silky local Burrata with Tuscan Olive salad, which also features basil, and vine-ripened tomatoes; or nosh on a vibrant mix of flavors with the shop’s fresh Little Gem lettuce, Fuyu persimmon and pickled red onion salad with Feta cheese and Saba.
For Mediterranean treats, both organic and authentic, look no further than Fala Bar where crisp falafel is made from chickpeas, sweet potato, or kale; and the three salad offerings ask diners to Follow Me to Runyon, Heaven, or Kaleifornia. Naturally, the latter is kale-based, with chickpea, quinoa, purple cabbage, shredded carrot, avocado, sunflower sprouts, micro greens, lemon wedge, hummus, and tahini. The Follow Me to Heaven gets diners in a 4-falafel ball groove, adding a bed of mixed greens, white cabbage, purple cabbage, Israeli salad, hummus, tahini, and lemon wedge. And the Runyon option serves up mixed greens, quinoa tabouli, Brussels sprouts, Israeli salad, white cabbage, hummus, tahini, and lemon wedge.
There’s an international flare to the salads at this light-filled Italian spot, including everything from a Greek salad to a Chinese Chicken Salad. The BLT Salad may be among the most popular, eschewing the bread and mayo of a classic sandwich for a crisp mélange of iceberg lettuce, apple-wood smoked bacon, avocado, tomatoes, pickled onions, mozzarella cheese, and creamy Ranch dressing.
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How about a salad in a sandwich? The Chipotle Wrap at Juice Butchers serves up these veggie delights: pumpkin seeds, red bell peppers, jalapeno, garlic, cumin, cilantro, green onions, avocado, broccoli, and a dressing of olive oil and apple cider vinegar. Now that’s a wrap. And of course, if you’d prefer to drink your salad, this airy spot offers plenty of green juices that include a full complement of fulfilling and filling veggies.
7473 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
This meat-centric spot nonetheless offers some great salad fare. Try the Porotos Salad with red and white beans, baby mixed lettuce and Romaine, onion, tomato, and feta cheese, with a zingy spiced low fat vinaigrette dressing. The Griega mixes lettuce, tomato, cucumber, red onion, black olive, and red and green peppers with feta and a house dressing. And for those who still crave a bit of meat, the Ventura combines grilled chicken with spinach, warm rice, low fat mozzarella, with lettuce and tomato.
Lala’s Argentine Grill
7229 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Considered among the pioneers of modern macrobiotic dining, M Café serves a fresh array of entrée salads with other offerings in their extensive deli case. Choose from a Little Gem Grilled Salmon Caesar that also includes shaved fennel, sea beans, olive tapenade, and almond parmesan and garlic croutons. The M Chopped is a straight-up classic, made with hearts of romaine, mesclun, avocado, cucumbers, chickpeas, herb-baked organic tofu, scallions, umeboshi pickled radishes, carrots, roasted beets, tamari roasted almonds, crumbled tempeh bacon, and tofu-peppercorn ranch dressing. The most unique? The Kelp Noodle Pad Thai salad, with carrots, mint, Thai basil, and peanut-ginger sauce added to the lush kelp noodles.
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The gourmet dining experience at Wolf includes well-curated salads such as the Little Gem with chives, pancetta, cherry tomatoes, and blue cheese dressing. Let the Beet Drop is a heady mix of satsuma, berries, almond, goat cheese snow, and nasturtium. And the Kaled-It includes radish, avocado, crispy quinoa furikake, almond dressing. Both are available in time for Happy Hour.