Eating a salad in Santa Monica can come easily with the abundance of year-round, fresh produce in town. When one is in a hurry though, there are many quick, delicious and affordable alternatives to eating a bland, pre-packaged salad or making one from scratch. Here are a few favorite local spots to get your greens on and to eat well on-the-go!
This growing local chain offers slow food done fast, in partnership with local purveyors such as Oxnard’s Scarborough Farms. Salad menu items include a backyard steak salad with beets, butter lettuce and horseradish vinaigrette; a harvest salad with seasonal organic fruit, artisan cheese and local nuts; daily specials and more.There are vegan and gluten-free options like their salad in the raw, which features “best of the farmers market” items including freshly-shaved carrots and fennel. Online ordering for pickup is available. 201 Arizona Ave., 310-587-2777, www.tendergreens.com
There are two Santa Monica locations for Greens Up!, which has a focus on locally-grown, sustainable produce. Choose chef’s selections like those with organic free-range chicken breast or organic tofu, or create your own salad from an assortment of fresh greens, dressings and toppings including non-GMO corn and nitrate-free turkey. Online ordering for pickup or delivery is available.
703 Montana Ave., 310-394-1111 and 3101 Main St., 310-450-1521, www.greensupsalads.com
California Monster Salads
This Santa Monica-certified sustainable green business can be found just off the Third Street Promenade. Choose from a variety of large signature salads or create your own - with an array of unique, fresh dressing options including açaí vinaigrette and cucumber wasabi. There are also superfood salads, with antioxidant and omega-3 rich ingredients. Online ordering is available, with free delivery in Santa Monica. 411 Santa Monica Blvd., 310-587-2523, www.californiamonstersalads.com
Mrs. Winston’s Green Grocery
The salad bar is the centerpiece of this local healthy market, which has two Santa Monica locations. One can find a plethora of greens and fixings, including nitrate-free meats and fresh herbs. Seasonal cut fruits and vegetables (like apples and butternut squash for fall) are offered, alongside a selection of fresh dressings such as mint, lime & cilantro and citrus mustard (both gluten-free). Pay by the pound, using takeout containers. 3150 Ocean Park Blvd. Ste. A, 310-452-7770 and 2450 Colorado Blvd., 310-315-2777, find them on Facebook here.