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Mango, cucumber, and mint salad at Bé Ù.
Mango, cucumber, and mint salad at Bé Ù.
Wonho Frank Lee

17 Fantastic Salads Worth Ordering in Los Angeles

It’s easy to to eat more vegetables with these gorgeous salads

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Mango, cucumber, and mint salad at Bé Ù.
| Wonho Frank Lee

Outsiders often think of Los Angeles as a land of chronic salad eaters and juice cleansers, and while that’s hardly the case for all of the county’s 10 million residents, there’s no denying that the region’s abundance of stunning produce is something to celebrate. For years local chefs have used what’s in season to create some of the country’s most iconic and crave-worthy salads. From Thai papaya salad at Bua Siam to the charred cauliflower salad at Tesse, here now are 17 fanciful salads worth ordering in LA.

Removed: endive salad at Momed, Chinese chicken salad at Feast From the East, shaved kale salad at the Window, free-range chicken salad at Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen, Horiatiki salad at Petros

Added: tomato salad at All Day Baby, sautéed salad at Paper Rice, strawberry-shrimp salad at Girl and the Goat, tuna conserva Salad at Great White, cucumber and mango salad at Bé Ù

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Papaya salad at Bua Siam

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There are countless fantastic Thai restaurants across greater Los Angeles, but Valley diners know to trust Bua Siam for its spicy take on, well, just about everything. That includes the rockin’ papaya salad, served simply and with lots of zing.

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Papaya salad from Bua Siam
Bua Siam

California chicken salad at California Chicken Cafe

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With nine locations throughout Los Angeles, California Chicken Cafe is a convenient stop for salad that truly feels like a full meal. The order here is the California chicken, a hearty, protein-packed behemoth of rotisserie white meat, avocado, feta cheese, carrots, bell peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, lettuce, croutons, and even fusilli pasta, all topped with a choice of dressing.

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The taste of summer☀️#CaliforniaChickenCafe @kkarmalove

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House special sautéed salad at Paper Rice

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For a salad that satisfies like few can, look no further than the sautéed salad at Paper Rice. Heaps of romaine hearts come topped with shrimp, beef, hard boiled eggs, and sweet onion. And best of all, the salad’s tangy, savory, and Vietnamese-inspired dressing is laced with beef and shrimp drippings.

House special sauteed salad at Paper Rice in Pasadena.
House special sautéed salad at Paper Rice in Pasadena.
Cathy Chaplin

Dianne at Green Street Restaurant

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This iconic salad in Pasadena mixes crunchy Asian noodles, chicken, toasted almonds, and sesame seeds over shredded lettuce for an addictive lunch. In fact, it's become so popular that Trader Joe's now has a "Pasadena" salad inspired by the Dianne at Green Street.

Charred cauliflower salad at Tesse

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It’s can be challenging to get excited about cauliflower, but chef Raphael Francois utilizes his wood-burning stove to lightly char the main ingredient, then he carefully adds harissa, cucumber, almonds, and pomegranate for a beautiful and delicious salad.

The charred cauliflower salad from Tesse
The charred cauliflower salad from Tesse
Mona Holmes

Nam khao tod at Night + Market Song

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This dish encapsulates everything that’s so great about Thai cuisine: the perfect balance of sweet, spice, salt, and funk. Loaded with Thai fermented sausage, plenty of chile jam, and crunchy fried rice, it’s a good way to start the meal at this Silver Lake spot.

Nam Khao Tod salad at Night + Market Song
Night + Market Song
Emily Knecht

Tomato salad at All Day Baby

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It doesn’t get any better than late-summer tomato salads, and the one served at All Day Baby can do no wrong. The seasons juiciest tomatoes are quartered and topped with a Cajun-style X.O. sauce that includes heaps of lil’ dried shrimp, and served in a rich puddle of salt and pepper mayonnaise.

Burrata salad at Croft Alley

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Croft Alley’s burrata salad exemplifies the restaurant’s style — simple, comforting, and elegant — with baby kale, tomato jam, olive oil, and a mustard vinaigrette, served with a Bub & Grandma’s baguette.

Caesar at Dan Tana's

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Everything about Dan Tana’s screams old-school, from the red checkered tablecloths to those massive plates of chicken Parmesan. As one would expect of such an establishment, the Caesar is a must-order with its crisp romaine and garlicky dressing. It is the ideal complement for a red sauce kind of meal.

McCarthy at Polo Lounge

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The Beverly Hills Hotel’s Polo Lounge is synonymous for people-watching and its McCarthy Salad. Named after polo player Neil McCarthy, a frequent hotel guest in the 1960s, the remixed classic Cobb winds up on nearly every table, with nearly 600 salads sold in the hotel each week.

The McCarthy from the Beverly Hills’ Polo Lounge
The McCarthy from the Polo Lounge
The Beverly Hills Hotel

Mango, cucumber, and mint salad at Bé Ù

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Who says that salads need to include greens? This sweet and spicy creation from chef Uyen Le includes chunks of mangoes, a smattering of cucumbers, and plenty of fresh mint, all tossed in a well-balanced dressing. Crushed peanuts and sesame rice crackers add crunch to the mix.

Mango, cucumber, and mint salad at Bé Ù.
Mango, cucumber, and mint salad at Bé Ù
Wonho Frank Lee

Mediterranean gem at Sycamore Kitchen

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The Hatfields’ Sycamore Kitchen somehow managed to create salads that diners regularly choose over the pastries. The go-to is the Mediterranean gem, a bountiful blend of gem lettuce, chicken, dates, hazelnut, radicchio, grapes, bleu cheese, and red wine vinaigrette.

Kale sea salad at Âu Lạc

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Vegan spot Âu Lạc takes its salads seriously. The lacinato kale and sea vegetable salad is full of flavor with spiced almonds, cucumber, kimchi, a macadamia “cheese” kale crisp, and a teriyaki dressing.

Shrimp and crispy greens at Girl and the Goat

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Shrimp and strawberries go together like peas and carrots at Girl and the Goat. This seasonal salad also includes avocado, pickled vegetables, and pepitas — all coated in a lime and herb dressing that brings all the ingredients together.

Shrimp and crispy greens at Girl and the Goat.
Shrimp and crispy greens at Girl & the Goat
Matthew Kang

Tuna conserva salad at Great White

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It doesn’t get any fresher than Great White’s tuna conserva salad. Brimming with avocado, snap peas, and tomatoes — consider this salad a modern, California-style niçoise.

Tuna conserva salad at Great White.
Tuna conserva salad at Great White
Matthew Kang

Kale salad at Jame Enoteca

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South Bay Italian powerhouse Jame Enoteca constructs one of the meanest kale salads in town. Every sweet and spicy serving includes plenty of fresh herbs, Parmesan, avocado, cilantro, scallions, and an almond vinaigrette.

Taco salad at Salads 2000

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Salads 2000 is the spot for powerful, do-it-yourself salads and pre-picked options like the taco salad, which naturally comes with cheese, chips, avocado, sour cream, black olives, and more.

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Papaya salad at Bua Siam

There are countless fantastic Thai restaurants across greater Los Angeles, but Valley diners know to trust Bua Siam for its spicy take on, well, just about everything. That includes the rockin’ papaya salad, served simply and with lots of zing.

A wooden table holds a white plate with fresh papaya salad on top.
Papaya salad from Bua Siam
Bua Siam

California chicken salad at California Chicken Cafe

With nine locations throughout Los Angeles, California Chicken Cafe is a convenient stop for salad that truly feels like a full meal. The order here is the California chicken, a hearty, protein-packed behemoth of rotisserie white meat, avocado, feta cheese, carrots, bell peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, lettuce, croutons, and even fusilli pasta, all topped with a choice of dressing.

View this post on Instagram

The taste of summer☀️#CaliforniaChickenCafe @kkarmalove

A post shared by (@californiachickencafe) on

House special sautéed salad at Paper Rice

For a salad that satisfies like few can, look no further than the sautéed salad at Paper Rice. Heaps of romaine hearts come topped with shrimp, beef, hard boiled eggs, and sweet onion. And best of all, the salad’s tangy, savory, and Vietnamese-inspired dressing is laced with beef and shrimp drippings.

House special sauteed salad at Paper Rice in Pasadena.
House special sautéed salad at Paper Rice in Pasadena.
Cathy Chaplin

Dianne at Green Street Restaurant

This iconic salad in Pasadena mixes crunchy Asian noodles, chicken, toasted almonds, and sesame seeds over shredded lettuce for an addictive lunch. In fact, it's become so popular that Trader Joe's now has a "Pasadena" salad inspired by the Dianne at Green Street.

Charred cauliflower salad at Tesse

It’s can be challenging to get excited about cauliflower, but chef Raphael Francois utilizes his wood-burning stove to lightly char the main ingredient, then he carefully adds harissa, cucumber, almonds, and pomegranate for a beautiful and delicious salad.

The charred cauliflower salad from Tesse
The charred cauliflower salad from Tesse
Mona Holmes

Nam khao tod at Night + Market Song

This dish encapsulates everything that’s so great about Thai cuisine: the perfect balance of sweet, spice, salt, and funk. Loaded with Thai fermented sausage, plenty of chile jam, and crunchy fried rice, it’s a good way to start the meal at this Silver Lake spot.

Nam Khao Tod salad at Night + Market Song
Night + Market Song
Emily Knecht

Tomato salad at All Day Baby

It doesn’t get any better than late-summer tomato salads, and the one served at All Day Baby can do no wrong. The seasons juiciest tomatoes are quartered and topped with a Cajun-style X.O. sauce that includes heaps of lil’ dried shrimp, and served in a rich puddle of salt and pepper mayonnaise.

Burrata salad at Croft Alley

Croft Alley’s burrata salad exemplifies the restaurant’s style — simple, comforting, and elegant — with baby kale, tomato jam, olive oil, and a mustard vinaigrette, served with a Bub & Grandma’s baguette.

Caesar at Dan Tana's

Everything about Dan Tana’s screams old-school, from the red checkered tablecloths to those massive plates of chicken Parmesan. As one would expect of such an establishment, the Caesar is a must-order with its crisp romaine and garlicky dressing. It is the ideal complement for a red sauce kind of meal.

McCarthy at Polo Lounge

The Beverly Hills Hotel’s Polo Lounge is synonymous for people-watching and its McCarthy Salad. Named after polo player Neil McCarthy, a frequent hotel guest in the 1960s, the remixed classic Cobb winds up on nearly every table, with nearly 600 salads sold in the hotel each week.

The McCarthy from the Beverly Hills’ Polo Lounge
The McCarthy from the Polo Lounge
The Beverly Hills Hotel

Mango, cucumber, and mint salad at Bé Ù

Who says that salads need to include greens? This sweet and spicy creation from chef Uyen Le includes chunks of mangoes, a smattering of cucumbers, and plenty of fresh mint, all tossed in a well-balanced dressing. Crushed peanuts and sesame rice crackers add crunch to the mix.

Mango, cucumber, and mint salad at Bé Ù.
Mango, cucumber, and mint salad at Bé Ù
Wonho Frank Lee

Mediterranean gem at Sycamore Kitchen

The Hatfields’ Sycamore Kitchen somehow managed to create salads that diners regularly choose over the pastries. The go-to is the Mediterranean gem, a bountiful blend of gem lettuce, chicken, dates, hazelnut, radicchio, grapes, bleu cheese, and red wine vinaigrette.

Kale sea salad at Âu Lạc

Vegan spot Âu Lạc takes its salads seriously. The lacinato kale and sea vegetable salad is full of flavor with spiced almonds, cucumber, kimchi, a macadamia “cheese” kale crisp, and a teriyaki dressing.

Shrimp and crispy greens at Girl and the Goat

Shrimp and strawberries go together like peas and carrots at Girl and the Goat. This seasonal salad also includes avocado, pickled vegetables, and pepitas — all coated in a lime and herb dressing that brings all the ingredients together.

Shrimp and crispy greens at Girl and the Goat.
Shrimp and crispy greens at Girl & the Goat
Matthew Kang

Tuna conserva salad at Great White

It doesn’t get any fresher than Great White’s tuna conserva salad. Brimming with avocado, snap peas, and tomatoes — consider this salad a modern, California-style niçoise.

Tuna conserva salad at Great White.
Tuna conserva salad at Great White
Matthew Kang

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Kale salad at Jame Enoteca

South Bay Italian powerhouse Jame Enoteca constructs one of the meanest kale salads in town. Every sweet and spicy serving includes plenty of fresh herbs, Parmesan, avocado, cilantro, scallions, and an almond vinaigrette.

Taco salad at Salads 2000

Salads 2000 is the spot for powerful, do-it-yourself salads and pre-picked options like the taco salad, which naturally comes with cheese, chips, avocado, sour cream, black olives, and more.

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