A couple of weeks ago, Eater asked readers to chime in on the best chicken salad in L.A. While Chinese chicken salad tends to dominate the landscape, there are a few other classic variants that got a mention and suggestion. While burgers, pizzas, and other comfort foods abound in this city, it's (sadly) the humble chicken salad that tends to feed the most mouths on the daily basis. Here now, a compilation of the Best Chicken Salads in Los Angeles.Read More
The Best Chicken Salads in Los Angeles, Mapped
1. Chinese Chicken Salad at Take A Bao
Studio City, CA 91604
Taking a page from the classic Chinese chicken salad invented here in L.A. many decades ago, Take a Bao's has just the right balance of grilled chicken breast with wonton strings and crispy rice noodles for extra crunch, all tossed with a sesame ginger dressing. Without a doubt the most suggested chicken salad for this Open Thread.
2. Chipotle Chicken Salad at Tender Greens
The chipotle barbecue chicken salad ($11) is loaded with avocado, queso fresco, and a cilantro lime dressing, as well as sweet-smokey shreds of chicken in a romaine lettuce base.
3. Chinese Chicken Salad at Joan's on Third
The Chinese Chicken Salad at this West Third marketplace and eatery is nothing revolutionary, just well executed with crispy wontons, rice sticks and almonds.
4. BBQ Chicken Salad at 26 Beach Cafe
Though this beachside eatery is primarily a burger joint, the blueberry chicken and barbecue chicken salads, priced at $15, are still pretty great. Expensive, yes, but more than enough for a meal. The BBQ chicken comes with romaine, corn, and tomatoes for a southern take on chicken salad.
5. Chicken Bean Salad at Rose Cafe & Market
Definitely the kind of place that Angelenos would fall in love with, this neighborhood spot has a three-salad combo, one of which can be any number of their chicken salads, including the chicken bean, chinese chicken, and chicken caesar salad.
6. Chinese Chicken at New Moon Restaurant
The Chinese chicken salad was purportedly invented about 45 years ago, and the family recipe at this mini-chain of Americanized Chinese restaurants uses roasted chicken, crispy wontons, and nuts for a constant crunchy bite.
7. Asian Chicken Salad at Porta Via
This place is like catnip for tourists and flashy 90210 types, but the Asian chicken salad is no slouch, especially for those that appreciate just a hint of dressing. Made with mixed greens, pesto chicken breast, and tossed with an orange ginger dressing, it's a departure from the classic Chinese chicken formula.
8. Cajun Chicken Caesar at Roll 'n Rye
This rather unassuming deli and cafe in the southern throes of Culver City makes a delicious Cajun Chicken Caesar salad that could almost (maybe) serve as an entire meal priced at $14.25.
9. Tossed Cobb at Auntie Em's Kitchen
This roadside cafe in a quiet part of Eagle Rock is a local's favorite, and the Tossed Cobb with applewood-smoked bacon, Point Reyes blue cheese, chicken, and apple-cider vinaigrette is one standout.
10. Cobb Salad at Nickel Diner
This enduring diner in the heart of Downtown's Historic Core is known mostly for its breakfasty-type items, but the cobb salad is one chicken salad that might be worth ordering during a long lunch break. Loaded with chicken, tomatoes, hard-boiled egg, and blue cheese, it's simplicity, defined.
11. Chinese Chicken Salad at The Sycamore Kitchen
The ingredients couldn't get more simple, but the perfect balance of crunchy cabbage, nuts, delicate shredded chicken, and a dusting of rice-like crisps make this Chinese chicken salad one of the most addictive in town.
12. Calfornia Chicken Salad at Milk
Though primarily known as a scoop and dessert shop, the Beverly location makes some pretty tasty food too, including a California Chicken Salad that incorporates marinaded chicken breast, garbanzo beans, zucchini and tomatoes in a lemon vinaigrette.
13. Chicken Salad at Feast From the East
One of the originators of the Chinese Chicken Salad in LA, the base of romaine lettuce keeps things crunchy while sliced almond, sesame seeds, shredded chicken breast, and scallions flavor everything, along with with a sesame ginger dressing.