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Best Summer Salads in L.A.

By Betty Ann Graham

05.16.17

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With summer rapidly approaching, Angelenos are craving meals with a lighter touch. Here, five of the city’s most delicious salads.
As a special, Catch LA’s summer chopped kale salad will be available through August. | Photo by Michael Kovac
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Catch LA Made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients, Catch LA’s colorful summer chopped kale salad is made up of coconut quinoa, juicy mango slices, pink pomegranate seeds, sliced almonds, heirloom tomatoes, red pepper, avocado and layers of shaved coconut, all atop a bed of leafy greens. For a crunchy protein punch, add a side of apple-smoked bacon, which pairs nicely with the avocado-lime vinaigrette. West Hollywood, 323.347.6060

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Cecconi’s Best known for its delectable pizza and pasta, the chic Italian eatery on the corner of Melrose and Robertson also serves a variety of mixed leafy greens. Soak up some rays on the Venetian-style patio while noshing on the red quinoa salad—a popular dish that’s smothered with avocado, artichokes and chia seeds. For a heartier meal, try adding chicken, shrimp or salmon. West Hollywood, 310.432.2000

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The Mar Vista This modern farm-to-table resto boasts fresh progressive California cuisine, and its Lemonaise salad is a must-order. Featuring the hardy, loose-leaf lettuce lolla rossa, tangerines, radishes, shaved fennel and sunchoke chips, the gorgeous and well-balanced plate is a beautifully composed dish to remember. Bonus: The restaurant has live jazz on Friday and Saturday nights from 10pm to midnight. Mar Vista, 310.751.6773

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The Polo Lounge The tried-and-true McCarthy salad never gets old. The dish contains grilled chicken, organic eggs, tomatoes, beets, cheddar cheese, smoked bacon and avocado that are all chopped finely with Romaine lettuce and dressed with a balsamic vinaigrette. The best way to enjoy it is on the restaurant’s iconic patio with a glass of Champagne in hand. Beverly Hills, 310.887.2777

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Rustic Canyon As featured in chef Jeremy Scott’s new cookbook On Vegetables: Modern Recipes for the Home Kitchen and at his restaurant Rustic Canyon, the beets & berries summertime salad tastes as good as it looks. Seasonal berries (mulberries, raspberries and blackberries) mingle with vibrant red quinoa and perfectly-ripe avocado, and are topped with fresh mint and lemon. Add crushed pistachio for some extra oomph. Santa Monica, 310.393.7050