With the recent heat wave that is taking over, don’t try to beat the heat or wonder what all the fuss about El Nino was. Instead, make your friends from back East jealous and do like it’s summer by indulging in a favorite warm weather dish: salad. From entrée versions filled with hearty toppings to lightly dressed side dishes, take a look at some of the best salads in Pasadena:
Pack it with protein: Poke Salad Bar is open long enough that you can enjoy poke for lunch and dinner. Skip the noodles or rice base and opt for salad. Or compromise and go for half salad and half noodles before you choose your poke and toppings. If you need your poke salad in hurry, head over to Spinfish for ready-to-go options.
Make it a meal: Some salads are so big that they are a full meal deal. The Cheesecake Factory’s supersized entrée portions of chicken-filled plates comes to mind, as does Lemonade, where you can pick from several salad selections and add protein or just enjoy some veggies.
Crave a classic: Some salads are so legendary that they actually have their own names, including Asian Chicken Salad, Cobb Salad, The Wedge and probably a bunch of others. For an Asian Chicken Salad, Eden Bar & Grill is a favorite for office lunches and Rotisserie Chicken of Pasadena is another prime pick. The Cobb Salad may have originated in Hollywood, but it’s become a standard pretty much everywhere. Some of the best versions around town can be found at Green Street Tavern, which ads shrimp to the traditional mix and at Lovebirds Café & Bakery, you can get your Cobb as a salad or a “pocket.” The Wedge is a steakhouse classic, but many versions are hearty enough to make a full meal out of, thanks to the addition of bacon, including the versions at Del Frisco’s Grille, and Smitty’s Grill.
Go trendy: Kale and quinoa have become trendy replacements for lettuce and croutons and you can find both in the kale and quinoa salad at La Grande Orange Café.
And don’t forget what many will almost automatically recommend when someone asks about great Pasadena salads… yes, it’s Green Street in the Commons on South Lake. They have at least 10 salads on their lunch menu, including the Diane, Dominic’s fave, with chicken, Asian noodles, toasted almonds, sesame seeds and shredded lettuce. GreenStreet.com