Fresh Summer Salads: Where To Find Them On Melrose

Fresh Summer Salads: Where To Find Them On Melrose

With summer heat in full swing, it’s time to look into something cool when it comes to food. And on Melrose Ave., cool can simultaneously mean hip and chilled. The fresh summers salads on menus here will likely offer both perfect flavor and terrific style.

BARBARA JEAN

For something completely different from the usual salad, Barbara Jean has you covered with a Grilled Little Gem Salad featuring tri-colored beets, goat cheese, and market-fresh citrus. Choices are seasonal: at the moment, a crisp apple joins the Little Gem mix along with shaved radish. As a bar bite from Barbara Jean at the adjoining Melrose Umbrella Company, you’ll find a refreshing watercress, grapefruit, Chioggia, local fennel, and bacon-bit salad with elderflower vinaigrette dressing.

Barbara Jean
7465 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 718-5142
www.BarbaraJeanLA.com

BEEFSTEAK

The chic, chef-centric fare at Beefsteak overflows with salad-y goodness. Try great green dishes such as baby kale with turmeric hummus, Castelvetrano olives, roasted cauliflower, carrots, and black pepper pumpkin seeds, or enjoy a crisp Sunflower Caesar that includes nutritional yeast and hemp seeds as a healthy and delicious substitution for anchovies.

Beefsteak
7661 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 424-7443
https://www.beefsteakveg.com/

BLACKBIRD PIZZA SHOP

Inside this sleek, bright, trendy pizzeria, diners will also find some tasty salads. Try the silky local Burrata with Tuscan Olive salad, which also features basil, and vine-ripened tomatoes; or nosh on a vibrant mix of flavors with the shop’s fresh Little Gem lettuce, Fuyu persimmon and pickled red onion salad with Feta cheese and Saba.

Blackbird Pizza Shop
7459 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 424-7184
www.blackbirdpizzashopla.com

FALA BAR

For Mediterranean treats, both organic and authentic, look no further than Fala Bar where crisp falafel is made from chickpeas, sweet potato, or kale; and the three salad offerings ask diners to Follow Me to Runyon, Heaven, or Kaleifornia. Naturally, the latter is kale-based, with chickpea, quinoa, purple cabbage, shredded carrot, avocado, sunflower sprouts, micro greens, lemon wedge, hummus, and tahini. The Follow Me to Heaven gets diners in a 4-falafel ball groove, adding a bed of mixed greens, white cabbage, purple cabbage, Israeli salad, hummus, tahini, and lemon wedge. And the Runyon option serves up mixed greens, quinoa tabouli, Brussels sprouts, Israeli salad, white cabbage, hummus, tahini, and lemon wedge.

Fala Bar
7751 1/2 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 424-7131
www.falabar.com

FRATELLI

There’s an international flare to the salads at this light-filled Italian spot, including everything from a Greek salad to a Chinese Chicken Salad. The BLT Salad may be among the most popular, eschewing the bread and mayo of a classic sandwich for a crisp mélange of iceberg lettuce, apple-wood smoked bacon, avocado, tomatoes, pickled onions, mozzarella cheese, and creamy Ranch dressing.

Fratelli
7200 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles CA 90046
(323) 938-2233
https://www.fratellicafe.com/menu-1

KAISER’S JUICERY

How about a salad in a sandwich? The Chipotle Wrap at Juice Butchers serves up these veggie delights: pumpkin seeds, red bell peppers, jalapeno, garlic, cumin, cilantro, green onions, avocado, broccoli, and a dressing of olive oil and apple cider vinegar. Now that’s a wrap. And of course, if you’d prefer to drink your salad, this airy spot offers plenty of green juices that include a full complement of fulfilling and filling veggies.

Kaiser’s Juicery
7473 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 433-7668

LALA’S ARGENTINE GRILL

This meat-centric spot nonetheless offers some great salad fare. Try the Porotos Salad with red and white beans, baby mixed lettuce and Romaine, onion, tomato, and feta cheese, with a zingy spiced low fat vinaigrette dressing. The Griega mixes lettuce, tomato, cucumber, red onion, black olive, and red and green peppers with feta and a house dressing. And for those who still crave a bit of meat, the Ventura combines grilled chicken with spinach, warm rice, low fat mozzarella, with lettuce and tomato.

Lala’s Argentine Grill
7229 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 934-6838

M CAFÉ

Considered among the pioneers of modern macrobiotic dining, M Café serves a fresh array of entrée salads with other offerings in their extensive deli case. Choose from a Little Gem Grilled Salmon Caesar that also includes shaved fennel, sea beans, olive tapenade, and almond parmesan and garlic croutons. The M Chopped is a straight-up classic, made with hearts of romaine, mesclun, avocado, cucumbers, chickpeas, herb-baked organic tofu, scallions, umeboshi pickled radishes, carrots, roasted beets, tamari roasted almonds, crumbled tempeh bacon, and tofu-peppercorn ranch dressing. The most unique? The Kelp Noodle Pad Thai salad, with carrots, mint, Thai basil, and peanut-ginger sauce added to the lush kelp noodles.

M Café
7119 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90046
(323)525-0588
www.mcafe.com

WOLF

The gourmet dining experience at Wolf includes well-curated salads such as the Little Gem with chives, pancetta, cherry tomatoes, and blue cheese dressing. Let the Beet Drop is a heady mix of satsuma, berries, almond, goat cheese snow, and nasturtium. And the Kaled-It includes radish, avocado, crispy quinoa furikake, almond dressing. Both are available in time for Happy Hour.

Wolf
7661 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 424-7735
https://www.wolfdiningla.com/

About Genie Davis

GENIE DAVIS is a multi-published novelist and journalist, and produced screen and television writer living in Los Angeles. Her novels range from suspense to romance, mystery, and literary fiction, with titles including mystery thriller Marathon, the noir Gun to the Head, and the romantic suspense of Executive Impulse, Between the Sheets and Animal Attraction. In film, her screen work also spans a variety of genres from supernatural thriller to romantic drama, family, teen, and comedy, has written on staff for ABC-TV’s Port Charles; written, produced, and directed reality programming and wrote and co-produced the independent film, Losing Hope. As a journalist, you can see her work in many publications including her own diversionsLA.com.