>Lemonade — a salad lover’s paradise

>BFF wanted to bring me here for the salads and boy was I glad she did. The array was amazing and what was best was that it was very affordable and extremely tasty! The ‘marketplace’ as the salad array was named offers 1-3 portion sizes ranging from $4 to $11. Each portion gives you two scoops of your choice of salad — or, one scoop of two items. We went for the three portion size plate — 6 scoops — of different salads and shared the plate.

Kale with creme fraiche was delightful with a creamy dressing while the arugula with blue cheese and mission figs was a perfect mixture of flavors in one bite — I liked how they used things in season like the figs. In fact, every salad we chose was delectable, especially the Israeli couscous with mushrooms and tossed in a truffle vinegraitte. We could get enough of it.

Another interesting thing was the ‘watermelon’ daikon — a radish which was pink on the inside and green on the outside resembling a watermelon slice. This was tossed with seared ahi tuna in a sesame dressing — very Asian inspired and very tasty!

Swiss chard and duck salad was another Asian-inspired item with a slightly sweet taste. Roasted cashews added another dimension to it giving it a crunchy texture. Brussel sprouts with balsamic and parmesan cheese was another flavorful choice.

We were pretty full by now but everything was so delicious I felt I could’ve eaten more if there was more in front of me. Lemonade also offers braised items such as beef stroganoff, miso short ribs, curries and tagines, but I didn’t try them this time. I was too excited about the salads. Lemonade also offers an array of desserts and fresh lemonade to accompany your meal.

The Lemonade we ate at was in Venice — there are 3 more locations in Beverly Hills, MOMA and Downtown LA.

Lemonade, 1661 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90291. Tel: 310-452-6200

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