Philly’s sweltering summers can turn even the most dedicated diner from heavy meals to lighter and greener dishes. Read on for our picks for building the perfect summer salad.
For unique salad and noodle-bar combos, Honeygrow has a hold over Philly and Bala Cynwyd. Sure, you can create customized salads starting with house-made dressings and croutons, but why would you with favorites such as its trendy “Vegan Kale” (mango cilantro quinoa makes it unique), “Persampiere” (roasted garlic balsamic, panko-crusted chicken cutlet, etc.) or a good old fashioned “Cobb”? (110 S 16th St., Phila., 215.279.7724 and 169 City Ave. Bala Cynwyd, 610.667.2573)
The most important things to know about this Rittenhouse-area eatery and its customized menus are that its flavorings are Mediterranean-focused, gluten-free, and with each element added – roasted carrots, lean steak, tabouli, pickled beets, its signature black rice – you get a thorough nutritional breakdown, carb and calorie counts included. Bravo. (2104 Chestnut St., Phila., 267.858.4590)
Sweetgreen might be a small East Coast-based chain, but it sure doesn’t taste like one. University City’s place for organic foods sourced from local farmers has a shifting monthly menu focusing on green-leaning meals such as “Chic P” (spinach with baked falafel, etc.) and an “Earth Bowl” filled with warm grains and arugula. (3925 Walnut St., Phila., 215.386.1365)