Dining Out Paleo: Tender Greens

Welcome to my Thursday series: Dining Out Paleo

Every Thursday I post a recent dining out experience and how I chose the best possible options to stay true to my Paleo lifestyle and avoid grains, sugars, dairy, and soy to the best of my ability.  Unless informed otherwise, I always assume that the restaurant uses vegetable/canola oils for cooking.

Since last week's post posed quite the challenge, I thought I'd opt for an easier dining out adventure this week.  Today's post is how I navigated the already (mostly) healthy menu at Tender Greens in Culver City, California.

I like to frequent Tender Greens whenever I am lingering around the 405 and 10 freeways, since I know I am going to get a hearty and extremely tasty helping of veggies and meat.

Here is what I ALWAYS order:

Backyard Steak Salad - red and green butter lettuce, radishes, red and gold beets, horseradish vinaigrette.  Sometimes I order the salad without dressing as the flavor of the beets and the steak is more than enough to keep each bite tender and moist.  But most times I just really enjoy the horseradish vinaigrette.  It is extremely light and the kitchen folks tend to not overdress their salads.  I've never had a meal where my food was swimming in dressing.  Always the perfect amount!

On the particular day that I happened to be dining, one of the daily specials was a chilled gazpacho soup.  After extensive inquiry about the ingredients and listening to a list of about five or six vegetables - I decided to give it a try.  Well worth the order!  It was smooth and full of flavor.

The options at Tender Greens are limitless... fresh veggies and a variety of meats abound.  The food is sourced locally, but the beef and chicken are grain-fed.  There is an abundant selection of vegetables - grilled and fresh.  Salads, sandwiches if that is your boat, and a fantastic listing of soups.  Great restaurant, great atmosphere, and a perfect place to grab a Paleo lunch or dinner!

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