Dining Out Paleo: Greenhouse Cafe

Welcome to my Thursday series: Dining Out Paleo 
Thursdays I post a recent dining out experience and how I chose the best possible options to stay true to a whole foods diet, opting for the freshest and most nutrient dense foods while avoiding 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.
If you've been following this blog for awhile, you know it's a cold day in Rosamond when I actually say something pleasant about where I live.  Bundle up my friends, because there's snow in today's forecast.  
One of the nice perks about living where I do is the proximity to my husband's parents.  I like to think I got pretty darn lucky on the in-law front and I'm not just saying that because my mother-in-law, KR, reads everything I write.  Matt's mom and dad are a convenient twenty minutes away from us and I like having a standing monthly lunch date with my M-I-L, not counting all the family get-togethers based around a giant slab of protein and a gas grill.

My latest lunch outing was an invite for KR's birthday with HER mother-in-law.  Have I lost you yet?  I had the pleasure of spending a nice afternoon lunching with Matt's mom and his grandmother.  KR chose Greenhouse Cafe in Lancaster, California to celebrate another year of life.  
Greenhouse Cafe is known for fresh quality ingredients and salad dressings that are made from scratch.  The menu is packed full of hearty salads, soups, sandwiches, and all combinations of any of the above.  Since my veggie intake has been on the low end, I once again honed right in on the available salads.  Cajun Chicken, Tri-Tip, and Cobb... all sounded delicious!  I finally decided on Carol's Salad - crisp apples, walnuts, cranberries, and chopped chicken on a bed of romaine served with a raspberry vinaigrette.  

The apples were crisp and tart.  I would've preferred more and bigger chunks, but they provided a nice texture.  The chicken was incredibly tender and moist and was my favorite part of the whole meal.  And before the Paleo Police get wrapped up around the cranberries, I am aware they contain soybean oils and sugar.  The quantity was limited.  I wasn't overly worried about it and they can be easily removed if they are a problem for anyone else who happens to order this particular salad.  On this day, I made a conscious decision and I ate them!  Overall, I was extremely satisfied with my lunch selection as were the two generations of in-laws with whom I shared good conversation and company.  

I always forget about Greenhouse Cafe as it is tucked neatly away behind a large strip mall complex with shops and a gym.  Now that my memory has been refreshed and the takeout menu is permanently affixed to my refrigerator, I have a place to go when I have a hankering for a nice big fresh salad.  Greenhouse Cafe is a perfect spot for a Paleo lunch deep in the heart of the Antelope Valley.  

See that?  See what I did there?  That's TWO nice things about where I live in one post!  Great family close by and tasty healthy eats to share with them.  Alright, that's enough.  Don't get used to my niceness;  Just my ability to eat my way through Southern California and take pictures of everything I put in my mouth.

Now go to Greenhouse Cafe and get a salad.  You'll be a happier healthier camper once you do.  

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