Cuisine Scene: Scrumptious Salads
After a period of indulgence sometimes nothing sounds better than the crunch of a salad, with its satisfying mix of clean ingredients. Here are some great salads from around Long Beach, showcasing veggies and cuisines from around the world.
Local Thai restaurant Manaow (3618 E Broadway) specializes in street food from Bangkok, blending salty, savory, and tangy flavors with addicting results. The papaya salad features green papaya, carrots, toasted peanuts, tomatoes, and green beans with a dressing that blends fish sauce, garlic, fresh chili, and lime juice–a perfect sidekick to the fried pork belly or stuffed crispy chicken wings.
The Playa Chop Salad at Playa Amor (6527 E Pacific Coast Hwy) celebrates ingredients used in Mexican cooking, with the perfect blend of salty, savory, crunchy, and sweet. A base of mixed greens is topped with cabbage, corn, red onion, garbanzo and kidney beans, carrots, cotija cheese, tomato, and pumpkin seeds, finished with a creamy dressing and tortilla strips. Add grilled chicken if you like.
It could be said that the Greeks are the experts at acidity in cooking, with fresh lemon juice, briny kalamata olives, and vinegar lacing many Greek dishes, especially salads. Pita Pitaki (3401 Cherry Ave) is a family owned Greek restaurant in California Heights that locals rave about. If you crave a classic Greek salad, you can get one here, but try the “Roka,” with baby arugula, sesame seeds, dried figs, walnuts, and graviera cheese for a sweeter taste of Greece.