Lunching at Leaf: Hearty, Healthy and High-Quality

09.08.2014 by: Leah McGarry
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If you’re feeling guilty about overindulging this past weekend, Leaf is a great lunch spot to make it up to your body. 

Leaf is essentially a salad bar but specializes in healthy, fresh, and high-quality ingredients.  You have the option to choose from their tried-and-true salad combinations, dubbed the Big 12, or you can fully customize your own salad.  And don’t worry, the portions will not leave you hungry again in a couple of hours.

Leaf's tried and true Big 12 salad combinations

During our visit, Leaf was featuring local produce including fresh  mushrooms from Dripping Springs, cucumbers from East Texas, red onions, green onions, and bell peppers from Fredericksburg, tofu from Dallas, and honey from right here in Austin.

Several people in our group couldn’t resist Abbi’s Asian Chicken made with cabbage, grilled chicken, edamame, carrots, green onions, mandarin oranges, toasted almonds and crispy chow mein noodles (clearly the best part), served with an organic sesame ginger vinaigrette.  This is a hearty and flavorful salad, but cilantro haters be warned – it can’t be avoided in the cabbage mix.

    

Abbi's Asian Chicken Salad

Another popular choice was the Margherita on the Works with mixed greens, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, cherry tomatoes, black olives and pine nuts served with a honey-tangerine vinaigrette.   

      

Margherita on the Works

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can customize your own salad from start to finish or simply make requests to substitute ingredients in the Big 12 choices.

I’m looking forward to going back with more of a sweet tooth to try the Strawberry Fields – baby spinach, strawberries, goat cheese, bacon, red onion, sunflower seeds, and candied pecans served with strawberry balsamic vinaigrette.

Next time you’re searching for the perfect weekday lunch spot to make up for a weekend of excess, head over to 2nd Street for a healthy and quick made-to-order salad.

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