As much as I love cooking at home, sometimes it’s near impossible. I’m either running the kids around, working, or I’ll be honest—I’m just too exhausted. So I truly rely on healthy and fast spots to grab some food to go. It can be a lifesaver!
Luckily, Los Angeles is known for its health conscious, yet fast service, eateries. The city is also known for its seasonal produce and diverse palate of flavors, which often go hand in hand. I love to pop in, grab some salads and meals to go, and be on my merry way. Some of my favorites include Joans On Third, Lemonade and its more gourmet counterpart, Picnic LA.
Picnic LA, which is located in Culver City, was opened by some of Los Angeles’ most talented tastemakers. They believe in the power of offering “farm-to-table” local produce and fresh choices in a relaxed environment. This is especially important for mommas on the go! Oh, did I mention they have curbside pickup?
Speaking of fresh choices, my appetite changes with the seasons. Luckily, so does Picnic LA’s menu When I think of recipes for spring, I instantly crave light dishes full of citrus flavor. Bye, comfort food! Luckily, Picnic LA’s new menu is packed with citrus.
If you’re not in the LA area to stop by and check them out, don’t worry. I’ve got some of their special citrus recipes for you to try in your very home! Make them ahead for the week, for a special brunch, or even as a dinner side.
In Los Angeles we have access to amazing fennel and citrus at this time of year, and this salad was created to highlight their amazing flavors and texture. At Picnic LA, the chefs use exceptional J.J.’s Lone Daughter Ranch Valencia oranges, and Underwood Family Farms sweet fennel. Savoy cabbage adds a satisfying crunch, while citrus juice bursts through with tons of flavor.
This simple salad may only have a few ingredients, but is absolutely delicious. Tender roasted beets pair perfectly with juicy slices of orange, and black currant glaze adds a great depth of flavor. Using the best oranges possible is critical for this salad. At Picnic LA, they use a variety of seasonal oranges from many local farms. Pick oranges that are firm without any soft spots, and that smell sweet. Currant juice can be found in many supermarkets and health stores. Fried garlic and star anise are easy to find in a local Asian market.