Eating to Live on the Outside: Green Leaves Vegan

It’s Saturday, I’m probably off to Yoga by now, but if you’re up early with nothing to do, come take a trip with me! This week Eating to Live on the Outside is off to California, we’re dropping by Green Leaves Vegan in Los Angeles.

After flipping through the menu, I think it’s very doable. At a glance it easily passes the test, lots of veggies, like romaine lettuce, beets, mushrooms and eggplant, and hardly any hang ups. Okay, here’s a rough draft of things I might order:


  • Young soybean pods; if they’re served with salt, like the often are, I’ll pass on the salt.

Intro Tofu

  • Grilled marinated tofu on skewers with side salad of romaine lettuce, carrot and cucumber served with peanut sauce; same deal with the sauce.

Dinner Salad

  • Romaine lettuce, shredded carrots, alfalfa sprouts and sliced tomatoes; looks good, but dressing on the side.

Cucumber Salad

  • Bell peppers, cucumber, red onion and house dressing; same thing with the dressing.

Tossed Salad

  • Romaine lettuce, Napa carrots, onion, garlic, beets, cucumber, shitake mushrooms, mung bean noodles, bean sprouts, tofu and seasonings; I’d probably ditch the noodles.

Protein Salad

  • Carrots, romaine lettuce, garbanzo beans, soy beans, avocado and tomato; hooray avocado!

Tofu Salad

  • Grilled tofu, romaine lettuce, tomato, cucumber and bell peppers; I dig it.

Special Salad

  • Romaine lettuce, carrots, cucumber, bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, mushrooms, tomato and avocado; this one gets high marks, could be a winner.

Chief Salad

  • Tomato, romaine lettuce, carrots, shredded beets, alfalfa sprouts, celery, avocado, sliced cucumber topped with sunflower seeds; very cool!

Grilled Veggie Sandwich

  • Mushroom, grilled zucchini, onion, braised eggplant and bell peppers on a bun; the bread is iffy, but just focus on the vegetables.

Fresh Veggie Sandwich

  • Romaine lettuce, alfalfa sprouts, avocado, onion, bell, mushroom, cucumber, zucchini and tomato on a bun; same deal with the bun.

Lentil Loaf Dinner

  • Bell peppers, onion, lentil loaf and seasonings served with tahini sauce; not bad, I might give it a look.

Spicy Green Beans

  • Green beans, lime leaves and tofu with spices seasonings; sounds tasty.

You might want to play with some of the soups and curries, but as for me. I’m going with the Special Salad, Fresh Veggie Sandwich or the Chief Salad. Either way, Id be getting more than a mouthful of veggies. Mission accomplished!

If I ever make it to Los Angeles, I’ll have to pay Green Leaves a REAL visit, but in the meantime, its time for you to do some work! Look over Green Leaves Vegan’s menu and let me know what strikes your fancy. Keep me posted! Peace.

Image credit: Green Leaves Vegan

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Patty - March 28, 2009 11:42 AM

I am so fortunate to live near Green Leaves Vegan. It is one of my favorite places to eat. The lentil loaf dinner is excellent.

mike rubino - March 29, 2009 6:37 AM

I dont trust most of these places, although they offer veges and salads I find they have a heavy hand with salt and oil.

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