This past weekend, I met with fellow social influencers and bloggers to sample salads and pizza off its menu. We started our meal with a few waters and kombuchas (a fruit-flavored carbonated beverage made with probiotics) outside on the patio before heading down a flight of stairs into the dimly lit restaurant space. Although the Chipotle-like set-up was a bit confusing and it was unclear what side of the line we began on, each of us either ordered a build-your-own salad or chose one off the menu.
Instead of picking one of the 24 offered dressings, I decided to use my avocado as a dressing by mashing it up into the mixed greens in my bowl. By doing this, I not only got a hefty dose of healthy fats but I also knew my “dressing” was only one simple ingredient, as I was not sure what ingredients were listed in the other dressings.
As I filed back up the stairs to the outdoor seating, I walked past the small tables lining the back of the restaurant. In the future, I would prefer to take my food outside rather than sit inside, as the seating area lacked light and warmth. I noticed many of the customers seemed to have the same idea, taking their meals to-go after paying at the register.
My group and I devoured our meals — each salad created for our taste preferences — while also sharing a few pizzas. Half of the group devoured the ham ‘n cheese pizza ($10.95), which was covered in prosciutto and truffle butter, while the other half of the group shared a cheese-less version of the grilled vegetable pizza ($10.95) that featured zucchini, onion and broccoli. Since I’m not a pork lover, I took a few bites of the cheese-less option and fell in love with the truffle oil glazed over the crust. The crusts were more doughy than crisp, but they were thin enough to not be overpowering. Each pizza was split into small bite-size squares that were perfect for sharing.
If you’re not in the mood for a salad or pizza, the paninis on the menu might win you over. Ranging from your classic “Call Me Reuben” ($8.50) to my childhood favorite, “Thee Turkey Club” ($8.50), there are numerous meat-filled options. The only downside to the panini menu is the lack of vegetarian options, with only one currently listed — a grilled cheese. Although I was not able to try the paninis during my first visit to Mixed Greens, I would recommend them to anyone interested in a simple sandwich.
Mixed Greens is primarily a salad joint and that is the one thing I would go here for time and time again, especially for a quick bite. As the cold weather approaches, I wouldn’t mind picking up a cup of the soup of the day ($3.50), which ranges from organic white bean chicken chili to vegetable soup.
Mixed Greens is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and has a second location in the Loop at 175 N. Franklin St. that is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.