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I don’t think of salad as a meal. Unless I’m at Beefsteak. Random vegetables aren’t thrown together with some greasy dressing. An enormous amount of thought is put into where the vegetables come from, what is local and in season, and which vegetables and ingredients complement each other. And then, even more thought is put into creating sauces and dressings which make the vegetables truly shine. Grains like rice and quinoa make the salads even heartier. Every season, Beefsteak changes several of its dishes so the menu feature the best tasting (i.e. most seasonal) ingredients.

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For spring, the vegetable forward venue is introducing three new bowls. My favorite is the Curried Treasure, where rice is smothered in a fragrant green curry sauce and topped with broccoli, sugar snap peas, and shredded carrots. The green curry sauce is bold and bursting with the flavors of ginger, lemongrass, garlic, and cilantro. Crispy peas bring a crunchy element to the dish, and a smattering of pea shoots, sourced from Little Wild Things Urban Farms, complete the dish. Little Wild Things Farm is a commercial urban farm specializing in microgreens. I love the Asian flavors of this dish and the rice makes it especially filling. The green curry also pairs exceptionally well with the mild flavor of broccoli and the sweet carrots.

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For something a bit lighter, try the Lime After Lime, where cilantro and lime infused rice is tossed with romaine lettuce, radicchio, arugula, cherry tomato, and scallions. Beefsteak salads have texture. This one comes from zaatar sunflower seeds and roasted edamame and corn. The salad is tossed in a bright cumin and lime vinaigrette that is simultaneously tart and woody.

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Finally, for a grain free salad option there is the Green Lightnin, which had me sold at first bite because it is chock full of avocado. Sweet strawberries add a summery note, and the dressing, which is made with over a dozen ingredients including tarragon, cilantro, and chives, brings out the flavors of the watercress and sugar snap peas.

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Warm weather is here; its time for spring vegetables, summer berries, and lighter meals.

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