Mood rings offer convenient, color-coded glimpses into our emotional state: red indicates stress, yellow suggests blinding rage, and green means rich in vitamins, cellulose, and fiber. Respect the demands of your ring-fingered master with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $25 worth of imaginative, artfully presented salads, sandwiches, soups, and nonalcoholic drinks at Greenz.
Founder Casie Caldwell has evangelized many a heavy-food fanatic with salads that restore the salad’s good name. The three Greenz locations, including its newer Addison store at Prestonwood Place, dress salads with lavish ingredients such as Hawaiian tuna, portobello mushrooms, wasabi peas, and fine cheeses. At long last, spinach gets its due respect after years of abuse as a performance-enhancing substance by incomprehensible cartoon sailors.
Greenz offers up a varied menu of tasty salads such as warm pear and goat cheese ($8.95); apple slices, walnut, and brie ($8.25); and grilled steak with wheat-beer vinaigrette ($8.95). Beyond bites built upon leafy greens, Greenz offers a number of other culinary delights. Appetizers include spinach-and-goat-cheese pinwheels ($3.95), shrimp skewers ($6.95), brie pastries ($4.95), and fresh fruit ($3.95). There’s a full list of sandwiches (all $7.95), including chicken pesto, turkey club, tuna salad, and pulled pork. Regulars rave about the thick, gratifying ancho tortilla soup ($4.25 a bowl), and most of the salads can be instantly transformed into a wrap with a wave of the tortilla. Various gluten-free options are also available.
Greenz was featured in the Dallas Morning News and the Dallas Observer, among others: > * Salads aren’t just for rabbits anymore…at Greenz…even dedicated carnivores will find something to sink their incisors into. – Kim Pierce, Dallas Morning News
Yelpers give both the Addison and Uptown Greenz locations 3.5-star averages: > * FINALLY a salad that isn’t just iceberg lettuce! I personally love the chicken chipotle salad…and also love the soups as well (tortilla soup is a fav [sic]). – J W., Uptown location > * Foodwise, this is one of the best salad joints in Dallas. Fresh ingredients, house-made dressings, wide variety of options for toppings. – Lisa C., Addison location
Though Casie Caldwell loved posh restaurant salads, she couldn’t afford to eat them on a regular basis. And casual salad bars, though inexpensive, were too often stocked with limp iceberg lettuce and tasteless tomatoes. Frustrated by this state of affairs, Casie quit her corporate job and opened Greenz, where she filled reasonably priced salads with gourmet ingredients such as brie, portobello mushrooms, and daikon. Her hard work quickly paid off; Greenz’s tasty, healthy food drew a wealth of media attention from the likes of WFAA’s Good Morning Texas, the Dallas Observer, the Dallas Business Journal, and Examiner.com. Soon, Casie was launching additional Greenz locations across the state.
Although their menus vary slightly, each of these spots draws diners in with fresh ingredients in creative combinations. Goat cheese and crumbled bacon rest on foundations of mesclun greens, baby spinach, and chopped romaine. Hawaiian influences come out in a salad topped with pineapple and seared ahi tuna, and Asian flavors yield a medley of panko-breaded shrimp, daikon, and wasabi peas. Diners can also design their own salads or transform them into wraps that, like babies born during a blanket shortage, are snugly swaddled in tortillas. The menu also extends to meatier options, such as a barbecued-pork sandwich or the turkey-chili soup featured on CBS DFW’s list of the Best Bread Bowls in DFW.