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Where to Find Veggie-Forward Dishes in LA/OC

January 07, 2022

Have you made a New Year resolution that involves eating healthier? If you’re among those who are trying to eat more veggies in 2022, you’re in luck. Here’s a variety of vegetable-forward dishes from several beloved Mexican-inspired restaurants in the LA/OC area. 

Solita | Valencia and Huntington Beach

Solita celebrates great Mexican food, dynamic margaritas, and Southern California’s laid-back lifestyle, encompassing true summer vibes. Here’s a sampling of Solita’s offerings, including their popular Street Tacos:

Guacamole Solita – served in old school in a fried tortilla bowl with mango, serrano, tomato, onion, and cilantro

Cali Elote Taco – grilled corn, black beans, chipotle sauce, cotija, salsa fresca, and avocado with crunchy sweet potato threads and chile salt

Chile Relleno Con Queso – poblano chile, cheese, fluffy egg batter, Ranchera sauce, crema, cotija, and served with 2 sides

SOL Mexican Cocina | Playa Vista and Newport Beach

Inspired by the best of coastal Baja California, SOL’s kitchens feature a unique spin on fresh, healthy, coastal Mexican food, lovingly made from scratch. Here’s a sampling of SOL’s offerings, which includes a great variety of vegan dishes:

Guacamole Granada – naked guacamole topped with pomegranate seeds, green apple, spiced salted peanuts, and cotija cheese with beet chips

Grilled Sweet Corn – carved tableside with butter, lime, chiles, cotija cheese, and chipotle drizzle

Spicy “Popcorn” Cauliflower Taco – cauliflower deep-fried in spicy beer batter, with creamy coconut-avocado salsa on a corn tortilla with pico de gallo, shredded cabbage, onions, cilantro, and lime

Spice-Roasted Butternut Squash Taco – crispy onions, green chile, and red pepper salsa

Las Brisas | Laguna Beach

The iconic SoCal restaurant perched above the scenic Laguna Beach coastline brings the beauty and charm of Mexican cuisine to its loyal guests—fit for any occasion. Here’s a sampling of Las Brisas’ offerings and guests should also check out the Weekend Brunch as well:

Kale Salad – pepitas, avocado, and cotija cheese

Black Bean and Manga Tostada – sweet mango salsa, black beans, serrano chile, and avocado

Maitake Mushroom Taco – avocado, guajillo, pickled carrots, and cotija

Butternut Squash Tamales – pasilla chile, queso oaxaca, and guajillo sauce

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