Eating Healthy in Santa Monica, CA

Santa Monica, California, boasts an exciting culinary scene and provides an abundance of healthy dining options that cater to all tastes and dietary preferences. From trendy plant-based cafes offering nutritious smoothie bowls and creative vegan dishes to farm-to-table restaurants offering locally sourced ingredients, Santa Monica has something deliciously nutritious and flavorful for all occasions - be it salad, grain bowl or plant-based cuisine.

True Food Kitchen

395 Santa Monica Place
Santa Monica, California 90401

It’s no wonder that True Food Kitchen pops up on a lot of our recommended city restaurants. This chain offers a menu full of wholesome, nutritious, and flavorful dishes with a focus on seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. Look for healthy menu options such as their always fresh Seasonal Ingredient Salad (Kale, arugula, roasted butternut squash, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, white beans, pomegranate seeds, toasted mulberry, and shallot vinaigrette); Ancient Grains Bowl (Quinoa, farro, brown rice, Portobello mushrooms, grilled red onion, snow peas, grilled broccoli, toasted sesame seeds, avocado, and miso sesame vinaigrette); and Moroccan Chicken (Grilled chicken breast, Moroccan spices, roasted carrots, chickpeas, dates, cucumber relish, quinoa, and Greek yogurt).

Flower Child

1332 2nd Street
Santa Monica, California 90401

Flower Child is another chain that makes the cut of healthy restaurants here on The Templeton List. They are dedicated to serving nourishing and flavorful food in a relaxed and vibrant atmosphere. Try the Mother Earth Bowl (Roasted seasonal vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, ancient grains, with red chili miso vinaigrette); Thai Cashew Quinoa Bowl (Quinoa, spicy roasted tofu, cashews, Thai basil, mango, snap peas, red bell pepper, and chili-lime vinaigrette); or their Thai Dye Wrap (Organic tofu, jicama, carrots, coconut, cilantro, basil, Thai cashew sauce, in a whole wheat tortilla wrap).

Farmesa Fresh Eatery

1315 3rd Street
Santa Monica, California 90401

Farmesa Restaurant provides the opportunity for guests to build their own bowl. Their customizable bowl option allows guests to select fresh and flavorful ingredients that meet your dietary preferences and suit any particular base, protein source, vegetables toppings or sauce preferences - creating an experience tailored to you that's truly memorable. To begin creating your masterpiece today visit their website for menu information and get building your bowl today!


510 Santa Monica Boulevard
Santa Monica, California 90401

Berbere features Ethiopian flavors in an inviting modern environment. Menu items include Quinoa Lentil Salad (a combination of protein-rich quinoa, lentils, fresh vegetables, and aromatic herbs, tossed in a tangy dressing); Veggie Combo (a delectable platter featuring a variety of vegetarian dishes, such as injera -- Ethiopian sourdough flatbread -- accompanied by flavorful lentils, greens, and spiced vegetables); and Grilled Salmon (a succulent grilled salmon fillet served with a side of seasonal vegetables, providing a balanced and protein-packed meal option).

Tiato Kitchen

2700 Colorado Avenue
Santa Monica, California 90404

Tiato offers a unique dining experience with a focus on fresh and flavorful Vietnamese cuisine. Try their Lemongrass Grilled Chicken Salad (a vibrant salad featuring tender grilled chicken marinated in lemongrass, mixed with fresh greens, herbs, and a zesty dressing); Vegan Banh Mi (a plant-based twist on the classic Vietnamese sandwich, filled with marinated tofu or vegan protein, crisp vegetables, and a medley of herbs); or Brown Rice and Veggie Bowl (a nourishing bowl comprised of brown rice, sautéed vegetables, and your choice of protein).

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Delicious healthy salad options in Santa Monica

About The Templeton List

Created by James Templeton, a 30+ year Stage 4 Melanoma cancer survivor, the Templeton List and restaurant guide is part of his lifelong dream to give back and lend a helping hand to cancer survivors and to anyone desiring to increase or maintain their good health. James experienced first-hand the challenge of finding quality restaurants and food sources when traveling.

The successful CEO of Uni-Key Health Systems and founder of the Templeton Wellness Foundation, James developed The Templeton List to help anyone easily find trust-worthy, vetted healthy restaurants all across America. Read more about our 5 Star Rating System here!

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