Make it snappy

During the lunch hour at Snappy Salads, plenty of dudes are seated on the long, wooden tables chowing down on, yes, salads. “I made this place for me, a guy, so that I could eat a salad and not have people call into question my manhood,” says owner Chris Dahlander. He opened Snappy Salads in 2006 to create a healthy alternative to fast food. No processed foods here — just fresh fruits and veggies along with hormone-free meats. The restaurant offers five different types of lettuce and about 18 signature dressings with calorie counts ranging from 32 to 180 if you go for the creamy Caesar. The Cobb salad is the No. 1 seller, loaded with iceberg and romaine lettuce, tomatoes, chives, egg, grilled all-natural chicken, avocado and Gorgonzola; light Brown Derby Cobb dressing enhances those flavors. Other options include Southwest, Greek, Asian and fried chicken, or customers can create their own — everything in moderation, Dahlander says. After switching to a salad diet, Dahlander lost about 40 pounds, now weighing as much as he did in high school. “I’m not a nutritionist, but my whole thing is that if you eat the right foods in moderation, you don’t need exercise and diet pills,” he says.

Snappy Salads
Preston & Forest · 972.991.7627
NorthPark Center · 214.368.7627

Three more spots for guilt-free eating

1 My Fit Foods
For a quick and nutritious lunch, this neighborhood health joint offers portion-controlled, packaged meals without the added sugar, sodium and preservatives. It’s a popular spot for hardcore athletes and dieters.
Preston & Royal · 214.613.2841
Preston & Northwest Highway · 214.360.7569

2 Salata
Create your own salad or wrap with a large selection of fruits, veggies, nuts, cheeses and dressings.
Preston & Northwest Highway

3 New Start Veggie Garden
Venture just outside the neighborhood to find the ultimate vegan buffet based on a philosophy of clean cooking.
Royal & Interstate 35

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