Summer comes along with many things – beautiful blossoming flowers…short and flirty sundresses with sexy sky-high sandals on the ladies…barbecues and baseball games…taking a bikini-enhanced dip in the pool. And while we all love the taste and smell of those summertime backyard meats like hot dogs and hamburgers, there comes a point when the heat just gets too much and we start craving something lighter.

Beyond its traditional appeal of being the perfect food for watching our waistlines, lowering key bodily functioning elements like blood pressure and cholesterol and providing essential vitamins and minerals, the classic salad is the ideal selection when lighter fare is on the menu. Indeed, enjoying a crisp, cold, fresh salad on a hot summer day will make you feel better, digestion-wise, than any uber-greasy plate of burger and fries. Southern California has always been a community that takes its personal health very seriously, so it’s a region of the country boasting its fair share of salad-centric spots.

The following are our picks when searching for the most scrumptious salads in Woodland Hills this summer.

Tender Greens offers farm-to-fork organic classics alongside chef-driven daily specials that highlight the very best of seasonal ingredients, local farms and artisans. In short: It’s the perfect place to grab a great salad in Woodland Hills. Most of the restaurant’s produce is fresh-picked daily from Scarborough Farms in Oxnard, providing Tender Greens with all the elements necessary to craft awesome salads such as the Salami & Kale, Chipotle Barbecue Chicken, Chinese Chicken, Grilled Chicken Cobb, Southern Fried Chicken, Tuna Nicoise and more. With locations all throughout the Golden State, Tender Greens takes no shortcuts when it comes to its Woodland Hills location at The Village at Westfield Topanga, offering a fine casual restaurant atmosphere that combines an upscale dining point-of-view and hospitality with a laid-back, quick dining vibe.

Salad Farm  addresses the needs of the fastest-growing market in the restaurant sector, offering salads and other items that are made to order in just a few short minutes. Over 40 varieties of salads, soups, Panini sandwiches, quesadillas and even baked potatoes are available at Salad Farm, which utilizes the freshest ingredients available on the produce market – the restaurant’s staff even tosses your salad right in front of you. With locations situated all over the L.A. area, Salad Farm’s Woodland Hills location on Canoga Avenue offers a virtual cornucopia of salad delicacies such as the BBQ Chicken Salad, Caesar Salad with Chicken, California Salad with Chicken, Cobb Salad, Greek Salad, Health Protein Salad and more. The eatery is also available for efficient catering and delivery for corporate meetings and events.

Health Nut has become Woodland Hills’ home to fresh, healthy and delicious food and drinks, bolstered by produce that’s delivered fresh daily to ensure the most premium of ingredients are utilized. Amongst the regulars who visit this L.A. healthy eating staple are celebrities, fitness experts, casual diners and longtime fans alike, all returning for deliciously different spins on the classic salad such as Health Nut’s Deluxe (shredded mozzarella, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers and sunflower seeds), Chef (sliced turkey breast, shredded mozzarella, tomatoes, sprouts and sunflower seeds), Chinese Chicken (shredded chicken breast, chow mein noodles, pickled ginger and carrots with sesame dressing), Tuna (with shredded mozzarella, tomatoes and sprouts) and many others. A plethora of healthy beverages round out the Health Nut menu, including a Mango Passion Iced Greentini, Strawberry Mango Iced Greentini and organic herbal tea.

Locomotive Café brings specialty coffee, tea and café fare to the West San Fernando Valley, in addition to delectable café salads and sandwiches. A smattering of loyal return customers flock to this charming themed eatery regularly to sample the myriad of crisp salads such as the Southwest (lettuce, black beans, sweet corn, tomatoes, crunchy tortilla strips and chipotle ranch dressing), Sweet Asian (Napa cabbage, carrots, fresh cilantro, mandarin oranges and wonton chips with creamy sesame dressing), Caesar, Power Bowl (mixed baby greens, chickpeas, kidney beans, red onions, bell peppers and tangy vinaigrette) and more. Locomotive Café even offers a lunch delivery option Monday through Friday from 11 am to 2 pm.

Power Boost Health Bar was founded by Gena Mudaris, an advocate for eating healthy and physical fitness, whose interest in healthy living encouraged her to learn more about human anatomy and how exercise and nutrition affects the aging process. Combining her knowledge and passion for eating healthy and physical fitness into a business that promotes nutrition in an environment that promotes exercise, Gena launched Power Boost Health Bar along with chef Cynthia Zaire, boasting 20 years of experience in the culinary arts, juicing expertise and food writing background. The ladies’ efforts have culminated in a Woodland Hills healthy dining institution where good, wholesome products created right in the kitchen are served alongside items that promote healthy living.

Of course, all our mouths’ water for that cheesy slice of pizza, dripping with golden oven oils and fattening layers of cheese, or that bacon double cheeseburger – which we, frankly, don’t need to describe in graphic detail – but with the dog days of summer in our midst, the lighter and healthier choice would definitely be a fresh salad…and if you’re looking for salads in Woodland Hills, you have landed on the right article.