One Lucky Duck, the take-away spot from vegan restaurant Pure Food and Wine, is best known for their smoothies, juices, and raw desserts. But they also do an excellent lunch business, turning out raw and vegan salads to go at rapid speed during the busy lunch hours. Salads start at $11 and go up to $16. Certainly not cheap, but worth the occasional meal when you feel the need to lighten up with salads or "clean your body," as a dining companion once remarked. Also worth noting is that the salads run on the large side—many people I saw eating in at one of the few tables had leftovers packed up. Break it down to two salads and the price isn't half bad.
The Pumpkin Seed and Herb Salad (pictured above) is one of my favorites, coupling a variety of greens and herbs including lettuces, kale, mint, parsley, and cilantro. It comes with tangy, fresh lemon dressing created from only pumpkin seed oil, lemon, and sea salt. Toss with the sides of toasty hemp seeds and the pumpkin seed macadamia "parmesan." That "parmesan" is usually good, and something I could easily snack on throughout the day. Raw macadamia nuts and pumpkin seeds are soaked in water, then blended with lemon juice, nutritional yeast, more water and salt before a run in the dehydrator. They're flat, crisp crackers, and though they don't taste anything like parmesan, they've got their own salty, appealing nuttiness. Pair with housemade kombucha or a smoothie and you'll feel positively virtuous.