MAD Greens has made a name for itself in Colorado for bringing healthy yet delicious fare to the masses.
The restaurant has a friendly, fast-casual vibe. Here, hungry diners can fill up on greens and other healthy offerings, including paninis, wraps and fresh-made juices.
MAD Greens – a fast-casual chain that offers premium, made-to-order salads – has opened in Tempe — Photo courtesy of MAD Greens
Diners can choose from between 10 and 12 pre-designed salads, or you can create your own salad from scratch. Salads are tossed in front of you by the restaurant's salad chefs, and they're topped off with your choice of house-made dressings.
Every day, MAD Greens offers at least 20 salad dressing options, made by the restaurant's own "Dressing Mixologists."
Part of the fun of eating at MAD Greens is reading the whimsical menu item names, all of which are inspired by mad characters from history and literature.
For example, there's the Don Quixote, a salad made with greens, mango, Jack cheese, Hass avocado and roasted corn. There's also the Mad Molly Brown, a spinach-based salad topped with chicken, onions, grilled sweet onions and mozzarella.
In honor of Arizona, the restaurant has created two specialty salads: The Doc Holliday and The F.L.W. (Frank Lloyd Wright), both of which feature local ingredients.
The Doc Holliday, as a nod to Arizona's citrus heritage, comes loaded with fresh citrus, including citrus-flavored chicken, orange slices, grapes and pumpkin seeds.
The F.L.W. is also full of Arizona flavors, including locally grown baby greens, cotija cheese, spicy pecans and a prickly pear vinaigrette.
The Doc Holliday is available year-round, but The F.L.W will only be on the menu during summer months.
MAD Greens also has a small kids' menu that offers a mini-salad, pasta salad, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, grilled cheese and a fruit cup.
For dessert, you can grab a home-baked cookie, a hearty 7-layer bar or one of the restaurant's signature salt caramel candies.
Even though MAD Greens is based in Colorado, the restaurant is committed to using locally grown greens, veggies and fruits across its menu. In Arizona, the restaurant has teamed up with local purveyors like Abby Lee Farms, Bella Fresh, Duncan Family Farms, Hickman Farms and Shamrock Dairy to provide the freshest ingredients to diners.
The Tempe location is the first MAD Greens restaurant outside of Colorado. More Arizona locations are expected to open later in 2015 in Scottsdale and central Phoenix, offering visitors a healthy alternative to greasy fast food in the Valley.