The Vegetarian Option: Karyn's Famous House Salad at Karyn's Raw

The Vegetarian Option

Reviews of vegetarian dishes.


[Photograph: Amber Gibson]

Raw food and salads go hand in hand. But at Karyn's on Halsted there is everything from raw empanadas and tamales to raw pasta and pizza. Next time, I'll be a little more adventurous and report back, but for my introduction to Karyn's I played it safe with her famous house salad ($12).

A heaping mound of shredded cabbage and hearts of romaine is piled in the center of the plate, surrounded by red onion, marinated shiitake mushrooms, asparagus, candied walnuts, and teardrop tomatoes. Sunflower sprouts top it all off and a raw Caesar dressing is served on the side.

The ingredients are all beautifully vibrant—obviously very fresh. The candied walnuts play nicely off the more savory mushrooms and thick dressing. I was surprised by how filling the salad was, so it's a good light lunch that didn't leave me starving by the time I headed to dinner.

Karyn's Raw

1901 N Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60614 (map)