Sweetgreen is exploding! Since their modest opening in 2007, this simple salad shop offering locally sourced, organic ingredients has become so popular that they have expanded into four different regions. Now located in the DC metro area, Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania, it isn't uncommon to see lines around the block to get into some of these locations. So there I was walking through the Tysons Galleria mall and, lo and behold, a Sweetgreen opened up right in the middle of the mall near Macy's.
It was noon on a Monday and it was packed. I ordered my usual Spicy Sabzi salad because I heart it. It is loaded with baby spinach and shredded kale with spicy quinoa, spicy broccoli, carrots, raw beets, basil, sprouts, and roasted tofu. Such a great mix! This time I switched out the carrot chili dressing for the lemon tahini and it was so good. A winning combo!
I also tried one of their Sweetpress drinks, which are fresh, cold-pressed juices. The energize is my favorite so far with carrot, orange, grapefruit, ginger, and cayenne, it has more of a carrot flavor with the spiciness of cayenne. These drinks are very expensive though at $9.50 for a single serving, but cold-pressed (not heated) drinks have a very short shelf-life and are loaded with nutrients so anytime you need a nutritional boost, I highly recommend cold-pressed juice if you can find it.
I also noticed they had an organic lentil soup that is vegan as well. I'll have to try this next time. So -- great job, Sweetgreen, on getting into Tysons Galleria! That just makes the dreaded shopping trip a little brighter.
June 19, 2012
1743 International Drive
Mclean, VA 22102