I've been on a bit of a salad kick lately, and I always love trying the house salads at whichever restaurant I happen to be visiting. Wanted to share a couple of my favorites of late! Each MoJoe Lounge location has its own distinct house salad, and my favorite is the one at the bright and airy Downtown location across from Columbus Commons.

This salad is a stunner, with a bed of spring greens, big chunks of coffee-rubbed beets and candied pecans all tossed in a lemony vinaigrette. Love all that sweetness and lightness on a hot summer day.

The Element Salad at Element Pizza Bar is great in a completely different way. It's topped with warm, salty housemade bacon and a poached egg, so it's filling enough to serve as an act-alone meal. I like to break open the poached egg and let it combine with the housemade Caesar dressing to thoroughly coat the pile of arugula, bibb lettuce and hunks of fresh mozzarella. Ooey, gooey deliciousness.

Cup O' Joe/MoJoe Lounge
149 S. High St., Downtown
cupojoe.com

Element Pizza Bar
250 N. Third St., Downtown
elementpizzabar.com