Colorful Summer Salads in Oceanside

Summertime in Oceanside is all about long lazy days at the beach, endless sunshine and bountiful produce. Think nutrition-packed meals to energize your fun-filled days in the surf and sand such as garden fresh salads incorporating colorful, seasonal fruits and veggies. Whether you’re looking for a cozy sit down meal or takeaway option, the following Oceanside finds have got you covered!

When in downtown discover one of Oceanside’s hidden gems tucked in the corner of the Oceanside Regal Plaza on Mission: Gourmet Artisan. Hailing from Paris, France, husband-and-wife team Adrien and Hamida Cotto opened their restaurant this past March to feature their native French cuisine. Place your order at the counter with Adrien himself who likes to greet his customers with a warm, welcoming smile. Choose from a variety of healthy salads, sandwiches, flatbreads and pastas.

For a yummy treat, try the aptly named Sweet & Savory Salad. The combination of fresh berries, caramelized walnuts and bold blue cheese over a bed of mixed greens comes dressed with zesty red-wine vinaigrette. All salads are served with a side of tasty pesto and Parmesan flatbread. Note that local French baker Jean Claude supplies the flaky croissants, flatbreads, sandwich breads and pastries for Gourmet Artisan.

Head South on the 101 just past Washington Ave to unearth another Oceanside treasure called The Miller’s Table. This neighborhood hangout specializes in wine flights, salads, sandwiches, small bites and nibbles. Affable owner and wine guru Staci Miller enthusiastically shares her wealth of oenophile knowledge with her clientele. Opt to sit at the large communal table in the center of the dining room and make new friends or sit off to the side for privacy. Either way, you can enjoy personal attention, constantly changing wine and craft beer selections along with daily menu specials that reflect what is fresh, organic and in season from local purveyors.

For a quintessential summer dish, choose the Watermelon Salad showcasing organic melon, organic mint, tangy feta and rich balsamic. Staci suggests pairing this light refreshing dish with a crisp rosé because the strawberry notes in the wine balance well with the saltiness of the cheese, spiciness of the mint and sweetness of the watermelon.

Finally, if you’re looking for the ideal place in Oceanside to stock up on provisions for a day at the beach or picnic, check out Frazier Farms Market just East of the I-5 on Oceanside Blvd. Established in 1971, this family-owned grocery store provides friendly service, a wide range of quality natural food products and an in house bakery, deli, salad bar plus coffee & juice bar.

The deli section prepares popular made-to-order sandwiches and plentiful salad options like the summertime Heirloom Tomato or the Mediterranean style Heirloom Tomato Couscous. The first is a classic tomato, mozzarella, basil salad that’s gluten-free and vegetarian. The second combines crunchy wheat couscous, tomatoes and red onion with flavorful mint, lemon juice, honey and olive oil. The wholesome heirloom tomatoes for both salads are procured from local farms.

About the Author

Jolee Pink is an Oceanside-based writer, designer and artist. She runs the popular Eat Drink SD Facebook group and her Wabisabi Green lifestyle blog focuses on art, design, food and travel. For more information, please visit

Published: July 10, 2017

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