"Garden Bar Blog | Nutrition, health and our community "


Only One Week Left...


Our Fall Menu launches Oct 2nd which means there’s just a week left to enjoy your favorite Summer Seasonal salad bowls.

Available at all 9 Portland area locations or Order Online Now .


organic baby spinach, butter lettuce, blueberries, greek feta, red onions, toasted almonds, chia seeds, charred lemon vinaigrette (gf) 10/12 add roasted herbed chicken  +3


kale, organic kamut, organic baby turnips, chèvre, cherry tomatoes, pepitas, fresh herbs, honey mustard vinaigrette 10/ 12
add avocado  +1.5


organic arugula, millet, broccolini, sunburst squash, organic rainbow carrots, spicy sunflower seeds, house vinaigrette (gf, v) 9/11 add roasted flank steak  +4



Garden Bar at the OEN Food & Beverage Showcase


We are excited to be a part of the OEN Food & Beverage Showcase at the Leftbank Annex next Tuesday Oct 2nd. Ana will be part of the line-up sharing her experience as an entrepreneur in the food industry.

Get your tickets at oen.org/events

As the signature event of OEN’s Food & Beverage Cluster, the F&B Showcase is about convening F&B professionals (or just people who love good food and drinks!) from all across Oregon and SW Washington—entrepreneurs, distributors, accountants, lawyers, investors, marketers, and more—in one place, while showcasing an amazing collection of statewide F&B entrepreneurs and startups.



Brain Food: books and salads.


This month's Giveback Friday proceeds go to SMART.

Since 1992, SMART has been pairing caring adult volunteers with children to provide reading support and books to take home and keep. SMART volunteers read one-on-one with students weekly during the school year, modeling a love of reading and building children’s reading skills and self-confidence in a positive, child-guided environment.

By eating healthy on the last Friday of each month, you have helped raise over $6900 for local Portland non-profits. Let’s keep the good going this Friday September 28th.

Find the location nearest you.



Add Some Power to Your Salad

 Photo @olive_eeeats

Photo @olive_eeeats

Hemp seeds are a super duper power food! 💪
These nutty little seeds contain a nutrition power punch:

💥exceptionally rich in two essential fatty acids, linoleic acid (omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3) - great for your skin! 

💥 a great source of plant based protein - more than 25% of their total calories are from high-quality protein. Good for growing strong muscles. 💥contain gamma-linolenic acid, which can help reduce symptoms of pms and menopause. 

💥AND a great source of vitamin E and minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron and zinc. Wow!

Hemp seeds come in Northwest Bowl or add them to any of your favorite salads for an easy health boost. #notjustasalad 



Over $6200 Raised to Date!



Thank you Portland! To date you've helped raised over $6200 for local non-profits focused on strengthening our community.

Help keep the good going and join us Friday August 31st when we partner with First Book Portland - a local non-profit that provides books to children in low-income neighborhoods.

First Book Portland is an all-volunteer, non-compensated organization established in 1998, and is a community partner to First Book, a Washington, D.C. based nonprofit organization. First Book Portland provides home libraries to children in under-privileged neighborhoods, who otherwise have little access to books, increasing the literacy of children and their families. Since their creation, First Book Portland has worked with regional programs to distribute more than 70,000 new books to children in Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas Counties. 

Friday August 31st at all locations.




We're Hiring


Interested in joining a fun, supportive team that's passionate about serving fresh, thoughtful  salads and other delectables with a smile? Motivated to help us grow? Become a Garden Bar family member!  

Open interviews for Garden Chef position at our Postal location on Friday August 17th from 1:30-3:30.

photo Lena Hyde



Summer of Awesome is Here

 photo Valerie Fidan

photo Valerie Fidan

We’re taking fresh, health and delicious to new heights with our summer bowls and seasonal ingredients—blueberries, broccolini, sunburst squash, organic baby turnips, toasted almonds, organic kamut and millet! Get some today, tomorrow, the next day…

organic baby spinach, butter lettuce, blueberries, greek feta, red onions, toasted almonds, chia seeds, charred lemon vinaigrette (gf) 

kale, organic kamut, organic baby turnips, chèvre, cherry tomatoes, pepitas, fresh herbs, honey mustard vinaigrette (v)

organic arugula, millet, broccolini, sunburst squash, organic rainbow carrots, spicy sunflower seeds, house vinaigrette (gf, v) 

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Testing testing 1-2-3… 

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We are testing out a new delivery service and want your feedback! 

You can now order your favorite Garden Bar Classic salad using the Kadabra app for convenient pick up in the Slate Building (entrance to CENTRL Office Eastside at NE Couch and Grand)

Garden Bar has been proudly selected to test a new concept that can help bring your favorite salads closer to your office, and with no lines. Kadabra is the very first mobile pod, that keeps your food safe and temperature controlled, for when you want to pick up. We offer limited salads each day through this service so secure your order early to avoid missing out!

1. Order your favorite Garden Bar Classic salad using the Kadabra app.

2. Your salad will be delivered to the Kadabra refrigerated pod*.

3. Your salad will be kept fresh and secure in the Kadabra until you’re ready for it.

No lines. No delivery fees. Just fresh healthy and even more convenient.

Please send us your feedback to marketing@gardenbarpdx.com.



Tomorrow: Eat Good, Do Good.

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Leave your lunch at home tomorrow and come into Garden bar to Eat Good, Do Good.
Tomorrow is Give Back Friday and we have teamed up with local non-profit, Rose Haven. 

Rose Haven is a day shelter and community center in Portland serving more than 3,300 women and children annually who are experiencing the trauma of abuse, loss of home and poverty. Rose Haven first helps meet basic needs for food, clothing, hygiene, and safety. Then guests are provided education, support and resources to assist them in regaining stability in their lives.

Please come into any Garden Bar location this Friday June 29th and $1 from every Classic or Seasonal Bowl will go to help support this important community service.
Photo Valerie Fidan 



Location Nine Now Open


Lake Oswego is ahead of schedule!
Just a few more tweaks and starting tomorrow, Monday June 11th, we'll be serving up big bowls of greens in the LO. 
Come grab your favorite salad at 345 1st Street #109, in the Lake View Village Mon-Sun 11:30-7:30pm.



Live Well Learn Well: The Science Edition




To Michael Hosking, the foremost goal of exercising is how it makes a person feel. This month GARDEN BAR is proud to host Michael from Revocycle as he presents The Science of Mindfulness and Aerobic Exercise for Mental and Physical Health.

Michael will discuss his background as a lifelong athlete, and struggle with depression, anxiety, and PTSD. With a degree in biology and a PhD in evolutionary biology, he will explain how aerobic excercise can change the brain, reduce depression, and reduce the response to stress

Event Schedule: 
6:00 pm:
 Happy Hour Begins - Salad + Wrap Samples Galore! 
6:30-7:30 pm: Michael from RevoCycle will be speaking about: The Science of Mindfulness and Aerobic Exercise for Mental and Physical Health

Thursday, May 31st from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
GARDEN BAR Postal Building

 RSVP ONLY limited spaces!


Live Well Learn Well is a free educational series sponsored by GARDEN BAR. The series focuses on mental and physical well-being featuring local Portland health experts.



Give Back Friday: Girls on the Run

 Photo: IG @pdxcaralen

Photo: IG @pdxcaralen

We love programs that empower kids and get them moving - and Girls on the Run does both!
If you've never experienced one of their 5k events, you're missing out on a very specical experience. 🦄

The 10 week program inspires girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Trained coaches lead small teams through our research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games. Girls in 3rd-8th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. It culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event. 

Finish the week by coming to any of our 7 locations to support GotR for #GiveBackFriday where $1 from each Our Classic salads will go to this amazing local non-profit.



Live Well Learn Well with HellaBella


April's Live Well Learn Well event covers 10 Easy Ways to Implement Whole30 with Kelsey and Amy of HellaBella Athletics.  As part of our Live Well Feature series, we talked to the dynamic duo about their personal routines: 

What does your weekly fitness routine look like? 

We have a very well rounded fitness routine and love exploring new avenues to stay active. We typically hit the gym for strength and cardio workouts, 2-3x per week. These can change depending on our program. We love HITT and functional movement training that gets our heart pumping and sweat dripping. We balance out our workouts with a lot of yoga to keep our core strong, body aligned and mental sanity. 

If you could only do one exercise/ movement which would it be and why?

Hands down, we would do squats all day! No this is not just for the booty gains. When performing squats your entire body is working as one unit to complete the movement.  This is a very natural movement as a human; we do this with perfect form without even thinking about it as a toddler. However as we age because of our busy lives, work environment and lack of activity this movement becomes labored with improper form.  Our bodies over time become misaligned which leads to dysfunctional movement and injuries. Long story short for the health of your entire body, practice safe squats. 

What foods are absolute in your diets? 

We are a little different in our staple foods items. Amy is all about the veggies and sweet potatoes! Which is exactly why she loves Garden Bar so much! Unlimited salad and toppings, sign her up for that! Kelsey loves a good salad, but also needs variety so she doesn’t get bored. Give her all the toppings including chicken, eggs, shrimp, pumpkin seeds, almonds, avocado and top it with a sweet dressing and she is a happy girl. 

What foods do you most try to avoid?

We try steering clear of dairy and soy products. We have learned over time that our bodies to perform optimally when including these items. Although we deeply miss cheese and fro-yo! 

What quote of philosophy most resonates with you right now?

Love who you are. Seek balance in your journey and know where you are going. 

Any advice on hitting health goals?

Find one new healthy focus a week that you can implement. For example water, activity, cutting down sugar intake, etc. We often find in our clients, if they bite off more than they can chew, it leads to burnout and frustration. Master each new change and then move on to the next. 

Anything else you want to include?

Our deep rooted passion is pairing fitness and nutrition to help individuals create the happiest and healthiest versions of themselves.  We know this can be so overwhelming for people to take on alone, which is why we love coaching people through every step of the way. We love seeing the A-HA moments that ultimately change lives! 



spring seasonal delectables

 photo by Valerie Fidan

photo by Valerie Fidan

Our spring menu has sprung!

Meet POWER UP, RISING SUN and PEAS + HAPPINESS, our delicious new bowls designed to keep your taste buds delighted and your body going strong all season long. Spring bowl menu listings.  

Enjoy our fresh lineup of seasonal ingredients—

sugar snap peas

charred asparagus
pickled golden beets
charred spring onions

soba noodles
organic wheat berries

almond nettle pesto vinaigrette

Next up: summer specialties—blueberries, broccolini, sunburst squash and much more. They're coming in early July. Stay tuned.



Start the week off your way!

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Create your own salad with over 50 fresh ingredients offered daily.

🌿 ALSO did you know that our regular to-go containers are biodegradable? They are made from corn based compostable plastic and decay into natural materials. All the goodness to go with less waste. 🌱

📷 @e.c.holland ❤️



Spring Has Sprung at Garden Bar

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3 tasty new bowls + 8 fresh seasonal ingredients have arrived! 

POWER UP:  organic baby spinach, organic wheat berries, charred asparagus, roasted cauliflower, organic rainbow carrots, red onions, cilantro, curried yogurt dressing
Suggested add: roasted herb chicken.

PEAS + HAPPINESS:  butter lettuce, sugar snap peas, cherry tomatoes, radishes, charred spring onions, shaved parmesan, almond nettle pesto vinaigrette. 
Suggested add: roasted pacific salmon fillet

RISING SUN:  organic baby spinach, napa cabbage, soba noodles, organic rainbow carrots, cucumbers, sugar snap peas, pickled golden beets, crispy onions, fresh herbs, miso sesame soy vinaigrette. 
Suggested add: organic baked tempeh

SPRING SEASONAL INGREDIENTS: sugar snap peas, pickled golden beets, charred spring onions, soba noodles, organic wheat berries, cilantro, almond nettle pesto dressing, charred asparagus. 

Enjoy the best of the spring harvest with us!

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