10 Healthy(ish) Dishes to Order Out

Eating healthy doesn't have to mean eating in. Try these not-so-guilty pleasures at area restaurants.


Photo by Jonathan Timmes.

Salade Niçoise

Busboys and Poets  |  4251 S. Campbell Ave., Arlington, busboysandpoets.com

“Oh my God, what is that?” gasped the woman next to me, eyeballing my lunch at the bar of Busboys and Poets in Shirlington.

“The Niçoise salad,” I responded.

“Wow, that just looks so good!” she said. And it was.

This pescatarian ensemble is a standout on a menu that also features loads of options for vegans and vegetarians. The star of the plate—a large slab of seared tuna, marinated in rosemary and olive oil—is propped up against a mound of mixed greens (red leaf and chicory) dressed with a lemony vinaigrette. Add to that the standard accompaniments of this classic French Mediterranean specialty: hard-boiled egg, fingerling potatoes, cherry tomatoes, black Niçoise olives and blanched green beans with just the right amount of crunch.

Founded in 2005 by restaurateur, activist and artist Andy Shallal, this local chainlet now has seven D.C.-area locations, each of which is part bookstore, bar, bistro and performance space. The menu describes it as “a place to take a deliberative pause and feed your mind, body and soul” and the atmosphere delivers. Eating a terrific salad, surrounded by books, in a place named after Langston Hughes (who, before he became a poet, worked as a busboy at D.C.’s Wardman Park Hotel in the 1920s) is my idea of a satisfying meal.


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