You can really work up an appetite running around the mall returning gifts.
But if your New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier, you might have a hard time finding food that fits the bill.
Brookfield Square, however, has a healthy choice: the Grassroots Salad Company.
Owned by brothers Peter and Louie Liapis, the restaurant opened in 2014 to provide a healthier alternative to fast food.
Plus, they are committed to a healthy lifestyle, and food that tastes good. “You can eat healthy food, and if it doesn’t taste good, you’re not going to come back,” said Peter Liapis.
The two also own two Georgie Porgie’s Burgers and Custard (started by Liapis’ father, George) in Oak Creek and Mount Pleasant, but Liapis chalks that up to the philosophy of yin and yang.
“You go to Georgie Porgie’s for that splurge, that reward,” he said. “You balance it out with salad.”
And salad is what it’s all about at Grassroots Salad Company, which has five different types of signature salads that include a Caesar, Cobb, Santa Fe, Asian and Kriti, with Kalamata olives, grape tomatoes, red onions, chickpeas, Wisconsin feta cheese and Greek goddess dressing.
But Grassroots also offers a build-your-own salad or whole-wheat flax wrap options, with choices such as beets, broccoli, carrots, sweet corn, hard-boiled egg, edamame, quinoa, walnuts and chow mein noodles. Local Wisconsin cheese options include feta, bleu, Parmesan and cheddar.
“We use a lot of organic produce,” Liapis said. “We use a lot of Growing Power blends.”
Organic chicken is also offered as a topping, as is marinated tofu, avocado and albacore tuna. Finishing off the salad or wrap is homemade and gluten-free dressing, with choices that include a buttermilk ranch and chipotle lime. Vegan options include an orange poppy seed, champagne vinaigrette, and roasted peanut ginger.
The dressings are chef-inspired and made from scratch each day, Liapis said. “It’s like our trademark, the dressings,” he said.
The juice bar offers fresh-squeezed fruit and vegetable concoctions made without sugar. Green Power contains apple juice with blended greens and pineapple, while Dr. Roots — Liapis’ favorite — is made with beet, carrot, apple, ginger and lemon juice.
The menu lists the calories of all the signature salads and wraps, juices, and dressings for those who are watching their intake too.
Liapis said since it opened two years ago, Grassroots garnered 3,900 reward members — customers who register for promotions through their cellphones.
He attributes that to the food’s freshness and people’s growing interest in adopting healthier lifestyles.
“Every day I have a different salad,” he said. “My dad always said, ‘If you don’t eat it, don’t serve it.’ It’s important for us to share what we want to eat.”
ADDRESS: Brookfield Square, 95 N. Moorland Road, Brookfield
FARE: Signature salads and wraps or build your own salads with produce, nuts and local Wisconsin cheeses. Fresh-squeezed fruit and vegetable juices also offered. A wide assortment of dressings — milk- or cream-based and vegan options — are made from scratch daily.
PRICE RANGE: Signature salads and wraps range from $7.79 (Caesar salad) to $10.79 (market Cobb salad).
HOURS: Open during regular mall hours: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays.