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Tractor plows through appetites

Sarah Rowland

By Sarah Rowland, 24 hours

Healthy choices such as the tomato and fennel soup, salad combos and whole grain sandwiches are the main attraction at Tractor in Kits. (SUBMITTED)

Healthy choices such as the tomato and fennel soup, salad combos and whole grain sandwiches are the main attraction at Tractor in Kits. (SUBMITTED)

At most eating establishments soups and salads are considered “side dishes.” This can be annoying if you’re in the market for a healthy lunch or light supper. Well, I’m happy to report this isn’t the case at Tractor (1903 W. 4th Ave.). This newly opened Kits restaurant is putting heart-smart choices at the forefront of its menu, serving 12 different kinds of salads, as well as four hearty soups. The regular salads are $3.25 per serving and it takes about three of these to make a full meal. The protein salads are $6.50 each and it takes just under two of these servings to fill you up.

Among my faves are the organic quinoa combos, as well as the roasted red-and-yellow beat salad with green beans, pistachios, feta and walnuts. For the truly health-conscious, there’s the kale salad with Granny Smith apples and julienned radicchio.

Everything is clean and simple in this unassuming little bistro. The decor is modern, yet inviting. And best of all, the food isn’t drowning in sauces. Instead, the chefs let the natural flavours of the veggies shine through by drizzling subtle vinaigrette dressings on their greens.

Tractor also makes some pretty tasty sandwiches, including the grilled short rib with portobello mushroom, tomato, arugula and smoked gouda. Unlike most cafeteria-style eateries, Tractor is fully licensed, which is a bonus. So when the patio opens in the near future, this will be a great little summer hotspot. Pro tip: Don’t leave without trying the gluten-free cookies, which are dark chocolate and pistachio. So good!

 

 

 

 

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