California Pizza Kitchen, known within the food industry as CPK, is a casual dining restaurant chain that specializes in California-style pizza. The restaurant was started in 1985 by attorneys Rick Rosenfield and Larry Flax in Beverly Hills, California. The chain is widely known for its innovative and non traditional pizzas, such as the "Original BBQ Chicken Pizza", BLT, Thai Chicken, and Jamaican Jerk Chicken pizzas. They also serve various kinds of pasta, salads, soups, sandwiches and desserts. They have an extensive children's menu for children ages 10 and under which includes a variety of different pizzas, pastas, salad, and chicken.

The chain has over 230 locations in 32 US states and eleven other countries, including 26 California Pizza Kitchen ASAP kiosks designed to serve passengers at airports and shopping malls. The company licensed its name to Kraft Foods to distribute a line of premium frozen pizzas, in 2000.; Nestlé purchased Kraft's pizza lines in 2010.



Field Greens Salad

California Pizza Kitchen Field Greens Salad
Copycat Recipe

Candied Walnuts
1/2 pound walnuts, about 1 3/4 cups
1 egg white
1/3 cup sugar

Dijon Balsamic Vinaigrette
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cup olive oil

1 1/2 pounds mixed baby greens (mesclun)
1 cup candied walnuts
2 pears, sliced
1/2 cup Dijon balsamic vinaigrette
1 tablespoon Gorgonzola (crumbled)-optional

Candied Walnuts:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees Mix walnuts, egg white and sugar together in a medium bowl. Place on sheet pan and bake at 350º degrees for 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool, then break into pieces if necessary.

Dijon Balsamic Vinaigrette:  Whisk together vinegar, mustard, garlic, pepper, and salt. Whisking continuously, slowly pour in the olive oil. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Salad:  Clean and dry salad greens. Add greens to large salad bowl and mix in 1/2 cup salad dressing, tossing to coat greens. Add pear slices and candied walnuts. Toss briefly to coat. If desired, crumble Gorgonzola on top of salad as garnish.

At California Pizza Kitchen you can get this salad with grilled shrimp or sauteed salmon.

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