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.



Grilled Veggie Salad

Here is a simple restaurant copycat recipe for California Pizza Kitchen's Grilled Vegetable Salad.  This is so easy to make you will wonder why you haven't made this at home in your own kitchen.  Read on to find out what ingredients are needed.

CPK Vegetable Marinade

Make a marinade of:
  • 6 Tbsp of Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp Soy Sauce
  • 3/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
Combine in a bowl big enough to hold all the vegetables.

Vegetables to Grill

  • Eggplant
  • Asparagus
  • Zucchini
  • Scallions
  • Corn
Cut up the vegetables and marinate for at least 30 minutes.Grill until done.  I like to use my George Foreman grill because it makes the job quick and easy!

Make the Salad Dressing

This is a light and healthy Dijon balsamic vinaigrette dressing for the salad.
You will need:
  • 1 1/2 cups of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/4 cups of olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 T chopped garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste

Toss the Salad

  1. Tear up Romaine lettuce on a plate.
  2. Add your grilled vegetables.
  3. Drizzle on the vinaigrette.
  4. Garnish with sun dried tomatoes and sliced avocado.
NOTE:  CPK serves the lettuce chilled so if you want to copy this dish exactly.  Toss the lettuce with the vinaigrette and put in the refrigerator before serving.

Make it a Meal

The California Pizza Kitchen restaurant also offers this dish with the following proteins:
  • Grilled Chicken
  • Grilled Salmon
  • Grilled Shrimp
Make a separate batch of the marinade if you want these.Grill until done on your George Foreman grill.


  1. Delish, tastes very similar! It's a keeper! Thanks!

  2. Thanks! That was yummy, much like the salad in the restaurant. As written, the recipe would make a huge amount of dressing though! I made this for lunch for two people, and I only used about 2 T of oil, 2 T of vinegar, and a teaspoon of mustard.