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.

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Waldorf Salad

 
 
 
California Pizza Kitchen Waldorf Salad
Copycat Recipe
 
Serves 4
 
Salad
2 grilled chicken breasts, chilled
6 cups mixed baby greens 
1/2 cup red seedless grapes, halved 
1 granny smith apple, chopped in bite-sized pieces 
1/2 cup celery, diced
1/2 cup candied walnuts
crumbled Gorgonzola 
 
Dressing 
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar 
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 
1 tablespoon garlic, minced 
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper 
1/4 teaspoon salt 
1 cup olive oil
 
 
 For dressing: Whisk together all ingredients well. Chill until serving. Store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, shake or whisk prior to serving. (It may store longer than this, but it never stays around long enough without being eaten for me to know!). 
 
For the salad:. Toss field greens, fruits and celery, if included, in desired amount of dressing. Place evenly divided portions on two large, chilled plates. Top with sliced, chilled chicken breast, candied walnuts, and Gorgonzola.

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