Our deli at Gelson’s prides itself on the wide variety of dressings we serve. However, with over 30 different options to choose from, it can be hard to determine which one you want to order today. If you’re looking for something that has extra flavor, then you should definitely order the shiitake and leek dressing from our deli counter. Here are reasons why this particular option will surely make your salad stand out from the rest of the pack in terms of taste and nutrition.


The vegetables used in our sushi and salads are organically grown. The shiitake mushrooms and leeks come from a family-owned farm in Santa Barbara, where they’re treated with care from planting to harvest. And every dish is prepared in our kitchen under close supervision to ensure freshness. There’s no reason why eating well has to be expensive. And no matter what you order from our menu, it will be made to order when you receive it.

Use of seasonal ingredients

Our shiitake & leek dressing is made with fresh ingredients like lemon, toasted pecans, marinated shallots, chives, sherry vinegar and olive oil. If you’re looking for a tasty treat to spice up your salad game or whip up a batch of creamy pasta noodles, try our shiitake & leek dressing today.

Flavor profile

Packed with umami, shiitakes have a meaty flavor that pairs well with leeks’ delicate onion-like quality. The salad makes for a healthy side dish that complements any protein of your choosing. If you’re not up for chicken or pork, try it on seafood such as wild salmon or tuna.

Simple recipe

Ingredients for two people: 2 handfuls of mixed greens, about 6 ounces each (we like to mix baby arugula with spinach). 1/2 cup of dried cranberries. 3 tablespoons of sliced almonds. 1 tablespoon of olive oil. 2 tablespoons of sesame oil. 1 tablespoon rice vinegar. 2 shiitake mushrooms, sliced thin. 1 leek, sliced thin.

Careful preparation, everything made to order

At Gelson’s we take great pride in making our food from scratch every day. We start with only high-quality ingredients, including mushrooms grown on-site at Woodland Organic Farm. All of our dressings are carefully prepared by hand each day and made to order. So go ahead, order a shiitake and leek dressing; we think you’ll enjoy it as much as we do.