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Earth Day equals free salad at Mixt Greens (and hope for our planet)

April 13, 2010 |  8:02 am

Earth Day
is April 22. It's also the one day a year when everyone pretends to think about the health of the planet while generally doing something Earth-unfriendly (like driving a car to work, using a Styrofoam cup or spraying their curled bangs super high with aerosol Aqua Net -- wait no, the latter was just me in fifth grade, way before Earth Day). But that doesn't mean that you can't change your ways this year. Ride your bike or take the bus to work and get yourself a tasty meal of salad at Mixt Greens. The eco-friendly restaurant is offering a free tote bag full of green goodies to the first 150 customers who arrive at one of its two L.A. locations on Earth Day. Inside the bag you'll find recipes from chef Andrew Swallow's upcoming cookbook, "Mixt Salads," a salad and packets of herb seeds to plant in your kitchen garden (you do have one of those, right?). 350 S. Grand Ave., L.A. (213) 587-7970. 5757 Wilshire Blvd., (213) 587-7975. www.mixtgreens.com.

-- Jessica Gelt

Photo: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times