Mendocino Farms is a sandwich and salad-based restaurant in Southern California, and they are taking the country by storm!
Their friendly persona has allowed them to find local farms to source their delicious meals creating a powerful community that both loves to eat food and love to grow food.
Their meals are not just amazing for meat-eaters, but they have created some fantastic vegan meals too, which is one reason why they are so popular.
It can be hard to find a healthy and tasty vegan restaurant, so when you do eventually find one, you want to take all of their food home with you.
Well, do I have news for you! Many chefs have tried Mendo’s food and have created copycat replicas of their mouth-watering menus.
I have also managed to find very similar recipes to Mendo’s originals, although they are not close enough to be a real copycat.
Check out the collection I’ve found and make a Mendo Menu in your own kitchen!
1. Chipotle Vinaigrette Dressing – Life Currents
Mendo has an amazing chipotle vinaigrette to drizzle onto their salads, and this dressing has a very similar taste.
The chipotle paste gives you a powerful kick, but the maple syrup keeps the sauce sweet, so you end up with a dressing that hits all of your taste buds.
2. Curried Couscous with Roasted Veggies (Mendo CopyCat) – Broccy Our Body
The first of the Mendocino Farm copycats is this curried couscous light lunch. The mixture of coriander, cumin, and turmeric paired with the yogurt, lime, and parsley create a moist and light delight.
After the first bite, you will be thankful that Broccy Our Body managed to recreate this marvelous dish.
3. Avocado Quinoa Salad with Chipotle Dressing – Project Sunny
Again, this recipe doesn’t call itself a Mendo copycat, but the avocado quinoa has a very similar healthy and tasty design to it that you wouldn’t be surprised to find it in the Mendo restaurant.
When it comes to the dressing, Project Sunny hasn’t opted for a premade chipotle paste and instead is making the sauce from scratch!
4. Spicy Lemongrass Steak Banh Mi – West Coast Prime Meats
The contributor who made this recipe was the co-founder of Mendocino Farms, and this recipe is straight from their menu! The only thing you aren’t provided with is the special ciabatta bread which was made especially for the restaurant.
With just one ingredient missing, you can be happy knowing you are following a recipe that will wow your friends.
5. Carrot Raisin Salad – Recipes
If you are a beginner or a home cook who lacks confidence, then you should try this “less exact” version of a Mendo salad.
The recipe is easy to make and healthy to eat, as the wondrous flavors of walnuts and cinnamon create depth for the carrots and apples.
6. Kale with Creamy Caesar Dressing (Low Fat) – Janine’s recipe
Again this recipe isn’t a real copycat from the Mendo Menu, but this delicious low-fat dressing is something you would find on their sides.
The secret to this creamy sauce is the anchovy paste and Worcestershire sauce. It’s the minor additions like these that make cooking so exciting!
7. Mexican Menudo – Tablespoon
This lean beef stew dish has a fantastic depth created by the meat, and a sizzling finish created by the chili peppers to produce a genuinely warming dish for the winter and cold months.
8. Lemongrass Tofu Banh Mi (Mendocino Farms Style) – Good Food Stories
I’ve found you another Lemongrass sandwich inspired by Mendocino Farms, but this time the creator isn’t one of the founders.
Instead, I have been gifted with the perception of a real-life guest of the Mendo Menu, who has decided to aim for a vegetarian version of this delicious sandwich.
9. Beet & Carrot Salad with Black Rice & Kale – Janines Recipes
This recipe has a whole list of ingredients, from a pinch of cayenne pepper to ⅓ cups of hazelnuts. You will need to go on a total shopping spree before you’re ready to create this delicious salad, but the wait will be worth it!
The black rice is filling, and the fiery dressing is mouth-watering.
10. Half-Fried Tempeh (Mendoan Tempe) – Cookpad
So you wouldn’t find this Tempeh side dish at a Mendo restaurant, because they are not one to create a fried dish, but the spicy flavors and garlic sauce create such a wonderful flavor, that I think it is safe to say that the atmosphere of Mendo’s would continue with this side at your table.
11. Mendo Bistro Caesar Salad with Horseradish Dressing – Cook Eat Share
This recipe tries to recreate the classic caesar salad but in the style of Mendo, and again this is used through the secret magic of anchovies!
12. Pork Menudo Recipe – Panlasang
This low-carb, high protein meal is made out of pork, liver, and carrots.
The only carb you need to be aware of is the potatoes, and seeing as you are making this dish from the comfort of your own home, you can remove the potatoes from the ingredients if you want to save your calories.
13. Mendocino Chicken Salad – All Recipes
This chicken salad is presented in a wrap with fresh lettuce around the sides to create a crisp sensation with every bite. The slivered almonds and seedless grapes make a bitter but moist delight inside your mouth!
14. Authentic Mexican Menudo Recipe- My Latina Table
So this particular Mendo recipe is actually more of a Menudo, a traditional Mexican, but the flavors are so Mendo you can forgive me for slipping it into the list.
The fresh oregano and fresh rosemary harmonize with the Guajillo sauce that you can imagine you are in Mendo’s as you take your first bite!
15. Spicy Curried Couscous (Mendocino Farms Copycat) – Butter and Things
I have another curried couscous to show you, and this one has been created to serve vegans.
A simple swap from mayonnaise to veganaise turns this vegetarian dish into an all-rounder, and it was done without costing you the original Mendocino flavor!
16. Mendo Crab Cakes – My Recipes
As a point of interest, Mendo Bistro and Mendocino Farms say that the point of a crab cake is to use crab.
That might sound obvious, but most crab cakes in restaurants and supermarkets only contain crab filler or crab flavorings. In this recipe, you’ll be creating the real deal!
17. Chef Jud’s Recipes (Mendocino Farms) – Master Cook
This recipe is based on the 2014 menu for Mendocino Farms, which no longer exists. Luckily for you, creating a salad isn’t as hard as it may seem, and all of the ingredients have been given a quantity.
This means all you need to do is put all the salad ingredients into a bowl, and vinaigrette ingredients into a separate bowl, mix each both separately, and then combine the two!
18. Mendocino Farms’ Vegan Curried Couscous with Roasted Cauliflower – Los Angeles Times
This restaurant is so popular that even the Los Angeles Times has gotten involved with the recipes. They have even decided to create a copycat recipe for Mendo’s most famous dish, the Curried Couscous.
This recipe is quite similar to the first one on the list, but you might find Los Angeles Times easier to read. Compare the two and decide for yourself!
19. Veggie Chorizo Taco Salad – Bake Space
This quick and simple recipe will be one for you to show off to your friends!
20. Spicy Dijon Potato Salad – Mendocino Farms Copycatt- Now You’re Cooking
This copycat is right on point! One bite of this potato salad, and you’ll feel like you were eating with the stars!
21. Steak BLT – KCET
The Steak BLT from Mendocino Farms hasn’t been shown often on the list, but it is one that you should learn! This picnic basket aesthetic would be a perfect snack to take on a long walk with your partner.
22. Pearls of Wisdom – Bitter Sweet
Again, here is another rendition of the spicy couscous classic from Mendo, but this time you can buy the hard-to-find products from the correct location.
Bitter Sweet is affiliated with Amazon, which means they can send you straight to ingredients, so you know you are cooking with the right foods.
23. Organic Gluten-free Copycat Recipe of Mendocino Farms’ Curried Couscous – Mindful Glow Guide
You’ve seen the word couscous too many times now, I can tell. But this isn’t another couscous recipe.
Instead, this is a recipe to create a spicy flavor. Bottle the flavors, and add them to other dishes too so that you can spread the delicious taste to every meal.
24. Miso Ginger Salad Dressing – Janines Recipe
A Miso dressing can do wonders for a bland salad. Add this recipe to your repertoire and pull it out whenever a dinner is turning boring.
25. Mendo’s Signature Curried Couscous Recipe – Baked Space
How could I end this list on anything other than Mendo’s signature curried couscous? I’ve mentioned it so many times now that you know you’re dying to see what all the fuss is about!
Try Baked Spaces’ interpretation of this delight, and become a Mendo star chef at home.