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12 Best Things to Order at Cava

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If you want to take your taste buds on a journey through the sun-soaked Mediterranean, you should check out Cava’s menu and their delicious dishes.

Cava’s story began in 2010 when three friends decided to bring the authentic flavors of their Greek heritage to the streets of Washington, D.C.

Since then, the fast-casual restaurant chain has expanded nationwide, offering fresh, flavorful menu items inspired by Greece and the entire Mediterranean region.

Cava’s menu has something for everyone, from bowls to pitas to dips. Plus, they offer a variety of dishes for people with dietary restrictions, including vegetarians and vegans.

If you’re a fan of Cava’s hummus and other spreads, you’ll be happy to know that you can also buy them in grocery stores like Whole Foods Market, Safeway, Acme, and Giant.

Now, let’s get to the good stuff. If you’re wondering about the best things to order at Cava, let me introduce you to their twelve menu items you don’t want to miss!

12. Greek Chicken Pita

The Greek Chicken Pita is the way to go for classic Greek food enthusiasts.

This wrap features grilled chicken, hummus, tzatziki, pickles, tomatoes, onions, olives, feta cheese, shredded romaine lettuce, and a zesty Greek Vinaigrette.

The grilled chicken is tender, while the hummus and tzatziki add creaminess and tanginess.

To contrast the creaminess, the pickles, tomato, and onion slices provide a zesty and enticing bite.

The olives and feta cheese bring a briny aftertaste, and the shredded romaine lettuce adds a satisfying crunch.

The zesty Greek Vinaigrette ties all the flavors together to give it that classic Greek appeal.

Nutritional Information:

895 calories, 46g fat, 67g carbohydrates, 48g protein

11. Tahini Caesar Bowl

If you’re not ready to commit to the full exotic flavors of other Cava bowls, the Tahini Caesar Bowl may be the introduction you need.

It includes grilled chicken, hummus, pita crisps, pickled onions, feta cheese, romaine lettuce, arugula, and a creamy Tahini Caesar dressing.

The grilled chicken pairs well with the creamy hummus, adding a velvety touch.

As you take a bite, you’ll encounter crispy pita crisps that provide a satisfying crunch, followed by tangy pickled onions with a zesty kick.

The feta cheese brings a subtle savory texture, while the creamy Tahini Caesar dressing ties everything together with its nutty and tangy flavors.

Even though the Caesar dressing isn’t as milky as the usual buttermilk recipes, the Tahini infusion gives it a lovely sesame flavor that stands out in this bowl.

Nutritional Information:

550 calories, 31g fat, 28g carbohydrates, 37g protein

10. Lemon Chicken Bowl

The Lemon Chicken Bowl at Cava features tender grilled chicken, feta cheese, red pepper hummus, pickled onions, and a refreshing lemon vinaigrette.

The succulent grilled chicken pairs perfectly with Cava’s signature Crazy Feta cheese, while the tangy and smoky red pepper hummus adds depth to the dish.

The pickled onions provide a tangy bite, and the lemon vinaigrette lends a bright and citrusy flavor to tie everything together.

For a complete meal experience, I usually grab warm pita bread with this bowl and roasted eggplant on the side.

Nutritional Information:

630 calories, 42g fat, 25g carbohydrates, 39g protein

9. Side Crazy Feta

I love cheese and like to incorporate it as much as possible in my meals. If you’re like me, you need to try the Crazy Feta spread.

The Crazy Feta is a signature side dish on the Cava menu.

It includes feta cheese whipped with jalapeno, onions, and olive oil, creating a creamy and slightly spicy spread.

Unlike the usual feta cheese spreads, Cava enhanced it by adding a smidge of jalapeno peppers and aromatic sweet onions.

It pairs well with warm pita bread or chips and adds an amazing kick to their salads or grain bowls.

Nutritional Information: (Per serving)

70 calories, 6g fat, 1g carbohydrates, 3g protein

8. Harissa Avocado Bowl

Cava’s Harissa Avocado Bowl is a delicious dish that includes harissa honey chicken, hot harissa vinaigrette, Crazy Feta, hummus, corn, avocado, rice, and a mix of green vegetables.

The sweetness of the harissa honey chicken is balanced with the hot harissa vinaigrette, which adds a layer of spiciness.

Crazy Feta and hummus provide a rich creaminess that double-duty as a sauce to moisten the rice.

Together with corn and avocado, this Cava bowl is the perfect mix of protein, veggies, and starch.

Nutritional Information:

880 calories, 53g fat, 65g carbohydrates, 42g protein

7. Spicy Chicken + Avocado Pita

If you love hummus and avocado, this pita wrap is a dream come true.

It includes harissa honey chicken, Cava’s signature Crazy Feta, hummus, avocado, pickles, corn, pickled onions, and a hot harissa vinaigrette dressing.

As someone who loves sweet and sour sauces, the harissa honey chicken hits all the right notes for me.

The feta and hummus add creaminess to the pita, while the avocado gives it a velvety texture.

The pickled onions provide a pleasant tangy taste, and the corn adds even more texture.

The hot harissa vinaigrette is not too spicy but enough to give it that extra kick.

If you can’t tolerate spicy food, skip the vinaigrette, and request a side of tzatziki instead.

Nutritional Information:

1030 calories, 55g fat, 86g carbohydrates, 50g protein

6. Side Roasted Eggplant

The Greeks love their eggplants, and the Side Roasted Eggplant on Cava’s menu does not disappoint.

This creamy side dish features roasted eggplant infused with olive oil, lemon juice, parsley, onions, and garlic.

When mixed with olive oil and lemon juice, the roasted eggplant becomes soft and velvety.

The addition of parsley and onions provides freshness and a subtle crunch.

It’s savory, aromatic, and full of Mediterranean flavors.

The dish pairs well with grilled meats or can be served as part of a mezze platter.

You can also order it with your sandwich or pita wrap for added flavor and texture.

I always grab some extras to use as a sandwich spread or to dip my chips.

Nutritional Information: (Per serving)

50 calories, 4.5g fat, 2g carbohydrates, 0g protein

5. Greyston Blondie

The Greyston Blondie is a delectable dessert at Cava handcrafted by Greyston Bakery.

It has a soft and almost-gooey inside, making it an indulgent sweet treat after your meal.

I think the only thing missing from this blondie is vanilla ice cream or a drizzle of caramel sauce on top!

Nutritional Information:

140 calories, 9g fat, 18g carbohydrates, 2g protein

4. Spicy Lamb Meatball Pita

You rarely find a good lamb pita at restaurants, so this one is a winner on Cava’s menu.

The Spicy Lamb Meatball Pita comes with hummus, tomatoes, cucumbers, pickled onions, cabbage slaw, pickles, garlic dressing, and skhug.

Skhug is a Middle Eastern sauce made from chili peppers, cilantro, and various spices.

It’s spicy but more like a mild tingle aftertaste and not too overwhelming.

The lamb meatballs in the pita are succulent and full of savory flavors.

The tomato and cucumber slices bring a refreshing note, and the pickled onions provide a tangy bite.

The cabbage slaw and pickles add a satisfying crunch, while the garlic dressing and skhug sauce provide zesty and spicy notes.

If you’re worried about the heat factor, skip the skhug sauce or grab one of Cava’s refreshing drinks, such as the Cucumber Mint Lime or the Strawberry Citrus.

Nutritional Information:

865 calories, 47g fat, 70g carbohydrates, 40g protein

3. Lentil Avocado Bowl

If you’re a vegetarian or vegan looking for a plant-based bowl at Cava, the Lentil Avocado Bowl is an excellent option.

It contains falafel, roasted eggplant, hummus, avocado, lentil tabbouleh, spinach, a mix of greens, and skhug.

Cava’s skhug sauce is mildly spicy and gives a slight tingle to your taste buds.

It pairs nicely with the crispy falafel that provides a satisfying crunch, along with grilled vegetables and eggplant to give it that smokiness.

The hummus and avocado offer a smooth texture without being greasy.

Finally, the spinach and lentil tabbouleh add freshness to the dish, making it the best vegetarian bowl on the Cava menu.

Nutritional Information:

770 calories, 59g fat, 56g carbohydrates, 16g protein

2. Crispy Falafel Pita

Cava’s Crispy Falafel Pita features falafel, hummus, roasted eggplant, pickles, cabbage slaw, tomatoes, onions, garlic dressing, and skhug.

The texture contrast between the pillowy pita and the crispy falafel makes this dish irresistible.

The roasted eggplant offers a smoky and moist base, and the pickles provide a tangy bite.

The cabbage slaw adds a refreshing and crunchy texture, while the tomatoes, onions, garlic dressing, and skhug bring zesty and spicy flavors.

The Crispy Falafel Pita is one of the best things to order at Cava and the best pita on Cava’s menu.

Nutritional Information:

955 calories, 58g fat, 88g carbohydrates, 22g protein

1. Chicken + RightRice Bowl

I’m ranking the Chicken + RightRice bowl as the best dish on the Cava menu for two reasons.

For starters, the bowl is full of great flavors and textures with grilled chicken, rice, tzatziki, hummus, feta cheese, tomatoes, and arugula.

Additionally, Cava uses the “RightRice” brand in this bowl which includes various vegetables to give you more plant-based protein and fiber and fewer carbs than regular rice.

As with all Cava bowls, the grilled chicken in this one is tender and juicy. The creamy tzatziki and hummus add richness and tanginess to the dish.

The feta cheese brings a savory element, while the tomato and arugula provide freshness.

This bowl is just what I need when I’m craving rice, but without all the carbs and the starch.

Nutritional Information:

750 calories, 44g fat, 45g carbohydrates, 46g protein


With so many delicious menu items to choose from, it’s really hard to go wrong when you order at Cava.

Their bowls, pita wraps, and side dishes offer something for all meat lovers, vegetarians, vegans, and low-carb fans.

If you’re looking for a simple and delicious meal, I’d recommend the Chicken + RightRice bowl.

The Crispy Falafel Pita and the Lentil Avocado Bowl are solid options for a plant-based protein meal.

So next time you’re craving Mediterranean flavors, be sure to check out Cava’s menu and their healthy dishes.

About the Author

Lianne Fachetti is a content writer who adores food from all cultures. When she’s not working, she’s busy creating new recipes, trying out new restaurants, playing with her German Shepherd Max, and tending to her vegetable garden.


June 13, 2023