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ChowHappy Dec 5, 2006 02:52 AM

Looking for a huge extravagant (preferably vegan) salad. I'm Tired of your basic mixed greens and balsamic. Any out of this world salad combos I should seek out? thanks.

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    round2 Oct 12, 2008 02:02 PM

    I love the chopped salad at Ukus, a Bosnian place on 30th Avenue in Astoria - consistently good, fresh Bulgarian Feta, lettuce, cucumber, tomato and a zingy kind of vinaigrette that I kind of crave.

    It's really a meat-eaters haven, but (as a vegetarian) I obsess about their Spinach Bureks. Fresh out of the oven, they're amazing.

    1. Miss Needle Aug 15, 2008 11:22 PM

      I haven't come across a vegan version because I haven't been looking for it. But I love Thai papaya salad (and I don't like salads in general). It's so flavorful -- salty, spicy, sweet, sour and a good dose of umami.

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        chocolatebirthdaycake Oct 6, 2008 08:46 PM

        Vegan: Caesar Salad at Sacred Chow (Best Vegan food and very under-the-radar)
        Non-Vegan:BEST Greek Salad in NYC at The Chelsea Gallery Diner on Seventh Ave & 15th Street. The quality of Feta is top-notch (not too salty) and the drssing is so good I ask for Melba Toast to dip in it!

      2. jbyoga Jan 12, 2007 04:40 AM

        If you'd like to make a very easy and super yummy salad I recommend this tempeh salad. So easy - so good - so fast...

        Saute thinly sliced tempeh in olive oil, braggs aminos and a bit of tabasco until slightly crisp on the outside. make sure the oil is hot or the tempeh will be greasy.

        Assemble a bowl of greens of your choice top with grated carrots and raw beets and red onion. I like to sprinkle a little dulse (dried seaweed) and nutritional yeast on the salad as well.

        Add fresh cracked black pepper and a dressing of apple cider vinegar, olive oil and a dash of braggs aminos to taste.

        after salad is tossed, add the tempeh (cut into cubes) and enjoy!

        1. l
          laurennycfoodie Jan 12, 2007 04:33 AM

          Chop't has great lunch time salads. There are 3 midtown E locations. Bouchon in Time Warner has gourmet salads (+ wonderful desserts). Also, the Cesar salad at the 21 Club is very good.

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            Drew E Jan 11, 2007 08:24 PM

            Anybody remember the salad dressing (or more importantly, have the recipe) at Whole Wheat and Wild Berries on 10th St. between 5th and 6th? Easily the best I've ever had. They used to have a little pamphlet that had the recipe but unfortunately it's long lost.

            1. j
              jamma Jan 2, 2007 06:55 PM

              try gulfstream in newport beach - excellent salads!

              1. soypower Dec 24, 2006 09:41 AM

                The Canlis Salad
                (serves 4 to 6)

                Salad
                1 large head Romaine lettuce
                (Wash individual leaves in warm water, drain and dry in colander then chill in refrigerator. Don't ever, ever toss a Canlis Salad with warm wet leaves!!)
                1 to 2 peeled ripe tomatoes
                1/2 cup chopped green onion
                3/4 cup freshly grated Romano cheese
                1/2 cup very well done chopped bacon
                4 tablespoons chopped fresh mint*
                1/2 teaspoon oregano
                1/2 teaspoon salt
                1/2 cup croutons*

                Dressing
                1/2 cup olive oil*
                The juice of 1 lemon
                1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
                1 coddled egg*

                Ingredient notes:
                Mint - you can't use too much mint (experiment yourself)
                Olive Oil - The best Canlis salads use olive oil that has been flavored with garlic cloves or rub the inside of a wooden bowl with garlic cloves (If you don't have a wooden salad bowl you could add garlic powder to the dressing mix).
                Coddled Egg - Pour boiling water into a cup and put a whole egg (in the shell) into the hot water , let sit for 2 minutes. You may substitute with pasteurized egg mixture (found in the dairy section in cartons).
                Croutons - We make our own croutons. Butter and Italian seasoning.

                Directions:
                Into a large bowl place the tomatoes, cut into eighths. Add the Romaine lettuce, sliced into one inch squares. Then add green onions, cheese (save some of the cheese to sprinkle over top of salad), bacon, oregano and 1/2 of the mint.
                To make the dressing, combine lemon juice, pepper and coddled egg in a bowl. Whisk together. Then slowly add olive oil, whisking constantly and tasting as you do. Pour over salad and toss thoroughly. Add croutons and a sprinkle of Romano cheese last.

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                  marlie202 Dec 23, 2006 06:16 PM

                  I ate a lovely unusual salad the other day--garbonzo beans,red beans and sliced black olives in a spicy mayonaise dressing--was delicious-and unusual. Try it..

                  1. j
                    jennsch Dec 10, 2006 10:30 PM

                    Candle Cafe on the Upper East Side has plenty of delicious vegan-friendly salads. Actually, I'm pretty sure the entire menu is vegan-friendly.

                    1. ballulah Dec 10, 2006 03:13 AM

                      Even though Mesa Grill has seen better days food wise, I still love Sophie's Salad...although it does contain cheese. It's a delicious chopped salad with chick peas and red beans, shredded romaine, diced tomatoes, a dice of monterey jack and cheddar...and I forget what else. Nice kicky balsamic vinaigrette that has a few hard to decipher secrets. I just recreated (or tried to) the salad for a bachelorette party potluck dinner, and it got rave reviews.

                      One of the best salads in the world is the house salad at Dojo's in the East Village. It's really basic, but their carrot miso dressing is like no other. You'll lick the plate.

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                        m
                        marlie202 Dec 29, 2006 11:54 PM

                        I love the carrot dressing--have you figured out the recipe???

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                          k
                          kenito799 Jan 2, 2007 02:34 PM

                          I make that dressing all the time, from Bittman in the NYTimes 10/25/06. It requires Times Select membership to view it. Email me for more info, kenito799@yahoo.com

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                            ballulah Jan 2, 2007 06:53 PM

                            I made that recipe as well, and don't get me wrong, it's good, but it doesn't beat Dojo's. There's something about the way Dojo's makes it that is magical, I've literally licked the plate. Hahaha.

                      2. jenniebnyc Dec 5, 2006 04:45 AM

                        greek salad at turkish restaurant TAKSIM
                        any salad at FREDS AT BARNEYS
                        lardon salad at PAYARD AND PASTIS
                        blue cheese salad at OUTBACK
                        tuna sashimi salad at NOBU

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                        1. re: jenniebnyc
                          k
                          kenito799 Dec 8, 2006 07:52 PM

                          hardly vegan suggestions but sound good...
                          my favorite (non vegan) salad is kyona salad at Yakitori Totto, with tiny fried fish, cream cheese, nori and half-cooked egg...

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