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Looking for an incredible salad in Cambridge/Somerville

gltsoi Apr 9, 2007 01:23 PM

Hi chowhounds!
After yesterday's heavy Easter meal, I'm looking for a really good salad. The kind that is so good you are surprised, because salads are, in general, disappointing. (The salad should have some greens in it)



  1. t
    teezeetoo May 17, 2013 07:08 PM

    Simple but invariably fresh are the Turkish salads at Istanbulu - I love the white bean.

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      SomervilleElaine May 17, 2013 12:08 PM

      Loaded with fresh tasty greens and a large variety of fruits, nuts, and vegetables, Kiraz makes a superb salad! Their menu boasts 19 different salads including but going well beyond the standard Garden, Greek, Caesar, or Chef's to a creative list including: #8B - Spinach, mushrooms, red onions, avocado, and cherry tomatoes; 8I - Roasted beets (red & yellow!), with goat cheese, corn, pumpkin seeds, and mesclun mix; 8D - Autumn Salad with pecans, fresh pear, cranberries, blue cheese and mesclun; and my present favorite 8E - grilled peaches and plums with dried cherries, almonds, blue cheese, and mesclun. Each is offered with a choice from eleven salad dressings. I had always gone there before for their fabulous sandwiches. Now it's a tie between sandwiches and salads, all modestly priced.

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      1. re: SomervilleElaine
        addiez May 17, 2013 01:15 PM

        Right around the corner from me and I never even gave it a second glance - can't wait to check it out! Thanks for the tip.

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          enhF94 May 17, 2013 01:40 PM

          There's more than one Kiraz, but if this is the one in Somerville near Inman Square, it's a great call!

          I dunno the salads but they used to have this frozen yogurt machine that insta-added cookies/candy/whatever to your treat. The Frozen Yogurt was mass produced but I liked it better than a lot of the stuff out there. Although that's about as far from a salad as I can get...

          1. re: enhF94
            SomervilleElaine May 18, 2013 07:03 AM

            That's the one. Full name Cafe Kiraz, 119 Hampshire Street, 5 blocks up from Inman Square, corner of Columbia.

          2. re: SomervilleElaine
            digga May 17, 2013 03:18 PM

            A bit off-topic, but I gotta give a shout-out...I believe it was finlero who turned me onto the black olive tapanade and artichoke melt sandwich at Kiraz. I haven't been there in ages so thanks for the reminder!

            I miss finlero.

            1. re: digga
              enhF94 May 17, 2013 04:38 PM

              me too.

          3. Dr.Jimbob Apr 10, 2007 12:24 PM

            One surprisingly not-half-bad place is Cambridge Common on Mass Ave near Harvard Law School. The place is basically a pub joint with a decent beer list, but I actually had a few salads there one week when my choir was rehearsing in the neighborhood and I was quite pleasantly surprised. The portions are quite generous, but the content is a bit more creative than your average Joe type place. And if you want to undo some of the good that you've done from having the salad, they also do have lovely curly french fries. Kitchen is also open until around midnight, which was also useful for us vis-a-vis rehearsal (not that you asked about late night salads).

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              enhF94 May 17, 2013 01:41 PM

              very surprisingly, from my experiences, but that was more than a year ago, so it could have changed quite a bit.

              1. re: enhF94
                Allstonian May 17, 2013 04:06 PM

                Keep in mind that Dr. Jimbob's post is from April 2007. Things could indeed have changed quite a bit.

                1. re: Allstonian
                  enhF94 May 17, 2013 04:37 PM

                  dammit. That stuff gets me about twice a year. Especially because there's another salad thread that's current.

            2. kittychow Apr 10, 2007 06:13 AM

              Another place I can't believe I nearly forgot- Cafe Kiraz. Surprisingly good salads. Very affordable and they deliver.

              1. iheartveggies Apr 9, 2007 06:19 PM

                Cafe Anatolia has great salads. Their menu is available through campusfood.com

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                  cambridgejen Apr 9, 2007 02:14 PM

                  The God Salad at River Gods is very good - it has egg, beets, avocado, and all kinds of other good stuff on it. (Just get there early if you expect a table and reasonable noise levels.)

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                  1. re: cambridgejen
                    kittychow Apr 9, 2007 04:03 PM

                    Bingo! Their salads ARE terrific. So glad you posted this reminder.

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                      Snowflake Apr 10, 2007 06:35 AM

                      I agree, the Goddess Salad at River Gods is just what you are looking for.

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                      bee Apr 9, 2007 02:07 PM

                      They actually have some decent (and very large) salads at the S&S if you're loking for something low key.

                      1. rlh Apr 9, 2007 01:47 PM

                        Za in Arlington has great standard salads on the menu as well as specials that are generally great as well -- loved the endive-based one last week.

                        The salads at Not Your Average Joe's (Acton, Watertown, Arlington, and Medford/Malden, but not so much in Lexington...service issues there) are fresh and large at a good price point, even if some of them are a little bit boring/overwrought.

                        1. kittychow Apr 9, 2007 01:47 PM

                          Eastern Standard has a terrific salad with roasted beets. Also good: Upstairs on the Square, EVOO, Sel De La Terre, and Prezza

                          Edit - Just noticed you're looking for Cambridge/Somerville. Duh. Upstairs on the Square, EVOO, Gargoyles, Cambridge 1, Casablanca.

                          1. MC Slim JB Apr 9, 2007 01:39 PM

                            Some places that seem to deliver consistently great green salads: Oleana, Craigie St Bistro, Rendezvous at Central Square, Gargoyles, Salts.

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