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To expound upon the Baker Bro. thread, any ideas for good, healthy salads in the Richardson/Plano area for lunch. I'm extremely lucky that I work in midst of the best ethnic food in town, but too much PHo, Indian, Afrah buffet, noodles soups can be rough on the waist line. I am having a difficult time finding good, fresh, healthy salads in the area. Souper Salad doensn't count. Any help would be appreciated.

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  1. My favorite place to get a salad for lunch is at the Nordstrom Cafe. It's on the 3rd floor of the Galleria Nordstrom's, and all of their salads are just wonderful. I haven't found one anywhere else around here that can compare except at my house. :)

    You can also buy a high-quality salad to go from the coffee bar there or at North Park's Nordstrom. North Park has a more expensive Nordstrom restaurant that I haven't tried yet but I've heard is very good. I'm sure their salads are also very nice.

    For a less gourmet but still tasty salad, try Atlanta Bread Company on Campbell.

    Many of my coworkers love Cafe Max for salads - however I found them neither healthy nor tasty.

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    1. re: Chile Pepper

      I agree about Cafe Max. The only thing even remotely healthy about their salads is that they contain lettuce. They use WAY too much dressing, and the prtions are enough for 3 people!

      1. re: Chile Pepper

        I have been to both Nordstrom's restaurants on multiple occasions, and I actually much prefer the food at the less chi-chi Galleria location. Agree with Chile Pepper that the salads there are outstanding--just had one yesterday in fact. Btw, you can add or sub grilled chicken for an upcharge. Sadly they discontinued my favorite salad, but the blue cheese & pear is still pretty good ...

        Chow Thai's beef salad is outstanding.

      2. Main Street Bread Baking Co and Blue Mesa have salads that i find both healthy and tasty. Unfortunately i am not very tall so i have to eat a lot of salads during the week to be able to enjoy myself on the weekends! You just have to be careful because salad definitely does not always equal low-calorie.

        1. I don't pay attention to nutritional content, but I assume salads with a light dressing are healthier, so based on that assumption, I'd suggest the following:

          It sounds like you're good with asian food/middle eastern, so Mango Thai has a larb gai and a Thai chicken salad and Zorba's has a Greek salad.

          1. My favorite light lunch option is Sweet Tomatoes in Addison. It's like Souper Salad but a thousand times better.

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            1. re: donnaaries

              That's the same company as Soup Plantation, if we have any other former west coasters reading.

            2. Rockfish has good salads. I particularly like their salmon salad which is a grilled salmon fillet on top of mixed greens. All their dressings are on the side, so healthiness is up to you.

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              1. re: Plano Rose

                Second the choice of Rockfish, Plano Rose! The Seared Ahi Tuna Salad is quite delightful as well, but my personal favorite is the Pacific Cove Crab Salad with lump crab, tomatoes, celery, red onions, red bell peppers, and avocadoes served with sun-dried tomato vinagrette. You can read my review of their entire light Body and Sole menu on my Food Czar blog, March 2008 post. Thanks!!!

              2. BJ's on Beltline as a good selections of good salads, and Champp's down the street does too. Also, Kenny's Wood Fire Grill has good salads... And pop-overs!

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                1. re: dejacobs

                  Panera (preston and park)

                  A little bit further of a hike but San Francisco Oven in Frisco (Preston and 121) has some fabulous salads. Fadi's is also great for salad too.

                2. thanks alot for all the good ideas. I'll give'em a spin.

                  1. Another GREAT salad spot is called Greenz. They have a location in Addison and also in North Dallas (corner of Forest and Preston). Awesome salads and lots of healthy selections as well! Several soups on the menu also!

                    1. I 100% agree with the posting that suggested GREENZ when I lived in Uptown we used to eat at the McKinney Ave location. The chipotle chicken salad is fantastic! Also there is a place called Dream Cafe and it is off the Tollway and Beltline hidden back in the plaza behind Glorias. They have great salad/deli food also!

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                      1. re: diapom222

                        I am absolutely crazy about Greenz... the Mediterranean Salad is fabulous as is the Asparagus soup! I love to go to the one on Preston and Forest - easy to park!

                        1. re: canne

                          Amymt, diapom222, and canne, you are all correct!

                          i am so insanely crazy about Greenz that i think i should be committed to a mental institution! their salads are awesome and they have soup too! also a parking lot!

                          1. re: teegee

                            I'm so crazy about these soups I think I'd just about bathe in it!

                        2. re: diapom222

                          The chipotle chicken salad at Greenz has 55 grams of fat! It's posted on their Web site. The salads there ARE delicious. But not the most healthy option.

                        3. Great suggestions, and all in my area! Had Greenz for the first time, was great, slightly pricer than the other run of the mill places, but well worth it. They deliver too.

                          1. You have to try Snappy Salads 2 location Preston and Forest or Northpark. Great lunch spot and very reasonably priced. Locally owned by former brinker employee. Wonderful concept and owner sells organic and runs his restaurant as green as possible-including biodegradable potato starch forks! Give it a try.

                            1. Just wanted to note that I went to Sweet Tomatoes after reading this thread (and more reviews elsewhere). I thought the core salad bar was very strong and fresh, but I found the sides really lacking. The cornbread was the heaviest and worst I've ever had; the mac & cheese was terrible; etc.

                              1. Houston's in Addison has great salads, it's a great old stand by for lunch.

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                                1. re: Analisas mom

                                  Just had the crabcake salad there--it was fabulous.

                                2. I recently had the Lobster and Avocado salad at Toulousse and it was great. There are chunks of Lobster, avocado and ruby red grapefruit with mixed greens in a light vinagerette. It seems 'healthier' too since the salad is not mayonnaise based.