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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!!!