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Looking for a good Salad in Westchester

thorgod13 Mar 26, 2009 11:33 AM

Hi all, new to the boards here. Tried a few searches and couldn't come up with anything, so i apologize if this is covered in another post.

I'm in the White Plains area of Westchester, and looking for a good place to go for a healthy, yet tasty, salad.

I've tried Mix it Up on Mamaroneck Blvd in White Plains, but was not overly impressed with the quality. I'm hoping you guys know of someplace similar in the area, or even someplace not remotely similar with good salads.

Thanks, in advance, for the help!!

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    wpfoodie Mar 26, 2009 12:18 PM

    Hello, welcome. I also live in White Plains, and too am always on the lookout for a great salad. While my wife and I do enjoy a Mix It Up salad from time to time, the best salad we have encountered by far is a place called M.A.D. Cafe in Pelham (formerly Steam) - we try and get there once a week to enjoy them. They are also of the "make your own" variety, but with far superior ingredients (and size). It's a great little cafe with all sorts of great foods - sandwiches, smoothies, bakery goods, coffee - in addition to salads. Highly recommend it. Another salad that we enjoy that is in White Plains is the grilled chicken salad at City Limits diner. Nice, simple salad with a great dressing and really nice grilled chicken. Add a little avacado and it's all good. Best part is you get a nice bread basket along with it, which even has some corn bread! Love to hear what you think.

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      thorgod13 Mar 26, 2009 12:58 PM

      Thanks for the advice! I'l give the M.A.D. Cafe a try

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        Shawn Apr 11, 2009 05:17 PM

        We tried M.A.D Cafe yesterday for salads and really enjoyed it. The ingredients are excellent and the prices quite fair. Thanks for the recommendation!

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        demifast Mar 26, 2009 02:38 PM

        An excellent salad can be had at Lefteris in Tarrytown. Their small Greek salad is enormous and I always order it with grilled chicken strips. It comes with terrific warm pita bread. The place has no atmosphere and they work hard to turn the tables quickly - but it's great Greek food and very reasonable.

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          bnc Mar 27, 2009 03:42 PM

          Oh no! I'm sorry, but Lefteries is awful (I absolutely cannot stand that large metal bowl they serve their salads in. Ugh. And their pita bread always tastes like it's been laying around for awhile.Their salad dressing is terrible too). I would definitely recommend going a few blocks into Sleepy Hollow and trying Santorini. They have wonderful salads, excellent food, and their staff is so friendly and they never rush you along like Lefteries does.

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            demifast Mar 29, 2009 09:45 AM

            "Awful, Ugh terrible? Could you be more specific? I find the salad a great lunchtime meal, the pita is always fresh and I don't go if I want to linger.

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              debmom Mar 29, 2009 01:43 PM

              I, too, enjoy their salad. It's always fresh and I love the dressing. To each there own.

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                wincountrygirl Mar 29, 2009 02:08 PM

                I have had their salads and I have to say, it's mixed for me. Sometimes its really good, but I've had it where it was absolutely not fresh and truly awful. It was so bad I never got one there again.

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                bnc Mar 30, 2009 05:49 AM

                I have only been there once, and that was enough.

                Their salad looked as if they had it laying around for some time. I was only able to take a couple of bites without being totally disgusted. The pita bread they gave with it was literally able to be cracked in half like a cracker because it was laying out for so long. The waiter knew something was wrong since I wasn't eating anything, and I told himI just wanted my check. I actually left there and walked down to Mint to grab a sandwich.

                I definitely think Santorini is a much better option. They are a couple of blocks up the street and their salad is filled with delicious fresh lettuce, juicy tomatoes, lots of feta cheese, nice slices of red onion, etc. The staff is always friendly, and it also helps that the rest of their menu is really great too.

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                  Marge Mar 30, 2009 05:54 AM

                  Have you been to Santorini lately? We were huge fans but the last few times we've been there, there has been a rapid decline in service and more importantly, quality of food.

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                    bnc Mar 30, 2009 05:59 AM

                    I have to say I haven't been there as much as I like lately, and I'm surprised to hear that. I went maybe about a three weeks ago or so, but that was only for a small Greek salad, which seemed to be as good as all the other times I've been there.

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                candykat Dec 30, 2009 06:00 PM

                LEFTERIS in Mt Kisco in the best, the salad is not served in a metal bowl, but served on a china dish.We order no onions, dressing on the side, and it comes with warm pita bread. The gyros are great, as well as any other dishes. We have taken out )approximately a 10 minute drive home, and the food is still hot and ready to eat. I would highly recommend this restaurant. The serving staff are wonderful, as well as the owners that welome you in and then as well on the way out..

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              jwg Mar 26, 2009 03:10 PM

              I like the you pick we toss salads at Katzenberg's Cafe in the Golden Horseshoe shopping Center Scarsdale (New Rochelle border). Very fresh. And lots of good sandwiches too. Great for kids.

              1. MikiLovesSugar Mar 26, 2009 06:33 PM

                The Scarsdale Metro Diner is like THE salad spot. Its got a whole page of salads. The ingredients are top notch and their house dressing is SOOO good!

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                  demifast Mar 27, 2009 01:59 PM

                  The one time I went to Scarsdale Metro the salad was mediocre iceberg lettuce and no flavor tomatoes. Very disappointing.

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                    Shawn Mar 28, 2009 05:42 AM

                    I have to agree about the Scarsdale Metro salads. They are big, but have no flavor whatsoever.

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                      MikiLovesSugar Mar 28, 2009 07:23 AM

                      Ask to change the lettuce... they are very accomodating

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                        SharonNY Mar 28, 2009 08:22 AM

                        It's been a while, but I remember having been very impressed with a salad from La Provence, the casual restaurant on the fourth floor of Bloomingdales in White Plains which had some nice salads, particularly a mango, grilled chicken, goat cheese salad.

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                          SweetPea914 Apr 14, 2010 05:24 AM

                          +1 on La Provence. I LOVE their salads. I get one with chicken, poached pears and candied walnuts that is sooo good! They have others that are also excellent, but that is my fave.

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                      wpfoodie Mar 31, 2009 12:18 PM

                      So I went to Scarsdale Metro on your recommendation this past weekend and I have to say it was somewhat unimpressive. My wife and I both agreed our salads were "fine", but certainly not close to the best salad I have had. M.A.D. Cafe in Pelham still holds the crown for me

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                      yeshana Mar 29, 2009 06:36 AM

                      agreed! their dressing- terrific. salads are fresh, huge and their chicken option to top salad, has the tastiest marinated, moist perfectly grilled chicken. It's a bit higher priced than other diners but unique to that style of diner eating. Even their turkey meat sauce pasta is good- wouldn't think of ordering italian at any diner- my husband did and we were amazed! yum.

                    4. roxlet Mar 28, 2009 08:35 AM

                      I had a very tasty salad at a place called Hickey's Deli on Palmer Avenue in Bronxville. It's romaine lettuce, and then you choose what you want on your salad -- I had grilled chicken, blue cheese, bacon and avocados. You then choose your dressing and they mix it up for you and put it in a to-go container. They are quite large, and I thought it was very tasty for a take-out deli salad. Their sandwiches are also enormous. Don't even think of ordering a hero unless you're planning to share it with a couple of other people. My husband learned his lesson when he ordered one the first time he went there. Now he just gets it on a roll! But the salad was quite good.

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                        SweetPea914 Apr 14, 2010 05:28 AM

                        Great to know! I was in there the other morning and was looking at the salad menu. It looked amazing. If they're really that big I may get one for hubby and me next time I don't feel like cooking dinner!

                      2. misspastina Mar 28, 2009 02:36 PM

                        I'm in WP too, and I like the City Limits salads most of the time (consistency has been a bit of an issue at CL lately). I haven't been in a while, but when I used to be in Chappaqua regularly, I had enormous and yummy salads at the diner! Not exactly a destination restaurant, but well worth a visit if you're in the area.

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                          Elisa515 Mar 28, 2009 10:19 PM

                          Santa Fe in Tarrytown, on Main Street adjacent to the Music Hall, has a fantastic salad at lunchtime. Very very fresh ingredients, wonderful dressings all made there (my favorite is the orange one). You can customize with different proteins, plus the white cheese makes it extra special.

                          1. MikiLovesSugar Mar 29, 2009 07:59 PM

                            This may seem quite random but the little diner in the shopping strip on the corner of Central Ave and Tuckahoe Road has great salads!!! I usually get the Mesculun Salad with Grilled Chicken. The chicken is really delicious and they give you like 2 huge pieces! I think the salad is about 10 bucks which isnt bad for me because I take a lot of the chicken home to use for meals at home. The lettuce is fresh, never browned, and they are really good with substitutions and stuff... so create your own!

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                              annrudy Apr 13, 2009 12:17 PM

                              I love the Chicken Paillaird salad and the Shrimp and Scallop salad at City Limits. They are pricey but excellent. Each ingredient has fantastic flavor.

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                                rich51 Apr 19, 2009 10:04 AM

                                whole foods has a pretty good salad bar and even pre-packed salads, but no bargain salad,katzenberg (in greenwich) has a make your own ,also good, unfotunately i live near the one in the golden horseshoe (scarsdale) and don't think they compare

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                                  macext Apr 24, 2009 01:02 PM

                                  Tried out M.A.D Cafe in Pelham today. The Salad was very good. They have a 4, 5 , or 6 item salad all under $10.00. Choice of meats chicken, ham, turkey , etc. Choice of greens, romaine, mesclun (spring), etc. , then choose from the normal salad items. Good Balsamic dressing. You can eat in (seating for about 20,including two tables outside) or take out. They have hamburgers, sandwiches, paninni and more (build your own as well) . Some nice looking chocolate cake/brownie type dessert , cookies, etc..
                                  I'm cheap so I think that $9.?? is expensive for a salad, but it was exactly what I wanted and the ingredients were pretty good , except for a couple of slightly wrinkled grape tomatoes. They are located on Wolfs Lane on a corner near the train station.

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                                    intrepid Dec 31, 2009 04:09 AM

                                    salads are good at cafe of love/mt kisco

                                    1. i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Dec 31, 2009 05:18 AM

                                      Where NOT to get a salad--
                                      I went to Via Vanti in Mt. Kisco with my sister a few days ago for a quick bite-- we'd only been for gelato before. Because of all the junk I'd eaten over X-mas I went for a salad and while it was good, it was realllllllly overpriced. For $13 it was a plate of greens, a paltry smattering of goat cheese, a few fig pieces, and a huge splot of hummus. While it was good, I cringed thinking back that with a drink, tax, and tip I ended up paying almost $20 for a salad I could have made at home for $3. Oh well, I learned my lesson.

                                      Via Vanti
                                      Moun Kisco, NY, Moun Kisco, NY

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                                        tryanythingonce Dec 31, 2009 06:34 AM

                                        Pete's Saloon in Elmsford has great salads. They have live music on the weekends which can get a bit loud. For $14, try the Rockefeller -sliced sirloin steak, endive, olives, gorgonzola, and great balsamic vin.

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                                          bdr Feb 11, 2010 10:29 AM

                                          I'm not a huge salad fan, but have liked two in Scarsdale recently. One is at Parkway Cafe, the Arugula/Endive salad with grilled chicken. And at Chat, they have similar, don't recall exact ingredients, might have pear thrown in.

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                                            biga290 Feb 13, 2010 12:48 PM

                                            Tarry Lodge in Port Chester is better known for other things but its salads, particularly "nancy's salad" (greens with salumi) and the beets and goat cheese caprese are excellent.

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                                                NYchowcook Mar 31, 2010 03:27 PM

                                                Agreed. I had an excellent, tasty fresh salad there last eve. The best dish of my meal.

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                                                sandralee Mar 3, 2010 06:13 AM

                                                best salad i have had is the road house in rye we like to mix the poppy dressing and the house together salad is always fresh and crisp

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