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Whats Your Favorite Salad in DFW

Looking for decent salads such as a nice chef, a home made caeser, and particularly unusual or unusal takes on the salad.

I have some places I like a papaya salad. How about you?

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  1. My favorite salad is the St James Salad at Boudreaux's and there is now one at the southeast corner of Campbell Road and North Central Expressway. I sub the grilled chicken for grilled shrimp but understand that Boudreaux's does not use Gulf shrimp, they are farm raised shrimp and have very little taste. The St James Salad is awesome but they also have a good Pecan Crusted Chicken Salad. I haven't had their Greek Salad but I hear that is very good too. Their honey creole remoulade dressing is to die for. I sometimes buy a pint to take home. Boudreaux's also has decent crawfish etouffee and excellent dirty rice for a Texas joint. I like their boudin balls too. Their Catfish Bienville is very good as are any of the blackened fish dishes. Their Jalapeno Cornbread is awesome. When we eat out I usually only like one, maybe two dishes at each restaurant but at Boudreaux's there are several things I really love. Just steer clear of the shrimp if you are not crazy about the farm raised variety. I imagine you are looking for something more sophisticated than Boudreaux's but it's all I've got for you so try it on a casual day.

    1. DD,

      Do lettuce wraps and chutneys also count?

      Goi Ngo Sen Vit/Ga - Lotus Root Salad with choice of duck or chicken at Nam Hua
      Goi Bo Thai Lan - a Thai Beef style salad that the Vietnamese make. It was avaiable at New Kien Giang before their demise - Nam Hua
      Goi Tieng Cling - a spicy salad with shrimp and crunchy vegetables
      Goi Gan Bo - Beef Jerky Salad - Nam Hua
      Goi Cung Dihn - Royal Palace Salad - Nam Hua
      Goi Du Du Kho Bo - Green Papaya Salad with Beef Jerky - Bistro B
      Goi Mit Ngo Sen - Jackfruit and Lotus Root Salad - Bistro B or Nam Hua

      Som Tum I like mine with Crab and Shrimp - Jasmine Thai Plano
      Yum Neau - I like it spicy - Jasmine Thai - Plano
      Larb - I would get the beef version - Jasmine Thai or Bangkok Orchid - Plano and Irving respectively
      Naam Tok - Bangkok Orchid - Irving

      More to follow

      1. Neighborhodd Services has a Waldorf salad that you must try before you die. ITs amazing!

        1. oh wow, what a great thread you've started! if i may offer a suggestion: you ought to take all of the responses you get here and turn it into some kind of uber-blog posting! would love to see that. i always like to contribute my two cents to that kind of thing.

          my suggestion for a great salad is a little offbeat but here goes: the brand new Asian Crunch Salad at Applebee's. I know, i know - Applebee's, oh NO - but don't knock it if you haven't tried it! It has grilled chicken breast served over crunchy salad greens, roasted red peppers, sugar snap peas and refreshing cucumbers. With a tangy Asian vinaigrette and sliced almonds. (LOVE the sliced almonds.)

          If that doesn't float your boat, they also have a Paradise Chicken Salad that is seriously like paradise: pineapple, mandarin oranges, fresh apple chunks, pico de gallo and crisp greens, topped with slices of blackened grilled chicken and served with cool balsamic vinaigrette. It's - how do they say it - THE BOMB

          1. p.s. (sorry for double comments, but I forgot about this salad) - the other night I had the side salad at Black-Eyed Pea and it was really great and fresh. It had a blend of Iceberg, Romaine, and Baby Spinach mixed with diced cucumbers, diced tomatoes, a mix of Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses, and homemade garlic croutons. It was all super fresh and delish. Served with your choice of homemade dressings. I like that you can get it as a side for $3.49 but also with your entrée for $1.99 (which is how I got it)

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            1. re: teegee

              Black eye Pea? You REALLY need to go to Neighborhood Services teegee. Its like Black Eye Pea on steroids! Trust me you will love it!

              1. re: OCNC

                Neighborhood Services....completely rocks

            2. I haven't been to III Forks in a long time, but last time I was there one of the highlights of the meal was their III Forks salad. It has tart Granny Smith Apple, blue cheese, toasted pecans, and a maple vinaigrette. Yummy!

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              1. re: Carrollton Foodie

                I love III Forks salad. You can also get it at The Silver Fox.

              2. Rise No. 1 Salad at Rise No. 1 (I have this and go straight to dessert)

                Any of the salads at Eno's (especially the ones with pork belly!)

                Somtimes Bolsa has a salad with slices of schnitzel on it. Excellent combo.

                For a quick lunch, the Fuji Apple Chicken Salad at Panerra, served with thick slice of fresh whole weat baguette is terrific. I know it's a chain, but the salad is good, with slices of apple chips, pecans, gogonzola and an apple vinnaigrette,

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                1. re: dfwtexex

                  I swear I was about to post here about the Panera Fuji Apple Chicken salad. I was so pleasantly surprised by how good this salad is and I now crave it constantly.

                  Also like the grilled wild mushroom salad at the Palomino and the asian chicken salad at Tom Tom in West Village.

                  1. re: dfwtexex

                    You know, people rave about that salad at Rise, but the whole time I was eating it I was thinking, Should've had the marshmallow soup like usual ;)

                    1. re: foiegras

                      I couldn't agree more. I, too, heard rave reviews about their salad, but found it rather ordinary. They have many better menu selections.

                      I'm a big fan of the salads at Houstons. Try the warm bacon dressing...yummmmmm!

                      1. re: flomogal

                        The warm bacon dressing is one of my favorites!

                  2. Am fond of all of the salads on the menu at Houstons, but particularly enjoy the "Club".
                    Still like the "Caesar" at Le Madeline's and enjoy all of their side salads as well...

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                    1. re: jinet12

                      you're right....the Caesar at Le Madeline's is still very good. That's a lotta years now, anyone have any idea how long the La Madeline's Caesar has been around ? I'm thinking at least 15 years.

                      1. re: pinotho

                        La Mad's Spinach slad with chicken is great as well. They shave the leftover rotissere chicken. We gobble it up.

                    2. These are some of my favorites...

                      Houston's: Sashimi Tuna Salad
                      Fireside Pies: warm TMP & Caesar Salad
                      Ziziki's: Chicken or Lamb salad

                      1. Eno's in Bishop Arts has some of the best salads....Unusual combinations ...like fennel and fig with pancetta and napa cabbage...Fabulous! Also a great Italian chopped salad...

                        Another good place is Woodland's on Forest Lane...their beef tenderloin salad with apples is great!

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                        1. re: AliceToo

                          How could I forget about Eno's! Their salads are amazing!

                          1. re: OCNC

                            I'll third that! Eno's is fabulous. The food is great and the service is spectacular!

                            1. re: Carrollton Foodie

                              Ah. will have to try Eno's. I love a good salad.

                        2. So you trust my review of Eden, but not of that of Samar. I wrote the Observer article you mentioned.

                          1. I think the salads at the Village Burger Bar are quite good...but they burgers are so good I hardly ever order them so beware, you probably won't get a salad once you step in there.

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                            1. re: AlyshaB2005

                              I really enjoy Village. They make a lot of nice products. Have you tried their shakes? I normally wouldn't indulge in such an item, but had occasion this summer to take a sample. Nice stuff. Otherwise it is one of their frosty beers (Uptown location).

                            2. Probably the Nua Nom Tok at Chow Thai (Thai beef salad).

                              Also Nordstrom's Cafe at the Galleria has great salads ... hard to go wrong, but the cilantro lime chicken is my favorite. (Requires a look in the mirror as those bits of cilantro end up everywhere ;) They also do a great salad special that has no greens ... black beans, chicken, roast peppers, corn? It's fabulous too.

                              1. I've enjoyed many of the salads listed above. But one my favorites not mentioned is the "Southwest" salad at Celebration.
                                Try it with the sliced fried chicken instead of the grilled chicken. Terrific!

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                                1. re: twinwillow

                                  Agreed! Celebration has GREAT salads. I love the Walnut Chicken Salad there.

                                2. Even though its a pizza chain, California Pizza Kitchen has some of the best salads I've ever had. My favorite is the Waldorf Chicken Salad with balsamic vinegrette...amazing :)

                                  1. My favorite is April's Chop Salad at Chamberlain's Fish Market Grill.

                                    Chamberlain's Fish Market Grill
                                    4525 Belt Line Road, Addison, TX 75001

                                    1. Although I've mentioned others on this thread that I've enjoyed, I have to give kudos to the Caesar salad at Hattie's. It's my favorite Caesar in Dallas.

                                      1. Insalata Delizia at Cavalli's...

                                        1. Recently at the annual Caeser salad competition put on by AWIF the best salad was made by Chef Natera from Pyramid... even though he didn't win.

                                          1. Some of my favorites: a) the Houston's caesar, b) the chop-chop at Palomino, c) Jasper's caesar, d) the Truluck's grilled chicken salad with honey-lime and peanut dressing, and e) countless number of great wedge's at the steakhouses; though my favorite wedge of recent is the bisteca at Brio.

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                                            1. re: allenchow

                                              Nice choices. Also Pyle's has that beautiful version with the parmesan tuile that surrounds the salad and long shards of romaine peeking out the top.

                                              1. re: DallasDude

                                                Sweet love, Pyles has been making "that beautiful version" since Star Canyon. It is the best caesar in Dallas. Maybe you are new in town. It's the polenta croutons that make it killer...btw.

                                                1. re: pepper131

                                                  Just pointing out another version I enjoy.

                                                  (still giggling about the "new in town")

                                                  1. re: DallasDude

                                                    Dude: Maybe you should get out more. Oh yeah, and consider writing about what you find! :)

                                            2. Seared tuna mediteranean salad at Cafe R&D

                                              1. Gaston Garden Salad at the Cock & Bull (plus it's just a really cool dive with surprisingly good food).

                                                1. Love the Meyer Lemon salad at Eno's

                                                  1. One of my favorite salads is the chopped chicken salad at cafe R+D (R & D kitchen). It is fresh cucumber, mango, lots of cilantro and noodles topped with tender grilled chicken and a warm dressing.
                                                    I second the support for the III Forks house salad. Nice mixed greens, granny smith apples, gorgonzola, and roasted pecans.
                                                    Used to love the southwestern ceasar at Star Canyon or the Ceasar in a pot from Ferre. Of course Star Canyon salad is still the winner.

                                                    III Forks
                                                    17776 Dallas Parkway, Dallas, TX 75287

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                                                    1. re: giada

                                                      You will be happy to hear that Pyles is creating a new version of Star Canyon later in 2011 and I believe it will be located near the Ritz-Carlton on McKinney.