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phoenikia Mar 10, 2010 08:20 AM

Here are some of the salads I've enjoyed:

fattoush at Tabule
various marinated salads at Patachou
the lentil, blue cheese and bacon salad at McEwan
horiatiki at Messini (seasonally though- when local tomatoes are ripe)
beet & chevre salad at Le Select
the cuminy beet salad at the Yummi's north of Eglinton, before it shut down (not sure if the same salad is available at other Yummi's)
ceviche at Milagro (if you consider ceviche at type of seafood salad)
roasted winter vegetable & dandelion salad at Vertical
singapore slaw at Lee

A salad I've been meaning to try:
the seafood poke salad at Zee Grill

Are there any salads in TO you'd travel out of your way to enjoy?

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Weezie's
354 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1K9, CA

Tabule
2009 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 1Z8, CA

Messini
445 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1P1, CA

Le Select
432 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V1E3, CA

Patachou
1120 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W, CA

Lee
603 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V1M5, CA

Milagro Uptown
3187 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4N, CA

Vertical Restaurant & Bar
100 King West / First Canadian Place, Toronto, ON M5X 1E1, CA

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    fickle RE: phoenikia Mar 10, 2010 08:22 AM

    The frisee salad at Weezie's.

    1. TorontoJo RE: phoenikia Mar 10, 2010 08:49 AM

      The poke salad at Zee Grill is wonderful!

      I love the simplicity of the arugula, fennel and parmesan salad at Negroni.

      If I'm ever stuck at an airport with a Wolfgang Puck Express, I always get the chinois chicken salad. There's one in terminal 1 at Pearson.

      And if you're ever in a Milestone's, the California spring salad is pretty damn tasty. Greens, red onions, sliced strawberries, chunks of feta and spicy caramelized pecans.

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        magic RE: phoenikia Mar 10, 2010 08:54 AM

        The 'Mashu Mashu' salad and the pistachio/arugula salad at Mashu Mashu are both fantastic.

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          sherry f RE: magic Aug 16, 2010 05:35 PM

          I love the pistachio arugula goat cheese salad at Mashu. I have it almost every Sunday night. I also like the mixed salad with grilled pineapple, dried cherries and goat cheese at Hope Street Cafe.

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          chalenegirl RE: phoenikia Mar 10, 2010 09:46 AM

          i recently tried PIzzeria Libretto and i really love their arugula salad.
          The ceaser dressing at Grindhound burger (on king st, across from Mountain Equipment Co-op) was the best i've ever had. so deliciously garlicky

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            1sweetpea RE: chalenegirl Mar 10, 2010 10:09 AM

            When I go for oysters at Rodney's I always order a simple green salad that comes with a very pleasant and light poppyseed vinaigrette. I was also surprised at how light, yet satisfying the yogurt dressing is at The Monk's Table (formerly The Abbot on the Hill). If you like Thai/Lao spicy papaya salad (Som Tam, I think it's called), Vanipha Lanna will do one as spicy or as mild as you like. This is a stretch on the salad concept, but the Korean version of a chirashi, called hwe dup bap, is raw fish served atop a salad, into which you mix your bowl of steamed short grain rice and a delicious sweet and spicy gochu jang-based sauce -- delish! I particularly like Il Bun Ji's version and Seoul House's version (Orfus Rd.), but I'd like to try others' as well. Negroni's arugula salad is lovely. I've also heard good things about the arugula salad at Terroni, but haven't tried it myself. If you eat at Sushi Garden in Delisle Court, make sure to add a green salad with their homemade ginger dressing to your order. I could drink that dressing from a shot glass! They have a large size too.

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              torontofoodiegirl RE: 1sweetpea Mar 12, 2010 11:55 AM

              The Arugula salad at Terroni is great. Very simple (arugula, parmeggiano, and mushrooms) with a dressing that's got a flavour that's delightfully lemony without being sour.

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                prima RE: 1sweetpea Aug 19, 2011 09:21 PM

                Tried the Stilton, Apple & Spinach Salad with Pecan Pralines at the Monk's Table tonight. Nice version, with plenty of the good stuff, that I'd order again. Happy that it's available in both a small and a large size. ;-)

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                1276 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4T 1W5, CA

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                Sarah Cat RE: chalenegirl May 30, 2010 03:51 PM

                That arugula salad at Pizza Libretto is spectacular!

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                MeMeMe RE: phoenikia Mar 10, 2010 10:22 AM

                If you like Caesar Salad - the one at Jacobs and Co. isn't to be missed. Watching it being made is an experience.

                Banfi in Forest Hill makes wonderful salads - house, caesar, asparagus, mushroom, etc. All good.

                And I second Mashu Mashu and Patachou - both places know how to treat beets!

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                  1sweetpea RE: MeMeMe Mar 10, 2010 11:49 AM

                  The garlic in Harbour Sixty's Caesar salad will make even the most dedicated garlic fiend swoon. Only order it if everyone at your table is going to eat it too. That way you'll all stink and nobody will be particularly offended.

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                  phoenikia RE: phoenikia Mar 10, 2010 12:08 PM

                  Thanks for all the great suggestions! Looking forward to making my way through the list ;-)

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                    magic RE: phoenikia Mar 10, 2010 01:57 PM

                    Oh and even though I'm one of the very few on CH who actually likes Ferraro, I might as well rec their 'Eglinton' salad complete with their balsamic grilled chicken. Soooo good. It's basic: mesclun greens, dried cranberries, fresh roasted red peppers, beautiful avocado slices, along with their delish dressing and chicken. Huge portion. A meal for two people easily!!!

                  2. vorpal RE: phoenikia Mar 10, 2010 12:09 PM

                    I'll probably get slammed for this, but the only salad I've ever had that I love and actually crave is Milestone's California Spring Salad: mixed greens with candied pecans, strawberries, poppy seed encrusted goat cheese, and a raspberry vinaigrette. Delicious.

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                      TorontoJo RE: vorpal Mar 10, 2010 01:13 PM

                      Then you'll get slammed right along with me, since I made the same rec above! :)

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                        scarberian RE: TorontoJo Mar 10, 2010 04:57 PM

                        Guilty as well on Milestones!

                        However with all this talk on salad, let's not forget that old saying from Homer J., "You can't make friends with salad." Which is true, unless you're in the company of vegetarians/vegans.

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                          bringonthelbs RE: scarberian Mar 11, 2010 07:49 PM

                          Love that Milestone's salad too! A perfect combination.

                          Also love the frisee salad at Bistro Tournesol on Dupont. It's chock full of Danish blue cheese and a fantastic walnut dressing.

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                          vorpal RE: TorontoJo Mar 12, 2010 04:12 AM

                          Oh! Hahah! Sorry I missed your recommendation, TorontoJo. Glad to hear that I'm not alone in thinking there are a few things that Milestone's does right.

                      2. Bobby Wham RE: phoenikia Mar 10, 2010 01:00 PM

                        FUSARO'S, BABY! best dressing

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                          millygirl RE: Bobby Wham Mar 10, 2010 02:24 PM

                          Hi phoenikia, I also love the salad combinations at Patachou. For many years now I get the mushroom, green bean and tortellini combo. Yum.

                          Another great spot for salads is Caffe Doria. I don't know what they do to it, but the arugula spring salad is excellent. Mocha Mocha always has great fresh tasting salads - chock full with avacado, shredded carrots, etc.

                          Funny enough, I had a wonderful goat cheese and beet salad at of all places - the Elmwood Spa this past weekend. The rest of our lunch was dreadful, but this appetizer salad was really quite good.

                          Great thread btw!

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                            phoenikia RE: millygirl Mar 11, 2010 10:47 AM

                            Thanks, millygirl!

                            I'll have to try Caffe Doria sometime- I've walked by many times, and used to work nearby. but I've never gone inside.

                            Tomorrow, I'll try one of the salads at Mocha Mocha. Probably the brown rice salad unless I'm craving something else when I step up to the counter!

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                              phoenikia RE: phoenikia Mar 12, 2010 02:31 PM

                              Tried the brown rice salad at Mocha Mocha today, and it was pretty good, although not as gingery as I had hoped (ginger was mentioned in its description on the menu). I'll probably order another salad on my next visit.

                              Looking fwd to trying other salads mentioned in this thread!

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                                millygirl RE: phoenikia Mar 12, 2010 03:00 PM

                                I've often wondered about that brown rice salad at MM. I see so many people order it and it looks good but I can never resist to order either the tuna cakes or the chicken quesadilles, depending on the day. I'll say one thing, it sure looks healthy. But my choices come with a house salad on the side so I don't feel as guilty as I normally would :)

                                As an aside, I love their house dressing and it's a constant in our fridge.

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                                  phoenikia RE: millygirl Mar 12, 2010 03:23 PM

                                  I was tempted by the chicken quesadillas, but I'm trying to stick to a more salad and less bread/tortilla plan, so I went with the salad. The brown rice salad reminded me of some dishes I've ordered at Fresh, but more tasty. But my guess is that the chicken quesadillas you've been ordering are probably more tasty than the brown rice salad!

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                                    prima RE: millygirl Jun 29, 2011 01:52 PM

                                    millygirl, thanks for mentioning the quesadillas. I tried the corn quesadillas today (wasn't in the mood for chicken), and I definitely liked them more than the brown rice salad. Looks like they're only serving tuna cakes on Tuesdays and Fridays right now. Will get around to trying the tuna cakes at some point.

                                    What other dishes/salads would Chowhounds recommend at Mocha Mocha?

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                            staceya02 RE: phoenikia Mar 11, 2010 05:27 AM

                            I love the Portobello chicken salad at Hope Street! Also not always the best place, but they make a good salad.

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                              peppermint pate RE: phoenikia Mar 11, 2010 12:51 PM

                              I love me a good salad. I think the salads at Terroni are fantastic - I generally order the giugiulossa (greens, gorgonzola, black olives, roasted red peppers, pine nuts and a balsamic dressing) but the fagiolo, ricchia and caprese are also great and some of their specials are very good (I particularly like one they feature in the summertime with arugula, strawberry slices, goat's cheese, toasted slivered almonds and a truffle balsamic dressing - yum!).

                              There's a main course salad at Boulevard Cafe that is really delicious - grilled chicken with all kinds of steamed veggies and this kick-ass dressing. My description doesn't begin to do it justice but it's one of those salads I C-R-A-V-E.

                              I find Patachou salads to be okay but often overdressed. I know there are more salads I love, just blanking on them now.

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                                Wahooty RE: peppermint pate Mar 11, 2010 01:13 PM

                                Boulevard does have good, filling salads - I like that one because the steamed veggies give it some heft, and there's also the avocado stuffed with crab (and shrimp, maybe? it's been a while since I had it...) and served on greens. I recently had a giant salad at Utopia loaded with seared tuna and sauteed mushrooms with a soy balsamic dressing - delicious if a bit overly oily, and positively huge.

                                And if Rice Bar ever resurfaces like it's supposed to, I absolutely loved their arugula salad. It's pretty easily duplicated it at home, but it used to be one of my go-to quick-grab lunches.

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                                  phoenikia RE: Wahooty May 29, 2010 12:41 PM

                                  I was craving a salad while I was at Utopia, and had remembered one of the salads was recommended on this thread, but I chose the wrong one ;-) I ordered the grilled salmon salad- which was very generous. The salmon was fine, esp. considering the low price, but the greens seemed underdressed, in fact I couldn't really taste the dressing.

                                  Will have to remember to try the seared tuna/mushroom one next time I'm there!

                                  Will have to return to Boulevard Cafe. Such a nice patio.

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                                    peppermint pate RE: phoenikia May 31, 2010 07:41 AM

                                    I took that salad out for lunch again from Boulevard last week (combined it with an overdue first visit to Chabichou while I waited)...it's called Salpicon de Pollo - it's insane how good it is and that patio, well I've written about it a million times on this board already but truly, one of the loveliest spots in the city.

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                                      TorontoJo RE: peppermint pate May 31, 2010 01:03 PM

                                      A big pitcher of sangria makes that patio even lovelier... :)

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                                    ekim256 RE: Wahooty Jul 8, 2010 07:15 AM

                                    I second Boulevard Cafe's Salpicon de Pollo!

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                                    Boulevard Cafe
                                    161 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1H1, CA

                                     
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                                      Ediblethoughts RE: Wahooty Aug 15, 2010 07:05 PM

                                      Is it to be resurfacing in Kensington Market? I was looking for it this evening while there (looking for a good dessert after dinner at Waterfalls) and realized it was gone.

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                                        Wahooty RE: Ediblethoughts Aug 16, 2010 08:19 AM

                                        Not sure. When they first revamped into Burger Bar, they said they were going to re-open Rice Bar in a then-yet-undisclosed location. I believe this wasn't supposed to happen until possibly next spring, but their website no longer mentions it. Burger Bar does seem to have reincorporated some of the Rice Bar-style things into its menu, though, if you're pining. :)

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                                          Ediblethoughts RE: Wahooty Aug 16, 2010 06:30 PM

                                          If you hadn't said that, I'd never have looked at the menu---the menu looks great! Very weird content for "Burger Bar"! Thanks for the info!

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                                    pearlD RE: phoenikia Mar 11, 2010 02:23 PM

                                    This is NOT a designer salad destination but rather a very nicely prepared ordinary salad ( but ONLY at its Best in mid-summer) it's the "ROMA SALAD" at Roma Ristorante on Bloor Street (at Gladstone) They use their own fresh grown tomatoes, blanched home grown green beans, ordinary lettuce, onion, sun dried tomatoes, black olives (pooh...from the can..yuck) sliced ripe avocado and a very simple but good homemade olive oil & vinegar dressing...Yes, it's simple and apart from the olives and eaten ONLY in the summer..it is wonderful and not to be missed....they serve it year round but it's a poor choice at other times. They also make a very decent 'homestyle' Caesar Salad..usually what we have after the Tomatoes are finished for the season.

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                                      piccola RE: phoenikia Mar 11, 2010 04:48 PM

                                      Try the pari-pari salad at Kaiseki Sakura. It's affordable ($10), if not super healthy (there's some fried crunchy goodness in there).

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                                        juno RE: piccola Mar 12, 2010 08:27 AM

                                        Some worthy salads have been noted here, some of which I've sampled. But I'm still waiting patiently for mention of a decent Salade Nicoise somewhere in the GTA. I'm referring to the classic Nicoise, with all the traditional ingredients present and accounted for, including the often missing-in-action anchovies. All too often, anchovies have been removed from the festivities, and when I enquire why, management explains that no one likes anchovies. In my view, a Nicoise without anchovies is a day without sunshine. The most serviceable Nicoise ( with anchovies) I've found so far is at Coquine, a lively French bistro on Yonge St. south of Eglinton. Good, but I have a hunch there is a better one out there somewhere. But where, pray tell?

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                                          1sweetpea RE: juno Mar 12, 2010 08:50 AM

                                          I really wanted to throw in a reco myself for the nicoise at Coquine, but the time I had it, I found the dressing barely noticeable and the tuna a bit fishy and stringy. I wound up asking for lemon wedges to make my dressing a bit more punchy. That aside, it was a full meal salad of beautifully presented and prepared veggies. I'd order it again the next time without hesitation, but get the dressing on the side so I can add more or less to my taste (note that I'm generally not a heavy dressing fan). Hopefully my fish was just a not so great piece and a one-time bad experience. It was a very generous size. Loved the anchovies on the plate too! I'd love to see anchovies back into standard Caesar salad dressings. IMHO, Caesar salads have become pretty tame over the last number of years, as a result of restaurants bending to the preferences of fish-fearin' diners that have had one bad experience with an anchovy-heavy Caesar dressing. That, or they've had too many lame bottled creamy versions and are misunderstanding how a true Caesar dressing should taste.

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                                            pearlD RE: 1sweetpea Mar 12, 2010 04:57 PM

                                            Couldn't agree more on the Caesar Salad dressings...not just the anchovy thing which I also love...but the 'old days' when they mixed it right at your table raw egg and all...Can't remember if it was Barberians/Carmen's or some other of the 'old and classic' steakhouses...
                                            i've just returned from Florida ( and JA)...they don't even like to serve a 'bleu' steak let alone anything with a raw egg! Don't eat 'beef' in Jamaica and now they have outlawed Iceberg Lettuce from the U.S...there's nothing like the 'bitter' grown in JA local lettuce ...all core and 6 leaves and dirty to boot!!! Yes, I'm happy to be home!

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                                              1sweetpea RE: pearlD Mar 12, 2010 05:04 PM

                                              There's a place here in Windsor that still does Caesar salad at table-side. I'm not sure if they use anchovies, as it's been a few years since I was there, but they're definitely generous with the garlic.

                                              I'm totally finished with the concept of burgers in restaurants. I crave them so rarely, but when I do, I just want to cry when I'm faced with the medium-well or more done options. Even if I beg for pink and juicy, I usually get a well-done hockey puck.

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                                                juno RE: 1sweetpea Mar 13, 2010 07:42 AM

                                                Like 1sweetpea and pearlD above, I lament the decline of the restaurant Caesar salad, in which anchovies are rarely present - and if present at all, are so far in the background that they're often not discernible. That's why I rarely order them anymore, and have turned to making the Caesar myself at home, trying to emulate the first-ever Caesar I ever had - tableside at the long-gone Three Small Rooms in the Windsor Arms Hotel. Wonderful. Though I must check out the above-mentioned Jacobs and Co.

                                                Aside to 1sweetpea: burgers are another constantly-botched restaurant item that you have to do at home yourself if you want it done right. Or you have to get tough with the burger resto, politely threatening in advance to immediately send the burger back if it's not done to your specifications.

                                                But all this talk of Caesars and burgers isn't getting me what I want from this thread: a tip on a good Salade Nicoise to match or better the one served at Coquine. And while we're at it, I'd also like to learn where to get a good Cobb salad. At present, I get mine at Steeles Deli, near Yonge St. and Steeles Ave., where it's tasty, serviceable and well-priced - but I suspect there are better Cobbs out there. I await your nominations.

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                                                  phoenikia RE: juno Mar 13, 2010 07:54 AM

                                                  I haven't ordered it for a few years, but the Senator used to serve a decent Cobb. It seemed pricey for a diner (currently it's $14.45, and it is a rather upscale diner), but it was a very large serving. I'd imagine that's the case.

                                                  I noticed the Senator also has a Nicoise on the menu, but I've never ordered it.

                                                  http://www.thesenator.com/daymenu.pdf

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                                                    burlgurl RE: phoenikia Mar 13, 2010 07:58 AM

                                                    I love the Milestones salad too! Find myself craving it!
                                                    As for another chain, I also love the chicken tender salad at Baton Rouge..it's really big, with artichoke hearts, avocado, and a lime dressing..

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                                                      millygirl RE: phoenikia Mar 13, 2010 11:52 AM

                                                      Oh speaking of Cobb Salads, the Bloor Street Diner does a really nice one. Chock full of blue cheese, chicken, and all the other fixings that turn a simple salad in to a high calorie over the top extravanganza. I love it!

                                                      I love this salad thread.....

                                                      Hubby had a delicious frisee salad this afternoon at Simple Bistro. Frisee, lardon, croutons, nice vinegarette and topped with a perfectly poached egg. He was happy.

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                                              Ironchefa RE: juno Mar 16, 2010 03:12 AM

                                              Le Gourmand has a Nicoise...with anchovies.

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                                                millygirl RE: Ironchefa May 31, 2010 07:45 AM

                                                I love the Salad Nicoise at Weezie's.

                                                Le Pappillon on the Park has one on their brunch menu but I couldn't bring myself not to order a crepe the last time I was there.

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                                                354 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1K9, CA

                                          2. meatnveg RE: phoenikia May 31, 2010 02:18 PM

                                            The Kale, Beet & Sun-dried tomato with walnuts and raisins at LIVE! I love this salad, without the dressing. The combo of textures, tastes and flavor appeals to me immensely.

                                            Another favorite of mine is getting the shawarma salads at Best Shawerma Place on Yonge

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                                              wecandoitrosie RE: phoenikia Aug 28, 2010 06:42 PM

                                              Jumbo Empanadas-Chilean salad is mounds of green leaf lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, broccoli, thinly sliced red onion and an amazing lemon cilantro vinaigrette that soaks into the broccoli. Huge 2 person portion for $#.99(?) $4.99(?). Jus tthe most satisfying bright salad I've ever had.

                                              Patachou-green beans with tarragon dressing(?) dotted with little bits of red onion. garlicky ,mustardy perfection.

                                              Fresh/Juice For LIfe- caeser salad. Vegan dressing, go figure, I like it better than any anchovied dressing I've had.

                                              Tavola Calda (no longer open, was on College/Little Italy strip) Bean Salad, white cannelini beans in a vinaigrette with tiny cubes of carrots and onions. Have never been able to duplicate the vinegary dressing. Also had a beet with mint salad that was beautiful. Would pay to have a few of their recipes.
                                              About my tastes, I like simple salads. Don't put toasted nuts, dried fruit, sprouts, mandarin segments, etc. My ideal salad it seems has a certain level of acid, with few ingredients. And I generally don't like leaves, leaves of any kind, especially those baby greens that are rampant in Toronto. Just so you know, in case you are considering trying my picks! Eat well,

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                                                crawfish RE: phoenikia Aug 29, 2010 01:56 PM

                                                I love the Guiggelosa (sp?) salad at Terroni, as someone else mentioned.

                                                The Cobb salad at Brazenhead is also good but I must have low standards for Cobb salads, even like Metro's in the plastic container.

                                                I had a great potato salad at Wanda's pie in the sky. Seemed very simple but I haven't been able to reproduce it.

                                                I am searching for a steak/blue cheese/curly endive salad. It used to be on the menu at Acme Bar and Grill, formerly John and King. The bitter greens, sharp cheese and lucious rare steak - fabulous combination.

                                                Also searching for a great panzanella salad. The bench mark for me was David Wood Foods WAY back. Tons of parsley, fresh tomatoes and garlicky croutons that were somehow never soggy or too crusty.

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                                                  phoenikia RE: phoenikia Dec 16, 2010 11:27 AM

                                                  There are lots of great salads mentioned in this thread already, but I was wondering if anyone has found any new salads they love? I'll be starting a salad-heavy regimen on January 1st, so I want to be fully prepared ;-)

                                                  My most recent tasty & interesting salad was a green bean salad at Pizzeria Libretto, which was one of their daily specials.

                                                  Also have enjoyed the maroulosalata (romaine, spring onion & dill salad) at Folia Grill.

                                                  Thanks for any new leads!

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                                                  221 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

                                                  Folia Grill
                                                  1031 Pape Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 3V9, CA

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                                                    phoenikia RE: phoenikia Dec 31, 2010 09:34 AM

                                                    Bumping this thread, in an attempt to help start the New Year on the right foot ;-)

                                                    Happy New Year, everyone!

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                                                      magic RE: phoenikia Dec 31, 2010 01:36 PM

                                                      Happy New Year! :)

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                                                    phoenikia RE: phoenikia Jan 14, 2011 06:52 PM

                                                    Enjoyed 2 salads today:
                                                    The Stilton & Apple Salad on the Abbot's lunch menu ($11), which included julienned Granny Smith, cukes, mixed greens and chunks of Stilton in a champagne vinaigrette.

                                                    The Chicken Salad Bowl at Mars Diner at Yonge & Eg. Turns out that this location of Mars changed hands about 4 months ago. I hadn't been for several years, and was pleasantly surprised with a freshly chopped salad that didn't skimp on the bell peppers, cukes, celery & tomatoes, topped with a generous scoop of chicken salad and balsamic dressing (made at Mars, not bottled) and served with fresh garlic bread. Notthing fancy, but fresh-tasting salad that hit the spot. Great deal for $9,

                                                    1. prima RE: phoenikia Mar 28, 2011 11:48 AM

                                                      Has anyone tried the Cobb Salad on the Drake's current weekday lunch menu?
                                                      Or any of their other lunch salads?

                                                      CHOP SALAD
                                                      apple, walnuts, white cheddar
                                                      + mustard vinaigrette 10
                                                      CAESAR
                                                      roast garlic croutons, parmesan dressing
                                                      + anchovies 11
                                                      SOUTHERN FRIED CHIX CAESAR
                                                      sour pickles + fried onions 13
                                                      COBB SALAD
                                                      Benedictine blue cheese, chicken, bacon,
                                                      avocado, hard cooked egg, tomato
                                                      + ranch dressing 14
                                                      BEETROOT SALAD
                                                      baked goat cheese, olive relish + arugula 11

                                                      1. prima RE: phoenikia Apr 14, 2011 10:14 PM

                                                        I like the shrimp, jicama, mango & cucumber salad at Whole Foods. I'm going to attempt to replicate at home, minus the shrimp, since they didn't seem to add much more than protein to the salad.

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                                                          cynthias RE: phoenikia Apr 16, 2011 04:53 AM

                                                          The summer salad at joeys, don mills center ..strawberries, goat cheese, quinoa, pecans, avocado, greens.you can have with chicken or steak too..I love!!

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                                                            mangolassi RE: phoenikia Apr 16, 2011 07:38 AM

                                                            If you like to build your own salad (for the control freak in us all) try Urban Herbivore in Kensington Market.

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                                                            Urban Herbivore
                                                            64 Oxford St, Toronto, ON M5T1P1, CA

                                                            1. prima RE: phoenikia Jun 11, 2011 04:15 PM

                                                              Has anyone ordered any super-awesome salads lately?

                                                              I enjoyed the Vuelve a la Vida ceviche/seafood cocktail at Milagro Uptown about 6 weeks ago.

                                                              Thanks for any recs!

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                                                              Milagro Uptown
                                                              3187 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4N, CA

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                                                                thebutcher RE: prima Jun 11, 2011 04:28 PM

                                                                I had a very tasty salad at Terroni today (was on their daily special list) - lamb lettuce, fingerling potatoes, Ontario artichokes, mint, parmigiana cheese, olives in a
                                                                very light vinaigrette. Loved it!

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                                                                  prima RE: thebutcher Jun 11, 2011 09:35 PM

                                                                  sounds very good! Thank you!

                                                                  I had an interesting salad at Campagnolo tonight- treviso, escarole & nectarine!

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                                                                  Campagnolo
                                                                  832 Dundas St. W, Toronto, ON , CA

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                                                                  piccola RE: prima Jun 11, 2011 05:02 PM

                                                                  I had a good salad at the downtown Milagro, but I don't remember the specifics of it, only that it was good.

                                                                  Also, Kalendar on College has delicious salads. They have one with mango and cashews, another with artichoke hearts and hearts of palm. Mmmm.

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                                                                  Kalendar
                                                                  546 College St, Toronto, ON M6G1B1, CA

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                                                                    prima RE: piccola Jun 11, 2011 09:36 PM

                                                                    thanks piccola!

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                                                                    ekim256 RE: prima Jun 11, 2011 11:43 PM

                                                                    I'm probably going to get a lot of @_@ from this, but I've been eating a lot of salad from Salad Creations. Yes, you make it yourself and its a chain - but they have a wide wide variety of options and you can get a salad with lots of STUFF that would make Elaine's head spin :-). Beets, artichoke hearts, walnuts, spinach, beans, - you can get creative with everything in front of you and its quite fresh. I frequent the one @ Sunlife. If you go for lunch, you'll probably see me there :3

                                                                    http://www.cookiesandtomatoes.com

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                                                                    Salad Creations
                                                                    150 King St W, Toronto, ON M5H 4G2, CA

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                                                                      piccola RE: ekim256 Jun 12, 2011 05:37 PM

                                                                      I love those kinds of places for a treat lunch (treat because of the price as well as the tastiness). How generous are they with the add-ins? I find Freshii can be stingy.

                                                                      (Great blog, BTW.)

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                                                                        kasey j miller RE: piccola Jun 12, 2011 06:44 PM

                                                                        Freshii is VERY stingy their quality (rock hard avocado) and portion sizes went down and prices went up. Not cool. I prefer the Sandwich Box or Fast Fresh Foods in Commerce Court West.

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                                                                        Fast Fresh Foods
                                                                        199 Stn Commerce Crt, Toronto, ON M5G, CA

                                                                        Sandwich Box
                                                                        43 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, ON M4P1A1, CA

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                                                                          piccola RE: kasey j miller Jun 13, 2011 03:59 AM

                                                                          Good to know. I definitely noticed Freshii is almost all lettuce now.

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                                                                            magic RE: kasey j miller Jun 17, 2011 03:54 PM

                                                                            Thanks for the Fresh Fast Foods tip. I went today, it was really good.

                                                                            Even the included side salad that came with the sandwich was really good. Will definitely be going back.

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                                                                            ekim256 RE: piccola Jun 17, 2011 12:26 PM

                                                                            the one in Sunlife is quite generous, the guys are super nice and they pack it. I always go to the same guy who draws a happy little sun on my container. They cook their turkey on site which is quite good, and I approve the quality of their add-ins :-)

                                                                            Thanks Piccola :) I've been lagging and haphazard with my blogging but its a fun distraction when I'm not working or eating n_n

                                                                      2. atomeyes RE: phoenikia Jun 13, 2011 04:51 AM

                                                                        Anyone try "Yes To Fresh" on Jarvis?

                                                                        http://www.yestofresh.com/

                                                                        1. meatnveg RE: phoenikia Jun 18, 2011 07:46 AM

                                                                          New addition to the list of Gourmet ones, are the salads at Marben (all of them). The crispy egg salad gets special mention

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                                                                          Marben
                                                                          488 Wellington Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 1E5, CA

                                                                          1. soytoy RE: phoenikia Jul 2, 2011 12:24 AM

                                                                            Hibiscus, a small place in Kensington Market, has the best salad ever, in my humble opinion! It's like a mix of five small portions of different salads... tofu, carrots, beets, broccoli, quinoa, sweet potato, seeds, berries, etc. Amazing.

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                                                                              Querencia RE: phoenikia Aug 19, 2011 10:10 PM

                                                                              YES! Le Commensal is a vegetarian restaurant with a huge huge salad bar/cold buffet from which you fill your plate and are charged by weight. Best salad bar I have ever seen--- had dozens of things like tabbouleh and hummos, also big platters of avocados on the half-shell.

                                                                              1. prima RE: phoenikia Nov 10, 2011 01:31 PM

                                                                                Enjoyed a recent Chopped salad at Holt's Cafe (on the mezzanine). Although it costs $19, which makes it one of the more expensive main course salads in TO, the salad comes in a big bowl, filled with plenty of grilled chicken, charred corn, tomatoes, peppers, avocado, cilantro, chickpeas and romaine, with a light vinaigrette. I might ask them to increase the cilantro next time I visit. Sort of like a healthier take on the Cobb (no bacon, blue cheese or egg). Much prefer Holt's Chopped Salad to any salads I've ordered at Mocha Mocha or Fresh.

                                                                                Holt's also added a new turkey salad to their new seasonal menu, which I haven't tried yet.

                                                                                Still have to get around to trying the salad with grilled chicken at the Boulevard Cafe.

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                                                                                Holt's Cafe
                                                                                50 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M4W, CA

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