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Jun 5, 2010 11:02 AM

Favorite Summer Salad and where?

As the weather heats up, I like to eat lighter and salads in particular (appetizer or whole meal). Where are the best ones?

A couple that I enjoy (living Brookline) are the Salmon and Corn Salad at Zaftigs, the Salade Cambodgienne at the Elephant Walk, and the Fennel/Pistachio/Shrimp Salad at La Morra (not currently on their menu).

Other recommendations?


La Morra
48 Boylston Street, Brookline, MA 02445

Elephant Walk
2067 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02140

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  1. Any of the salads at YoMa (Union Square in Allston) make a lovely light meal, although it's crucial that you appreciate acidity: the default taste in almost all the salads is a sourness that's sometimes very intense. The green mango salad is particularly puckery.

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    1. re: Jenny Ondioline

      Any specific recommendations for salads there? I have had many other things from Yoma, and enjoyed them, but never a salad. And do they all have a fish sauce taste to them or are there some that are vegetarian?

      1. re: lkmuller

        You could ask, but I suspect most if not all of them contain a bit of fish sauce in the dressing.

        1. re: lkmuller

          YoMa has a separate vegetarian menu that has several salads on it. My son is vegetarian so I've had the veggie version of the tea leaf salad and the chick-pea tofu salad. Both were wonderful with no fish sauce taste.

      2. Not all of these are particularly light, but a few I like that come to mind are the chunky chicken salad at Stephi's on Tremont, tiger's tears at the hopefully soon to reopen Floating Rock, the golden beet and butter lettuce salad at South End Buttery, pretty much any salad at Erbaluce (always full of novel herbs), and the shaved asparagus salad at Rendezvous in Central Square.

        Floating Rock
        485 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA

        South End Buttery
        314 Shawmut Avenue, Boston, MA 02118

        69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

        Tremont Cafe
        418 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116

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        1. re: MC Slim JB

          I'd add the Tiger Tears at Myers & Chang..I find them to have better ingredients, especially the beef than FR (which I love) but not as spicy.

          Thai Beef salad at Montien, Dok Bua or Khao sarn.

        2. If you're willing to spend $17, the crab and avocado salad at Post390 is delicious and you get a fair amount of delicious fresh crab meat... I think it's worth it. Also, Cottonwood Cafe is right around the corner, and their salads come in meal-sized portions, onto which you can add grilled veggies or protein... nothing special, but a good deal for what you get. You can also compliment your meal with a less-than-virtuous marg on the rocks. I double the comment about the salad at the Buttery... any of the options are great. Finally, if you just want a basic salad, I am always a fan of the large Chef Salad at Upper Crust, with grilled chicken on top. The chicken is so well seasoned that you don't even need dressing. Good luck and happy eating!

          1. The crab and avocado salad at Neptune, if they still have it, is absolutely sublime. Filling, too.

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            1. re: purple bot

              2nd the crab salad at Neptune. Also the soft shell crab app at Prezza could kinda qualify as a salad.

              24 Fleet St., Boston, MA 02113

            2. The taco salad at Rattlesnake is delicious. Make sure you ask for it with the pulled chicken (that they serve with the nachos) as opposed to the grilled chicken.