As we're finally going to be getting into the temps normal for this time of year, it's time to hit the great salad spots in town.
I really like Chuy's a 1/2 order beef fajita Mexi-cobb with extra green chile; so much so, it's become a regular lunch thing.
Also, Cover 3 has a really great steak salad, but it's a little on the pricey side for a regular lunch.
Gumbos on 360 has a wonderful spinach and goat cheese salad, but that's a bit too far to go for lunch.
Jason's is okay, but I always feel the need to overdo it.
Any other salads that are stand out in town (preferably in the 2222/Mopac/183/Burnet area, but I'm always looking for something special for the weekend)
i second the Mirabelle req. tons of entree salads to choose from, my favorite being the Mediterranean Spinach Salad (baby spinach leaves tossed with basil vinaigrette and served with eggplant chutney, sundried tomatoes, pine nuts, feta cheese, Kalamata olives, artichoke hearts, and spanikopita). you can add grilled shrimp or chicken to it if you'd like, although it doesn't say so on the menu...
I know it sounds preposterous, but my favorite salad in Ausin was actually at California Pizza Kitchen... they used to have a Greek Salad on the menu that had a layer of hummus on the base of the plate. very yummy, but no longer available... :( their other salad options don't look bad though...
I used to like the Chicken Feta Salad at AthenianGrill, but since they relocated the chicken changed and I stopped going. However, I've now transitioned into getting a cheaper version at Tino's. I know that it's cafeteria style, but the chicken is usually juicy and has crispy edges. I get it without dressing and just use the "tzatziki" sauce. It's my go- to, stand by meal. I never get tired of it. Skip the pita.
I also like the Asian Chicken Salad at Hyde Park Bar and Grill, but I don't get it with the chicken. I find the chicken marinade doesn't go well with the "asian" flavors. Instead, I ask them to add lots of hearts of palm. The salad includes mandarin orange slices, peanuts, sunflower spouts, sesame seeds, and fried wanton strips. I've tried it with tuna before, as well. That was okay. The dressing is really tasty made with fermented black beans.
Whenever I am at Mother's, I get a garden salad with cashew tamari dressing. It's very straight forward and the dressing is oily, but full of umami.
My salad suggestions seem kind of weak, I realize. I guess this is a wake up call - I should be eating more salads and spending less on tacos, chicken fried steaks, and burgers.
this thread made me realize that although i love salads, i don't eat enough of them!
that being said, south congress cafe has some great, albeit pricey, salads.
Smoked Beef Tenderloin Salad $14
spinach, granny smith apples, gorgonzola, maple balsamic vinaigrette.
Warm Goat Cheese Salad $11
medallions of breaded goat cheese, field greens, balsamic vinaigrette with shaved prosciutto and toasted pine nuts.
Very Bleu Salad $8
field greens tossed with gorgonzola cream dressing and topped with gorgonzola crumbles. garnished with fresh quail eggs and candied pecans.
An inexpensive, yet tasty, salad I got recently was at Chango's: a Mexican Chicken Salad for under $8. Tender roast chicken pieces, spinach, jicama, carrots, avocado, etc. in a spicy jalapeno lime vinagrette. A big plus is that the chicken is organic too. That and a watermelon aqua fresca is a great lunch.