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.
I like the Star Salad at Jorge's on Hancock. It has roased poblanos, roasted zucchini, mixed greens and grilled chicken for $9. There is no dressing but I suppose you can ask for one.
I also like the salads at Zocalo. Very fresh and very good.
Kicking it old school with an icy wedge salad at Fleming's or Max's Wine Dive is still a treat for me as well.
1110 W Lynn St, Austin, TX 78703
Max's Wine Dive
207 San Jacinto, Austin, TX 78701
I've been on a greek salad kick lately. I've tried several in town but not Milto's. I'll have to check it out. My current favorite is Zakia's even though it's very expensive. I think it's their house made mint dressing that makes it work for me. Tino's is good and the one I've been getting the most since it's convenient to home.
On a related note, the salads at House Pizzeria have been pretty tasty. I like the mixed greens with walnuts, goat cheese, and strawberries.
There is one type of salad that I love, and NXNW has an excellent version. Their field greens salad is amazing, with yummy greens, apples, candied pecans, blue cheese crumbles, and a acidy dressing! I have it every time I go. Home slice has a good version as well, but I cant remember its name. It is also really easy to make at home.
The pear gorgonzola salad I had yesterday at homeslice (inside) was top notch. It came with mixed good greens and spinach, a very light only slightly sweet olive oil dressing, razor thin onion rounds, walnuts, and well balanced cheese bites (not huge clumps). And the pear was divine. Small salad around 5 bones. a great accompaniment to the fried eggplant pie. swoosh, perfect lunch.
+1 for the recs for the Interior Mexican Chicken salad at Mirabelle/Corazon.
+1 for the rec for the Greek salad at Milto's
Those are two of my staple salads.
Also, I loooooove the salads at Zax. The shrimp remoulade and the steak salads are both fantastic.
Portabla has an excellent pesto chicken salad.
East Side Cafe's salmon & shrimp cake salad & their mixed green salad with the breaded goat cheese are both awesome.
Love Leaf's Abbi's chicken salad.
Z Tejas' trout salad
Jack Allen's trout salad
1200 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78703
Wow, Please tell me more about Interior Mexican Chicken salad.
Oh my gosh - Optimista, Jack Allen's trout salad was blow-me-away delicious. In fact, everything I've ever had at Jack Allen's has been a stunner. If it were closer, I'd be there a couple times a week. Their HH specials are an incredible amount of delicious food for the $$.
From Mirabelle's menu:
New Mexican Style Chicken Salad (same exact salad is called the "Interior Mexican Grilled Chicken Salad" at Corazon - I guess Interior Mexico = New Mexico to these folks? Hmmm.):
Red chile-lime grilled chicken breast with field greens, a fresh green chile lime dressing, guacamole-corn relish, queso blanco, and two blue corn fried empanadas.
It's awesome, although I'm not sure it really qualifies as healthy. ;-)
I feel like I reply to so many of these posts with "when I used to live in New York." It pains me every time I say it, because I know it's super annoying. BUT. I will say this time, however, that when I lived in New York, I loved going to good places for on a day off for lunch like Schiller's and Balthazar (same owners), reading the paper and eating a salad nicoise.
Blue Dahlia's nicoise is great. Try it sometimes if you're looking for something other than steak. They cook the tuna perfectly and don't skimp on the serving, and all of the other components are perfect. Really... I can't say enough good things about that place.