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Memorable Salads?

jisforjenn Aug 20, 2010 03:13 PM

I am generally a meat and carbs kind of gal- when it comes to eating vegetables I can be quite picky. Oddly enough, however, the dishes that I dream about at night are salads! There are 4 really stand out salads that I constantly find myself craving:

Crema's Ensalada Mixta En Aderezo De Cacahuate Enchilado with Grilled Shrimp- it comes with mixed greens, avocado, fresh corn, panela cheese, and a vinaigrette that's slightly on the sweet side. I could eat this salad everyday for the rest of my life and be content.

Perry St. used to have this salad that featured grilled peaches, candied pistachios, crystallized wasabi (omg drooooool), and some kind of creamy cheese- maybe goat? Unfortunately, they no longer have this on their menu :(

Vezzo/Gruppo/Posto/Spunto have this delicious Tre Colori salad that includes mixed greens, roasted pears, walnuts, and gorgonzola cheese.

And finally, all the way in London, Jamie Oliver's 15 makes a burrata, white peach, and rocket salad that is to die for.

What are your most memorable salads? Looking at my list I seem to have a thing for sweet and savory salads, do any of you have any recommendations?

111 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

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  1. coasts RE: jisforjenn Aug 21, 2010 09:49 AM

    my favorite salad is unfortunately no less than ten hours away - Zuni in SF. i've tried to find something comparable in New York but haven't yet.

    meanwhile, i like the Arugula with roasted beets, Roquefort cheese and candied walnuts. Balthazar serves something similar, but with microgreens instead of arugula.

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      coasts RE: coasts Aug 22, 2010 05:59 AM

      duh! forgot to say that the roasted beet salad was from Almond.

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      Hey19 RE: jisforjenn Aug 21, 2010 11:04 AM

      There is a great greek salad at Kefi, I generally dont like greek salads. Good Ceasar salad at the Redhead. ABC has some good salads.

      505 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

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        Simon RE: Hey19 Aug 21, 2010 01:59 PM

        personally, i thought the Kefi Greek salad was notably awful: shredded lettuce and a sweet dressing...

        what is the Redhead's Caesar like?...

        505 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

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        gutsofsteel RE: jisforjenn Aug 21, 2010 11:49 AM

        The green goddess salad at Redhead is wonderful. I also really like the simple salads at Wallse and at Hearth.

        344 W. 11th St., New York, NY 10014

        1. jon RE: jisforjenn Aug 21, 2010 02:42 PM

          my favorite is the escarole, sunchoke, and almond salad at otto. so addictive and delicious.

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            kathryn RE: jon Aug 22, 2010 08:52 PM


            In the summer, they have a cucumber, watermelon, ricotta salata, shallot, balsalmic one that is almost as good. Almost!

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            RGR RE: jisforjenn Aug 21, 2010 04:23 PM

            I generally shy away from ordering salads in restaurants because I prepare a lot of different salads at home, and when I go out to eat, I'm looking for things that I'm less likely to make myself. That said, these have been superb:

            Maialino - Misticanza: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

            Spigolo - Heirloom Tomato Salad: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

            Recette - Heirloom Tomato Salad with Burrata: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

            EMP - Composition of Young Vegetables: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

            EMP - Taboulé Salad: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...


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              rkaene RE: jisforjenn Aug 23, 2010 05:13 AM

              Love Kefi's greek salad, also, The Palm's Monday night, and Nha Trang Centre's Papaya with shrimp.

              Nha Trang
              148 Centre St, New York, NY 10013

              505 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

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                LBNJNY RE: rkaene Aug 23, 2010 07:08 AM

                The Fig & Olive signature salad is delicious. Figs, olives, tomato, manchego, gorgonzola, goat cheese, walnuts, apple, balsamic dressing. It's very big as well - shareable or a great lunch/main course.

                Fig & Olive
                420 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10014

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                uwsister RE: jisforjenn Aug 23, 2010 04:35 PM

                I'm not a real salad person, but I remember Spring Street Natural having a few different varieties of salads that were delicious.

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                  jisforjenn RE: jisforjenn Sep 2, 2010 08:15 PM

                  oh my, these all sound so good... especially the watermelon salad from otto and the fig & olive salad, yum!

                  i also have a new fav to add! Just had Giorgio's of Gramercy's chickpea & avocado salad with scallops- I'm already salivating over the left overs!

                  Giorgio's of Gramercy
                  27 East 21st Street, New York, NY 10010

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