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Oct 15, 2010 10:48 AM

Fast and tasty Salads in Seattle

Are there any places in Seattle that serve quick but quality salads? I'm thinking something akin to Chop't over on the East Cost...

I've looked around but haven't found one that really was similar :(

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  1. Focusing on your qualifier "quick", I'd go for the chain Panera Bread. They have several locations and if they don't have one in Seattle proper, there should be one close. They also change quite often to give the lunchtime office crowd some variety.

    5606 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd SW, Lakewood, WA 98499

    1. I know this may sound odd, but the salads a the nordstom cafe downtown on the top floor are surprisingly and consistently delicious... especially the cilantro lime chicken salad and the grilled shrimp salad. All the individual ingredients are really well done (e.g. grilled corn kernels, crisp cornbread croutons, perfecty seasoned and cooked shrimp), and the salads are very well composed. It is a casual order at the counter type of place, so is relatively quick (but you can also sit and get served if you'd like).

      1. I'm not familiar with Chop't so not sure if this is what you're looking for...Il Fornaio runs a salad bar in the open mall area in Pacific Place but it's a huge step above food court quality. You can choose your salad ingredients and they toss it with the dressing of your choice. Since you can customize the salad you get exactly what you want, and it's a large, hardy portion. It's one of my favorite downtown lunches. I don't know if they are open in the evenings.

        1. Cherry St Coffee House (multiple locations downtown) had good, fresh salads.

          Cherry St Coffee House
          103 Cherry St, Seattle, WA 98104

          1. Oh Chop't...My most-missed DC lunch spot is Potato Valley, but back to you.

            Harried and Hungry on 3rd (between Union and Pike) is pretty good. They have about eight salads and are usually OK with substitutions. They are quick, per the name, and there is also seating there if you'd like to stay. I'm sure if you asked them to slice up the ingredients an extra couple times (a la Chop't), they'd oblige.