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fought Nov 14, 2010 03:47 PM

It doesn't have to be fancy. I love beet salads, but any innovative mix of fresh veggies will do.

I love Gratitude Cafe's menu, but the phone service and management are enough to deter me on occasion. Maddeningly, they always seem to be out of food. Is there another healthy, fresh alternative?

I am also a big fan of Cilantro's brie & salmon salad. It was much better when they had carmelized nuts and I think they should substitute cherries for those disgusting craisins, but all in all it is an excellent salad.

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    miss.foodie Nov 15, 2010 07:09 AM

    I love the butter poached lobster salad at the VinRoom (it's on their lunch menu) although the portion is a little small. It was definitely a memorable salad... probably one of the best salads I've had in Calgary.

    1. cellophane_star Nov 15, 2010 09:00 AM

      I can't remember the name but I had a great salad at Cactus Club. It had everything great... chicken, avocado, candied nuts, tons of fresh vegetables, a light dressing. Very good.

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      Cactus Club Cafe
      7010 MacLeod Trail SE, Calgary, AB T2H 0L3, CA

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        cdn Nov 15, 2010 09:03 AM

        I had a delicious beet salad at JaroBlue this past weekend, It was $8 and much larger than I had inticipated. Infact everything we had there was just perfect that night.

        http://www.jaroblue.com/

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          morefuuud Nov 15, 2010 11:20 PM

          2nd the JaroBlue beet salad! Definitely splurge and get it with the ash goat's cheese.

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          23skidoo Nov 15, 2010 11:43 AM

          Have you tried the salads at The Coup?

          1. maplesugar Nov 15, 2010 11:48 AM

            Only take away but I like the salads at Planet Organic. Hail to the Kale and their Sweet Potato, and black bean corn(forget the exact name) salads are faves around here. Oh, and if they don't have samples out you can always ask to try before you buy.

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              Scary Bill Nov 15, 2010 12:55 PM

              Maple, gotta agree, Planet Organic has fantastic salads. To your list I'll add the Arame Edamame Bean Salad. You can buy them there, or pick up the ingredients at PO and make them at home.

              They all taste great, some are unique, and all make you feel like you're doing your body some good.

            2. sweeterpea Nov 15, 2010 12:51 PM

              Milestones has a great Thai salad and though it's not my fave restaurant we always have our girlfriend lunches there and that's what we order.

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                Jetgirly Nov 16, 2010 04:47 PM

                Their Thai Noodle Salad IS amazing! I really dislike eating at chain restaurants, but when I'm visiting my parents they always want to eat at a chain so I always propose Milestones, knowing I will get to eat the salad. It's a bed of soy-tossed cold noodles with leafy greens on top, and then mango salsa, guacamole, red onions, feta cheese, diced tomatoes, mushrooms, grated carrots, red cabbage and artichoke hearts. I believe they also use their honey-mustard vinaigrette. I always ask for no mushrooms; I don't think their texture is right in this dish. There's nothing actually Thai about it, but it's still awesome.

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                  Alexa Nov 16, 2010 08:03 PM

                  At Famoso on 4th the Famoso salad is delicious! Romaine, carrots, cherry tomatoes, feta cheese, crunchy prosciutto, and grilled chicken with a balsamic dijon vinaigrette.

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                    John Manzo Nov 17, 2010 07:01 AM

                    I was going to add Famoso- their house salad (or whatever the regular veggie salad is called) is gorgeous- no cheap iceberg in this salad.

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                fought Dec 2, 2010 05:44 AM

                These are great suggestions. Thanks so much.

                I also remembered a tasty arctic char salad from Alloy. I think it's only on their lunch menu, but the yuzu dressing is phenomenal.

                Bistro 2210 has a pear salad that has been consistently delicious and just-right every time I've been. I have a friend who swears by Laurier Lounge's duck confit salad, but I've found every meal there to be tremendously disappointing.

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                Bistro 2210
                2210 4 St. SW, Calgary, AB T2S 1W9, CA

                Alloy
                220 42 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 1Y4, CA

                Laurier Lounge
                1111 7 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0A1, CA

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                  sharkphine Dec 2, 2010 03:14 PM

                  I really like the duck salad at Towa Sushi! The vinagraitte is sooooooo delish!

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                  Towa Sushi
                  2116 4 St SW, Calgary, AB T2S 1W7, CA

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