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best salads in Toronto- 2012

prima Apr 7, 2012 09:02 AM

Which salads are your current favourites?

  1. Crispier Crouton Apr 7, 2012 09:34 AM

    Whatever the current version of Splendido's mushroom salad is, is always fantastic.

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      Jakis Apr 7, 2012 10:00 AM

      I had one of the best salads I have ever had yesterday at hopgood foodliner. It was carrot, honey, walnut, salty cheese.

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        burlgurl Apr 7, 2012 08:23 PM

        Really enjoyed the shrimp salad at Utopia on College this week.....

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        1. re: burlgurl
          justsayn Apr 7, 2012 09:15 PM

          Utopia = most consistent restaurant in Toronto over a decade...along with The Senator.

        2. prima Apr 11, 2012 07:52 AM

          Thanks for the recs! ;-)

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            pâté chinois Apr 11, 2012 10:43 AM

            Mozza Bar's brussel sprouts salad: shredded sprouts, piave shavings, crispy speck, green apple, and "roasted honey" vinaigrette. Amazing!

            1. Ediblethoughts Apr 11, 2012 05:04 PM

              Hallum salad at Tabule is always very nice---lovely lemony flavour with some other citrus on arugula with that lovely cheese.

              I've posted on another thread: Urban Herbivore's salads (in Urban Eatery in the Eatons Centre) is very good most of the time. The toppings are nicely seasoned (a little cumin in that lentil...) and the dressings are fresh and fruity (like mango cilantro).

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                millygirl Apr 12, 2012 03:08 AM

                Green bean and watercress from Hammersmiths - YUM
                Summerhill's Cobb Salad
                Pusateri's Chopped Salad - the only thing worth eating there
                Mocha Mocha's

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                torontofoodiegirl Apr 13, 2012 07:06 AM

                Rocco's Salad at Libretto Danforth is SO good: brussels sprouts, butternut squash, Pingue prosciutto, heirloom beets, pine nuts, ricotta salata & crispy egg. Mmmm....

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                  Benniep Apr 13, 2012 12:51 PM

                  Love the salad options at Come and Get It; the "pop up" restaurant in the old ackee tree space.
                  My current fav is the Granny Smith Chicken Ceaser.

                  1. prima May 10, 2012 02:13 PM

                    Enjoyed the Nizzarda salad, as well as the Barese sausage & bean salad (a daily special), at La Bettola di Terroni. http://labettola.ca/Menu

                    Happy National Salad Month!

                    1. Shorttyred May 10, 2012 05:17 PM

                      Its rare that I have time, but if i'm at yonge and bloor I love the Nicoise at Salad House in Cumberland. The large is two meals for seven dollars!

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                        amsuka Oct 23, 2012 07:24 PM

                        LOVE Salad House in the Cumberland Terrace! Fresh as can be, generous servings, addicted to the Cobb salad *sigh*

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                        jovialetr May 10, 2012 06:47 PM

                        The spring vegetable salad on the menu now at Scaramouche was very good and surprisingly memorable for a salad (although I probably shouldn't have been surprised, given that I have found everything at Scaramouche to generally be excellent). The salad has green and white asparagus, baby beets, artichokes, radishes, arugula, frisee and panko crusted pecorino fresco cheese.

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                          prima May 13, 2012 06:28 PM

                          That sounds amazing. I'm hoping to visit Scaramouche soon, to try it out.

                        2. justsayn May 10, 2012 08:32 PM

                          #1 "salad" in Toronto for me is the Singapore Slaw at Lee. Great value IMO too.
                          The Funghi Assoluti at Terroni is always super delicious too.

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                          1. re: justsayn
                            prima May 13, 2012 06:29 PM

                            Agree, the Singapore Slaw is a delicious salad.

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                            burlgurl May 11, 2012 09:29 AM

                            the root salad at URSA the best salad I've had in a long time

                            1. prima May 13, 2012 06:27 PM

                              I really liked the take-out corn and black bean salad from Cumbrae's, although cumin haters probably won't like it.

                              I like the Keg's Iceberg Wedge with blue cheese dressing, with the sirloin.

                              1. jlunar May 14, 2012 10:26 AM

                                Jicama and papaya salad at Banh Mi Boys. Fresh, cheap, tasty.

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                                  prima May 15, 2012 09:29 AM

                                  I've added it to my list ;-)

                                2. prima May 15, 2012 09:29 AM

                                  good iceberg wedge at Rodney's by Bay.

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                                  1. re: prima
                                    millygirl May 16, 2012 03:23 AM

                                    Did I mention Hammersmith's bean and watercress? Simple but wonderful flavours!
                                    Spring salad at Caffe Doria - arugula, avacado, cucumber and reggiano and perfectly matched vinegeratte. Addictive!
                                    7 Numbers arugula salad with goat cheese and roasted peppers

                                    1. re: millygirl
                                      millygirl May 16, 2012 06:16 PM

                                      Oh how could I forget....just had a wonderful salad at LeSelect. Frisee, warm lardons, very nice vinegarette, topped off with one perfectly poached egg. Really, really good.

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                                        KAYLO May 18, 2012 06:06 AM

                                        If I've got $$24 in my pocket, the Lobster/Fried Tomato/Tarragon dressing/ salad at C5, The ROM, lunch only, and if I don't, directly across BLoor street the "A04. Chicken OR Shrimp Salad with Rice Chips"at the third floor Pho restaurant. Ask for it hot/spicy for a garnish of bird'seye red peppers, yum! The large($14)serves two no problem, and is a huge shredded green salad with fresh coriander, mint, etc, the protein arrayed on top, with a tangy fish sauce dressing, the thin, clear one, not too sweet, not too salty....and the dressing comes on the side if you'renot a Vietnamese restaurant regular. Available as a small, too.

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                                          prima May 18, 2012 08:37 AM

                                          sounds great. Thanks kaylo & millygirl!

                                  2. prima May 23, 2012 08:51 AM

                                    For a healthy salad that tastes good, I like the Mediterranean Crunch salad with kale, chickpeas and dill at Whole Foods.

                                    1. prima Jul 16, 2012 01:47 PM

                                      Enjoyed the fattoush with chicken on Tabule's patio last night.

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                                      1. re: prima
                                        millygirl Jul 16, 2012 02:03 PM

                                        I keep dreaming about a simple arugla, fig and proscutto salad I recently enjoyed at Coppaciano (sp?) at Yonge and St. Clair.

                                        It was one of those moments where I asked myself how come it doesn't taste like this when I make it? Is it just me or do you find that also? I don't know what it is but quite often this happens to me. They just aren't the same.

                                        Anyways this was simple enough - like I said, fig, arugula, proscutto but it was delicious!

                                      2. kwass Jul 16, 2012 03:00 PM

                                        The Insalata di Salmone @ Gusto 101. I could eat it every day! It has crispy skinned salmon, baby spinach, Quinoa, roasted tomatoes, avocado salsa verde in a lemon vinaigrette. What makes this salad so great is the addition of Quinoa. I've never had it in on a salad, and it adds a crunchy component that is so different from anything I've ever tried. Absolutely delish!!

                                        1. prima Sep 16, 2012 01:46 PM

                                          Anyone have any good salads lately?

                                          I liked the Pantheon salad at Pantheon (Romaine, dill, green onions, tomatoes, olive oil + vinegar)

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                                          1. re: prima
                                            justsayn Sep 16, 2012 08:44 PM

                                            Chicken greek salad at The Senator. OK not the best in the city but if you are in the 'hood, this is a standout for the warm moist chunks of chicken and many cubes of good feta. All other ingredients are fresh and well prepped into a large portion. Good dressing. Grab an order of Challah to kick it up a notch if you are really hungry!

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                                              juno Sep 17, 2012 06:52 AM

                                              Like the chicken Greek salad at The Senator mentioned above, the Cobb salad at Steeles Deli, near Steeles and Yonge, may not be the best Cobb in town, but if you're in the neighbourhood, it's eminently satisfying as a main dish. And at $10.75, much better value than some other Cobbs around town - I'm thinking specifically of the Cobb at the upscale Miller Tavern (near Yonge and York Mills), which is also nicely done but, at $20.50, is way, way overpriced for what's listed as a starter salad. The Steeles Deli version is tasty, substantial and attractively presented, with all the classic ingredients - chicken, bacon, blue cheese, veggies et al - in perfect proportion to each other.

                                              1. re: juno
                                                prima Oct 20, 2012 02:22 PM

                                                thanks juno & justsayn.
                                                Still haven't made it to The Steeles Deli for the Cobb or for breakfast, but I will make it there eventually.

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                                                  prima Nov 17, 2012 03:40 PM

                                                  Cobb Salad at Rare in the Eaton Court's Urban Eatery was pricey at $8.99 before tax, bringing it to just over $10 with tax, but a better food value than anything else I've ordered at the Urban Eatery. Pretty good for a food court salad, generous serving.

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                                                Hondapendragon Oct 22, 2012 06:28 PM

                                                I really enjoyed the St. Lawrence Salad at Cafe Belong, recently. They had me at "brown butter vinagrette"...

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                                                  1sweetpea Oct 23, 2012 11:05 AM

                                                  Shoom Shoom makes a nice Fig & Walnut Salad (Mixed Greens, Grilled Figs, Goat Cheese & Walnuts, served with a Basil Balsamic Vinaigrette).

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