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Mar 5, 2013 08:13 AM

best main course salads in Calgary?

Open to any neighbourhood, any price point, and any type of cuisine.

Thanks for any suggestions.

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  1. I really like Cactus Club's Raincoast Greens. Haven't been in a while... I assume it's still on the menu.

    I also like Sunterra's and Community Natural Food's salad bars.

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    1. re: cellophane_star

      Planet Organic Hail-to-the-Kale. Addictive. Never thought I'd say that about a salad. The recipe is also online.

      1. re: cellophane_star

        The last time I had a main course salad in Calgary, it was at the Cactus Club. I think you might have been the Chowhound to recommend CC to me last summer. :-)
        Thanks for the ideas.

        1. re: prima

          haha.. awesome. I order a lot of salads but I'm drawing a blank at other ones I have enjoyed...

          OH! Just thought of one! There's a lime-peanut-green papaya-kale salad at Model Milk. Their menu changes regularly but I had it in January so it might still be there.

          Now that I think of it, I also remember having a good kale salad at Cibo a few months ago... Can't remember the details!

          The Coup's Komodo Dragon salad is great. I love their tempeh "croutons". I bought their cookbook and made it at home too!

          Also, stop by Sidewalk Citizen's bakery in Sunnyside. They usually have at least 3 salads available. They're sold by weight so you can make it a side or a main. Their kale salad with garlic vinaigrette and ham hock or turkey is AMAZING. They always have different varieties of salads and I have liked them all, like fennel & apple or roasted sweet potatoes with pumpkin seeds.

          I also like Planet Organic's Hail to the Kale salad (and have made it at home using the recipe in their cookbook). Their sprouted grain salad and edamame-wakame salad are decent too.

          1. re: cellophane_star

            I must have dropped out of the world for a while... when did kale become such a popular salad base?

            1. re: tex_in_yyc

              For me about 3 years ago when a friend who is notoriously frugal told me to get some Hail-to-the-kale at Planet Organic. As prepared salads go it is not cheap, so I figured she must be on to something. Ever since we make it regularly. Look up the nutrition, it's pretty big.
              Recently I noticed Superstore selling baby kale, with leaves about 3-4 cm long. Very delicate and pretty tasty in all sorts of salads.Go buy some so they keep selling it. (but ALWAYS leave the last package for me, OK!!!)

              The edemame-wakame cello mentioned is PDG as well.

              1. re: tex_in_yyc

                Planet Organic has been selling kale salads for a while. Other than that, I had never seen a kale salad on a restaurant menu until this year. It's very nutrient-dense and hearty in the winter.

              2. re: cellophane_star

                Good to know about Cibo, Model Milk and The Coup.

                I'm meeting up for dinner with a friend who mostly eats salad, and we'll be looking for a place with table service. Cibo sounds like the best bet for our dinner.
                Insalata menu at Cibo

                Model Milk's menu looks amazing to me, but my friend is a plainer eater, and I think the Model Milk menu would be a little outside her comfort zone. I hope to try Model Milk on another visit.

                The Coup dinner menu:

                Hail to the Kale salad recipe

          2. The Coup's Club Med salad is also fantastic!

            They used to have a mean sirloin caesar salad at Vintage for lunch but I don't think it's on the menu any longer... :(

            1. So, I ended up at Cibo last time I was in Calgary, after starting this thread.

              Any one have any new salad recs? Either main course or first course recs would be fine.

              1. I enjoyed the green salad at Catch Oyster Bar, on the ground floor of the Hyatt . Prawns or scallops can be added to any of the salads for $9. Sitting right at the bar is a great place to dine solo.

                1. Nice niçoise at Divino.