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MeffaBabe May 15, 2013 10:08 AM

I love a great salad at lunch. In Boston that can end up costing you as much or more than a jam packed sandwich. I have been to Cosi and love their Signature Salad but for $7.00 it no longer excites me. I have been to Lambert's on Tremont St to the salad bar and if I am really hungry those salads have cost me over $10. I have found a place that has the absolute best salad for the price at Big Als Sub's on South St (and I think you can also get them at the State St store). An Insalata, packed with romaine lettuce, red onions and tomatoes with balsamic/evoo dressing AND a big chunk of their delicious bread is only $4.50. For another $1.00 you can add a giant scoop of their delicious chicken or tuna salads. To me $5.50 for a huge take out container of salad topped with a more than generous scoop of homemade delicious chicken salad and a huge portion of delicious bread is a bargain at that price.

Where do you enjoy inexpensive salads from in downtown Boston?

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    navigator4 May 16, 2013 08:33 AM

    Sebastians has nice salads. You pick the items and dressing and they mix it in a bowl. They have 40+ choices and their dressings are very good. It gets expensive if you add a protein (chicken, egg, salmon, grilled veggies), but is only $8ish without. (Though there chicken is very good). Tofu and beans are available as standards items if you do not want to pay more for the proteins.

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      shaebones May 16, 2013 08:05 AM

      Believe it or not I had an EXCELLENT salad w my gal pals at Pappa Razzi yesterday. Had arugala, greens, fennel, shaved parmesan, evoo, lemon. I asked for some grilled chicken on top and they added a heathy portion of perfectly grilled julliene cut chicken. A big salad which I inhaled. Served w bread siticks and foccacia. Three of us had the same thing and bill was only $40. Great.

      1. C. Hamster May 15, 2013 08:27 PM

        4.50 for romaine, tomatoes and onions?? IMO that's not a good value. Even if it is from "Al from Everett."

        Blue Glass in the JH Building has one of the very best salad bars I've ever seen. Maybe 40 different ingredients. It is pricey but a great healthy splurge.

        Their broth with add-ins is the bomb and really cheap.

        1. enhF94 May 15, 2013 07:43 PM

          Forgive my reposting, but I'm a big fan of the salads at Sandrine's - both for thoughtful composition and great choice of bowl (you can eat single-fork even down to the last bite, leaving your other hand free for book, wine or gesturing)

          1. BostonZest May 15, 2013 05:15 PM

            If you ever want a salad for dinner go to Rendezvous in Central Square. Steve Johnson is one of the few people who can tempt me with a salad that I did not make myself to my own standards.

            From his simple salad to more complex arranged combinations he has a deft hand with this menu category.

            Penny
            http://www.bostonzest.com/

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              Blumie May 15, 2013 08:03 PM

              Rendezvous's boston lettuce salad with sliced apples, Shelburne Farm cheddar, spiced pecans and cider vinaigrette is my favorite salad anywhere.

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                BostonZest May 16, 2013 02:56 AM

                Blumie, That is one of my favorites too, unless he has the one with pieces of lobster with citrus on offer.

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              donlan May 15, 2013 03:53 PM

              Whole Foods has a great salad bar, specifically the one at Charles River Plaza near MGH.

              Flour has great salad options, and they will also turn any of their fantastic sandwiches into salads (yes, a BLT sandwich does make a delicious salad!). They're far from inexpensive, but a tasty treat occasionally.

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                Prav May 15, 2013 05:07 PM

                Yikes, I think the Charles River WF is one of the absolute worst-quality prep-food/salad bars I've ever seen. I think the River St one is loads better (with the Dedham Legacy Place location, which is the biggest in the east coast, being the absolute best).

                The prep food looks so disgusting. Sadly, I end up eating there more than I should, considering its proximity to MGH.

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                  hotoynoodle May 16, 2013 08:35 AM

                  another thumbs down on that charles whole paycheck "salad" bar. the food always looks sad, even though the store is insanely busy, and it's frightfully expensive. a salad can easily edge up to $10.

                  i too love the salads at rendezvous, but he's not open for lunch.

                  area 4 has the most perfect arugula salad i've ever eaten in my life. i get it every time i go.

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                David_A May 15, 2013 12:10 PM

                I work near Longwood Ave. So I get a huge salad at Souper Salad for $8 (all you can stuff into the container) and it has fresh quality veggies on it. You also get bread and sides/fruit with it as well. There is also a great salad bar at the Dana Farber cafeteria but it gets expensive if you are hungry.

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                  addiez May 15, 2013 12:01 PM

                  I haven't been, but my boyfriend swears by Bailey and Sage.

                  I think Cafe de Boston has a great, not too expensive salad too!

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                    mkfisher May 15, 2013 10:50 AM

                    I used to love the taco salad at that the now closed Burrito Express. Figaro's will sometimes have a salad on their specials board that usually involves some type of greens, rice, some spice and a protein. Trattoria Andiamo, also on South St, does really nice salads. Lastly, the lobster salad from the Shuckin' Truck is really good. These all probably stretch your definition of cheap, but I have eaten all of them multiple times at lunch.

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