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best salads, 2014 edition

Feel free to add the best salads you've found in Toronto or anywhere in Ontario this year (preferably starting Jan 1, 2014, so this thread starts with current experiences).

I enjoyed the beet salad at Five Doors North.
I also like the kale and corn salad at Pusateri's.

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  1. I ate these in 2014 but they've been on the menu at Woodlot for a couple months - the grilled hen 'o the woods mushroom and wild rice salad, as well as the warm kale salad.

    1. Rocco's Salad at Libretto - brussels sprouts, butternut squash, Pingue prosciutto, heirloom beets, pine nuts, ricotta salata & deep fried crispy but runny egg, all on greens. Yum.

      1. Sud Forno has added some delicious salads (non-lettuce/greens).

        1. Delicious seafood salad on the Holt's Cafe menu right now, including shrimp, calamari and lobster.

          1. Just to remind everyone the salad at hibiscus on Augusta is absurdly good, raw/vegan/gluten free if that's your bag (not mine, I iust appreciate a damn fine salad) and has like 10-12+ ingredients on any given day. Plus they changed the takeout container since I was last there in the summer and it holds up for more than 10 minutes now

            1. The Cavolo Nero salad from Gusto 101. It's kale, currants, pine nuts, and pecorino in a lemon vinaigrette!! I'm getting hungry just thinking about it :)

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              1. re: kwass

                Via Cibo, an offbeat Italian-style joint - a little bit cafeteria, a little bit chic sit-down resto - in a plaza at Leslie and York Mills, also does a respectable Cavolo salad. Both as a side ($5 and, for a side dish, quite substantial) or as a main ($9). Kale, lemon ricotta, olives, fennel, cipollini mushrooms in a gutsy balsamic citrus vinaigrette. You get lots of zip and distinct taste in Via Cibo's version.

                1. re: juno

                  I'm going there on Monday for the 1st time. I'll have to try it. Thanks juno!

              2. The kale salad at Feel Good Guru, across from Trinity Bellwoods park is really good..

                1. The Quinoa Salad from Libretto. OMG is this salad good!!

                  1. At Pukka (Indian)
                    Baby Kale Salad with dates, lotus chips and spiced cashew dressing.
                    Ordered it on ALL my 3 visits (only dish on every visit).

                    1. My latest: The raw artichoke salad at Bar Buca. The kale and arugula salad at Fonda Lola.

                      1. Kale salad @ the new Riverside Country General.
                        OMG sooo good. So good in fact, I ordered an extra one to go.

                        It was very simple, but oh so good. Nice mustard vinegarette, some cheddar and I think almonds.

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                        1. re: millygirl

                          Good to know! Big fan of Country General Queen W.
                          In general, how do the dishes compare?

                        2. Love the grilled romaine caesar salad at Strada 241.

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                          1. re: BIGeater100

                            I love Strada's Caesar too! I do think THR&Co's version is even more impressive.

                            1. re: happycamper

                              Hawthorne Food and Drink also does a fantastic grilled caesar salad.

                          2. Patachou, Summerhill.

                            Warm balsamic glazed chicken & papaya salad with creamy tarragon dressing. Unreal.

                            Closes forever on May 3 so go NOW!!


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                            1. re: magic

                              Love that you took a pic! that looks yummy magic!!

                            2. Pusateri's Southwestern Chopped Salad ($8.99, in the ready-to-go plastic container) including romaine lettuce, chickpeas, tortilla bits, cucumbers, grape tomatoes, red onions, monterey jack, corn, bacon, chipotle caesar dressing.

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                              1. re: prima

                                Prima, the chopped salad is the one thing I get from Pusateri's. Love that salad. Excellent dressing with just a little nip to it, and those crunchy things bring it to the next level. :)

                              2. I am gonna put the 500 with chicken at Joeys up for consideration. Amazing - barley, red quinoa, watermelon radish, almonds, currants, cherry tomatoes - num num. So good.

                                1. La Societe makes a fabulous wedge salad. Simple enough to do at home but it just tastes better there. Excellent blue cheese dressing and they toss in slivers of crispy pancetta.

                                  Mind you, we had it at the Montreal La Societe although I think it would be hard to screw up, even for the Toronto outpost.

                                    1. re: prima

                                      I LOVE that he put it on the menu titled as such. So much shame.

                                    2. Daisho: Snap pea salad with jowl bacon.
                                      My favourite dish from my dinner there. I'm craving it and considering going back just for that!

                                      1. At Suliko, Steeles and Alness
                                        Suliko salad- tomato, cucumber, red radish, onion, scallion, chive, lots fresh dill, coriander, parsley. Light dressing. $4.55, comes with a serving spoon, good for two to four.
                                        Cobb - A grain mustard, olive oil and lemon juice dressing. I substitute dried beef for the bacon. $7.95 Generous serving ? Of course! A good meal by itself.
                                        There are other salads, some theme and variation, but I stick with these two.
                                        See prior posts.

                                        1. Not a typical salad, but I really love the NorthEastern salad served at Yummy Yummy Dumpling : julienned carrots, cucumbers, and eggs served on big flat noodles. You toss all the ingredients with the bowl of spicy sesame oil/peanut sauce.

                                          1. Surprisingly good chopped salad with chicken, corn, asparagus, avocado, chickpeas, bell peppers, sunflower seeds, feta and romaine, with a cilantro jalapeƱo dressing at Pure Spirits in the Distillery District. While I wouldn't make a detour to eat at any restaurant in the Distillery District, I thought this was a great main course salad for a pre-theatre meal.

                                            1. Delicious fried cauliflower salad with green onion and puffed rice at Little Sister.

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                                              1. re: prima

                                                Wow! That sounds amazing prima! Do you know if they're open for lunch?

                                                1. re: kwass

                                                  LIttle Sister is not open for lunch. They open at 4 pm.

                                              2. Quinoa salad at Richmond Station. Beat quinoa salad I've had.

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                                                1. re: prima

                                                  Really! What made it so good? I have a hard time with the quinoa salad trend because to me it's something I do at home and have in the fridge for several days, ie/ not something I would order for $10+ in a restaurant.

                                                  1. re: julesrules

                                                    I guess the textures and the dressing? There seemed to be an interesting play of textures and flavours. I don't like the taste of quinoa on its own, so I like quinoa to be more of a vehicle for herbs, dressings or other ingredients. I was impressed that it was a salad I'd like to order again.

                                                    The menu mentions soybean hummus, radishes, sunflower seeds and red wine vinaegrette (From Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/gracech... and https://www.flickr.com/photos/2924261... )



                                                2. Raw Salad at The Carbon Bar. Lots of interesting fresh vegs, some fruits, and big strips of coconut. So good my mother-in-law ordered a second serving for dessert!

                                                  1. County General Riverside has some interesting salads on their menu. Which other places would you guys recommend for salads in East York?
                                                    Thanks in advance.