An afternoon of chopping, mixing and marinating may yield a tasty, rewarding and especially fresh salad at home, but when time is slipping away, this is not always an option. My favorite grocery stores and local restaurants have a delightful mix of ready-to-pick-up ingredients that add a new dimension to the concept of fast food and satisfy a salad craving without all the prep work. The salads I’m sharing today all have a few things in common. They are cold, light and have a distinctive flavor (not just a bowl of cut-up fruit). They are at the top of my list around town, and, for those of us who keep up a fast-paced routine, there’s no cooking required!
We all enjoy the prepared selections at our Fresh Market and Whole Foods. (I know this, because I never go to this aisle of either place without bumping into friends!) There are many salad choices at both locations, but here are a few of the best.
How can we talk about salad without mentioning The Elegant Farmer? It is built on the concept of farm-to-table fresh foods, with salad being an obvious great choice at this restaurant.
I promise, this Kale Salad is good! And soooo healthy, too.
Visit Pete & Sam’s soon for one of these famous salads. Two local favorites!
They have many great salads on the menu at the Booksellers Bistro. Good news: They are launching a new menu tomorrow! Bad news: One of my favorites, the Olympic Salmon Salad, is not on it. If you want to order a similar combo, order their Pear and Blue Cheese Salad with grilled salmon on top. This was our waiter’s suggestion, and it was a good one!
Bogie’s Deli is another dependable place for picking up a personal serving or a party-size portion of these two salads.
I have enjoyed thinking like a rabbit for the past few weeks to bring you this list of great salads that I did not make–locally prepared salads that, I believe, are especially distinctive and tasty. Let us know about your favorite salads around town in the comments below!
The places we went:
- The Fresh Market: http://www.thefreshmarket.com/
- Whole Foods: wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/poplar
- The Elegant Farmer: theelegantfarmerrestaurant.com
- The Cosmic Coconut: www.cosmiccoconut.com
- Pete & Sam’s: peteandsams.com/home
- Booksellers Bistro: www.thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com/bronte-bistro
- Bogie’s: www.bogiesdeli.com