‘Tis the season of salads! We’ve compiled some of our favorites found at local restaurants. We hope this list whets your appetite like it does ours, as these picks definitely showcase those fresh vegetables to their best! We’re sure you’ll agree — these 10 crave-worthy salads (in no particular order) are worthy of a shoutout.

Some are oldies but goodies and some are fresh to the local dining scene. But, these 10 keep calling us back time and time again. And while each of us at StyleBlueprint has our own top 10, these salads are the ones that crossed over on almost everyone’s list, making them to today’s list.

Kale Caesar Salad at Pinewood Social

Kale may have already enjoyed its five minutes of fame, but Pinewood Social is giving it the continued attention it deserves with this salad. Tossed in light Caesar dressing and topped with Parmesan and sourdough croutons, this is the perfect midday treat. If you are eyeing this salad for dinner, order the larger version and add chicken or shrimp to fill you up.

Image: Sheri Oneal Photography

Kale has never tested as good as it does in this salad at Pinewood Social! Image: Sheri Oneal Photography

Epice Salad at Epice

Epice is responsible for our new-found love of Lebanese cuisine, and we find any excuse we can to snag a seat on their 12South patio. Traditional eats, such as hummus, tabouleh and mujadara, have their place on the menu, but on summer days, we almost exclusively order the Epice salad, a combination of greens, goat cheese, toasted almonds and fig vinaigrette. Chicken, fish, tenderloin and lamb are all available as additions to the salad, but we’d be regretful if we didn’t steer you toward the lamb.

This is one of best salads in Nashville

The Epice Salad rivals any dish on the menu and is a hands down pick for one of the best salads in Nashville!

Shaved Root Vegetable Salad at Butcher & Bee

Butcher & Bee selects fresh root vegetables, tosses them with sorghum-chili vin, picked grapes and a black olive crumble. Although this is not an entree-size salad (or even really a salad), it still warrants ordering. Plus, that is the beauty of Butcher & Bee — with the dishes served in shareable sizes, you can try a bit of everything on the menu! If it is veggies you are after, also consider the Tiger Style Brussels and the Drop the Beets.

Get your fill of veggies at Butcher and Bee as this is one of the best salads in Nashville

Butcher & Bee’s Shaved Root Vegetable Salad is fresh and clean — just as a salad should be.

Black Bean Salad at Calypso Cafe

Calypso Cafe has no shortage of delicious salads, but we always find ourselves coming back to the black bean salad. With tortilla chips, black beans, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, sour cream, red onions and meat (or rice for those looking for a vegetarian option) and topped with barbecue sauce, it can’t be beat. Calypso has three locations (Charlotte Pike, 100 Oaks and East Nashville), providing all the more chances to dig into this salad. After 25 years, this salad has quite a reputation for addiction!

This is one of the best salads in Nashville

Skip the tacos and head to Calypso for the black bean salad. This salad has been drawing customers in for over 20 years as one of the classic, best salads in Nashville. Image: Calypso Cafe

Kale Salad at Burger Up

Each season, we crush on Burger Up’s seasonal salad, which highlights in-season produce. That said, we know we can always order the kale salad and leave feeling more than satisfied. So if the seasonal salad doesn’t tickle your fancy, opt for the bowl of chopped curly green kale, roasted hazelnuts, dried tart cherries and pecorino Romano tossed in citrus vinaigrette. If you want a heartier meal, top your salad with a burger or seafood.

Burger Up's Kale Salad is one of the best salads in Nashville

Order the kale salad as is or loaded up with a juicy burger! Image: Burger Up

Romaine Wedge at bartaco

bartaco’s two salad options are equally delicious, making it hard to select just one. But at the end of the day, we had to go with the wedge salad because it steps outside the norm. It is a simple salad of radishes, chipotle-lime dressing and pepitas atop a stack of whole romaine leaves — which is a far cry from the ranch-drenched, bacon-topped wedge salad some places serve. As most dishes at this taco joint are, the salad is on the smaller side, so we always like to pair ours with the chicken soup, an oyster taco or a pork tamale.

This isn't your average wedge salad and is one of the best salads in Nashville

bartaco’s romaine wedge will have you rethinking the wedge salad. Image: bartaco

Spring Lettuces Salad at Le Sel

Guilty of loading our salads with as many toppings as we can get our hands on, we were pleasantly surprised to find Le Sel’s salads so simple and so delicious. The spring lettuces salad replaced the classic Bibb but like its predecessor, it features fresh herbs and a light, bright dressing — which are all this salad needs to be a knockout lunch option. Now that we have your mouth watering, stop into Le Sel for lunch and pair this with the onion soup for the perfect combination.

You won't even miss the toppings on this fresh salad. It's definitely one of the best salads in Nashville

Pair a salad with Le Sel‘s onion soup for a standout lunchtime meal!

Insalata Grande at Porta Via Ristorante e Bar

When everyone wants pasta or pizza but you are craving a dose of veggies, make your way to Porta Via, and the whole group will be happy. Mixed greens, roasted mushrooms, artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, grape tomatoes, pine nuts, shaved aged Parmigiano and balsamic vinaigrette are all mixed together, which makes for a hearty and filling salad with classic Italian flavors.

A fresh, Italian salad that's actually pretty huge. It's made our list as one of the best salads in Nashville.

You won’t regret bypassing the pizza for this delicious Porta Via salad.

Charcuterie Salad at Etch

If you adore a charcuterie platter, but want to avoid having to share it with the whole table, try it as a salad. This one at Etch redefines the way you think of a salad, as lettuce is just the side show. The stars are the Tennessee prosciutto, house-cured sausages, yellow beet mustard puree, greens, spiced vinaigrette, smoked lima beans, pickled onion, apple confit and fried mushrooms. This salad is only available on the dinner menu. So if you go for lunch, try the Thai salad, Latin chicken ensalada or Etch salad. And you’d be crazy not to order a roasted cauliflower for the table.

charcuterie in a salad from Etch is one of the best salads in Nashville

Lettuce takes a side seat in this charcuterie salad from Etch.

Greek Salad with Fish of the Day at Kalamata’s

If we scan the parking lot outside of Kalamata’s and see an empty spot, we always take it as a sign that we were meant to have a Greek salad that day. Add chicken and it really hits home, but the fish of the day elevates it to a moment of bliss. The beauty of Kalamata’s is that you can grab a meal to go and barely have to pause for a lunch break.

A Greek salad never dissapoints

Kalamata’s offers fresh, delicious salads that are perfect if you are on the go

We must have missed some of your favorites. Honestly, we have about 10 more we could add to this list ourselves. But don’t worry, we will update the list frequently. Till then, here’s to healthy munching!


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