On the Fourth of July, some of us may or may not have stuffed ourselves — roasts, sides, pancakes, repeat. If you’re like “some of us” (okay, me) and are now looking to satiate a light summer craving, we’ve got a solution: summer salads. But, the valley simply doesn’t offer any ancient powers. Whether you’re in the mood for savory, sweet, spicy or special, the local Metro Phoenix restaurants’ salads are here to satisfy you. Check out 17 summer salads you don’t want to miss (say it five times fast). And be sure to check out our employees’ favorite picks.
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Black Fig and Beet Salad, Italian Daughter
You simply can’t beetroot Italian fig and beet salad. This blend of sweet figs, beets, and watercress, topped with creamy goat cheese and balsamic vinegar is a simple blend of sweet and savory ingredients to make the taste senses sing.
The Original Chopped Salad, The Gladley
You’ll be more than happy that you ordered this colorful assortment of bacon, which is aesthetically lined with rows of smoked salmon, couscous, arugula, pepitas, Asiago cheese, currants, dried sweet corn and marinated tomatoes, served with a buttermilk-herb dressing.
Asparagus salad, nicoise, zinke
You’ll be in the oo-la-la salad spicy when you indulge in Asparagus Niçoise in Zinqué. Mixed vegetables and covered asparagus
With tuna, boiled eggs, avocado, tomatoes and olives amazing for your mouth!
Caesar Salad, Humble Bistro
Farewell, Kaiser. Hello Humble Bistro Caesar Salad! This Roman chop with garlic breadcrumbs topped with Jalapeno Caesar dressing and topped with crunchy Brussels sprouts leaves a spicy twist on an all-time favorite.
Hacienda salad, somboros
This traditional salad combines romaine lettuce, corn, cucumber, and tomatoes, and is topped with crunchy tortilla strips and cheese. Feel like you want to mix it up with a little protein? Add carne asada or pollo asado (for a small extra fee) and you’ve got an encillade delicioso (a delicious salad)!
Playa Salad, Montauk
What happens when you confuse the goodness of citrus fruits with some other great summer food offering? Have a delicious Montauk Playa Salad with sliced oranges, avocado, red onions, pepitas, and queso fresco over a bed of greens, drizzled with cilantro vinegar to finish.
Mexican-style Caesar, CRUjiente Tacos
Move over traditional Caesar, CRUjiente Tacos offers a Mexican twist that you have to try! Above a bed of romaine hearts sit marinated pepitas, cotilla cheese, scapeci, toast, and toasted poblano sauce.
Quinoa salad, beetroot and arugula, sauce
No, Quin-bla is here! The dressing features a gorgeous, shiny quinoa ta da salad filled with golden beets, avocado, goat cheese, Fuji apples, and pistachios served with red wine vinegar.
Grilled Watermelon Salad, Sante
Grab your taste buds to taste great with Sante’s Grilled Melon Salad with Brussels Sprouts, Cucumber, Cherry Tomatoes, Pickled Fresno Chili, Goat Cheese, Marinated Pepita and Citrus Mojo!
Arugula, spinach (and lots of other delicious things), salad, evo
A little of this and a little of the delicious is what you’ll find when you order the EVO arugula, spinach, radicchio, cucumber, grape tomato, orange and manchego, served with a watermelon vinaigrette.
It’s an homage to every elementary kid’s favorite topic: the holiday! And you’ll find Recess Salad at Recreo in the form of grilled chicken, strawberry, apple, pecan, feta, spring mix and bacon with a strawberry vinaigrette.
Flora Salad, Sicilian Butcher
Flora Salad A parade of Italian-inspired ingredients that will make you swoon! Enjoy a blend of heirloom tomatoes, roman artichokes, roasted peppers, Sicilian olives, grated Parmesan, and toasted pine nuts, topped with a balsamic vinaigrette.
Arcadia salad, eat in the drive-through
You don’t have to be a resident of Arcadia—for which this delicious dish is named—to fully enjoy this flavor-packed salad. Complete with dates, black currants, pears and apples, topped with smoked almonds and served with blue cheese and red wine vinegar, this salad will tempt you to Arcadia often!
Firecracker Shrimp Salad, Fizz Tap Room
Don’t drink on shrimp for this salad! It’s filled with spicy fried shrimp, napa romaine, carrots, jicama, red peppers, mandarin oranges and fried wontons with a sesame vinaigrette and paprika sauce.
Chinese chicken salad, scrambled eggs
You’ll want to put your fork right away in this bowl of crunchy sesame chicken, spring mix, shredded carrots, radish, jicama, red pepper, pickled ginger, roasted almonds, tangerines, and sautéed oranges with sesame dressing.
Sliced Italian salad, flyby
This piece is topped with plenty of hearty Italian goodies, including romaine lettuce, pepperoni, tomato, cucumber, artichoke, sweet pepper, and mozzarella, and served with an oregano dressing.
Lentils and vegetables levantine bowl, pita jungle
When you’re in a Mediterranean mood, this quick stir-fry will fill your soul and stomach with lentils, spinach, Tuscan kale, arugula, and caramelized onions, on top of a fresh salad with mixed seasonal vegetables, tomatoes, Persian cucumbers, yellow and red bells, radishes, red onions, mint and sumac. . Finished off with fresh lemon juice, red wine, vinegar and extra virgin olive oil.
AZ Big Media Staff Winners سلطة
Now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for! Some of our employees pulled our heads together to share our favorite salads with you:
Lynette Carrington, our marketing and events specialist loves quinoa, beetroot, and watercress salad.
Chrissy Souders, we have multiple talents, Multimedia marketing specialist, ga-ga goes to Gladly’s Original Chopped Salad.
One of our account executives, Maria Hansen, favors the Firecracker Shrimp Salad at V’s Taproom.
I, well, can’t just pick one, but the Santé Grilled Watermelon Salad definitely calls my name.