10 Best Salads in Metro Phoenix

Going green never tasted so good.
Going green never tasted so good.
Katie Johnson

As The Simpsons once sang, you don't make friends with salad. While that may or may not be true, there's no denying that ditching the burger and fries for something leaf-based would be one of the better choices you could make while dining out. Whether you love lettuce, hail kale, or blush for Brussels sprouts, metro Phoenix has its fair share of dishes that get Mother Nature's stamp of approval. And because going green doesn't mean leaving your taste buds behind, here are our 10 favorite salads in the Valley.

See also: 10 Best Doughnuts in Metro Phoenix

Kale Salad at Downtown Phoenix Public Market

Phoenix Public Market has already made a name for itself as one of the healthiest hotspots in downtown Phoenix. So it should come as no surprise that its kale salad is one of our go-to greens. The leafy menu option is made with kale, carrots, radishes, pomegranate seeds, shaved beets, goat cheese crumbles, pecans and a light but tangy citrus vinaigrette. To up protein intake, customers can add chicken and, if you're really in a pinch for time, snag this salad as a ready-to-go boxed lunch.

Forget the empanadas, we're all about this salad. Okay, fine. We're still about the empanadas too.
Forget the empanadas, we're all about this salad. Okay, fine. We're still about the empanadas too.
Katie Johnson

Hearts of Palm & Avocado Salad at República Empanada

The empanadas may govern the menu at this Mesa establishment but that doesn't stop the hearts of palm and avocado salad from getting our vote. This wholesome dish is as filling as it is fresh with crisp cucumber, tomato, avocado, chickpeas, hearts of palm, red onion, romaine lettuce, kale, hard boiled egg, and cilantro lime vinaigrette. Diners have the option of adding chicken or pernil, but frankly this salad is pretty satisfying as is.

We're not sure how long it takes to peel these brussels sprouts but our taste buds confirm that it's well worth it., whatever it is.
We're not sure how long it takes to peel these brussels sprouts but our taste buds confirm that it's well worth it., whatever it is.
Katie Johnson

Brussels Sprout Salad at Chelsea's Kitchen

We have to hand it to Chelsea's Kitchen's for breathing new life into our favorite cabbage bud. The Arcadia eatery uses the delicately peeled leaves of steamed Brussels sprouts to create a vibrant and flavorful base, then tops it all off with savory bacon, sweet cranberries, sliced almonds, and manchego cheese. To make this menu item even more of a meal, restaurant-goers can also get rotisserie chicken, salmon, or ribeye added on the side.



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