10 Favorite Salads for Summer in Metro Phoenix
Still working on that beach bod? Yeah, us too. But don't worry, you don't have to sacrifice flavor in order to have a light, healthy meal that won't weigh you down any more than the heat already is. Metro Phoenix restaurants know how to do plenty of things right, including how to create a salad that's anything but boring.
So, eat your heart out, hot dog and burger. Here are the 10 salads we'll be enjoying this summer in metro Phoenix.
Kale and Apple Salad at The Henry
This simple but flavorful salad combines sweet clementines, smokey bacon, Amish cheddar, crisp apple slices, and toasted almonds with a base of shredded, good-for-you kale. Unlike some unwieldy kale creations, everything in this salad is chopped down to bite-size pieces and the slightly bitter taste of the kale gets balanced by the sweetness of the citrus and apple.
Gem Lettuces at Ocotillo
Red and green gem lettuce come together with bitter radish, just so it can all be topped with buttery blue cheese, juicy tomatoes, and a creamy dill dressing in this lunch and dinner offering at Ocotillo in central Phoenix. This salad, however, is not for the weak of heart. It’s a surprisingly hearty portion and also comes loaded with avocado, egg, and crispy bacon.
Cortado Salad at Otro Cafe
If you’re looking for something lighter than a burrito when you hit up chef Doug Robson's Otro Cafe, we'd suggest the Cortado salad. Egg, cheddar, freeze-dried peas, and corn nuts top off a bed of kale and greens mixed with a creamy, house-made, herb-infused buttermilk ranch. It also pairs perfectly with one of Otro’s famous margaritas ... or two, we're not judging.
Chinese Chicken Salad at Zinburger
You wouldn't expect a burger bar to have a great Asian chicken salad, but we promise this one's worth a try. Julienne carrots, bell peppers, and chopped mandarin oranges are tucked into mixed greens and red cabbage, then topped with warm grilled chicken. Asian sesame ginger meets goddess dressing and is sprinkled with sesame seeds — and, maybe most important, a sprinkling of crisp wonton chips for a texture that’s just about perfect.
This salad is so good it has its own Facebook page — and to be fair, the attention is well deserved. Served chilled, this salad is a well-organized affair, with each ingredient arriving at your table in a neat little line. The list of add-ins includes Alaskan smoked salmon, Israeli pearl couscous, chopped arugula, pepitas, freeze-dried corn, and tomato. Sure, it's a simple recipe — everything just gets blended with a Pecorino Romano ranch dressing — but the balance of flavors and textures means we can never resist ordering it.
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