Top 10 Best Salads in Austin
1. Snappy Salads “Grilled Avocado”- the half size is big enough for even
the biggest salad appetite like myself. Snappy dresses this salad in their Chipotle Lime Vinaigrette which is made daily in house by hand squeezing about 50 limes and chopping fresh cilantro.
2. Fresa’s - my hubby knows the way to my heart is a surprise Fresa’s drive thru order of the Kale Caesar Salad. I’m convinced Fresa’s massages the kale first in oil to make the leaves tender. The prepped kale is then topped with cojita cheese, house made croutons, pickled onions, a hard boiled egg and you can add their classic Caesar dressing for even mor flavor. You can really send your taste buds on a trip by adding a skewe of Agave Lime Chicken! The South 1st location serves this same delicious salad if you’re up for a lunch or dinner out, but how stinking cool is it that you can get a salad this is craftily made via a drive thru?!
3. Bartletts’s - there is a reason this Austin eatery has served the test of time and is always busy. The service is incredible, the menu offers variety and the food that comes out of the kitchen (and wood grill) is CRAZY good! My ideal weekend night is to dine in a Bartlett’s bar area booth with my family. The three of us can fit perfect in the cozy setting. We always start by ordering the grilled artichokes which have this mouth watering wood grill flavor. And then, even though there are always at least five other menu items calling my name, I order my go to Grilled Chicken Salad. Field greens are topped with cilantro, tortilla strips and grilled chicken. I request my peanut sauce and honey lime vinaigrette on the side only because I do not like a ton of dressing, but the flavor is a well balanced blend of sesame oil and peanut.
4. Kerby Lane Cafe - Nabil’s Mid-East Feast Salad (Grilled chicken* or portobello, avocado, tomato, garbanzo beans, kalamata olives, tabbouleh, red onion, hard-boiled egg & feta cheese) with grilled portobello mushrooms and sesame vinaigrette salad dressing is my “go to” order at this diner. Yes, Kerby Lane Cafe is known for all day breakfast, featured pancake flavors and queso, but in my head I hear Kerby Lane and think SALAD! This photo features the Red Quonoa Salad which is also amazing, but Nabil’s still owns my heart!
5. Vinaigrette - my choice (although I think I could happily eat any salad on their menu) Asian Chopped Salad with Griddles Tofu. This salad is described as having noodles in the dish, but do not let that lead you astray. The salad is mostly cabbage with a little bit of noodles mixed throughout. What I love most about salads is the CRUNCH and this bowl has it all!!
6. Texas Honey Ham- when we first moved to the Austin area, friends recommended trying the tacos and salads at Texas Honey Ham. After just the first time trying ‘the BIG salad,’ I was hooked! No joke, I often crave this salad as my comfort food. The bowl consists of mixed greens, tomato, red onions, cheese, carrots, a boiled egg and homemade croutons. You have your choice of their house made dressings which include Ranch, Honey Mustard or Balsamic Vinagrette. Where things really get interesting is when you add grilled turkey. Trust me, this isn’t your typical dry or processed turkey. This is fresh house roasted turkey that is grilled to order (perhaps in oil or butter, but I’ll pretend I didn’t see that happen while I was creeping on salad production). None the less, this salad has the crunch, flavor and ingredients to satisfy the heartiest of appetites.
7. Flower Child - technically this photo is of Flower Child’s ‘Mother Earth’ Bowl, but I still place it in my head towards the salad category. I have also tried several of their traditional salad menu items that are just as yummy as this bowl of goodness. This bowl comes with roasted sweet potatoes, portobello mushroom, avocado, arugula, ancient grains, hemp seed and a red pepper miso vinaigrette. I added the tofu protein option because I was hangry! The bowl alone would’ve definitely been satisfying, but Flower Child’s tofu execution is spot on! Flower Child now has two locations in Austin (Domain Northside and downtown).
8. Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen - I’ve been to Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen in Austin a few times since they opened and each time I have tried a different entree salad. My two favorites are the California Salad (shredded Kale & Roasted Garlic Dressingroasted sweet potato, pistachio, dried cranberries & wasabi peas) and the Brussels Sprout Salad (Basil Vinaigrette marcona almonds, a bit of kale & parmigiano reggiano). This is truly a toss up, but I guess when it really comes down to it I would choose the Kale Salad. The spicy crunch of the waaabi peas is such a unique pop of flavor and texture!
9. Cafe No Se - I adore lunch dates at Cafe No Se! The decor is beautiful, inviting and the menu offers several healthy bites. My favorite dish is the ‘shredded kale salad.’ The kale is mixed with cauliflower (raw and crunchy), crispy rice, currants, cucumber and dresses with sherry vinegar. The texture is so fresh and crunchy with all the different textures and the currants counterbalance the tang of the vinegar.
thus salad can be found in the hotel restaurant of The Westin Austin Downtown.
Even though fried, the avocado is not greasy and all the other components are so fresh and crispy! The candied jalapeños are pickled just so they are spicy and sweet. The real star of the show though is the house made Chalula Ranch dressing. I’m not sure what magic happens in the kitchen, but the balance of sweet AND heat is addicting.