The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Salads
6. Shrimp salad at Local Foods
Local Foods is more than just a sandwich shop: Its soups and salads are fine stuff, too, especially its shrimp-topped salad of arugula dressed in a bright lemon-thyme vinaigrette. Along with a plethora of shrimp, you'll also find tangy dried cranberries, salty sheaths of Pecorino-Romano and sweet Texas pecans given the slightest glaze of honey.
5. Jellyfish salad at Que Huong
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Spicy, crunchy and tangy, Vietnamese jellyfish salad is also called "Seafood Delight" or "Summer Delight" and both titles are equally appropriate. The salad is loaded up with seafood -- ranging from jellyfish (of course) to shrimp, mussels, squid or fish balls -- then tossed with cucumbers, onions and a few stray leaves of lettuce (so, you know, it's still a salad in that sense). The lime-fish sauce dressing is both tart and pungent, and delivers a hot wollop thanks to the crushed red chile flakes scattered throughout.
4. Torn greens salad at Haven
Sometimes simple is best. Case in point, the very simple torn greens salad at Haven, where a pile of crunchy greens is coated in a black pepper-Dijon mustard dressing, then topped with crumbles of Brazos cheddar and -- the crowning glory of this salad -- croutons made from fried green tomatoes.