The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Salads

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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.

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Photo by Robb Walsh
5. Jellyfish salad at Que Huong

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.


Location Info

Georgia's Market Downtown

420 Main St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Brasserie Max and Julie

4315 Montrose Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Vieng Thai

6929 Long Point Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Mission Burrito

2245 W. Alabama, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Local Foods

2424 Dunstan Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Que Huong

11201 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Haven

2502 Algerian Way, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

L'Olivier

240 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Trevisio Restaurant

6550 Bertner St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Beaver's

2310 Decatur St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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11 comments
BillieJean
BillieJean

Agree. And if you're into Som Tam, the great Thai papaya salad, try the one at Njoy Thai which just opened in Montrose....it's wonderful!

KeJo
KeJo

Chop Salad at Vic and Anthony's is awesome.

Erin
Erin

What about Rosie Carabba's House Salad?!

Dagny Faucett
Dagny Faucett

Good salads at Tossed, The Cheescake Factory

Houstess
Houstess

Concur on Brasserie 19's frisee salad.  Would add Bistro Provence Salade de Confit de Canard,  tender shredded duck on mixed greens with bacon and poached egg.  Delicious as a light meal itself.

PM
PM

Good list.  A few others that I would put on my own: - any Pappas owned restaurant greek salad, a classic in Houston - cucumber and tomato salad at Zabak's - B19 frisee salad w/ poached egg, dijon ving, and bacon lardon - chicken kabob salad at Cafe Lili - house salad at pondicheri - the slice at Reef

Bill
Bill

fried goat cheese salad at backstreet cafe?

Carrie
Carrie

Love the list! 100% agree with the #1 salad, my mouth is watering just thinking about it. I'll have to make a Trevisio trip sometime next week, it's just down the street from work.

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