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

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3. Farmers salad at L'Olivier

Another refreshingly simple salad, this French salad at L'Olivier takes crunchy mixed greens and tops them with a ground black pepper and a basic vinaigrette that's enhanced with the golden yolk of a poached egg on top. A welcome salty rush of flavor is provided by thick, fatty knots of bacon throughout.

2. Sicilia salad at Trevisio

This elegant, highly civil Sicilia salad captivated me from the moment I saw it on the menu. Frisee topped with juicy oranges, delicate white anchovies, tangy Castelvetrano olives, bright fennel and heirloom tomatoes -- this was a salad with some thought behind it, existing as a showcase for all of these ingredients instead of a repository for kitchen scraps.

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1. Texas melon salad at Beaver's

The honeydew melon is at its greenest and sweetest right now, perfectly accented with fat white peaks of Brazos Valley raw feta. But although those two ingredients work wonderfully together, Beaver's didn't make a name for itself based on simplicity. The salad is also topped with roughly diced bacon, thin slices of fresh jalapeños, pumpkin seeds and pickled red onions that pack a tart little punch with each bite.

Finished off with a serrano-based vinaigrette that tastes bright and citrusy, the salad fires on multiple cylinders like a finely tuned machine: salty, sweet, spicy, meaty, tart, soft, crunchy, hot and cold all at once. You'll want to spend time over this salad, constructing every bite as such. This isn't a throwaway salad, a mere pit stop before the real show begins. This salad is a main event in and of itself.



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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 - CLOSED

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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