Finding Sensational Salads

Wild Arugula Red Quinoa Salad at Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza (courtesy photo)

If you want to get a jumpstart on your beach body, we’ve got you covered with a list of places to indulge in sensational salads that are sure to satisfy.

If you’re looking for an array of salad options, look no further than Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza. Their Balsamic Grilled Chicken Salad, a fan favorite, is made with balsamic grilled chicken, mixed greens, gorgonzola cheese, walnuts and fresh basil—topped with, you guessed it, balsamic vinaigrette. If you’re interested in a meat-free option, their Wild Arugula and Red Quinoa Salad, made with golden beets, tomatoes, avocado, red onion, parsley, almonds, mint, scallions and a citrus chili vinaigrette is not only nourishing, but incredibly fulfilling, as well.

Venture over to either Fig Tree Cafe location (Pacific Beach or Liberty Station) to satiate your taste buds without sacrificing your health. Their Shrimp and Mango Salad is a must-try—a bed of mixed greens is generously topped with savory shrimp, fresh mango, red bell pepper, avocado, shaved coconut and graced with a citrus-cilantro dressing. This salad is the perfect marriage between sweet and savory.

Nestled in the heart of North Park, one of San Diego’s trendiest neighborhoods, The Original 40 Brewing Company not only offers 24 brew-taps, but they are also home to elevated bar food, with an array of unbelievable salads. Their Patou’s Summer Salad is carefully crafted with chopped romaine lettuce, sweet corn, avocado, grape tomatoes, heart of palm, cucumber and dry mint—finished with a fresh lemon vinaigrette. Pair it with their limited edition, So Berry Sour, for a true treat!

Located in Leucadia, Valentina is a cozy, casual neighborhood bistro and wine bar that offers an eclectic mix of seasonal plates inspired by the owners’ passion for travel–with their perfectly balanced Persimmon and Prosciutto Salad being an absolute must-have. Fresh persimmons and shaved prosciutto, topped with goat cheese and aged balsamic lay atop a bed of crisp arugula, making for an undeniable palate-pleasing experience.

Home of the revolutionary self-pour tap system, Barrel Republic not only boasts an impressive tap list at both of their hubs, (Oceanside and Carlsbad), but they are also home to a beloved Thai Peanut Salad, made with field greens, Napa cabbage, carrots, green onions, red pepper, red cabbage, chopped roasted peanuts and drizzled with a spicy Thai dressing. If you’re looking for something on the lighter side, their Ironman Salad is sure to hit the spot! A blend of spinach and kale is laced with raw almonds, ground flaxseed, quinoa, cranraisins, strawberries and showered with a turmeric-maple vinaigrette.