Hello everyone... I love rich food but, well, there are times when you got to order something healthier (even if it's marginally healthier). I realize this post isn't going to get as much traction as exilekiss's burgerextravaganza review and I don't foresee the Travel Channel doing 30 minutes on "Extreme Salads" or Adam Richman taking on some type of "10 pound o' greens challenge." I also don't see the Food Network doing the "best thing I ever ate" salad edition (well, I suppose I could see that... they're getting desperate for topics...).
My wife loves salads and I'm learning to love them more and more. My current favorite salad in LA is the calamari salad at Asia de Cuba. This salad has crispy calamari (the marginally healthier part of this salad), chayote, hearts of palm, banana, cashews, chicory, radicchio and a sesame orange dressing.
I'd like to hear where you go and what you order when you want a great salad. While, ideally, I'd love it if it you could suggest an entree sized salad, but smaller creative dinner salads also count. I'd like to find salads other than the traditional wedges with blue cheese or Caesar salads (but hey, if that's your favorite, let me know).
Also, if you know of a great salad bar, I've love to hear it. I'd prefer restaurant suggestions rather than supermarket suggestions. Oh, and, yes I've heard of Sizzler and Souplantation, so no need to mention those.