Salads often play second fiddle to heartier dishes, but sometimes they make for a fantastic meal. While Boston has its share of mediocre salads, there are some standouts too; the keys are creative combinations and fresh ingredients. Here are some great salad recommendations from Boston hounds, just in time for warm springtime weather.

Za: Two locations, in Cambridge and Arlington. The beet salad “never fails,” ginafly says; it also contains apples, red onion, parsley, hazelnuts, and goat cheese. Another good bet is a take on tortilla salad, made with black beans and avocado.

Rendezvous: BostonZest loves the Boston lettuce, cheddar, apple, and pecan salad at this Central Square restaurant. The seasonal salads are also excellent.

YoMa: This Burmese spot in Allston offers a “nice selection of interesting and refreshing salads,” nasilemak says. Try the tea salad, made with Burmese fermented tea leaves.

East by Northeast: opinionatedchef thinks the biggest strength at this Cambridge restaurant is the selection of innovative Asian salads.  “Kale with smoked tofu, edamame, smoked trout, [and] lemon sesame cream, anyone?”

New Golden Gate: Jellyfish salad is a highlight at this Chinatown restaurant—it’s tossed with flowering chives, crispy tiny fish, and garlic chips.

Mr. Bartley’s: Most people come here for the burgers, but TheScribe insists that the Greek salad is worth a try. “The dressing is incredible and lots of great ingredients in the salad.”

Strip-T’s: This Watertown restaurant serves two impressive salads. The “Wicked Small Caesar” is anything but small, and teezeetoo says the grilled romaine salad with oxtail is “fabulous.”

Boston hounds had plenty of other great salad suggestions, so be sure to read the full thread (linked below) to find out more!

Za [Arlington]
138 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington

Za [Kendall Square]
350 Third Street, Cambridge

Rendezvous [Central Square]
502 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

YoMa [Allston]
5 N. Beacon Street, Allston

East by Northeast [Inman Square]
1128 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

New Golden Gate [Chinatown]
66 Beach Street, Boston

Mr. Bartley’s [Harvard Square]
1246 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Strip-T’s [Watertown]
93 School Street, Watertown

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