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Big Salad

emerilcantcook | Apr 23, 2008 11:07 AM

While I am eating my ho hum salad from Chop Crazy (meh lettuce, fake bacon, skimpy ingredients) on my desk, I remembered that Seinfeld episode where Elaine waxed poetic about the big salad. I am not talking about a side dish, but something that you could make a meal out of without feeling like you are a tiny bird or an anorexic model. A good Nicoise, romaine with grilled chicken (not the ones with fake grillmarks) something utterly green and spring like, but with a little bit of protein to keep your hunger at bay.

One of my favorite salads was from the chain restaurant Noodles (gasp). It had baby spinach, red onions, pieces of shawarma type meat, feta, olives, grilled pita pieces and a light oregano dressing. It was my go-to dish for fast food eating. Unfortunately they took it out of their menu when they wanted to streamline their offerings to just "noodles".

I have recently had a salad from Chilenita which was surprisingly simple and good: fresh lettuce, green beans, tomatoes, an olive oil lemon dresssing and some mashed avocado on top. The avocado was perfectly ripe, romaine was crisp, and tomatoes were as good as you can get in April. It definitely needed something to add protein or carbs for lasting power, so I chose the ceviche (very good) as a side. But it tasted just like a salad should taste like.

But St Viateur/St Laurent intersection is way to far to where I work. I walk for chow, but perhaps not everyday. I heard Fuschia makes really good lunch salads that are not just some greens and dressing. It is on my to go list for the times when I am in Plateau, but what about downtown? Can I do better than Chop Crazy around Peel/Guy Concordia or Atwater? Any recent chow favorites?

No potato/pasta salads SVP. While they are good and comforting, I don't classify them as salads. I am looking for some greenery. Mooo!

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