After just 6 short years of living in NM, I've finally had enough carne adovada burritos and green chile enchiladas that I don't feel like I desperately need to have them for lunch, like, every single day, and I might actually be able to have a healthy midday meal every now and then without weeping longingly for the chile that could have been.
So...salads. Where do you like to go in Santa Fe at lunchtime for nutritious, filling salads that actually taste good? Bonus points for reasonable pricing, but...hey, it's Santa Fe.
My list so far:
* Kaune's - I think their chopped salad bar is probably the best intersection of nutritiousness, filling deliciousness, and value. The Asian chop (mixed greens, roast chicken, edamame, oranges, almonds, Vietnamese-style dressing, and a few fried noodles) is my favorite, followed closely by the spinach chop (spinach, Swiss, jicama, apple, candied pecans, pomegranate dressing). All salads well under 10 bucks, portions remarkably large.
* Vinaigrette - so pricey that I want to hate it (many salads approach the $20 mark once you add a protein), but locally grown veggies and terrific dressings bring me back here fairly regularly.
* Plaza Cafe Southside - I feel like Plaza can do no wrong with anything coming out of the kitchen, and the salads are no exception. I lean on the chopped salad of greens, avocado, tomato, corn, green chile, apple, onion, pepper, tortilla strips, and a citrus vinaigrette, adding smoked turkey. Not cheap at $16 with the protein, but filling and delicious. NB I've had ostensibly the same salad at Plaza Cafe Downtown and it just isn't the same.
* Bumblebee - a recent discovery, it turns out they make totally respectable salads. I love the house salad of greens, avocado, jicama, tomato, cotija, chips, and vinaigrette, with their rotisserie chicken added. At just over $10, good value too.
Honorable mention to Loyal Hound for both their mixed green salad with beets, almonds, and bison short ribs, and their arugula and fennel salad with grilled chicken. Really, really delicious salads, but the portion size is a little too small to get me to dinnertime.
So how about you? Where do you go for a tasty, filling Santa Fe salad at lunch?