Houston isn’t exactly known for having a variety of healthy restaurant options. Sure, we have a few outstanding spots, like Ruggles Green, A Moveable Feast, Ziggy’s, Field of Greens, and a handful of others, BUT! There are some fantastic places that have little hidden treasures of healthy, delicious noms for those of us trying to eat well when we’re out. These are a few of my favorite inner loop salads.
El Rey‘s Grilled Chicken Salad
Grilled chicken; grilled zucchini, yellow squash, and red bell pepper; fresh tomatoes and avocado; pico de gallo with mango; all on a bed of fresh field greens. If you’re pesce (like me), you can sub grilled fish or shrimp for the chicken. This amazing salad is only $7.99. Seriously. That makes this salad the least expensive (with meat) on my list.
Chatter’s Salmon Nicoise
This is a great blend of a classic and modern Nicoise, except it is topped with seared salmon instead of canned tuna. Also included are a boiled egg, raw tomatoes, artichoke hearts, blanched green beans, boiled new potatoes, kalamata olives, and raw red bell pepper, all on a bed of crisp romaine. Their balsamic vinaigrette is almost drinkable. This gorgeous girl is $12.95. If you’re watching carbs, ask them not to bring out the soft…. warm… homemade pita that comes with it.
Ruggles Green Texas Goat Cheese Salad – baby greens, arugula, toasted almonds, sliced Granny Smith apples, and warm Texas goat and parmesan cheeses tossed with a homemade sun dried tomato vinaigrette dressing. I literally dream about this salad while I sleep, and I will let nothing stand between it and me. Do you see that? Warm goat cheese covered in toasted, thinly sliced almonds. The only reason I don’t have a photo is that I cannot abide this salad just taunting me while I photograph it. This fantasy of a salad is 10.95 as is. You can add grilled chicken for $3.95 or grilled shrimp/Atlantic salmon for $5.95.
Star Pizza‘s Greek Salad – romaine, artichoke hearts, feta, capers, Roma tomatoes, red onions, and kalamata olives, comes with another great vinaigrette. I know it’s risky to walk into a pizza joint when you’re trying to watch what you eat, but this salad is worth it. Let’s call it a test of wills, or do like I do, and order it delivered. You can get this baby for $6.50. Yes, I said SIX EFFIN FIFTY! Add rosemary and garlic chicken for $2.75, and you’re still under $10!
What are some of YOUR favorite salads around town?