Archive for September, 2011

A Salute to Fruit

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

I’m a big fan of fruit.  OK, not that big of a fan—unless it’s in, say, a pie.   But I know that this is likely a minority view; and that there are some folks who actually like fresh fruit in their salads—their GREEN salads!  I guess fruits are just not on my salad palate.

There are some exceptions, though.  Like ones with dried fruit, especially when paired with cheese and red onions.  This includes Lula’s organic spinach salad with dried cherries, walnuts, red onions and goat cheese.  Then there’s Marco Roma’s surprisingly tasty “pollo chop chop” salad:  lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, grilled chicken, bacon, gorgonzola, elbow pasta and raisins.  Yes, raisins.  But for those who would like a little more juiciness on their greens, there are some other choices.

Sopraffina’s “seasonal salad” just changed from a spinach/strawberry combo to a “fall harvest salad,” with granny smith apples and dried cranberries. Panera still serves its poppyseed and chicken salad (with a fruit quartet: strawberries, blueberries, pineapple and Mandarin oranges). At Nordstrom Café, in addition to their blue cheese/pear and grilled chicken/strawberry salads, they’ve been serving a Summer Plum Salad: spiced almonds, feta cheese and sliced fresh plums, tossed in a champagne vinaigrette. Pretty good for a fruity salad—and just what I needed to sustain me before a recent invasion of the shoe department.

Here’s a surprising City salad spot: Yolk. In addition to dozens of breakfast-oriented items, the menu lists 10 salads made with some type of greens.   When Rob was there last week, he ordered and thoroughly enjoyed the Goat Cheese and Spinach salad: grilled chicken breast, crumbled goat cheese, sliced strawberries, toasted almonds and sliced red onions. This sounds eggs-actly like a place I’d like to try soon.

Yours till Kant elopes,
NJL