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The Finest Salads in Chicago

Good day and welcome to our second information within the Bold Kitchen Chicago Collection! In case you missed it, Abra and I are exploring the town to search out the perfect eats and treats. We kicked off the collection with the perfect sandwiches in Chicago right here. You’ll discover our guides right here on the weblog and full movies of all over the place we discover on the @ambitiouskitchen Instagram web page — remember to comply with alongside right here!

Have any suggestions or forms of meals we must always discover? Depart a remark on the finish of this submit or on our Chicago Collection Instagram posts.

Our subsequent information options absolutely the finest salads in Chicago which are distinctive, flavorful, and undoubtedly cross the AK take a look at. These stunning salads are from a few of our favourite eating places within the metropolis, so remember to cease by them to order the salad with extra scrumptious sides and mains!

  1. The Wrightwood Salad from Crosby’s Kitchen: 3455 N Southport Ave.
  2. Straight “A” Salad from Beatrix: 519 N Clark St. & 834 W Fulton Market
  3. Costa Mesa Salad from Summer time Home Santa Monica: 1954 N Halsted St.
  4. California Salad from Doc B’s: 55 E Grand Ave & 100 E Walton St.
  5. Brussels & Kale Salad from Blue Door Farm Stand: 2010 N Halsted St. & 52 W Elm St.
  6. Vintage Taco Salad from Vintage Taco: 1360 N Milwaukee Ave. & 1000 W thirty fifth St.

Tell us within the feedback for those who’ve had any of those superb salads, and remember to share extra of your favourite Chicago salads with us, too.

Chicago salad on a plate

Crosby’s Kitchen

Each Abra and I’ve lived close to Crosby’s Kitchen on Southport since we’ve been in Chicago, and it’s such an amazing go-to for a straightforward lunch or dinner. Their menu has a Midwestern really feel with plenty of scrumptious consolation meals like their well-known skillet cornbread, rotisserie rooster, burgers & sandwiches. The salads although, are actually the place it’s at. The Wrightwood is our go-to, however we just lately tried the roasted peanut kale salad with grapes and a tahini-peanut dressing and it was superb.

  • The Wrightwood: this salad is a should for those who’re trying to get some veggies in but additionally go away full and happy. It has Crosby’s traditional rotisserie rooster, tomatoes, craisins, avocado, goat cheese, corn, almonds, cornbread croutons(!), roasted crimson peppers, inexperienced onion, and a citrus French dressing over a mattress of combined greens. As you’ll be able to see they snuck in a few of their classics proper into the salad!

Chicago salad with arugula and pears on a plate


In case you’ve spent a lot time in River North there’s an excellent likelihood you’ve been to (or heard of) Beatrix. It’s a light-weight and ethereal restaurant that doubles as a espresso store and bakery, and it has been mine and Abra’s go-to for brunch and lunch for years. The menu has an enormous mixture of contemporary and comfortable choices — every part from contemporary squeezed juices and salads to burgers, superb miso glazed salmon, poke bowls, cookies, and a sneaky good meatball appetizer. Moreover our fav salad listed beneath, we additionally love their shredded brussels sprouts salad! And for brunch we love the pepper & egg white sandwich and the omelet. You actually can’t go improper. They’ve since opened up in Fulton Market and Oak Brook as effectively, so remember to cease in for those who’re within the space!

  • Straight “A” Salad: our go-to salad is tremendous mild and contemporary with arugula, avocado, Asian pear, asiago, and almonds. Are you able to guess why it’s referred to as straight “A?” Even with seemingly easy substances the combo is absolutely scrumptious and so they gown the salad completely. Take pleasure in as-is or attempt it with salmon, and don’t overlook to get a cookie in your manner out (trace: Chicago collection foreshadowing).

salad from Chicago with chicken and avocado on a plate

Summer time Home Santa Monica

Teleport to California, or possibly the Hamptons, if you get to Summer time Home. It’s positioned on the strip of Halsted eating places like iconic Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba in Lincoln Park, and so they even have a location in Bethesda, Maryland. Summer time Home has, after all, a classy summer season vibe with tons of inexperienced vegetation adorning the area and infinite choices for rosé. It’s a enjoyable place for a woman’s lunch, brunch or dinner and so they have plenty of contemporary eats like ahi tuna, grilled shishito peppers, avocado toast, and a large cobb salad, plus extra comforting objects like penne alla vodka, pizzas, burgers, and superb baked items.

  • Costa Mesa Salad: we love tons of issues on the Summer time Home menu however the Costa Mesa is our favourite salad. It has charred corn, pico de Gallo, avocado, queso fresco, quinoa, crispy tortilla, chipotle crema and a lime French dressing over romaine & combined greens. It’s scrumptious as-is however we additionally love including their completely grilled rooster or salmon. The combo of textures and flavors are *chef’s kiss* and the lime French dressing ties the salad collectively rather well. Keep in mind to seize one thing from the bakery on the way in which out (extra foreshadowing!)

Chicago salad on a plate with avocado and pistachios

Doc B’s

Doc B’s has two Chicago places in River North and Streeterville, plus just a few places in Texas and Florida. I admittedly turned OBSESSED with the salad we’re that includes, and it just about impressed this salad information and my go-to salad recipe. They’ve tons of yummy salad choices, plus bar meals classics like wings, ribs, burgers and sandwiches. It’s an amazing place to take buddies from out of city or to only have an informal lunch or dinner out.

  • California Salad: I by no means know why kale salads get such a foul rap, however when you do that salad you’ll be a kale lover 4ever. It has roasted candy potato, pistachio, dried cranberries, wasabi peas & tortilla strips all tossed in a roasted garlic dressing. The salad is BIG so it’s good and filling or nice for splitting with a burger or sandwich. Professional tip: ask for roasted garlic sauce to dip your facet of fries — it’s the identical because the dressing on this superb salad!

brussels sprouts salad in Chicago on a plate

Blue Door Farm Stand

The gorgeous white constructing on Halsted in Lincoln Park (close to Summer time Home!) is dwelling to Blue Door Farm Stand, and the one in Gold Coast is Blue Door Kitchen. Sure, they’re associated, and sure, they’ve tremendous contemporary, scrumptious meals! Blue Door Farm Stand is extra of an informal lunch & dinner spot with salads, all day brunch, and nice sandwiches, whereas Blue Door Kitchen is extra of an elevated dinner place with fancy salmon, fried rooster, steaks, and coq au vin. They each have this epic brussels salad that may be a should order, and each have a carrot cake that you simply’ll write dwelling about.

  • Brussels & Kale Salad: oh look, we’re again on the kale prepare. This magnificence is among the extra easier salads on our checklist however is someway so addicting. It has shredded brussels sprouts and kale, parmesan cheese, toasted almonds, bacon, and a maple-tahini dressing. This Tahini Queenie is in heaven. The combo is salty, candy, and absolute perfection. Cut up it with a buddy and get a sandwich or brunch wrap on the facet!

Chicago salad with strawberries in a bowl

Vintage Taco

The cutest taco place with places in Wicker Park and in Bridgeport. Vintage Taco has tons of enjoyable taco varieties like candy & spicy rooster, potato & poblano, and garlic shrimp with elote cauliflower, however I’m really obsessive about their signature salad. The restaurant has been household run since 2012 and is each minority and ladies owned! Keep in mind to pair your tacos and salad with some guac and a rosemary or blood orange margarita.

  • Vintage Taco Salad: this isn’t your common taco salad, youngsters. This beautiful bowl is crammed with kale (are we sensing a sample?!), seasonal fruit, crimson pepper, onion, queso, spicy peanuts, cranberries, sesame, tortilla strips and the perfect rattling pomegranate French dressing dressing ever. I just lately had it with strawberries and the candy & savory parts have been completely scrumptious. It’s superb on it’s personal however it’s also possible to add rooster, pork, shrimp or avocado!

I hope you like this information in our AK Chicago Collection! Did we miss any of your favourite Chicago salads? Tell us within the feedback beneath.

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