It’s that time of year, not quite to bikini season (yikes) and just past the holiday food dump. While salads may not be on the top of those vacation must-eat lists, there are several spots that are doing pretty amazing things with a pile of veggies. Here are a few places to grab a great salad.
Greens in the Biggest Little City
Whether you prefer simple vegetables or would rather get creative with the ingredients, there are a ton of restaurant options in Reno. Great Full Gardens has locations in Midtown and South Reno that serve an impressive lineup of healthy salads. Try their double edge paleo bowl or the wasabi vegetable bowl. For a real nutritious treat, order the BOMB salad with organic spinach and lettuce, topped with housemade hummus, black olives, roasted red peppers, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, sunflower seeds and shredded mozzarella. Delicious! greatfullgardens.com
Yosh’s Deli inside the South Creek Center in South Reno also boasts a great array of veggie-inspired plates and they’re not afraid to add some great protein to the mix. The salmon nicoise is a nice stack of mixed greens, red potatoes, Kalamata olives, capers, cucumbers, green beans, red onion and lemon vinaigrette topped with a piece of grilled salmon. Or, opt for the BLT or grilled portabella mushroom salads! yoshsdeli.com
In Reno’s Riverwalk District, head to Wild River Grille for their apple pomegranate or beet chip salad – with a beautiful location just by the river, this is a great spot to truly enjoy the tastes and sights of Reno. A few blocks over, you can get a little artsy after an inspired salad at chez louie inside the Nevada Museum of Art. Try the chez salad with seasonal local greens or the kale salad with caramelized butternut squash, pomegranate seeds, local queso fresco and pomegranate vinaigrette. Everything is divine at this French-inspired eatery. wildrivergrille.com; chez-louie.com
Whether you’re at the lake or visiting the charming towns close by, options abound for more great greenery! In South Lake, Verde Mexican Rotisserie has it down with their burrito salad — a pile of organic mixed greens with black beans, brown rice, pico de gallo, jack cheese, pepitas and avocado served with their homemade vinaigrette. You can opt to top with tri-tip, pork, chicken or mahi mahi. Yum! verdemexicanrotisserie.com
While in Truckee, visit Marty’s Provisions for a variety of grab-and-go salads and sides that are perfect to bring with you on that Tahoe adventure. The options are consistently changing, but definitely a place to go where you know the food will be good. In Incline Village, Tomaato’s Pizza has a whole slew of nice salads served alongside their steaming pies (might want to throw one of those on the ticket, too). The brie salad features a hazelnut-crusted brie cheese served over mixed greens and garnished with seasonal fruit. martysprovisions.com; tomaatos.com
Down the mountain, you’ll find Battle Born Social in downtown Carson City. Here you can rub elbows with the folks running our state capitol while nibbling on a traditional Caesar salad, anchovies and all. They also have a nice house salad and a whole slew of other goodies. battlebornsocial.com
Grab a little green-filled fuel while you’re here, it’ll be just the boost you need to make the most out of an amazing spring day!
By: Heidi Bethel