A salad a day keeps the doctor away. Well, maybe not. But we know it can be tough keeping your New Year’s resolution of eating healthy, especially when it comes to dining out. We’re here to help make eating healthier in our restaurants a little easier, with a guide to some of our favorite salads you can enjoy, from signatures like Wildfire’s Chopped Salad to newbies like the Village Salad at Aba, and of course the salad bar that started it all at R.J. Grunts.

Di Pescara Lobster Salad
Lobster Salad at Di Pescara

 

ROASTED CAULIFLOWER SALAD AT BEATRIX 

Beatrix Cauliflower Salad

The star of the show here is cauliflower, add in some arugula and kale to get your greens, plus healthful add-ons like toasted pistachio, capers and currants. If you’re craving some protein just add salmon or chicken. You can find this on both the lunch and dinner menu at all Beatrix locations (River North, Fulton Market, and Streeterville).

Find the Beatrix nearest you and make a reservation here. 

 

THE CHOPPED SALAD AT WILDFIRE 

Chopped Salad at Wildfire

It’s the salad that Wildfire is famous for, made with roasted chicken, avocado, tomatoes, corn, scallions, topped with blue cheese, bacon and tortilla chips, with a citrus lime vinaigrette that’s so outstanding, they sell it by the bottle.  Order it up in two sizes; a small serves 2-3 people, while a large feeds 4-6 people. Pro tip: This salad is great for entertaining and can be made lighter by getting the fixin’s on the side.

You better believe you can try this salad at any Wildfire location, make a reservation here.

 

BOOTH ONE SALAD AT BOOTH ONE

Booth One Salad

If you’re craving something light and delicious, this is the salad for you. It’s a micro chop of seven vegetables that change seasonally including red peppers, golden beets, avocado, broccoli, carrots, celery and dressed with a light vinaigrette. 

Make a reservation at Booth One. 

THE SALAD BAR AT R.J. GRUNTS

Salad bar at R.J. Grunts

There may be no Lettuce (Entertain You) without the salad bar at R.J. Grunts which debuted in June 1971. Salad puns aside, this salad is still a favorite of ours today, where you can customize your plate with a selection of chopped seasonal veggies and fruit, scoops of tuna salad,  a side of soup, and of course, the chocolate chip fluff (if you know, you know!)

Make a reservation at R.J. Grunts, here. 

SEAFOOD CHOPPED SALAD AT JOE’S SEAFOOD, PRIME STEAK & STONE CRAB

Seafood Chopped at Joe's

This salad is one of the most popular items on both the lunch and dinner menu at Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab. The Seafood Chopped Salad includes a lettuce mix, red and yellow bell pepper, cucumber, carrot, celery, hearts of palm, green beans, corn, edamame, radish and blanched asparagus tossed with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and creamy vinaigrette. It’s topped with a chilled seafood mix of jumbo shrimp cocktail, king crab meat and lobster tail meat then garnished with a lemon wedge, sliced avocado and a hard boiled egg. 

Make a reservation at the Joe’s location nearest you. 

BRUSSELS SPROUT SALAD AT HUB 51

Brussels Sprout Salad at Hub 51

This salad has always been a favorite at Hub 51 and it’s available at lunch and dinner. The brussels sprouts are combined with medjool dates, almonds, lightly shaved manchego cheese and tossed in a mustard vinaigrette, which yields a nice balance of salty and sweet. 

Make a reservation at Hub 51. 

SESAME CRUSTED TUNA SALAD AT SHAW’S CRAB HOUSE – CHICAGO

Shaw's Tuna SAlad

It’s been a decade since this salad was added to the lunch menu at Shaw’s Chicago and it’s been a hit ever since. It high on protein, low on carbs with perfectly seared ahi tuna crusted with sesame, shaved beets, arugula salad, with ginger-soy vinaigrette. Add additional sashimi like salmon, yellowtail or tuna.

Make a reservation at Shaw’s Crab House Chicago.

GIULIANA’S ITALIAN SALAD AT RPM ITALIAN

GiulianasItalian SAlad at RPm Italian

This salad is celebrity-partner Giuliana Rancic’s go-to salad at RPM! A blend of lettuces tossed with cherry tomatoes, roasted red and yellow peppers, pepperoncini, nicoise olives, shaved red onion, sharp provolone and parmesan cheeses, then dressed with red wine vinaigrette and topped with Genoa Salami and oregano.

Try it at RPM Italian Chicago or D.C. Make a reservation today.

ROASTED BEET SALAD AT SARANELLO’S

Beet Salad at Saranello's

This salad checks all of the boxes: It’s savory, sweet and crunchy. Using fresh beets from local farms, mixed greens, goat cheese, almond crunch and a creamy red wine vinaigrette, this dish makes you forget you are eating a salad in the first place. 

Make a reservation at Saranello’s here.

VILLAGE SALAD AT ABA

Village Salad at Aba

The Village Salad at Aba is one of the freshest dishes you can find. This classic, Greek Salad is served sans lettuce and made with some of the best ingredients including Mighty Vine cherry tomatoes, Persian cucumbers, red onion, feta, and Greek vinaigrette. It’s oh so simple, but oh so delicious.
COSTA MESA COBB AT TALLBOY TACO
Costa Mesa Cobb

This Mexican-inspired cobb salad can be enjoyed at Tallboy Taco for lunch and dinner and get this, it’s totally gluten free. The Costa Mesa Cobb includes baby gem lettuce, tomatoes, watermelon radish, hard boiled eggs, corn, avocado, cilantro, lime, arbol salsa and sherry vinaigrette. Add your choice of chicken, shrimp or carne asada to pack this salad with protein.


Looking for more tips on how to eat healthier while dining out? Here are Chef Jeff Mahin’s tricks to ordering healthier when you are out at a restaurant.