The Best Salads in the Bay Area

My Doctor told me to cut back on the carbs and increase my greens at my last appointment (yeahhhh…) so I’ve been on the hunt for delicious salads because there’s nothing worse than a bland/ I’d rather be eating mac n’ cheese salad experience.

Ragazza: The Kale Salad (Lacinato Kale w/ carrots, farro, avocado, radish & green goddess dressing). SO good you almost don’t even need to order pizza. Almost.


Insalata’s: Syrian Chicken Fattoush Salad. A Marin favorite that I finally made the trek over the bridge to try. The fresh mint herbs and lemon dressing made for an incredibly flavorful and delicious salad.


Blue Barn: The Tostada Salad (romaine, chicory chop, toasted corn, black beans, cherry tomatoes, jicama, scallions, herbs, pumpkin seeds, tortilla strips, white cheddar & chipotle-agave vinaigrette. Add avocado.)


Marengo on Union: A whiskey bar with good salads? YES. The Spinach Salad (Laura Chenel Goat Cheese, Strawberries, Candied Pecans, Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette) or the Jerk Chicken Salad (Jerk Marinated Chicken Breast, Tortilla Strips, Feta Cheese, Tomatoes, Feta & Sesame Ginger Dressing). Good luck trying not to order the Fricles (fried pickles) or queso.


Comforts: Another Marin favorite. Order the Comforts’ Signature Chinese Chicken Salad (shredded romaine & iceberg, roasted & chilled Mary’s chicken breast, toasted almonds, sesame seeds, green onions, flash-fried rice noodles, sweet sesame rice vinaigrette).


The Plant: The Dino Kale Salad (dino kale, arugula, red quinoa, cherry tomatoes, avocado, carrots, cucumbers, toasted almonds, lemon cumin vinaigrette). One of the few restaurants that gets a kale salad right. The kale isn’t bitter and is dressed well in advance.

dino kale salad

ROAM: Farmer’s Market Salad (add the trio of mini veggie patties on a skewer).


Evolution: Lisa’s Lentils, Brown Rice & Kale (roasted red peppers, grilled zucchini, julienned carrots, feta, fresh herbs, lemon tahini sauce). Be sure to also try the all day scrambles and apple berry chia smoothie.


Rustic Bakery: You can’t go wrong with any of these salads. Asian Chicken Salad (sliced romaine and savoy cabbage with mint, cilantro, scallions, roasted chicken, sesame seeds and ground peanuts, with lime and peanut dressing) OR the Spring Salad (mixed baby lettuces, toasted walnuts, sliced apples, chives and Point Reyes blue cheese served with champagne vinaigrette).


And…some delicious salads to make at home.


4 responses

  1. Great list! I get the Lisa’s Lentils several days a week for lunch since Evo Fresh is on my way to work – it’s da bomb. Also, run don’t walk to Fat Angel for the kale salad with chicken – it’s the best salad ever made and I crave it on the regular! xx Lauren

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