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These Houston salads are worth bragging about.
Michael Anthony

12 Stunning Salads To Eat In Houston Right Now

Cobb, Caesar, cabbage, papaya, and more. Here are spectacular salads offering a cool bite when the weather is still hot

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These Houston salads are worth bragging about.
| Michael Anthony

Getting your greens in shouldn’t mean sacrificing flavor and fun. Whether you’re trying to escape the hot and humid temperatures of the Bayou or just keeping it light, Houston has you covered on the salad front.

Sure, salads might not have as much clout in the city as a plate of fajitas or a tray of brisket, but these 12 salads are nothing short of memorable. The next time you find yourself searching for that perfect bite of fresh deliciousness, look no further than this list.

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Street Food Thai Market

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Street Food Thai Market’s som tum, or green papaya salad, combines brightness, spice, and umami in a beautifully light package. The salad can be ordered Thai or Laos style depending on your preference, but be careful when choosing the spice level — the Thai peppers used are no joke.  Make it a meal by ordering som tum and gai tod, which adds chicken wings and sticky rice to the plate. 

Moon Rabbit

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One of the Height’s newest Vietnamese spots is serving up an inspired take on an American classic. A generous portion of iceberg wedges are covered in creamy dill turmeric dressing with crispy fried onions for a flavorful crunch.

Hughie's

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Timbergrove’s cozy neighborhood tavern serves up some of the area’s best Vietnamese food along with an incredible craft beer selection, so salads might not be your first thought, but the kale salad is an unsung favorite. Shredded kale is served with feta, red onion, and other mixed veggies that further prove kale is indeed a superfood. Top it with the popular shaking beef or any of the other proteins on the menu to complete your meal.

Trattoria Sofia

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Looking for a refreshing way to balance out the rich and creamy pastas at this Italian Heights hotspot? Opt for the Barbabietole Arrosto. Placed atop a creamy smokey labneh, wood-roasted beets and pears are tossed in olive oil black pepper, then topped with toasted Sicilian pistachios and a drizzle of aged balsamic for a refreshing and earthy dish.

multi-colored beets covered in pistachio and a drizzle of dressing.
The beet salad at Trattoria Sofia is a refreshing option.
Brittany Britto Garley

Georgia James Steak

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Georgia James Steak’s spin on the wedge brings Texas flare to the classic dish. A sizable slab of rispy iceberg lettuce is draped with black pepper buttermilk dressing and riddled with Shropshire bleu cheese and Benton’s bacon lardons.

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

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A cobb salad that can put most to shame, Pappadeux (and Pappas Seafood House restaurants) pile high mixed greens topping them with its signature honey bacon, red onion, blue cheese, egg, hearty slices of avocado, and baby tomatoes — with your choice of dressing. Add both shrimp and crab, and be prepared to ask for a box. This salad is massive. Insider tip: Add an extra crunch to your salad by asking for your shrimp fried.

Tiny Champions

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Certainly crave-worthy, Tiny Champions’ shredded cabbage salad’s beautiful mix of ribbons of hearty kale and bitter radicchio, enveloped in apricot agrodolce, pistachios, and pecorino will make your tastebuds sing. The perfect pairing to their pasta and pizzas, the dish has become a Tiny Champions staple.

When in search of a classic Caesar salad in the city, chef Travis McShane’s does not disappoint. A fresh bed of romaine lettuce is adorned in an anchovy dressing, croutons, and shaved pecorino — a combination that has become a surefire staple on Ostia’s rotating menu.

Barnaby's Cafe

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Houston’s beloved dog-themed neighborhood joint serves up one of the best classic salads in the city.  The Lebanese Chicken Fattoush Salad, piled high with crispy romaine, cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, kalamata olives, feta, herbs, pita chips, is adorned with their incredibly flavorful grilled chicken breast. And, if you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck, for $15.50, this mondo salad can easily last two to three meals.

Paulie's

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To the dismay of many, it sometimes feels like Houston’s summer never ends. Paulie’s perfectly simple summer salad provides a reprieve from the heat with its bright and refreshing flavors. Served with a side of fresh melon, the salad keeps things breezy with arugula, pickled cherry tomatoes, and cucumber tossed in olive oil, lemon, and pecorino.

Le Colonial

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Though this spicy beef carpaccio salad sort of feels like cheating, it's worth the order. This meaty dish comes with rare prime beef tenderloin, served with farm greens, and a sweet chili and agave dressing for flavor in every bite.

thin slices of rare prime beef tenderloin, topped with shredded cucumbers, greens, and tomato at Le Colonial.
Here’s a salad that doesn’t skimp on the meat.
Le Colonial

Local Foods - Rice Village

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Local Foods serves up fresh, seasonal, and healthy dishes, including a plethora of salads to suit anyone’s preferences, but it’s their Asian Chicken Salad that remains a fan favorite. Crunchy napa cabbage, cured cucumber, broccoli, snow peas, cashews, bean sprouts, and garlic tossed in a sambal peanut dressing make it a mainstay around for a reason.

Street Food Thai Market

Street Food Thai Market’s som tum, or green papaya salad, combines brightness, spice, and umami in a beautifully light package. The salad can be ordered Thai or Laos style depending on your preference, but be careful when choosing the spice level — the Thai peppers used are no joke.  Make it a meal by ordering som tum and gai tod, which adds chicken wings and sticky rice to the plate. 

Moon Rabbit

One of the Height’s newest Vietnamese spots is serving up an inspired take on an American classic. A generous portion of iceberg wedges are covered in creamy dill turmeric dressing with crispy fried onions for a flavorful crunch.

Hughie's

Timbergrove’s cozy neighborhood tavern serves up some of the area’s best Vietnamese food along with an incredible craft beer selection, so salads might not be your first thought, but the kale salad is an unsung favorite. Shredded kale is served with feta, red onion, and other mixed veggies that further prove kale is indeed a superfood. Top it with the popular shaking beef or any of the other proteins on the menu to complete your meal.

Trattoria Sofia

Looking for a refreshing way to balance out the rich and creamy pastas at this Italian Heights hotspot? Opt for the Barbabietole Arrosto. Placed atop a creamy smokey labneh, wood-roasted beets and pears are tossed in olive oil black pepper, then topped with toasted Sicilian pistachios and a drizzle of aged balsamic for a refreshing and earthy dish.

multi-colored beets covered in pistachio and a drizzle of dressing.
The beet salad at Trattoria Sofia is a refreshing option.
Brittany Britto Garley

Georgia James Steak

Georgia James Steak’s spin on the wedge brings Texas flare to the classic dish. A sizable slab of rispy iceberg lettuce is draped with black pepper buttermilk dressing and riddled with Shropshire bleu cheese and Benton’s bacon lardons.

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

A cobb salad that can put most to shame, Pappadeux (and Pappas Seafood House restaurants) pile high mixed greens topping them with its signature honey bacon, red onion, blue cheese, egg, hearty slices of avocado, and baby tomatoes — with your choice of dressing. Add both shrimp and crab, and be prepared to ask for a box. This salad is massive. Insider tip: Add an extra crunch to your salad by asking for your shrimp fried.

Tiny Champions

Certainly crave-worthy, Tiny Champions’ shredded cabbage salad’s beautiful mix of ribbons of hearty kale and bitter radicchio, enveloped in apricot agrodolce, pistachios, and pecorino will make your tastebuds sing. The perfect pairing to their pasta and pizzas, the dish has become a Tiny Champions staple.

Ostia

When in search of a classic Caesar salad in the city, chef Travis McShane’s does not disappoint. A fresh bed of romaine lettuce is adorned in an anchovy dressing, croutons, and shaved pecorino — a combination that has become a surefire staple on Ostia’s rotating menu.

Barnaby's Cafe

Houston’s beloved dog-themed neighborhood joint serves up one of the best classic salads in the city.  The Lebanese Chicken Fattoush Salad, piled high with crispy romaine, cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, kalamata olives, feta, herbs, pita chips, is adorned with their incredibly flavorful grilled chicken breast. And, if you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck, for $15.50, this mondo salad can easily last two to three meals.

Paulie's

To the dismay of many, it sometimes feels like Houston’s summer never ends. Paulie’s perfectly simple summer salad provides a reprieve from the heat with its bright and refreshing flavors. Served with a side of fresh melon, the salad keeps things breezy with arugula, pickled cherry tomatoes, and cucumber tossed in olive oil, lemon, and pecorino.

Le Colonial

Though this spicy beef carpaccio salad sort of feels like cheating, it's worth the order. This meaty dish comes with rare prime beef tenderloin, served with farm greens, and a sweet chili and agave dressing for flavor in every bite.

thin slices of rare prime beef tenderloin, topped with shredded cucumbers, greens, and tomato at Le Colonial.
Here’s a salad that doesn’t skimp on the meat.
Le Colonial

Local Foods - Rice Village

Local Foods serves up fresh, seasonal, and healthy dishes, including a plethora of salads to suit anyone’s preferences, but it’s their Asian Chicken Salad that remains a fan favorite. Crunchy napa cabbage, cured cucumber, broccoli, snow peas, cashews, bean sprouts, and garlic tossed in a sambal peanut dressing make it a mainstay around for a reason.

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