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Reno's Best Salads

Fresh, healthy(ish), and delicious, this is a list of my favorite salads in town. The criteria that each salad on the list meets is that they are consistently delicious, have a good goodie-to-green ratio, can stand alone as a meal (aka, not a side salad), and maintain some sort of distinguishing "yum factor" that sets them apart from other salads in town and keeps me coming back for the same dish again and again.

To spare you the reading time, I've simply listed the salad ingredients and my "yum factor" for each. Plus, a recommended food pairing accoutrement that I usually order alongside the salad.

Let's get into the list.

Great Full Gardens - The Bomb Salad


Ingredients: Spinach, Spring Lettuce, Organic House Made Hummus, Black Olives, Roasted Red Peppers, Shredded Carrots, Cucumbers, Cherry Tomato, Sunflower Seeds, Shredded Mozzarella, Balsamic Herb Dressing

The yum factor: the giant mound of hummus dolloped in the middle of the salad.

Recommended accoutrement: cheesy bruschetta

Royce Burger - The Biggest Little Salad


Ingredients: spring greens, kale, golden beets, onions, sunflower seeds, cotija cheese, honey-balsamic dressing

The yum factor: roasted beets, and the honey-balsamic dressing

Recommended accoutrement: fries with aioli

Miguel's - Taco Salad


Ingredients: a crispy flour tortilla shell topped with beans, lettuce, sour cream, pico de gallo and your choice of chicken, shredded beef or ground beef.

Yum factor: avocado ranch, shredded iceburg lettuce, and the most perfectly fried taco shell

Recommended accoutrement: add-in rice for carb on carb action

Perenn Rancharrah - Greek Salad


Ingredients: seasonal greens, kalamata olives, pepperoncini, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, feta, crispy za'atar chickpeas, red wine vinaigrette, mint, dill

Yum factor: lots of salty/tangy ingredients, the crispy chickpeas

Recommended accoutrement: sourdough to sop up the last salad bits

The Cheese Board - Orzo Salad


*One of three rotating grain salads from the Cheese Board, this one has just been my favorite since forever

Ingredients: Spinach, orzo, pepitas, sun-dried tomatoes, feta, herbs, balsamic vinaigrette

Yum factor: Orzo, pepitas, and the creamy balsamic vinaigrette

Recommended accoutrement: warm brie and apple appetizer

Tahoe Natural Cafe


Ingredients:  Crisp organic salad mix topped with albacore tuna, cage-free eggs, tomato, red onion, black olives, green onions, cucumber, beans, hummus and potato. Served with balsamic vinaigrette and bread

Yum factor: delicious tuna salad, beans, and hummus

Recommended accoutrement: Ugly, Gooey Excellent Nachos


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