Kevin Godbee · Oct 16, 2020 · 7 min read
I LOVE salad! My mom made a salad every single night to start off dinner, and dinner was always at six. Those were the two constants. Now, the best salads I have at home are made by Lori. She just has a knack. I could make the same salad as her, and it won't taste as good. It's not because she has a salad spinner, and I don't.
Below is a completely biased and opinionated list of my personal favorite salads in St. Pete.
Before we get into the list, an important thing you should be aware of is that there are other publishers of "best of lists" that do not actually go to the establishments, or actually eat the food. (Sounds ridiculous, right?) They just download photos from the internet, or embed Instagram posts from someone else. Instant top 10 list produced without having to leave the house.
That's NOT how we do it.
We absolutely DO eat all of the food on all of our lists. (How can anyone recommend something they never experienced?)
Unfortunately, we've seen these junk lists a lot—from national and local publishers. We are also aware of a local publisher that offers paid placement in best-of-lists. There is no paid placement here.
WE PERSONALLY ATE ALL OF THESE SALADS, AND WENT TO ALL OF THESE PLACES, AND THESE ARE ALL ST. PETE FOODIES PHOTOS. (All photos by St. Petersburg Foodies and as credited.)
Best Salads Near Me ...(and you, if you're in St. Pete)
These are listed in alphabetical order. <------ Look
Village Salad - tomato, kalamata olive, cucumber, capers, feta.
From Lori: "Kevin humored me because I wanted the Village Salad with just tomato, kalamatas, capers, feta and cucumber. He couldn’t stop raving at how good it was. It’s my favorite type of salad...simple, light and great flavor!"
This one is a simpler version than The Burg's, but the addition of the capers makes a huge difference. The bright saltiness makes you just keep going back for more until it's all gone.
French Country Salad - roasted asparagus, beets, arugula, goat cheese, toasted walnuts, lemon-dijon vinaigrette. It was super delicious, and huge. The photo is half of a split portion.
Fresh, bursting with bright flavors, and a large portion.
House Salad - mixed greens, onion, tomato, bacon, feta cheese, sunflower seeds & chow mein noodles - choose from ranch, blue cheese or honey peppercorn vinaigrette. Fresh, full of texture and the honey peppercorn vinaigrette is smooth, creamy, bright and light.
Horiatiki (Village Salad) - tomatoes, cucumbers, greek olives, feta cheese, pepperoncini, onions, beets, green peppers, oregano, olive oil, balsamic dressing.
This is one of our favorites that we always order. It's the perfect combination of bright, light, crispy, salty, sweet, and spicy.
Copa's watermelon salad is bursting with flavor. It's bright, yet balanced with sweetness, and saltiness. It's composed of fresh watermelon, (of course), and tossed with heirloom tomatoes, onions, garlic, feta cheese, and balsamic dressing.
Insalata Caesar - Hearts of romaine, house made Caesar dressing, shaved parmesan and rustic croutons. (The photo is the side salad portion. There is one twice this size as well.)
It may seem simple compared to some of the others on this list, but it is definitely one of my favorites. I like that they give you the full length, stalk-like leaves. The romaine is fresh and bursting with flavor. The crunch of the croutons, and the softer bite of the shaved parmesan, along with the dressing make for perfection in your mouth.
Greenstock specializes in fresh high quality salads. It's a Chef-driven and ingredient-focused salad and wraps, fast casual eatery right in the heart of downtown St. Pete.
Everything is fresh, and nothing comes out of a can. You can see all of the ingredients right in the case. There are even full ears of un-shucked corn, and gorgeous looking Roma tomatoes. All of the dressings are made from scratch as well. (They're not coming out of a gallon size Sysco jug.)
I have two favorite salads, and one favorite protein addition, which is the tuna salad, as it's fresh tuna, and not from a can. It tastes amazing. I think about it all day after I eat it.
My first favorite is the Mezze Mix with romaine, feta, cucumber, tomatoes, olives, peppers, hummus, fresh garbanzo, with turmeric-tahini dressing. (Salad shown above.)
In addition to the tuna salad, the hummus is also the best I've ever had, and all the ingredients just work so well together. When I got a bite of the kalamata olive, that added a nice briny note. All of the ingredients just sing so well together. Chef David Benstock is a genius with these recipes.
There are two sizes for the salads. (You can get any of them as a wrap too, but I usually get a salad.) The small size fills me up for lunch. By default, they chop the salads, but I've found that I like mine tossed, and not chopped, which they are happy to do on request.
BLAT - meaning "a BLT with avocado". The complete ingredients are romaine, spinach, arugula, bacon, avocado, tomatoes, pickled red onion, croutons, ranch. I added tuna again.
How can you go wrong with bacon, right? This is a real nice mix of ingredients with the softness of the romaine and spinach, pepperiness from the arugula, crunchy, salty, chewiness of the bacon, softness of the avocado ... there's all kinds of flavors, textures, and mouthfeels that this one checks every box on the culinary delights list.
We have two favorites here as well.
Southern Belle Salad - romaine, red onion, candied pecans, sage derby, peppadews, dried apricots, honeycup vinaigrette, southern fried chicken.
The fried chicken makes this one decadent, and a good one to share, or could be a complete meal for one person. It has such a great mix of ingredients that cover the complete flavor spectrum, and it's nice and crunchy.
Phyllo Feta - baby spinach, blackberries, red onion, yellow grape tomatoes, bosc pear, spiced walnuts, blackberry vinaigrette.
That Phyllo Feta is so craveable. The feta is wrapped in phyllo and baked to a golden brown. It is a terrific accompaniment to the spinach salad with blackberries, red onions, yellow grape tomatoes and highlighted with spiced walnuts which hold up well against the sweetness of the Bosc pear and the blackberry vinaigrette dressing.
House Salad - mixed greens, tomatoes, cucumber, radish, shaved fennel, carrots, croutons, parm, whipped feta, zesty vinaigrette.
The Noble crust house salad is delicious. It’s a light and bright and then the ricotta cheese adds some depth, and the olives give it some saltiness. These are also my favorite croutons of all.
Caesar Salad - chopped romaine & kale, parmesan, harrisa caesar dressing, sourdough croutons.
Stillwater's Caesar adds kale with the romaine, and it is actually quite delicious, and a nice little twist on the traditional version. I love it.
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