But light doesnt need to mean lightweight. Salad can be a whole, satisfying meal. Trust us, its more than just rabbit food. Give it a try and get your fill.
Cheevers is contemporary comfort food, so its definitely enough for them to be satisfied for the whole day, said Ariana Khalilian, manager at Cheevers, 2409 N. Hudson. But, she said, Even with all the components that come with our salads, its not anything thats going to make you want to unbutton your pants when youre done.
And whats doing the satisfying? Thatd be the popular chopped salad. Its a mix of greens, iceberg lettuce, red onions, sundried tomatoes, spiced pepitas (thats a pumpkin seed), roasted corn, black beans and bleu cheese crumbles.
It is a very popular salad, Khalilian said. Its probably just a combination of all the components that go into it. Its picked very well, and the creamy lemon vinaigrette just tops it, puts it all together.
Diners can add chicken to the chopped salad or leave it meat-free either way, Khalilian said its a popular meal option at lunch. Itll come with Cheevers warm rolls and butter dusted with red sea salt.
Its so light, she said of Cheevers salads, a great summertime pick. All of our lettuce comes out cold and crisp, I think that has a lot to do with it.
Another favorite is the red chile salmon salad, which is fresh baby spinach mixed with chopped cucumber, radish, green apples, goat cheese and topped with a toasted pecan vinaigrette and red chile seared salmon.
Its delicious, Khalilian said, and I think its so pretty when its put on the table because the colors with the radishes and cucumber and finishing off with goat cheese and pecan vinaigrette, its just delicious. And the salmon is always cooked perfectly.
If you must add an entrée to the salad, Khalilian said the chopped and Sharolynns salads are popular sides.
The large menu at Cafe 7 Delicatessen and Pastaria, 14101 N. May, is broken up into four components: pizza, pasta, sandwiches and salads. And there is a lot to love on that salad menu.
Part-owner Stephanie Morrical said there are seven already-built salads to choose from, but theres an option to build your own salad, too. Of the seven salads, Morrical said the Signature salad is a patron favorite. Its made with roasted chicken breast mixed with romaine and greens, plus cranberries, apples, tomatoes, bacon and toasted walnuts tossed with a balsamic dressing.
Its a little more of a fruity salad, with sun-dried cranberries, apples, walnuts, she said. That ones my favorite, I just love that salad.
And, she added, its perfect for these blistering summer days. As hot as its been, I havent wanted to eat anything else, Morrical said. Its just perfect. Our balsamic is awesome. Its a really nice, light salad.
Plus, it is a full meal for only 7 bucks. Diners can also do a half-salad and soup for the same price.
Other prepared salads on Cafe 7s menu include a classic Caesar and a Cobb, both done with roasted chicken breast. On the build-your-own ingredient list, look for fresh ingredients like apples, chicken, feta and candied almonds, along with 10 different dressings.
The options go into overdrive at Coolgreens, 6475 Avondale Drive in Nichols Hills. There are 13 salads (which can all also be made into wraps), but the most popular with patrons is The Plaza Skinny, according to manager Richard Hull.
The Plaza Skinny lightens things up with by mixing grilled chicken and arugula with bean sprouts, capers, hearts of palm, sliced avocado, sundried tomatoes and sunflower seeds topped with a basil vinaigrette.
If you just cant decide, the build your own option opens up a whole world of fresh, unique ingredients. Hull said the protein options include grilled chicken, line-caught sock-eye salmon, seared ahi tuna, grilled shrimp and a five-spice, sesame-crusted tofu.
And then theres the healthy vinaigrettes that are made right there in the restaurant 15 in total. During the summer, the Southwest is a popular choice. It has smoked paprika, honey and lime and a little bit of shallots, Hull said. Its emulsified with olive oil, but its really bright. Kind of like a Mexican French dressing.
The vinaigrettes are developed by chef Trey Ferguson and offer light options for hot days. I think theyre less creamy and light, he said. Its more of a technique and an approach on a vinaigrette.
That approach has certainly been popular. Coolgreens popped onto the restaurant scene a couple of years ago and soon added a second location in north OKC.
Its kind of taken on a phenomenon level now, Hull said. There were two, and now theres going to be five by the end of the summer.
Look for the new Coolgreens in downtown OKC at 204 N. Robinson in mid-July and in Edmond at 15th and Bryant and in Norman at 3700 N. Robinson in August.
Go out on top
Screw julienned carrots and simple iceberg lettuce, these places have got your unique and wonderful salad toppings.
Avocado and barbecue sauce? Yup, thatd be the Texas chop house salad at Redrock Canyon Grill, 9221 Lake Hefner Parkway.
You cant beat this topping: Chile relleno. Thats atop the ensalada torcedura at Iguana Mexican Grill, 9 N.W. Ninth.
about some Mandarin oranges and cranberries? Get fruity with the
toppings available at Cafe 7 Delicatessen & Pastaria, 14101 N. May.
Shartel Cafe, 5116 N. Shartel, satisfies your protein fix with artichoke hearts mixed in its Greek salad.
The options abound at Coolgreens, 6475 Avondale Drive, with everything from tofu to hearts of palm.
Jenny Coon Peterson