OKG Eat: Salad days are here again

These are the days of summer when just the idea of firing up the stove seems like pure madness. In fact, most of us crave eats that don’t know what heat is. Here’s a sampling of the coolest salads metro restaurants have to offer. These salads are a full-meal affair.

— By Devon Green

Photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman

 

Large wedge salad at Hideaway Pizza, 6616 N. Western.  (Mark Hancock)

Large wedge salad at Hideaway Pizza, 6616 N. Western. (Mark Hancock)

Hideaway Pizza

6616 N. Western Ave.

hideawaypizza.com

840-4777

What we know as the wedge salad surfaced in cookbooks in the early 1920s, and it experienced its first resurgence as a star of mid-century cuisine. Simplicity itself, Hideaway’s take on this timeless classic has plenty of blue cheese dressing, blue cheese crumbles, dried Roma tomatoes and smoked bacon.

 

Iron Star cobb salad. (Mark Hancock)

Iron Star cobb salad. (Mark Hancock)

Iron Starr Urban Barbeque

3700 N. Shartel Ave.

ironstarrbbq.com

524-5925

There are those who go to Iron Starr for the barbecue alone, and that’s understandable. But those who haven’t sampled the salads are missing out. They are masterpieces orchestrated with the same care as all Iron Starr dishes. The cobb salad, which contains almost everything in the kitchen and is topped with house-made cornbread croutons. Request a side of the blue cheese bacon vinaigrette.

 

The Tabasco Caesar salad at Pear's Oyster Bar. (Shannon Cornman)

The Tabasco Caesar salad at Pear’s Oyster Bar. (Shannon Cornman)

Pearl’s Oyster Bar

5641 N. Classen Blvd.

pearlsokc.com

848-8008

We might be hard-pressed to talk die-hard Pearl’s fans away from their classic chopped cobb salad. The Tabasco Caesar salads are legend, too. Also crispy and fresh is the new San Francisco crab and shrimp Louie salad. Not only does it have crab and shrimp, but avocado, asparagus and bacon seal the deal.

 

Asian salad by the window decal at Cafe 7 in downtown OKC.  (Mark Hancock)

Asian salad by the window decal at Cafe 7 in downtown OKC. (Mark Hancock)

Cafe 7

120 N. Robinson Ave., Suite 175W

cafe7okc.com

748-3354

Cafe 7 offers so many salads, it’s difficult to choose one. We took one bite of the Asian salad with roasted chicken breast, candied almonds and a sesame ginger dressing and were hooked. It also has a build-your-own salad option that’s great for the indecisive among us.

 

Taco salad at Casa Perico. (Mark Hancock)

Taco salad at Casa Perico. (Mark Hancock)

Casa Perico Mexican Grille

4521 NW 63rd St.

casaperico.com

721-3650

Casa Perico is an oft-overlooked cozy Mexican spot. With its charming patio and fresh, flavorful menu, it’s a great place to while away a few hours munching on appetizers and sipping margaritas. The taco salad is light yet laden with lively ingredients — far more substantial than anything from one of the drive-through chains.

 

Mesquite chicken salad at City Bites, 6001 N. May Ave.  (Mark Hancock)

Mesquite chicken salad at City Bites, 6001 N. May Ave. (Mark Hancock)

City Bites Deli & Grill

6001 N. May Ave.

citybitesinc.com

842-3355

We know the City Bites has some of the best sandwiches in the metro. Sometimes we forget it has other menu items, too. The classic chef salad with ham, turkey and fresh greens is hard to beat. The mesquite chicken salad is a smoky, savory chicken breast on cool greens with tomatoes, cucumbers and croutons made from sun-dried tomato bread.

 

Sweet strawberry and spinach salad at Saturn Grill. (Shannon Cornman)

Sweet strawberry and spinach salad at Saturn Grill. (Shannon Cornman)

Saturn Grill

6432 Avondale Drive

saturngrill.com

843-7114

Who says salad has to fit the “iceberg lettuce, shaved veggies, croutons, dressing” formula? Saturn Grill most certainly doesn’t play by those rules. The sweet strawberries and spinach salad is chock-full of fresh fruit and iron-rich spinach with a lemon poppy seed dressing.

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Devon Green

Devon Green is a life and food reporter for Oklahoma Gazette. She lives in Oklahoma City with her husband Kevin and their two slightly evil felines, Goodluck Jonathan and Charles Taylor. Devon has a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Oklahoma and once ran away with the circus to Macau, China. She is passionately local and lives to promote quality of life in OKC. She can most often be found eating, writing or writing about eating — while eating.

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