Gazedibles: Salad days

New research indicates that salads might be edible. Scientists at the completely not-made-up Center for Putting Things in Our Mouths said the leafy greens could conceivably be eaten.

“In some cases, test subjects even enjoyed dining on salads,” said totally real researcher Dr. Mandible Munchenchewer. “This opens up entirely new avenues of edible science.”

Get in on the experiment with one of these delicious salads.

Quinoa and avocado salad at Cheever's Cafe (Garett Fisbeck / file)

Quinoa and avocado salad at Cheever’s Cafe (Garett Fisbeck / file)

Cheever’s Cafe

2409 N. Hudson Ave.

cheeverscafe.com

405-525-7007

Customer: Waiter? Could you explain this salad to me? The lettuce looks really thick, and I’m not sure what those tiny bean-looking things are.

Waiter: Sir, that lettuce is actually avocado, and those “beans” are red quinoa, which is a low-carb source of protein. There’s also fresh pico de gallo, creamy goat cheese, slivered almonds and a garlic vinaigrette. Would you like something else instead?

Customer (shovels salad into mouth): Naw thanss. Iss pretty goo.

Salmon salad at Flip's Wine Bar & Trattoria (Garett Fisbeck / file)

Salmon salad at Flip’s Wine Bar & Trattoria (Garett Fisbeck / file)

Flip’s Wine Bar & Trattoria

5801 N. Western Ave.

flipswinebar.com

405-843-1527

The part of Popeye cartoons that never made sense was why he always ate canned spinach to gain strength. It’s like he never tried Flip’s Wine Bar & Trattoria for the Omega 3 Antioxidant Power Salad. It includes fresh baby spinach for fighting Bluto and tasty blueberries and tomatoes, heart-healthy avocado, red onions, toasted walnuts, pine nuts and pistachios with a gorgeously grilled salmon fillet in honey sesame dressing that even Olive Oyl would love.

Brussels sprouts salad at Gorō Ramen + Izakaya (Garett Fisbeck)

Brussels sprouts salad at Gorō Ramen + Izakaya (Garett Fisbeck)

Gorō Ramen + Izakaya

1634 N. Blackwelder Ave., Suite 102

gororamen.com

405-606-2539

Brussels sprouts are wearing you down. Years after reruns of 1960s and ’70s comedies convinced Americans that the vegetable was the grossest thing ever, these tiny cabbages are back in a big way. It turns out the original instructions (“boil”) were wrong. Now, Gorō’s capable chefs make them crave-worthy, especially in their salad of fried Brussels sprouts, roasted beets and pickled Fresno peppers. Boom. You just became a Brussels sprouts fan.

<em>Tabbouleh</em> salad at Jamil's Steakhouse (Garett Fisbeck / file)

Tabbouleh salad at Jamil’s Steakhouse (Garett Fisbeck / file)

Jamil’s Steakhouse

4910 N. Lincoln Blvd.

jamilssteakhouseokc.com

405-525-8352

Jamil’s Steakhouse likely isn’t the first place you consider when someone says, “Let’s have salad for dinner!” But did you know every Jamil’s dinner entree comes with the restaurant’s house-made tabbouleh salad filled with parsley, fresh tomatoes, onions and cracked wheat in a scrumptious vinaigrette? Yeah, have a salad for dinner. It comes with a delicious side of steak.

Sriracha Caesar salad at Scratch Kitchen & Cocktails in Norman (Garett Fisbeck / file)

Sriracha Caesar salad at Scratch Kitchen & Cocktails in Norman (Garett Fisbeck / file)

Scratch Kitchen & Cocktails

132 W. Main St., Norman

scratchnorman.com

405-801-2900

In a salad landscape that is always pushing the boundaries of what can be considered a salad, it’s nice to return to the relatively simple confines of the steakhouse staple Caesar salad. Head over to Norman’s Scratch Kitchen & Cocktails for a Sriracha Caesar salad. The salad dressing is sweet and spicy, and house-made croutons put the bagged kind to shame. For a little added green, Scratch even tosses in some asparagus. You’re welcome.

Kale and red quinoa salad at Slaughter's Hall (Garett Fisbeck / file)

Kale and red quinoa salad at Slaughter’s Hall (Garett Fisbeck / file)

Slaughter’s Hall

221 N. Central Ave.

slaughtershall.com

405-606-6063

Customer: Waiter? I ordered a quinoa salad. Where’s the avocado?

Waiter: You have us confused with the restaurant in the first panel. Slaughter’s Hall’s quinoa salad includes handfuls of hearty baby kale, spiced pecans, red onions, oranges and citrus vinaigrette. The spiced pecans are sweet little bursts of happiness. Should I bring you a different salad?

Customer (licks dressing off the plate): I’m fine.

Brussels sprouts salad at The Wedge Pizzeria (Garett Fisbeck / file)

Brussels sprouts salad at The Wedge Pizzeria (Garett Fisbeck / file)

The Wedge Pizzeria

4709 N. Western Ave.

thewedgeokc.com

405-602-3477

Aha! If you haven’t taken the opportunity presented on the previous page to go eat a Brussels sprouts salad, The Wedge Pizzeria ups the ante. If you order now, you get shaved Brussels sprouts, toasted pine nuts, flavor-packed sun-dried tomatoes and a fresh herb vinaigrette. Dig in and … what this? Pancetta! It’s bacon’s fancy, worldly cousin from Italy.

Greg is the Gazette's full-time food writer and reviewer. He goes to restaurants a lot. He orders three entrees and gets funny looks and then takes out his camera and people are like, "Ugh. This guy." Greg is writing this right now and it feels weird to keep referring to myself in the third person. On Twitter and Instagram: @Elwelleats

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