The Best Salads In Seattle

Where to eat plates of lettuce that taste good.

We live in a city where people are constantly eating vegetables. Maybe that’s because Seattle has a large vegan population, or because farmer’s markets happen every day of the week. It’s also possible that we need the extra vitamins to make up for the early sunsets post-Daylight Savings Time. Whatever the reason, salad is a foolproof way to consume plants.

But not all Seattle salads are created equal, and sometimes not everyone you’re with wants to eat one. So if you’re going to stick a lot of fresh produce in your mouth at once, you might as well commit to a great salad in a restaurant that everyone else will like, too. Here are the best places to order salad in Seattle.



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Your Order: Barrio Chopped

Barrio is a Mexican spot that pretty much doubles as a party. But you’re not here to party, you’re here for chopped salad. It wins against anything else on the menu, and it’s not because the tacos and enchiladas here are bad. (They’re not.) It’s because the Barrio Chopped is excellent. It has romaine, pickled onion, cabbage, avocado, cotija, spiced pepitas, tomato, corn, and a buttermilk-cilantro dressing we'd like to float in.

Your Order: Poke Salad, Mac Salad, & Cucumber Kimchi

Ordering "poke salad" is a clever way to end up with a clamshell container full of cubed marinated fish on top of some greens—and that's exactly what you should do at Ono in Edmonds, a Hawaiian deli that casually serves the best poke in town. Stretch the definition of a salad by ordering their mayo-dressed ridged mac salad and spicy cucumber kimchi on the side.

Your Order: Jersey Salad

This is essentially the Rugrats' Ice Cream Mountain of salad: a towering mound of crisp romaine dressed perfectly with Italian dressing, grated grana, cabbage, carrot ribbons, and chunky croutons that absorb the vinaigrette like a software engineer once had to absorb javascript. We could eat an entire bucket of this refreshing heap.

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Your Order: Kaname Salad

There’s always a bowl of leaves on the menu at Itsumono, and it's always worth ordering, whether you get simple mixed greens with radish and toasty sesame or a shaved napa cabbage caesar with grated parm, a vinegar-forward dressing, and a fluffy garlic whip. More whipped cream on top of vegetables, please.

Your Order: Farm Salad With Chicken

If you live in Seattle and are at all amenable to crossing the 520 bridge to eat some plants in Kirkland, Deru’s farm salad is worth the trip. It’s a giant serving of mixed lettuces, herbs, crumbled feta, toasty pepitas, and roasted carrots—and you can (and should) add their tasty herb-roasted chicken for $4. Dressed with a thick green vinaigrette, this salad is immensely satisfying (even better than the pizzas here), and an especially great choice if you’re grabbing a healthy lunch but plan to follow it with a slice of their coconut cake.

Your Order: Sài Gòn Chicken Salad

This Central District spot is a Vietnamese classic, and we’re huge fans of their newest salad. The Sài Gòn chicken salad is an open-house party of crunch, between crisp cabbage, roasted peanuts, and fried shallots. To freshen it up, there’s mint and rau răm, which flavors the steamed chicken brilliantly along with nước chấm vinaigrette. It’s an ideally engineered bite of cold stuff before the phở hits the table.

Your Order: Kale Salad

This palace of sausage, schnitzel, and beer cheese has a rad plate of greens that deserves more attention. It’s seemingly simple—just shredded kale with granny smith apples, grapefruit segments, an “umami pecan crumble,” and creamy lemon-hued honey vinaigrette. But the balance of sweetness, tartness, and touch of spice from the nuts restores our faith in the concept of the Biergarten side salad.

Your Order: Pink Door Caesar

There are certain things at The Pink Door that you must order every time you’re there. Most of them involve pasta, but you also can’t miss the caesar. The romaine-to-dressing ratio is always perfect, we love the crunch of the fennel-dusted croutons, and you can add Dungeness crab to make it a little more substantial.

Your Order: Salerno Salad

Nobody’s arguing that caesars aren’t great salads to have with Italian food, but there’s life beyond cheesy, anchovy-topped lettuce. A perfect example is Tutta Bella’s salerno—a refreshing bowl of romaine with shaved fennel, cucumber, cherry tomato, globs of fresh mozzarella, and a basil-flecked dijon dressing that tastes like mustard summer. Plus, it’s an excuse to eat more cheese as a prelude to pizza.

Your Order: Sexy Tofu Taco Salad

One of the greatest salad double-features of the entire Pacific Northwest happens at Marination Ma Kai. Start with their taco salad, which comes with a bed of cilantro-flecked slaw, a protein of your choice (we like the sexy tofu best), pickled jalapeño slices, spicy creamy Nunya sauce, and sesame seeds. But, because life is all about balance, you should also have a plate of macaroni salad at the table with you, too.

Your Order: All Kale Caesar! Salad

Windy City Pie’s kale caesar is like a magic trick. It tastes thoroughly caesary, but the dressing is more like a vinaigrette. Despite this place being a church of deep-dish pizza, the salad is so tangy and delicious that it (almost) distracts us from the crispy pies. This plate of leaves cuts through the richness of the cheese, buttery crust, and candied bacon.

Your Order: Green Goddess Wedge

Chances are, you’ve had a sad wedge salad at a wedding or a steakhouse at some point in your life. But the one at Frank’s—with huge cubes of smoky homemade bacon, radishes, and a creamy green goddess—will restore your faith in eating a large hunk of lettuce covered in stuff.

Your Order: Potato Salad

Matt’s is a special place with a special lunch situation. And that’s mostly because every sandwich comes with a side salad. You could opt for the mixed greens with pumpkin seeds and blue cheese, or you could live for today and get the delicious mustardy potato salad with bacon. Choose your destiny.

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