626 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60654
Tomatoes are still in abundance come fall, and they go perfectly with fresh mozzarella. For the best caprese salad in town, head to this Near North Italian restaurant. While Quartino features small plates of Italian regional specialties, as well as Neapolitan pizza, there’s nothing moderate about the portion serving of this caprese salad. The buffalo mozzarella, roma tomatoes and fresh basil are also topped with just the right amount of balsamic vinegar syrup, all for a reasonable price.
4300 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618
This North Center restaurant may be best known for its burgers and craft beers, but don’t overlook your leafy green dishes. Most of the salads on the menu reflect what’s in season, and as such, you’re getting the freshest cuts of veggies there are. The beet salad, for one, is always on the menu, but what accompanies those beets changes depending on the season. Even if you don’t think you’re a fan of beets, don’t overlook this salad, as it’s a great accompaniment to the burgers when you order a small, or great all on its own when you order a large. Other seasonal salads are typically on the menu as well.
Basil Leaf Café
2465 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614
This Italian cafe in Lincoln Park has an extensive menu featuring everything from pastas to meat entrees and more. But the highlight of a meal here is often the seasonal salads. When the cooler weather descends, take your pick from a plethora of vegetable-only salads to some that also feature fall fruits. One of the most popular salads is the baby spinach with poached pear salad, which comes with gorgonzola, roasted honey sunflower seeds and a honey balsamic dressing.
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Franks ‘N’ Dawgs
1863 N. Clybourn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
A salad from a hot dog joint? Yes, you read that right. While this Lincoln Park eatery is best known for gourmet sausages, don’t bypass the sides menu. That’s because, in addition to divine truffle fries, Franks ‘N Dawgs also offers a Brussels sprouts salad (which is actually available year round). The Brussels sprouts are finely shaved and then mixed with lemon zest, toasted pistachios for a bit of added crunch and the perfect amount of parmesan cheese. The salad is topped off with a bit of blood orange oil to tie it all together.
833 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60607
Any dining experience at this Randolph Corridor restaurant promises to be a decadent one, even if you’re dining on salad. While the menu is European-inspired, all ingredients are locally sourced for the restaurant’s small plates, and, as such, feature seasonal ingredients. Chef Jared Van Camp currently offers a couple of salads on his menu, including a roasted pear and Brussels sprout salad, both ingredients of which come from Kluge Farm. The salad is simple as it is dressed with parmigiano reggiano and balsamic — and that’s it, but your taste buds, and your waistline, will thank you.
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