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19 Satisfying Salads to Dive Into Around Atlanta

These salads are anything but boring

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Restaurants around Atlanta are proving that salads don’t have to be boring. Area restaurants are whipping up salads layered with texture, proteins, and seasonal produce beyond the standard bowl of blah lettuces tossed in gloopy dressing. Here are 19 Atlanta restaurants in which to dive into a satisfying salad bowl.

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Snackboxe Bistro

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The Laotian restaurant’s nam khao is one of metro Atlanta’s most vibrant salads. Crispy coconut rice is combined with fermented pork (or tofu) and served as a lettuce wrap. Chopped peanuts give it an extra layer of crunch. Each bite strikes the balance between salty, sweet, and spicy. 

gusto! Chamblee

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Gusto founder Nate Hybl claims he wants to revolutionize fast food — and he may be on to something. The model is efficient thanks to set combinations and limited customizations. Most menu items seem fairly healthy. Choose salad or grains (or a combo) as a base, a protein (the grilled chicken is always good,) and then a flavor combination. The chipotle mango avocado is a solid start. It’s packed with avocado, mango, black bean and corn salad, and a lime vinaigrette. Drizzle on some chipotle pepper cream sauce for an extra kick. Gusto has multiple locations around Atlanta.

Souper Jenny Brookhaven

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Atlantans have been getting their soup and salad fix at Souper Jenny for 20 years, and for good reason. The salads change daily and reflect what’s in season. Souper Jenny proves lettuce isn’t always necessary to make a tasty salad. Creative combinations include the Thai chopped salad with cabbage, edamame, peppers, and a ginger peanut dressing and a butter lettuce salad made with apples, roasted green grapes, acorn squash, toasted pecans, and blue cheese. Souper Jenny also has locations in Buckhead at the Atlanta History Center, on Huff Road in Westside, and in historic Roswell.

Flower Child

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Irresistibly Instagrammable, the health-focused chain has two Atlanta locations (Sandy Springs and Buckhead). Salads here feature mostly organic produce with standouts being the chopped vegetables with greens, romaine, avocado, carrots, and tomatoes with a ginger miso vinaigrette and the Vietnamese crunch with cabbage, quinoa, pineapple, and peppadews peppers tossed in a lemongrass vinaigrette.

Bones Restaurant

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Salad may not spring to mind when dining at this iconic Buckhead steakhouse, but the BLT salad is worth the order here. Grilled romaine, bacon, cherry tomatoes, and buttermilk ranch dressing make for a satisfying lunch.

King + Duke

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The wooden bowl salad is on King + Duke’s lunch menu. It’s light yet filling, thanks to a mixture of chopped lettuces, seasonal vegetables, croutons, and a soft egg.  

KarmaFarm

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Ordering at KarmaFarm can be daunting with so many options to choose from and not one set menu. When in doubt, go straight for the salads on the menu. The penne pasta salad with pesto and mushrooms is a good place to start. The pasta is made from chickpea flour pasta, so it’s gluten free. 

Chopt Creative Salad Co.

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Craving a big, deep bowl of salad that’s loaded with mix-ins? Chopt is the place to go. The New York import has three locations in Atlanta (Buckhead, Druid Hills, and Ansley Park). The restaurant gets busy during lunch, but the lines move fairly quickly. Standouts on the menu include the crispy chicken ranch salad with panko breaded chicken, spicy peppers, and pepperjack cheese and the Mexicali vegan salad with sweet potatoes, hearts of palm, tomatoes, black beans, and jalapeño peppers. 

Little Rey

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The La Superica salad at Little Rey is a must. Wood grilled chicken, avocado, cucumber, pickled red onions, and corn sit atop a bed of greens. It comes tossed in a creamy oregano dressing and is the same salad found on the menu at Ford Fry’s Superica. Only there, it’s called the ensalada de la casa (house salad).

Redbird

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Chef Zeb Stevenson knows how to bring vegetables to life, and Redbird’s kale salad is no exception. Before thinking, “ugh, kale,” this is a salad that’s been known to convert even the staunchest nonbelievers. Kale is marinated overnight in a roasted shallot oil, tossed with cashew dressing, and topped with capers and toast. For brunch, try the beautiful seasonal fruit salad with tossed with coconut, lime, and chili salt.

Falafel Nation

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The Israeli fast-casual cafe adjacent to sister restaurant Aziza serves up a mean chopped salad “with all the fixings.” Greens are topped with a variety of toppings that include pickled red onions, cauliflower, chickpeas, and a hardboiled egg. Level up and add falafel. 

Located on Howell Mill Road, this fast-casual restaurant channels LA vibes with its minimalist aesthetic and its pricey salads and grain bowls. The line can get long during peak dining hours, so be prepared to wait. The menu offers customizable salads, but the restaurant’s set salad options are a good place to start if feeling overwhelmed. The coconut kale salad here is a treat with kale, purple cabbage, mango, avocado, and chicken tossed in a ginger miso dressing. 

Saltwood Charcuterie & Bar

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While doing business, seeing a show, or visiting museums around Midtown, head to Saltwood inside the Loews Atlanta Hotel for anything but wimpy salads. The salad bar here is all-you-can-eat and includes toppings like broccoli, beets, nuts, and cheeses paired with proteins like chicken and shrimp. 

Farm Burger Decatur

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Go to Farm Burger (with seven Atlanta area locations) for the burgers, but stay for the salad. The farm salad is a combination of greens, roasted butternut squash, toasted pumpkin seeds, and dried cranberries all tossed in green goddess dressing. Top it with a burger patty for a protein boost. 

Botiwalla

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While the ribs at Botiwalla are a great way to go for something hearty, the Desi salad is extremely satisfying when in need of something lighter. This salad is a happy mixture of shredded cabbage, carrots, scallions, roasted cashews, cilantro, and sev (crunchy noodles) tossed in a tangy cumin-lime vinaigrette. If it’s too light on its own, add a protein like chicken tikka. There’s also an outpost in Alpharetta.

Pancake Social

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Salad at a pancake restaurant? Yes, because sometimes salad for breakfast is necessary. Pancake Social delivers. The P.S. Salad is a solid combination of greens, soft boiled egg, avocado, bacon, and blue cheese. 

Ticonderoga Club

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The cozy New England-style restaurant in the back of Krog Street Market does many things right (especially cocktails) and the hearty Cobb salad is no exception. The colorful plate consists of iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, egg, chicken, and Danish blue cheese.  

Nina & Rafi

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In need of some leafy greens to accompany that Detroit-style pizza? Order the pizzeria salad. It’s simple, but delicious, with leafy greens, cherry tomatoes, olives, chickpeas, and croutons tossed in a house vinaigrette. 

Lottafrutta

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It’s easy to drive past this Sweet Auburn gem without realizing it, but it’s worth a stop for fruit salads with pizzaz. Channeling her grandparents who worked with fruit in southern Texas, owner Myrna Perez serves up creative fruit cups at LottaFrutta. While all are great, try the cremolata. The cup includes bananas, grapes, watermelon, and papaya topped with dairy-free coconut cream. 

Snackboxe Bistro

The Laotian restaurant’s nam khao is one of metro Atlanta’s most vibrant salads. Crispy coconut rice is combined with fermented pork (or tofu) and served as a lettuce wrap. Chopped peanuts give it an extra layer of crunch. Each bite strikes the balance between salty, sweet, and spicy. 

gusto! Chamblee

Gusto founder Nate Hybl claims he wants to revolutionize fast food — and he may be on to something. The model is efficient thanks to set combinations and limited customizations. Most menu items seem fairly healthy. Choose salad or grains (or a combo) as a base, a protein (the grilled chicken is always good,) and then a flavor combination. The chipotle mango avocado is a solid start. It’s packed with avocado, mango, black bean and corn salad, and a lime vinaigrette. Drizzle on some chipotle pepper cream sauce for an extra kick. Gusto has multiple locations around Atlanta.

Souper Jenny Brookhaven

Atlantans have been getting their soup and salad fix at Souper Jenny for 20 years, and for good reason. The salads change daily and reflect what’s in season. Souper Jenny proves lettuce isn’t always necessary to make a tasty salad. Creative combinations include the Thai chopped salad with cabbage, edamame, peppers, and a ginger peanut dressing and a butter lettuce salad made with apples, roasted green grapes, acorn squash, toasted pecans, and blue cheese. Souper Jenny also has locations in Buckhead at the Atlanta History Center, on Huff Road in Westside, and in historic Roswell.

Flower Child

Irresistibly Instagrammable, the health-focused chain has two Atlanta locations (Sandy Springs and Buckhead). Salads here feature mostly organic produce with standouts being the chopped vegetables with greens, romaine, avocado, carrots, and tomatoes with a ginger miso vinaigrette and the Vietnamese crunch with cabbage, quinoa, pineapple, and peppadews peppers tossed in a lemongrass vinaigrette.

Bones Restaurant

Salad may not spring to mind when dining at this iconic Buckhead steakhouse, but the BLT salad is worth the order here. Grilled romaine, bacon, cherry tomatoes, and buttermilk ranch dressing make for a satisfying lunch.

King + Duke

The wooden bowl salad is on King + Duke’s lunch menu. It’s light yet filling, thanks to a mixture of chopped lettuces, seasonal vegetables, croutons, and a soft egg.  

KarmaFarm

Ordering at KarmaFarm can be daunting with so many options to choose from and not one set menu. When in doubt, go straight for the salads on the menu. The penne pasta salad with pesto and mushrooms is a good place to start. The pasta is made from chickpea flour pasta, so it’s gluten free. 

Chopt Creative Salad Co.

Craving a big, deep bowl of salad that’s loaded with mix-ins? Chopt is the place to go. The New York import has three locations in Atlanta (Buckhead, Druid Hills, and Ansley Park). The restaurant gets busy during lunch, but the lines move fairly quickly. Standouts on the menu include the crispy chicken ranch salad with panko breaded chicken, spicy peppers, and pepperjack cheese and the Mexicali vegan salad with sweet potatoes, hearts of palm, tomatoes, black beans, and jalapeño peppers. 

Little Rey

The La Superica salad at Little Rey is a must. Wood grilled chicken, avocado, cucumber, pickled red onions, and corn sit atop a bed of greens. It comes tossed in a creamy oregano dressing and is the same salad found on the menu at Ford Fry’s Superica. Only there, it’s called the ensalada de la casa (house salad).

Redbird

Chef Zeb Stevenson knows how to bring vegetables to life, and Redbird’s kale salad is no exception. Before thinking, “ugh, kale,” this is a salad that’s been known to convert even the staunchest nonbelievers. Kale is marinated overnight in a roasted shallot oil, tossed with cashew dressing, and topped with capers and toast. For brunch, try the beautiful seasonal fruit salad with tossed with coconut, lime, and chili salt.

Falafel Nation

The Israeli fast-casual cafe adjacent to sister restaurant Aziza serves up a mean chopped salad “with all the fixings.” Greens are topped with a variety of toppings that include pickled red onions, cauliflower, chickpeas, and a hardboiled egg. Level up and add falafel. 

Upbeet

Located on Howell Mill Road, this fast-casual restaurant channels LA vibes with its minimalist aesthetic and its pricey salads and grain bowls. The line can get long during peak dining hours, so be prepared to wait. The menu offers customizable salads, but the restaurant’s set salad options are a good place to start if feeling overwhelmed. The coconut kale salad here is a treat with kale, purple cabbage, mango, avocado, and chicken tossed in a ginger miso dressing. 

Saltwood Charcuterie & Bar

While doing business, seeing a show, or visiting museums around Midtown, head to Saltwood inside the Loews Atlanta Hotel for anything but wimpy salads. The salad bar here is all-you-can-eat and includes toppings like broccoli, beets, nuts, and cheeses paired with proteins like chicken and shrimp. 

Farm Burger Decatur

Go to Farm Burger (with seven Atlanta area locations) for the burgers, but stay for the salad. The farm salad is a combination of greens, roasted butternut squash, toasted pumpkin seeds, and dried cranberries all tossed in green goddess dressing. Top it with a burger patty for a protein boost. 

Botiwalla

While the ribs at Botiwalla are a great way to go for something hearty, the Desi salad is extremely satisfying when in need of something lighter. This salad is a happy mixture of shredded cabbage, carrots, scallions, roasted cashews, cilantro, and sev (crunchy noodles) tossed in a tangy cumin-lime vinaigrette. If it’s too light on its own, add a protein like chicken tikka. There’s also an outpost in Alpharetta.

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Pancake Social

Salad at a pancake restaurant? Yes, because sometimes salad for breakfast is necessary. Pancake Social delivers. The P.S. Salad is a solid combination of greens, soft boiled egg, avocado, bacon, and blue cheese. 

Ticonderoga Club

The cozy New England-style restaurant in the back of Krog Street Market does many things right (especially cocktails) and the hearty Cobb salad is no exception. The colorful plate consists of iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, egg, chicken, and Danish blue cheese.  

Nina & Rafi

In need of some leafy greens to accompany that Detroit-style pizza? Order the pizzeria salad. It’s simple, but delicious, with leafy greens, cherry tomatoes, olives, chickpeas, and croutons tossed in a house vinaigrette. 

Lottafrutta

It’s easy to drive past this Sweet Auburn gem without realizing it, but it’s worth a stop for fruit salads with pizzaz. Channeling her grandparents who worked with fruit in southern Texas, owner Myrna Perez serves up creative fruit cups at LottaFrutta. While all are great, try the cremolata. The cup includes bananas, grapes, watermelon, and papaya topped with dairy-free coconut cream. 

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