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Local salads highlight summertime flavors

Local salads highlight summertime flavors

A delicious salad is the perfect present.

It is a celebration of the Earth's gifts. You can dress them up or down however you want, and they give you a chance to be creative without needing a ton of cooking skills.

Salads are just as ubiquitous on menus everywhere. They are everywhere, but not all of them are the same, and when you find one that really works, you should be happy.

Here are a dozen of my favorite salads in town that are light and refreshing for the summer and have a satisfying crunch.

Butter Cafe’s Seaside Salad

1106 Brown St., Dayton

937-985-9917 or

The Seaside Salad ($16.95) from Butter Cafe's new summer specials menu is a straightforward option that is worth seeking out. It's a light and delicious winner made with fresh local spinach, strawberries, pecans, feta, local microgreens, and a housemade crab cake.

Coco’s Bistro’s Beet Salad

250 Warren St., Dayton

937-228-2626 or

This elegant $17 salad with grilled salmon, mixed greens, fresh beets, grapefruit gastrique, goat cheese, and beet thousand island is a flavorful dream. It highlights that strikingly red beetroot and is beautiful, light, and beautiful. Their Bourbon Street Salad ($18) with bourbon-glazed shrimp and a bed of mixed greens, bacon, tomato, fontina, spicy onion straws, and toasted pecan vinaigrette is another favorite of mine.

elé Cake Co Bistro & Wine Bar’s Chopped Salad

3680 Rigby Rd, Miamisburg

937-384-2253 or

At Elé, the chopped salad with Roma crunch lettuce, chopped harvest mixed greens, red radishes, English cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, garden peas, green beans, a hard-boiled egg, and your choice of dressing is a favorite. It starts at $14 and includes ranch, house champagne vinaigrette, caesar, golden balsamic vinaigrette, and lemon poppyseed vinaigrette, as well as salmon, grilled chicken, tiger shrimp, and fried shrimp for an additional charge. On any weekday from 3 to 6 p.m., enjoy happy hour by having lunch late. and get $5 drafts and house wines, as well as $3 off all appetizers.

Figlio Wood Fired Pizza’s Peasant Salad

424 E Stroop Road, Kettering

937-534-0494 or

Two phrases: Salad of peasants This is a similar recipe from the previous Laborer Stock eatery that is a work of art. $8 salad of lettuce, spinach, bacon, an egg, onions, cheddar, peas, and peppers served with a thick, creamy dressing This salad is like a seven-layer salad that has been broken down. It is one of my favorites. Another excellent option is the $8.50 spinach strawberry salad with arugula, honey bacon, blue cheese, and pickled red onion. Salmon ($7), shrimp ($6), chicken ($5), and avocado ($3) can all be added to entree salads, which cost twice as much.

Grist’s Bready or Not

46 W. 5th St., Dayton

937-802-4544 or

Grist is a dream that changes constantly. I adore this spot so much, and now that it serves dinner, it's even better. The "Bready or Not" salad, which is $6.25 for a half and $10.25 for the full and is made with day-old focaccia, spring peas, asparagus, pickled red onion, crumbled feta, shaved radish, and a smoked buttermilk vinaigrette, is one of the current offerings on the ever-evolving menu.

Linh’s Bistro’s Goi Tom Thit

5532 Airway Rd., Dayton

937- 252-1857 or

There is a wide variety of Vietnamese food to choose from at one of my favorite local establishments. The eatery's Goi Tom Thit salad ($15.95) is a conventional new vegetable Vietnamese serving of mixed greens with shrimp and pork that won't wow you assuming that you've ever had the joy of requesting it. Just say "no." 14 on the menu, and you'll be up and running in no time.

Lucky’s Taproom & Eatery’s Grilled Kale and Beet Salad

520 E. 5th St., Dayton

937- 222-6800 or

Barbecued Kale is presented with a solid portion of cooked brilliant beets, some applewood-smoked bacon, shaved red onion, and exquisite goat cheddar to praise it. The salad ($13.25) comes with the dressing of your choice. The garlic flavor of Mama Lu is my favorite, but you can't go wrong with any of them. Crispy seitan crumbles can substitute for bacon for vegetarians. Meat sweethearts can add chicken ($4.25), 6 oz. salmon ($8), or additional bacon ($2.75) to their salad if they require additional protein.

Meadowlark’s Chopped Salad

5531 Far Hills Ave., Dayton

937-434-4750 or

Chopped cucumber, tomato, radish, carrot, and celery are tossed in a fresh lemon vinaigrette on a bed of chopped romaine, making this a perennial favorite that emphasizes crunchy, fresh vegetables. A piece of crunchy grilled toast is served alongside an egg, avocado, crumbled feta, herb leaves, and a drizzle of homemade herb mayonnaise. A full salad costs $16.95, while a half costs $9.95. Grilled Angus beef for $9, seared salmon for $8, grilled chicken breast for $7, or my personal favorite, grilled tofu for $5, are all options. Crisp Nueske's bacon and tomato ($6) can also be added to the dish.

Piada Italian Street Food, Farmers Market Salad

4397 Far Hills Ave., Kettering


3286-B Paragon Blvd., Beavercreek


1047 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd., Centerville


One of my favorite local fast-casual concepts is Piada. It's inexpensive and full of new flavors. It's quick and simple, and it always makes you feel like you got a good deal. The Farmers Market salad ($8.59/$10.29) with chopped greens, cabbage, kale, fresh avocado, feta, strawberries, sweet corn, tomato, glazed pecans, and a lemon-basil dressing is my personal favorite. However, everything else at Piada is pretty good, which is something I can't say about the majority of fast casual options.

Salar Restaurant & Lounge’s Peruvian Charred Caesar Salad

400 E. 5th St., Dayton

937-203-3999 or

This delicious salad was created by Salar, a company that is skilled at executing flavor. Scorched child romaine lettuce, parmesan and queso fresco cheeses, peppered bacon, and cilantro bread garnishes are presented with an aji amarillo Caesar dressing ($15). This serving of mixed greens is loaded with flavors that will make you want more and more. If you're not going green all the time, this is the perfect salad to split before dinner.

Salt Block Biscuit Company’s Almond Tarragon Chicken Salad

115 E. Third St., Dayton

937-938-9079 or

It would be an understatement to say that I adore Justin Mohler, the owner of Salt Block Biscuit Company. The only problem with going in to order one of his fantastic salads is all of the baked goods that you won't be able to resist and that are made with the kind of love and passion that you can taste. He opened his wonderful storefront at the end of 2020. The Almond Tarragon Chicken Salad, which costs $15 and is made with roast chicken, onion, celery, toasted almonds, and tarragon and is served over greens with apples, carrots, and tomatoes, is my favorite of his salads. I order some pickled beets on the side and try to avoid adding carbs to my order at the checkout, but I can't.

Thai 9′s Mango Salad

11 Brown St., Dayton

937-222-3227 or

Thai 9 serves one of my favorite salads in town, a salad I dream about, crave, and need frequently. It's so easy to make their mango salad ($6.95): roasted coconut, cashews, piles of red onion, green onion, and cilantro, sliced fresh mango, lime juice, and fish sauce bathe it in a punch of flavor and kick. Sincere disclosure: A mint will come in handy later.

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