Summertime and the weather’s HOT. While we’re totally not against having ice cream for lunch and dinner, we recommend trying one of these refreshing salads when you need to cool down.

Fast & Fresh

Chopt

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Where: 4125 Park Rd., 8022 Providence Rd., 9844 Rea Rd. (Charlotte)
Order: Any of the seasonal salads (known as Destination Salads)

Verde

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Where: 15105-F John Delaney Dr., Charlotte
Order: Buffalo Caulipower – romaine, buffalo cauliflower, roasted chicken, shredded carrots, bleu cheese, buttermilk dressing, Red Clay Hot Sauce

Seoul Poke Bowl

Where: 3609 South Blvd., Charlotte
Order: Build your own salad (just choose mixed greens as your base) and top with protein of choice plus carrots, edamame, ginger, daikon, cucumber, and more.

Crunch Bistro

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Where: 6414 Rea Rd., 401 N Tryon St. (Charlotte)
Order: Buffalo Bleu – romaine, grilled buffalo chicken, onion straws, bleu cheese crumbles, red onions, tomatoes, house bleu cheese dressing

Casual Crunch

Urban Cookhouse

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Where: 1601 E Woodlawn Rd. Suite B, Charlotte
Order: Pepper Patch – black beans, corn, red onions, tomatoes, pepper jack, roasted jalapeno vinaigrette (protein is an additional charge, but I recommend the shrimp kababs or lime-marinated steak)

Living Kitchen

Where: 2000 South Blvd. (Charlotte)
Order: Rawco Taco – romaine, avocado, pico de gallo, walnut-almond rawco meat, raw crackers, cashew sour cream, fire and brimstone sauce, sprouts, micro cilantro

The Mad Greek

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Where: 5011 South Blvd., Charlotte
Order: Village Salad – tomato, onion, cucumber, feta, bell pepper, peperoncino, olives

Inizio Pizza

Where: 10620 Providence Rd., 2230 Park Rd. (Charlotte)
Order: Italian Chopped – romaine and arugula, salami, cherry tomatoes, sweet peppers, kalamata olives, croutons, shaved Parmesan, house vinaigrette

B. GOOD

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Where: 400 S Tryon St. Unit R1, 7926 Rea Rd., 14825 Ballantyne Village Way (Charlotte)
Order: Thai Noodle – tofu (the one above is chicken instead), zucchini noodles, spicy slaw, romaine, pecans, cilantro, spicy coconut dressing (seasonal salad)

Have a Beer with That

Duckworth’s Kitchen & Taphouse

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Where: 4425 Park Rd., Charlotte
Order: Blackened Salmon Salad – Scottish salmon lightly blackened and drizzled with a sweet chili sauce served atop greens, charred corn, edamame, quinoa, carrots, cucumber, tomatoes, green onion, and chipotle ranch

Growler’s Pourhouse

Where: 3120 N Davidson St., Charlotte
Order: Corn Off the Cob Salad – roasted corn, tomato, bleu cheese, bacon, hard-boiled egg, romaine, roasted tomato ranch

Legion Brewing (SouthPark)

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Where: 5610 Carnegie Blvd., Charlotte
Order: Spicy Shrimp Cobb Salad – Santa Maria spiced grilled shrimp with eggs, avocado, corn, tomato, bacon, and herbed goat cheese with romaine, local greens, and cilantro lime vinaigrette

Lunch is Served

Reid’s Fine Foods (Myers Park)

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Where: 2823 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte
Order: Classic Caesar – romaine, house croutons, classic dressing, Parmesan crisps

Reid’s Fine Foods (SouthPark)

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Where: 4331 Barclay Downs Dr., Charlotte
Order: Wedge BLT – heirloom tomatoes, pork belly lardons, Boston bibb lettuce, house croutons, creamy sun-dried tomato dressing

Kid Cashew

Where: 1608 East Blvd., Charlotte
Order: Wild-Caught Salmon, Kale & Quinoa – wood-fired salmon on kale and topped with cucumber salsa

ROOTS Cafe

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Where: 2135 Southend Dr., Charlotte
Order: Bunless Veggie Burger – house recipe veggie burger, fresh greens, pickled peppers, sliced red onion, fresh spring veggies, simple vinaigrette, fire-roasted chili aioli

Fran’s Filling Station

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Where: 2410 Park Rd., Charlotte
Order: Great Big Salad – beets, green beans, goat cheese, garbanzo beans, veggies, sunflower seeds

Midwood Smokehouse

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Where: various locations
Order: Dixie Chicken – romaine, pulled BBQ chicken, Roma tomatoes, black beans, red onion, avocado, smoked corn, cilantro, crispy tortilla strips, chipotle ranch

Leroy Fox

Where: 705 S Sharon Amity Rd., 1616 Camden Rd. Suite 150 (Charlotte)
Order: Linda Lou’s Chef Salad – fried or grilled chicken, mixed greens, hard-boiled egg, shredded cheddar, diced tomato, cucumber, croutons, honey mustard

Amelie’s

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Where: various locations
Order: Blueberry, roasted peach, bleu cheese, blueberry balsamic vinaigrette


Have Some Salad with Your Pasta

Mama Ricotta’s

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Where: 601 S Kings Dr. AA, Charlotte
Order: Tuscan Salad – romaine, diced Roma tomatoes, house-made mozzarella, red onions, kalamata olives, tossed and topped with balsamic vinegar and EVOO

Aria Tuscan Grill

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Where: 100 N Tryon St., Charlotte
Order: Gem Lettuce Salad – endive, radicchio, pomegranate, Pecorino, hazelnuts, walnut vinaigrette

Pasta & Provisions

Where: 1528 Providence Rd., 4700 Park Rd., 1600 S Mint St. (Charlotte)
Order: Kale Salad – baby kale, shaved carrots, radishes, cherry tomato, cucumber, champagne vinaigrette

Angeline’s

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Where: 303 S Church St., Charlotte
Order: Grilled Caesar – grilled baby gem, fried anchovy, pickled shallots, frico chips

Civetta

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Where: 7828-E Rea Rd., Charlotte
Order: Chopped Antipasto – arugula, romaine, radicchio, spicy salami picante, aged provolone, artichoke, romano cheese, fresh basil, red onion

Cool SouthPark Spots

WP Kitchen

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Where: 6706 Phillips Place Ct. C, Charlotte
Order: Chinese Chicken Salad – candied cashews, sesame ginger dressing

Harper’s

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Where: 6518 Fairview Rd., Charlotte
Order: Oriental Chicken Salad – Asian chicken, greens, mushrooms, almonds, scallions

Paco’s Tacos

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Where: 6401 Morrison Blvd. #8A, Charlotte
Order: Too Big Taco Salad – crispy wheat and flour tortilla triangles, black beans, chili con queso, romaine, corn, tomatoes, mixed cheeses, creamy chili lime dressing, topped with seasoned ground beef, sour cream, pico de gallo, guacamole

Bulla Gastrobar

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Where: 4310 Sharon Rd. Suite W01, Charlotte
Order: Grilled Octopus Salad – Roma tomatoes, cucumbers, croutons, lemon

Yafo Kitchen

Where: various locations
Order: Build your own salad and top it with lots of flavorful ingredients (beets, chick peas, tabbouleh, feta, olives, cabbage, and more, plus your choice of protein)

Date Night

Upstream

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Where: 6902 Phillips Place
Order: Kale Salad – duck confit, Asian pear, candied ginger, cider sesame vinaigrette

The Stanley

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Where: 1961 E 7th St., Charlotte
Order: Arugula, country ham, bleu cheese, pecans, strawberries, balsamic

McNinch House

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Where: 511 N Church St., Charlotte
Order: Grilled Peach Salad – grilled peaches, arugula, mint pesto, goat cheese

Burton’s Grill

Where: 1601 E. Woodlawn Rd., 9816-J Rea Rd. (Charlotte)
Order: Superfood – quinoa, baby spinach, golden raisins, feta, grape tomatoes, julienne veggies, lemon vinaigrette

Mimosa Grill

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Where: 327 S Tryon St., Charlotte
Order: Seafood Salad – three Carolina shrimp with market fish or salmon over mixed greens or classic Caesar

Fahrenheit

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Where: 222 S Caldwell St., Charlotte
Order: Blake Kale Caesar – shaved kale, homemade garlic croutons, Pecorino, burnt lemon dressing