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Twelve Awesome Summer Salads To Try Now

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Summer is here and with that come farm fresh vegetables for summer salads. With all the seasonal ingredients, restaurants are getting creative with their greens. From heirloom tomatoes and French radishes to ramps and asparagus, seasonal summer vegetables are everywhere in Denver making great salads. This is a list of 12 great summer salads to try now.

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bittersweet

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Bittersweet's summer salad of burrata, frisèe, roasted beets, heirloom tomato, carrot vinaigrette is a winner. Chef Olav Peterson uses a large amount of the fresh vegetables from the restaurant's own garden.

ChoLon Bistro

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At this popular restaurant, chef Lon Symensma offers a great Asian-inspired summer salad of grilled calamari with avocado, heirloom tomatoes and a lemongrass dressing.

Cafe Bar

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Although the menu changes daily, the fresh salad selection is always summery and refreshing. The local green salad shines with rhubarb- bay laurel vinaigrette, almonds and french breakfast radishes.
The kale and apple salad is rightfully a menu staple at Acorn but the poached Pachamama asparagus salad with parmesan custard, radicchio and aged balsamic is perfect for these warmer months.

Ste. Ellie

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Ste. Ellie's classic Niçoise salad is perfect for a summer evening. A classic, the salad combines homemade tuna conserve, fingerling potatoes, hard boiled eggs, olives, haricot vert, French radishes, bibb lettuce and a tarragon Dijon vinaigrette.

Harman's

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Harman's offers several different summer salad options such as a smoked trout Waldorf, but the standout dish is the heirloom carrot salad with farro, radish, cilantro, pesto candied pecans, and a chili-mint vinaigrette.

The Squeaky Bean

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The Squeaky Bean sources several fresh ingredients from its own farm and salads are spot on. A summer favorite is the red and yellow beet salad with blood orange, charred green garlic yogurt, cocoa nibs, tarragon, and almonds.

Spuntino

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The seasonal Asparagi salad, featured on both the lunch and dinner menus, brings together a happy combination of freshness, salt, fat, and grains. There is asparagus, farro, Tender Belly lardons, Pecorino cheese, and a mustard vinaigrette.

The Kitchen Denver

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The Kitchen Downtown is a great spot to stop for a salad at the lunch hour. There are several options, but the curried chicken salad with apples, greens, golden raisins and hazelnuts should not be missed.

Bistro Vendome

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The salade du marché at Bistro Vendome is inspired by fresh farmers market ingredients. This one has arugula, grilled radish, snap peas, roasted carrot, prosciutto, and parmesan with a lemon-mint vinaigrette.

Old Major

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Although known for being mostly nose to tail, Old Major's early summer salad with beans, new potatoes, pistachio, cherry tomatoes, grilled frisée, shaved carrots and green goddess dressing is worth checking out.

Session Kitchen

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The salads at Session Kitchen are always on point. Be sure to try the summer salad of fried green tomatoes, roasted ramp pistou, ugly goat chèvre, spring cucumbers, and sambal.

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bittersweet

Bittersweet's summer salad of burrata, frisèe, roasted beets, heirloom tomato, carrot vinaigrette is a winner. Chef Olav Peterson uses a large amount of the fresh vegetables from the restaurant's own garden.

ChoLon Bistro

At this popular restaurant, chef Lon Symensma offers a great Asian-inspired summer salad of grilled calamari with avocado, heirloom tomatoes and a lemongrass dressing.

Cafe Bar

Although the menu changes daily, the fresh salad selection is always summery and refreshing. The local green salad shines with rhubarb- bay laurel vinaigrette, almonds and french breakfast radishes.

Acorn

The kale and apple salad is rightfully a menu staple at Acorn but the poached Pachamama asparagus salad with parmesan custard, radicchio and aged balsamic is perfect for these warmer months.

Ste. Ellie

Ste. Ellie's classic Niçoise salad is perfect for a summer evening. A classic, the salad combines homemade tuna conserve, fingerling potatoes, hard boiled eggs, olives, haricot vert, French radishes, bibb lettuce and a tarragon Dijon vinaigrette.

Harman's

Harman's offers several different summer salad options such as a smoked trout Waldorf, but the standout dish is the heirloom carrot salad with farro, radish, cilantro, pesto candied pecans, and a chili-mint vinaigrette.

The Squeaky Bean

The Squeaky Bean sources several fresh ingredients from its own farm and salads are spot on. A summer favorite is the red and yellow beet salad with blood orange, charred green garlic yogurt, cocoa nibs, tarragon, and almonds.

Spuntino

The seasonal Asparagi salad, featured on both the lunch and dinner menus, brings together a happy combination of freshness, salt, fat, and grains. There is asparagus, farro, Tender Belly lardons, Pecorino cheese, and a mustard vinaigrette.

The Kitchen Denver

The Kitchen Downtown is a great spot to stop for a salad at the lunch hour. There are several options, but the curried chicken salad with apples, greens, golden raisins and hazelnuts should not be missed.

Bistro Vendome

The salade du marché at Bistro Vendome is inspired by fresh farmers market ingredients. This one has arugula, grilled radish, snap peas, roasted carrot, prosciutto, and parmesan with a lemon-mint vinaigrette.

Old Major

Although known for being mostly nose to tail, Old Major's early summer salad with beans, new potatoes, pistachio, cherry tomatoes, grilled frisée, shaved carrots and green goddess dressing is worth checking out.

Session Kitchen

The salads at Session Kitchen are always on point. Be sure to try the summer salad of fried green tomatoes, roasted ramp pistou, ugly goat chèvre, spring cucumbers, and sambal.

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