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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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1. bittersweet

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500 E Alameda Ave
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 942-0320
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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.

2. ChoLon Bistro

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1555 Blake St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 353-5223
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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.

3. Cafe Bar

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295 S Pennsylvania St
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 362-0227
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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.

4. Acorn

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3350 Brighton Blvd
Denver, CO 80216
(720) 542-3721
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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.

5. Ste. Ellie

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1553 Platte St
Denver, CO 80202
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.

6. Harman's

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2900 E. 2nd Ave.
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 388-7428
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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.

7. The Squeaky Bean

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1500 Wynkoop St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 623-2665
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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.

8. Spuntino

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2639 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 433-0949
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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.

9. The Kitchen Denver

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1530 16th St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 623-3127
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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.

10. Bistro Vendome

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1420 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 825-3232
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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.

11. Old Major

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3316 Tejon St
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 420-0622
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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.

12. Session Kitchen

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1518 S. Pearl Street
Denver, CO 80210
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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1. bittersweet

500 E Alameda Ave, Denver, CO 80209
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.
500 E Alameda Ave
Denver, CO 80209

2. ChoLon Bistro

1555 Blake St., Denver, CO 80202
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.
1555 Blake St.
Denver, CO 80202

3. Cafe Bar

295 S Pennsylvania St, Denver, CO 80209
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.
295 S Pennsylvania St
Denver, CO 80209

4. Acorn

3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216
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.
3350 Brighton Blvd
Denver, CO 80216

5. Ste. Ellie

1553 Platte St, Denver, CO 80202
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.
1553 Platte St
Denver, CO 80202

6. Harman's

2900 E. 2nd Ave., Denver, CO 80206
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.
2900 E. 2nd Ave.
Denver, CO 80206

7. The Squeaky Bean

1500 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80202
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.
1500 Wynkoop St
Denver, CO 80202

8. Spuntino

2639 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211
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.
2639 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211

9. The Kitchen Denver

1530 16th St, Denver, CO 80202
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.
1530 16th St
Denver, CO 80202

10. Bistro Vendome

1420 Larimer St., Denver, CO 80202
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.
1420 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80202

11. Old Major

3316 Tejon St, Denver, CO 80211
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.
3316 Tejon St
Denver, CO 80211

12. Session Kitchen

1518 S. Pearl Street, Denver, CO 80210
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.
1518 S. Pearl Street
Denver, CO 80210

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