Boston’s Best Spring Salads

April 23, 2014 6:00 AM

(Photo from Sebastians/Facebook)

There is something about a fresh, crisp salad that always hits the spot. When the weather warms up, it is easier to keep a lighter diet and to find seasonal ingredients like fresh produce. While there are some great summer salad recipes to make at home, there are also local eateries with great specialty salads. These restaurants throughout Boston have mastered the salad and make their spring recipes a star on their already stellar menus.
(Photo from Facebook)

(Photo from Facebook)

Stephi’s on Tremont
571 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 236-2063

Located in the South End, Stephi’s on Tremont is a great spot for brunch on weekends, lunch with the girls, dinner with your sweetheart or whatever occasion hunger strikes. For spring salads, the menu always features tons of selections. Go with the simple house salad featuring baby arugula and spinach tossed with a lemon olive oil vinaigrette and shaved parmesan cheese or order one of Stephi’s signature recipes like the crunchy vegetable salad featuring carrots and cauliflower along with plenty of other ingredients like flavorful feta and a lemon vinaigrette. Add shrimp, steak or chicken to make them more filling. Other options include miso salmon salad, pecan goat cheese salad, yellowfin tuna salad and more.

(Photo from Parish Cafe)

(Photo from Parish Cafe)

The Parish Cafe
361 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 247-4777

A patio, a long beer list, gourmet sandwiches and fresh salads are just a few of the highlights of dining at Parish Cafe, right on Boylston Street in Boston’s Back Bay. The Harrington salad, for $10.25, features lettuce, fresh mint, diced cucumbers, sliced red onions, Kalamata olives and feta cheese with a light and fresh lemon olive oil dressing, over grilled Syrian bread. Other salads include the beet salad with toasted walnuts and blue cheese, the traditional Nicoise salad or the spinach salad featuring apples, sunflower seeds, cabbage and other crunchy, seasonal ingredients with croutons and a citrus-apple and poppyseed vinaigrette.

(Photo from Sebastians/Facebook)

(Photo from Sebastians/Facebook)

1 Devonshire Place
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 624-7979

If you would rather choose all of the ingredients in your salad, Sebastians has an extensive list of ingredients to mix together. Start off by picking from three different lettuce options. Then the staff will expertly assemble your salad as you watch and pick your perfect combinations of items. There are fruits, nuts, cheeses, meats, veggies and tons of toppings, plus a few dressings. The staff will toss it up for you in huge silver bowls so all of the ingredients are mixed together and coated with the dressing. It makes for a great lunch whether you keep it simple or add everything offered.

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(Photo from Sonsi/Facebook)

(Photo from Sonsi/Facebook)

327 Newbury St.
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 351-2500

For people watching, shopping, drinks or just a stroll, Newbury Street is a springtime favorite. Sonsie has a prime location and delicious cuisine and cocktails to go along with it. One of the standout salads on the menu is the Asian chopped veggie salad with sesame shiitake and white miso dressing for $13. There is also a Caesar salad, a mesclun salad with tomatoes, balsamic vinegar and warm goat cheese drizzled with olive oil or a beet and kale salad with nuts and raisins, along with croutons and pecorino.

Hamersley’s Bistro
553 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 423-2700

Hamersley’s Bistro prides itself on using the best, seasonal and local ingredients whenever possible, including produce from Concord’s Verrill Farm and clams from Woodbury’s Clams in Wellfleet. Comfort food dishes like roasted chicken are a favorite here, but there are some salads that are worth a try as well. Though the menu does change to incorporate what is at its peak of freshness, recent salad recipes have included mixed greens with champagne-sage vinaigrette and goat cheese or the kale salad with toasted walnuts, pickled red onions, raisins and feta cheese with lemon and olive oil for $14. Another great combination of ingredients is the beet salad with blood oranges and ginger with roasted sesame dressing.

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Michelle Levine is a creative energetic, young professional that is passionate about everything Boston has to offer. She loves to attend local events, dine out, and cook and wants to share her findings with you. Her work can be found on