Food Stuffs: Whether you are looking to drop a few pounds or just eat healthier, filling up on veggies and lean proteins every day can be a real bummer and leave you feeling weak and grouchy all the time. Even in restaurants, so often the healthy option is a lackluster plate of iceberg lettuce with some dressing on the side. Gross.
But not all salads are created equal and it is possible to eat healthily without missing out on the flavor. To prove it, we’ve rounded up three of the loveliest, most flavor-rich salads in the nabe to help you make better eating choices this winter.
1. Blue Agave Salad – Blue Agave Restaurant & Bar (7201 16th Avenue) $12.95
Spinach has never tasted this decadent. The leafy greens are drenched in flavor, with slivers of caramelized leeks, grilled shrimp, sweet kernels of corn, bits of red pepper, and cotija cheese with a citrus truffle vinaigrette dressing. You will never miss the bread again.
2. Horiatiki Salad – Meze (6601 13th Avenue) $10.95
This Greek village salad may look simple, but it packs a lot of punch. It includes large tomato wedges, hot peppers, thick cucumber slices, slivered red onions, and is topped with large brick of feta — which slowly crumbles away. The salad is accompanied by a hunk of crusty bread for dipping. A delicate herb vinaigrette dressing allows the chunky farm fresh veggies to shine be the focal point of this gorgeous dish. For a few extra bucks, you can order it topped with grilled chicken, pork, or steak.
3. Romaine Avocado w/ Ginger Dressing – Panino Rustico (8222 17th Avenue) $5.99+
This salad is all about the homemade ginger dressing. The bright flavor is tossed with a basic bowl of romaine, avocado, and tomato. The end result is a beautiful to look at as it is to eat. Those yellows and creamy avocado greens are sure to turn your day around. Just add on some chicken, steak, or tuna for a hearty feast.
What’s your favorite spot to go for salads in Bensonhurst? Share your recommendations in the comments.
Food Stuffs is a column exploring the gastronomic landscape of Bensonhurst and the surrounding neighborhoods. Each entry will cover anything and everything remotely related to food. Because here in Bensonhurst, food is always news.