The best part of summer is sitting down at your favorite restaurant on the patio and enjoying some bomb food. What’s more, not everyone wants to eat a heavy meal and might want a light snack with their favorite cocktails. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the best summer salads in the Valley that you will be sure to enjoy all summer!
3961 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ
Enjoy a Mexican twist on a classic favorite at CRUjiente Tacos, a modern taqueria that delivers non-traditional and re-imagined renditions of classic Mexican cuisine. The menu features a unique take on a classic Caesar salad by serving it Mexican style. Atop a bed of romaine hearts sits spiced pepitas, cotija cheeses, escabeche, sourdough croutons and a roasted poblano dressing. This salad has the perfect combination of crunch with a bit of spice, making it perfect for the summer!
4712 N. Goldwater Boulevard, Suite 110; Scottsdale, AZ
Zinqué, a French-inspired cafe, bistro, and wine bar at Scottsdale Fashion Square has a wide selection of upscale salads that are perfect for the summer. For a bright, vibrant, and colorful salad, try the Asparagus Niçoise ($14). This refreshing medley includes a mixed greens base topped with tuna conserva, hard-boiled egg, avocado, tomatoes, and olives. The menu also features simple yet flavorful French options such as avocado, tomato, Comté cheese, and mixed lettuce salad ($13) or Caprese with fresh tomato, mozzarella, and basil ($13).
The Sicilian Butcher
15530 N. Tatum Boulevard, Suite 160, Phoenix, AZ
3151 W. Frye Road, Chandler, AZ
9780 W. Northern Ave #1100, Peoria, AZ
The Sicilian Butcher, a modern-casual meatball and charcuterie-inspired restaurant serves unique and vibrant Italian-style salads, perfect for a summer day. The roasted beets and figs salad ($13) is an elegant and colorful dish featuring summer favorites. The roasted beets and figs give a sweet twist that pairs perfectly with the Cypress grove goat cheese and arugula lettuce. This salad is topped with a saba vinaigrette and pistachio dust. The Sicilian Butcher is also known for Flora’s Salad ($13), an Italian-style salad topped with heirloom tomatoes, Roman artichokes, roasted peppers, Sicilian olives, shaved parmesan, toasted pine nuts, and a balsamic vinaigrette. These two unique dishes are great ways to cool down during the summer.
3213 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ
Enjoy a sweet summer salad at the award-winning restaurant, Tarbell’s on the Camelback Corridor. Carefully constructed by Chef Mark Tarbell, the menu features an Organic Local Greens Salad and a simple caesar with parmesan frico. The greens salad is perfect for summer as it’s topped with crispy plantains, grapefruit supremes, and coconut serrano vinaigrette. The citrus flavors add a brightness that pairs perfectly with the tropical palette of the plantains and hints of coconut.
The Italian Daughter
23687 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
Stop by the Italian Daughter for an assortment of Italian salads using fresh, seasonal ingredients. The Black Fig and Beet Salad ($13) uses sweet figs and beets to balance out the tart arugula, while the creamy goat cheese and balsamic vinaigrette add the perfect combination of rich and acidic flavors. The Italian Chopped Salad ($13) is a colorful medley of Italian flavors including salami, olives, cherry tomatoes, artichokes, provolone, and more, topped with an oregano vinaigrette.
7501 E. Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard, Scottsdale, AZ
Put a Mexican twist on your summer salad with a taco salad ($10.45) or hacienda salad ($6.15) from Someburros, a quick and casual Mexican restaurant concept with delicious, authentic, and quality Mexican food. The original taco salad fills Someburro’s homemade crispy shell with lettuce, ground beef, tomato, cheese, sour cream, and guacamole for a healthy twist on a classic favorite. The menu also offers the Hacienda salad, a more traditional salad using romaine lettuce, corn, cucumber, and tomato, topped with crispy tortilla strips and cheese. Enjoy this salad the vegetarian way or add carne asada or pollo asado (for an additional$3.25).
21001 N. Tatum Boulevard, Suite 95, Phoenix, AZ
Visit ComicX, a superhero, and comic book-inspired restaurant, bar, and store at Desert Ridge Marketplace for a refreshing and filling Green Goddess Salad ($13). This vegetarian favorite is loaded with fresh vegetables including cucumber, cherry tomatoes, roasted red peppers, grilled zucchini, and sweet pickled red onion, above a bed of mixed greens. The salad is accompanied by a green goddess dressing and pairs perfectly with the other superhero-themed dishes on the menu. Enjoy a summer salad amongst character memorabilia, cinematic displays, and life-sized comic book figurines!