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Spinasse’s insalata di cavolo is the perfect way to celebrate Northern Italian cuisine on Capitol Hill.
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11 Sumptuous Salads in Seattle

More than just starters, these green plates are stars of the menu

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Spinasse’s insalata di cavolo is the perfect way to celebrate Northern Italian cuisine on Capitol Hill.
| Photo by Jenise Silva for Eater

In restaurants, salads are often overlooked — not just by diners, but also by chefs who phone them in. But in the hands of talented cooks, leafy greens, grains, root vegetables, and other seasonal ingredients are as satisfying and creative as anything else on the menu, not to mention relatively healthy for anyone dining out. Here’s a round-up of delicious Seattle salads that can start a meal off right or stand on their own.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Cafe Turko

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750 N 34th St
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 284-9954
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At this homey Fremont cafe, traditional Turkish breakfasts, moussakas, kabobs, coffee, and a variety of imports are complemented by a legit selection of salads, like a salty, earthy one with seasoned lamb, cucumber, green and black olives, red cabbage, and beet pickles.

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2. The Whale Wins

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3506 Stone Way N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 632-9425
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The “lettuces” salad at this pretty Fremont eatery is a study in seasonal simplicity: butter lettuce with a variety of whatever other lettuces are in season, herbs, pistachios, and parmesan. It tastes like it was just pulled from the garden.

3. Evergreens

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2070 6th Ave & Lenora Street
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 294-3168
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This local chain caters to the busy lunch crowd with quick service, customization, and a number of seasonal salads chock-full of grains, vegetables, and protein. The Age of Asparagus is a good bet, featuring toothsome asparagus, English peas, gorgonzola, pickled onions, bacon, and walnuts.

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4. Le Pichet

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1933 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 256-1499
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Seattle’s iconic bistro, at the outskirts of Pike Place Market, is a lovely place to order some French wine and settle into a meaty yet delicate salad of crispy corned pork shoulder, frisee, and spinach, finished neatly with shoestring potatoes.

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5. Mercato Stellina

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2001 Western Ave #110
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 485-7356
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This sleek pizzeria adjacent to Pike Place Market turns out high-quality pastas and brick-oven pizzas, supported admirably by green salads. Butter lettuce pops with cara cara oranges, ricotta, olives, and avocado, all dressed in a sweet orange vinaigrette.

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6. Spinasse

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1531 14th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 251-7673
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The insalata di cavolo — savoy and Napa cabbage with a soft-boiled egg sauce, walnuts and pancetta — is the perfect way to celebrate Northern Italian cuisine at this elegant Capitol Hill hotspot.

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7. Marmite

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1424 11th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 755-8606
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Exquisite French comfort food is the name of the game at this Capitol Hill restaurant, and the brunch-only salad Lyonnaise is no exception. Smoky bacon, potatoes, and a perfectly poached egg nestle on a bed of frisee with a Champagne vinaigrette to top it all off.

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8. Café Presse

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1117 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 709-7674
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At this more casual Capitol Hill sibling to Le Pichet, the classic salade verte is as delicious as it is affordable. Bibb lettuce is adorned with hazelnuts and drizzled in hazelnut vinaigrette for a nutty simplicity.

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9. Tamarind Tree

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1036 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 860-1404
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There are so many salad choices at this serene Vietnamese haven, tucked in the back of a busy strip in the International District, that it’s hard to know where to begin. Chicken, lemongrass, garlic beef slices, and boneless duck all tie together one salad or another. But the green papaya salad with prawns, jicama, and roasted peanuts is a cut above.

10. Bar del Corso

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3057 Beacon Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 395-2069
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The vignarola salad at this charming Beacon Hill restaurant shines with baby artichokes, fava beans, spring onions, english peas, and mint — plus some pancetta for good measure.

11. Big Chickie

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5520 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 946-1519
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This former service station in Hillman City is a busy hub of charcoal rotisserie chicken, Peruvian style. On equal footing with the crisp chicken are the sides and salads, like a kale apple salad studded with golden raisins and red cabbage.

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1. Cafe Turko

750 N 34th St, Seattle, WA 98103
Jenise Silva for Eater

At this homey Fremont cafe, traditional Turkish breakfasts, moussakas, kabobs, coffee, and a variety of imports are complemented by a legit selection of salads, like a salty, earthy one with seasoned lamb, cucumber, green and black olives, red cabbage, and beet pickles.

750 N 34th St
Seattle, WA 98103

2. The Whale Wins

3506 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103

The “lettuces” salad at this pretty Fremont eatery is a study in seasonal simplicity: butter lettuce with a variety of whatever other lettuces are in season, herbs, pistachios, and parmesan. It tastes like it was just pulled from the garden.

3506 Stone Way N
Seattle, WA 98103

3. Evergreens

2070 6th Ave & Lenora Street, Seattle, WA 98121
Jenise Silva for Eater

This local chain caters to the busy lunch crowd with quick service, customization, and a number of seasonal salads chock-full of grains, vegetables, and protein. The Age of Asparagus is a good bet, featuring toothsome asparagus, English peas, gorgonzola, pickled onions, bacon, and walnuts.

2070 6th Ave & Lenora Street
Seattle, WA 98121

4. Le Pichet

1933 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
Jenise Silva for Eater

Seattle’s iconic bistro, at the outskirts of Pike Place Market, is a lovely place to order some French wine and settle into a meaty yet delicate salad of crispy corned pork shoulder, frisee, and spinach, finished neatly with shoestring potatoes.

1933 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

5. Mercato Stellina

2001 Western Ave #110, Seattle, WA 98121
Jenise Silva for Eater

This sleek pizzeria adjacent to Pike Place Market turns out high-quality pastas and brick-oven pizzas, supported admirably by green salads. Butter lettuce pops with cara cara oranges, ricotta, olives, and avocado, all dressed in a sweet orange vinaigrette.

2001 Western Ave #110
Seattle, WA 98121

6. Spinasse

1531 14th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
Jenise Silva for Eater

The insalata di cavolo — savoy and Napa cabbage with a soft-boiled egg sauce, walnuts and pancetta — is the perfect way to celebrate Northern Italian cuisine at this elegant Capitol Hill hotspot.

1531 14th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

7. Marmite

1424 11th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
Jenise Silva for Eater

Exquisite French comfort food is the name of the game at this Capitol Hill restaurant, and the brunch-only salad Lyonnaise is no exception. Smoky bacon, potatoes, and a perfectly poached egg nestle on a bed of frisee with a Champagne vinaigrette to top it all off.

1424 11th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

8. Café Presse

1117 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
Jenise Silva for Eater

At this more casual Capitol Hill sibling to Le Pichet, the classic salade verte is as delicious as it is affordable. Bibb lettuce is adorned with hazelnuts and drizzled in hazelnut vinaigrette for a nutty simplicity.

1117 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

9. Tamarind Tree

1036 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104

There are so many salad choices at this serene Vietnamese haven, tucked in the back of a busy strip in the International District, that it’s hard to know where to begin. Chicken, lemongrass, garlic beef slices, and boneless duck all tie together one salad or another. But the green papaya salad with prawns, jicama, and roasted peanuts is a cut above.

1036 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98104

10. Bar del Corso

3057 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

The vignarola salad at this charming Beacon Hill restaurant shines with baby artichokes, fava beans, spring onions, english peas, and mint — plus some pancetta for good measure.

3057 Beacon Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

11. Big Chickie

5520 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
Will Austin Photography

This former service station in Hillman City is a busy hub of charcoal rotisserie chicken, Peruvian style. On equal footing with the crisp chicken are the sides and salads, like a kale apple salad studded with golden raisins and red cabbage.

5520 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

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