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St. James Cheese Company’s Cantal salad
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Where to Find New Orleans’s Most Satisfying Salads

Feel healthy without skimping on ingredients with salads from these NOLA restaurants

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St. James Cheese Company’s Cantal salad
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Mostly made of lettuce, which is mostly made of water, salads are innately reviving, a smugly satisfying meal despite the loads of blue cheese dressing and bacon bits atop that favorite wedge. Salads can be the chameleon of meals, by choice light and wispy, but also capable of including the heft of boiled seafood, sliced flank steak, or even a scattering of fried oysters. That’s how we roll in New Orleans: Even the salads stick to the ribs.

It’s the dish that always tastes better when someone else does the chopping, and for this roundup, we’re focused on salads hearty enough to make a meal of. Bonus — these salads travel well, making them an ideal choice for pick up or delivery.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Boucherie’s Grilled Caesar Salad

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1506 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 862-5514
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Grilling a Caesar salad is sheer brilliance, a novel way to give the ubiquitous dish a new spin. Culinary lore has it first created in 1924 in Tijuana, Mexico, by Italian-Mexican-American restaurateur Caesar Cardini. When it migrated to menus in the U.S., the piquant toss of romaine in olive oil, Dijon, garlic, Parmesan, anchovy, and lemon was an eye-opening addition to any meal. Good on Uptown brasserie Boucherie for breathing new life into the classic with grilled hearts of romaine and a hint of sweet basil in its croutons.

Boucherie’s Grilled Caesar Salad
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2. Lebanon's Cafe’s Gyro Salad

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1500 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 862-6200
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Lebanon’s Cafe is consistently good, serving traditional Middle Eastern specialties in a pretty dining area and outside patio. Portions are large, including for the beloved gyro salad which comes heaped with delicious meat and vegetables. Open for dine-in, takeout, and delivery via Doordash, Grubhub, and Waitr.

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3. Tito's Ceviche & Pisco’s Ensalada Verde

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5015 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 267-7612
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Tito’s menu description of its ensalada verde doesn’t do justice to the real thing, which is a filling pile of fresh local greens tossed in sunny avocado vinaigrette and grounded by queso fresco and cancha, crunchy salty toasted corn. For a light lunch, it’s entirely possible to make a meal off of a ceviche and this salad. (Eater’s vote goes for the ceviche nikkei — sashimi grade yellowfin with lime juice, avocado, seaweed, and sesame.)

4. St. James Cheese Company’s Cantal Salad

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5004 Prytania St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 899-4737
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The Cantal salad and Parmesan Reggiano salad at St. James Cheese Company have been on the menu pretty much since day one — and there’s good reason they’ve both lasted this long. A cheese lover’s dream, the Cantal salad also also features julienned ham, apples, walnuts, and mixed greens with Dijon vinaigrette dressing. The Parmesan Reggiano, a customer favorite, is mixed greens topped with salami, black olives, grilled artichoke hearts, walnuts, Parmigiano, and vinaigrette dressing.

Cantal Salad from St. James Cheese Company
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5. Café Navarre’s Cobb Salad

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800 Navarre Ave
New Orleans, LA 70124
(504) 483-8828
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Cafe Navarre is the ideal neighborhood spot, offering breakfast, great sandwiches, kid-friendly items, and of course, salads. The quintessential Cobb is the star here, where the heaping serving is full of cheese, avocado, bacon, eggs, chicken, and lettuce. The mixed greens with sesame ginger and chicken salad on top and the shrimp/avocado are also customer favorites.

Café Navarre’s Cobb Salad
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6. Marjie's Grill’s Seasonal Som Tam

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320 S Broad Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 603-2234
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Marjie’s Grill, currently open for takeout and dining on the patio Thursday through Tuesday offers a fantastic seasonal som tam with plenty of heat. Chef Marcus pounds fresh veggies with chili garlic vinaigrette, dried shrimp and herbs for a real flavor wallop.

7. Cafe Degas’ Roasted Brussels Salad

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3127 Esplanade Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 945-5635
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Cafe Degas on leafy Esplanade in Bayou St. John offers takeout if dining-in doesn’t appeal. The roasted Brussels sprouts salad is hefty enough to make a meal of — thanks to the addition of bacon to add chew and gorgonzola for the perfect tang. Add in bits of red onion and fresh greens along with a sherry vinaigrette for a salad that satisfies.

8. Carmo’s Esmeralda Salad

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527 Julia St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 875-4132
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Carmo is proof positive that healthful eating doesn’t have to be ho-hum. Drawing from influences that include Southeast Asian, Brazilian, and Mediterranean cuisines, Carmo offers fresh, vegetarian (but not only), and vegan options. The Esmeralda salad is a case in point. Rich with protein from quinoa and black beans, this toss of organic lettuce is topped with toasted pumpkin seeds and cotija cheese. Thanks to the bold flavor of cilantro and chili coconut lime vinaigrette, this salad is anything but wimpy. Dine outside, in, or order takeout or delivery via DLiveryNOLA.com.

Carmo’s Esmeralda Salad
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9. Meril’s Fried Chicken Salad

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424 Girod St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 526-3745
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Casual without a whiff of pretense, Emeril Lagasse’s Meril is an ideal addition to his stable of restaurants. The menu’s salad offerings are vast, but one dish manages to stand out. For the famished, the fried chicken salad fills the bill. Made with crunchy iceberg, the mix includes grape tomatoes, apple smoked bacon, blue cheese, and a zippy green goddess ranch.

10. Green Goddess’s Wedge Salad

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307 Exchange Pl
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 301-3347
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Living up to its name, Green Goddess in the French Quarter’s charming Exchange Place alley usually has at least two salads on the menu that will satisfy, one that’s been constant for years. The Green Goddess wedge made with bibb lettuce, radish, cucumber, heart of palm, bacon, bleu cheese, candied pecans, and house Green Goddess dressing is a winner, as is the pickled beet burrata and kale.

11. Meals From the Heart Cafe’s Raw Avocado Beet Salad

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1100 N Peters St #13
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 525-1953
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Meals from the Heart offers some of the best salads in town, alongside a robust menu of healthy breakfast and lunch options that won’t make you hate life. In addition to a crab cake salad and a walnut, raisin, and feta salad that’s perfect topped with grilled salmon, the raw avocado beet salad is a hearty favorite. Raw broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, pistachios and a balsamic house dressing topped with feta makes for a happy meal.

Meals From the Heart Cafe’s Raw Avocado Beet Salad
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12. Sneaky Pickle Salads

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4017 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 218-5651
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Sneaky Pickle, the friendly mashup market and veg-centric eatery in the Bywater is a super-duper, ongoing ode to fresh and local ingredients. While the menu is constantly changing, there is often a have a smoked fish salad available, made with fish smoked in-house, diced and paired with fresh herbs, onion, peppers and aioli. The fried tofu and buffalo cauliflower salad is also hearty and satisfying enough to make it a meal, as are most of the restaurant’s salad-like dishes.

13. Rocky & Carlo's Italian Salad

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613 W St Bernard Hwy
Chalmette, LA 70043
(504) 279-8323
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The salads at this Chalmette Creole Italian classic are the bomb. At Rocky & Carlo’s, a politically-incorrect named salad is a bowl of crisp iceberg, celery, Creole tomatoes, pickled green beans, and hard-boiled eggs, all drenched in an olive oil/red wine vinegar Italian dressing. The classic eatery is offering takeaway and outside seating .

Rocky & Carlo’s Italian Salad
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1. Boucherie’s Grilled Caesar Salad

1506 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118
Boucherie’s Grilled Caesar Salad
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Grilling a Caesar salad is sheer brilliance, a novel way to give the ubiquitous dish a new spin. Culinary lore has it first created in 1924 in Tijuana, Mexico, by Italian-Mexican-American restaurateur Caesar Cardini. When it migrated to menus in the U.S., the piquant toss of romaine in olive oil, Dijon, garlic, Parmesan, anchovy, and lemon was an eye-opening addition to any meal. Good on Uptown brasserie Boucherie for breathing new life into the classic with grilled hearts of romaine and a hint of sweet basil in its croutons.

1506 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118

2. Lebanon's Cafe’s Gyro Salad

1500 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118
Lebanon’s Cafe’s Gyro Salad

Lebanon’s Cafe is consistently good, serving traditional Middle Eastern specialties in a pretty dining area and outside patio. Portions are large, including for the beloved gyro salad which comes heaped with delicious meat and vegetables. Open for dine-in, takeout, and delivery via Doordash, Grubhub, and Waitr.

1500 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118

3. Tito's Ceviche & Pisco’s Ensalada Verde

5015 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Tito’s menu description of its ensalada verde doesn’t do justice to the real thing, which is a filling pile of fresh local greens tossed in sunny avocado vinaigrette and grounded by queso fresco and cancha, crunchy salty toasted corn. For a light lunch, it’s entirely possible to make a meal off of a ceviche and this salad. (Eater’s vote goes for the ceviche nikkei — sashimi grade yellowfin with lime juice, avocado, seaweed, and sesame.)

5015 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

4. St. James Cheese Company’s Cantal Salad

5004 Prytania St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Cantal Salad from St. James Cheese Company
St. James Cheese Company/Official

The Cantal salad and Parmesan Reggiano salad at St. James Cheese Company have been on the menu pretty much since day one — and there’s good reason they’ve both lasted this long. A cheese lover’s dream, the Cantal salad also also features julienned ham, apples, walnuts, and mixed greens with Dijon vinaigrette dressing. The Parmesan Reggiano, a customer favorite, is mixed greens topped with salami, black olives, grilled artichoke hearts, walnuts, Parmigiano, and vinaigrette dressing.

5004 Prytania St
New Orleans, LA 70115

5. Café Navarre’s Cobb Salad

800 Navarre Ave, New Orleans, LA 70124
Café Navarre’s Cobb Salad
Cafe Navarre/Facebook

Cafe Navarre is the ideal neighborhood spot, offering breakfast, great sandwiches, kid-friendly items, and of course, salads. The quintessential Cobb is the star here, where the heaping serving is full of cheese, avocado, bacon, eggs, chicken, and lettuce. The mixed greens with sesame ginger and chicken salad on top and the shrimp/avocado are also customer favorites.

800 Navarre Ave
New Orleans, LA 70124

6. Marjie's Grill’s Seasonal Som Tam

320 S Broad Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

Marjie’s Grill, currently open for takeout and dining on the patio Thursday through Tuesday offers a fantastic seasonal som tam with plenty of heat. Chef Marcus pounds fresh veggies with chili garlic vinaigrette, dried shrimp and herbs for a real flavor wallop.

320 S Broad Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

7. Cafe Degas’ Roasted Brussels Salad

3127 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

Cafe Degas on leafy Esplanade in Bayou St. John offers takeout if dining-in doesn’t appeal. The roasted Brussels sprouts salad is hefty enough to make a meal of — thanks to the addition of bacon to add chew and gorgonzola for the perfect tang. Add in bits of red onion and fresh greens along with a sherry vinaigrette for a salad that satisfies.

3127 Esplanade Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

8. Carmo’s Esmeralda Salad

527 Julia St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Carmo’s Esmeralda Salad
Carmo/Facebook

Carmo is proof positive that healthful eating doesn’t have to be ho-hum. Drawing from influences that include Southeast Asian, Brazilian, and Mediterranean cuisines, Carmo offers fresh, vegetarian (but not only), and vegan options. The Esmeralda salad is a case in point. Rich with protein from quinoa and black beans, this toss of organic lettuce is topped with toasted pumpkin seeds and cotija cheese. Thanks to the bold flavor of cilantro and chili coconut lime vinaigrette, this salad is anything but wimpy. Dine outside, in, or order takeout or delivery via DLiveryNOLA.com.

527 Julia St
New Orleans, LA 70130

9. Meril’s Fried Chicken Salad

424 Girod St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Casual without a whiff of pretense, Emeril Lagasse’s Meril is an ideal addition to his stable of restaurants. The menu’s salad offerings are vast, but one dish manages to stand out. For the famished, the fried chicken salad fills the bill. Made with crunchy iceberg, the mix includes grape tomatoes, apple smoked bacon, blue cheese, and a zippy green goddess ranch.

424 Girod St
New Orleans, LA 70130

10. Green Goddess’s Wedge Salad

307 Exchange Pl, New Orleans, LA 70130

Living up to its name, Green Goddess in the French Quarter’s charming Exchange Place alley usually has at least two salads on the menu that will satisfy, one that’s been constant for years. The Green Goddess wedge made with bibb lettuce, radish, cucumber, heart of palm, bacon, bleu cheese, candied pecans, and house Green Goddess dressing is a winner, as is the pickled beet burrata and kale.

307 Exchange Pl
New Orleans, LA 70130

11. Meals From the Heart Cafe’s Raw Avocado Beet Salad

1100 N Peters St #13, New Orleans, LA 70116
Meals From the Heart Cafe’s Raw Avocado Beet Salad
Meals from the Heart Cafe/Facebook

Meals from the Heart offers some of the best salads in town, alongside a robust menu of healthy breakfast and lunch options that won’t make you hate life. In addition to a crab cake salad and a walnut, raisin, and feta salad that’s perfect topped with grilled salmon, the raw avocado beet salad is a hearty favorite. Raw broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, pistachios and a balsamic house dressing topped with feta makes for a happy meal.

1100 N Peters St #13
New Orleans, LA 70116

12. Sneaky Pickle Salads

4017 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117

Sneaky Pickle, the friendly mashup market and veg-centric eatery in the Bywater is a super-duper, ongoing ode to fresh and local ingredients. While the menu is constantly changing, there is often a have a smoked fish salad available, made with fish smoked in-house, diced and paired with fresh herbs, onion, peppers and aioli. The fried tofu and buffalo cauliflower salad is also hearty and satisfying enough to make it a meal, as are most of the restaurant’s salad-like dishes.

4017 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

13. Rocky & Carlo's Italian Salad

613 W St Bernard Hwy, Chalmette, LA 70043
Rocky & Carlo’s Italian Salad
Rocky and Carlo’s/Official

The salads at this Chalmette Creole Italian classic are the bomb. At Rocky & Carlo’s, a politically-incorrect named salad is a bowl of crisp iceberg, celery, Creole tomatoes, pickled green beans, and hard-boiled eggs, all drenched in an olive oil/red wine vinegar Italian dressing. The classic eatery is offering takeaway and outside seating .

613 W St Bernard Hwy
Chalmette, LA 70043

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