By Milena Petrovic
As the holiday festivities have come to an end, you’re probably feeling that your stretchy pants don’t feel as stretchy from eating a few too many sugar cookies. Now it’s that time of year- time to get your greens.
Here are eight of the best salads in Calgary that will encourage you not to sabotage your New Year’s resolutions.
Farro tossed with strips of kale mixed with green olives, walnuts, green onion and raisins all coated in a tangy lemon-honey vinaigrette. Getting a couple scoops of any salad from here will not disappoint your taste buds or your waistline.
Address: 324 7th Avenue SW
Address: 3625 Shaganappi Trail NW
Named after the SW neighbourhood, this kale salad hoists up carrot ribbons, sunflower seeds, and a heap of chickpeas that is topped with a zesty cumin lime dressing and peppered with sweet dried cranberries. Add goat feta to amp it up with creaminess.
Address: 2511 17 Avenue SW
This mile-high salad could convert any non-salad eater. The bed of camelina oil massaged kale and shredded purple cabbage is tossed in a carrot-turmeric dressing and topped with avocado, pickled winter radish, shredded carrot, lentils, and puffed wild rice. After all of that it is generously garnished with hemp hearts, toasted and seasoned squash seeds, macadamia parmesan, crispy-fried shallots, roasted portobello mushroom and with dulse seaweed flakes sprinkled on top.
Address: 924 17 Avenue SW
Made with chopped crispy romaine, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, sliced radishes, diced green peppers, dressed in a sumac and olive oil and topped with seasoned crispy pita chips this traditional Lebanese style salad kicks croutons to the curb.
Address: 2208 4 Street SW
The blackened Cajun prawns give this salad a picante punch. Served on a mix of arugula and baby kale, the spiced prawns are sweetened with mango and finished with pickled red onion and chickpeas.
Address: 317 10 Avenue SW #100
Popeye wishes he had the option of having his spinach topped Posto’s way- with pulled roasted chicken, dried apricots, sliced almonds, golden beets, and garnished with fresh mint. A bowl of this deliciousness will fuel you for the day.
Address: 1014 8th Street SW
Eat your greens and help end hunger with this dish that is a part of Mealshare. Made with young potatoes, fresh green peas, tomatoes, nicoise olives, and a tart caper dressing, this salad will make your stomach grateful for making a healthy choice and your heart will be happy to be giving back.
Address: 220 42 Avenue SE
Keeping it fresh, Ki serves a sashimi salad made from a selection of their top cuts on a bed of romaine lettuce dressed with a hot and spicy chili sauce.
Address: 308 4 Avenue SW