During a hot Chicago summer, nobody wants to eat heavy meals before going to the beach or while wearing a tiny sundress. Sometimes, eating healthy is challenging, especially if you live a busy lifestyle. Salad House is the perfect solution. Salad House serves custom salads made to order, right in front of you. Most people order their food to go, but if you want to eat-in, the restaurant’s best tables are by the window, perfect for observing the people and traffic on Broadway.
To build your own salad, start with a salad base- either baby spinach, green leaf, Mesclun mix or Romaine lettuce. Then add a protein. There are several options, including tuna, buffalo chicken, ham, shrimp, bacon or salmon. The next step is to add any type of cheese, then choose from the fifteen types of dressings. Lastly, there are several fresh extras and toppings to add to your salad. Options include sun-dried tomatoes, candied pecans, grapes, artichoke hearts, corn, garbanzo beans, zucchini and roasted red peppers, just to name a few.
My favorite salad combination is shrimp with romaine lettuce, mixed with avocado, Parmesan cheese, croutons, roasted red peppers and classic Caesar dressing. The roasted red peppers made the traditional Caesar salad even more savory and the avocado made the salad sweet and refreshing. All salads are served with a roll so you’ll get your carb fix, also. For a reasonable price, I received a huge, filling salad that was made quickly.
Even if you are not always crazy about salads, Salad House offers a variety of healthy, flavorful options for everyone, with a variety of wrap and sandwich offerings. The blackened chicken wrap is one of the spicier items on the menu, with blackened chicken, black beans, tortilla strips, avocado and chipotle ranch dressing. With this wrap, the goodness of the restaurant’s salad is put into a tortilla. For a summer-y sandwich, try the sun-dried tomato panini. The tomatoes on this sandwich are soft, juicy and intensely sweet. This sandwich is also made with three types of cheese: mozzarella, fontina and asiago. The mild flavor of the cheese balances out the acidity of the sun-dried tomatoes.
Salad House, 3176 Broadway. For more information, call 773-880-6452 or visit chicagosaladhouse.com.