Best Salad

Crispy Watercress at Rangoon

Now heres a way to appeal to folks who dont judge salad by its healthfulness: deep-fry the greens. Thats what makes the fronds of watercress so crispy in this one. Battered in ultra-light rice flour, theyre flash-fried before getting sauced with a sweet-and-spicy lime/basil/chili dressing.

112 North 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-829-8939

2012 WINNER, Salad

Raw Brussels Sprout Salad at Pure Fare

119 South 21st Street, Philadelphia, PA

Ali Shapiro, health counselor, This organic salad includes brussels sprouts, carrots, raw cashews and orange slices, and is mixed with a spicy mustard dressing. The good-quality oils they use in dressings here are a restaurant rarity. And the mix of textures helps stave off salad boredom. Read more »

2012 WINNER, Salad


127 South 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA

The Arugula Taco Salad keeps it interesting at every bite with a medley of black beans, grilled corn, pico de gallo, tortilla strips, avocado, and a cilantro dressing so good that you’ll want to lick the bowl (which we did). Read more »

2010 WINNER, Salad

Parc Restaurant

227 South 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA

To escape DIYing our greens in front of a sneeze shield, we head for this creatively assembled (by someone else) salad with warm shrimp, shaved parm and half an avocado, atop a bed of greens dressed in lemon vinaigrette. Ah, dignity. Read more »

2009 WINNER, Salad


8501 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

We aren’t a town known for our greens. Which is why the meal-sized tossed salads at Cake have us going out of our way to set lunch dates at this charming Chestnut Hill bakery-slash-cafe, a former greenhouse with a French-picnic atmosphere. There are enjoyable standards like tuna Nioise, classic chopped versions, and a carbed-up sesame… Read more »