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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A Salad Bigger Than Your Face

Posted by on Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Every once in a while—not very often, but every couple months or so—I wake up with a craving for an enormous salad. The only way to satisfy that kind of a craving is by, well, eating an enormous salad. And probably because this topic came up recently, I woke up on Sunday with a powerful urge to eat a salad that's bigger than my face. So I decided to give Seattle Salads in Madison Park Valley a try.

Rather than dictating a choose-your-own-adventure salad, I took my server's advice and ordered a large Lime Peanut off the menu, which starts with a 48 ounce bowl filled with greens of your choice (I went for the mixed spring greens) and tossed with cabbage, beans, carrots, peanuts, cheddar cheese, raisins, and a house-made lime peanut dressing. It was indeed bigger than my face. And it was incredible. All the ingredients were super fresh, the taste combinations were unexpectedly delicious, and the salad was well-tossed (tee-hee). Nine bucks is probably the outside of what most people are willing to pay for a salad (the 32-ounce salad is $7) but I came away happy. It was my entire lunch, and it was just as filling as, say, a sandwich and chips. This is the kind of meal you plan a trip around; the next time I have a craving for a salad, I have a feeling it's going to be a very specific craving, for the Lime Peanut.

My one complaint about Seattle Salads is that there's not much seating available, just two small tables that seat two people each. But then, it's supposed to be more of a to-go place, with a bunch of snacks available and a lunchtime delivery service from Monday through Friday. I'm sure warmer weather will bring more outdoor seating, and the thought of tables of people sitting in the sunshine eating fresh vegetables is almost too adorable to even think about. This is the kind of destination that makes you glad you live in Seattle.


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Why so many salad haters? Are you haters of all things vegetable? And do you hate bacon? Chicken? Do you hate Tim's Cascade NW Jalapeno chips? These are only a few of the delightful 'salad' ingredients used by this amazing place. And they have homemade dressings. And homepage soup. And the owner is one of the most fun people I've ever met! :)
Posted by moldow on February 21, 2013 at 4:41 PM · Report this
Paul Constant 22
@Everyone: I used "Madison Park" because that's what was in our listings, but you're right that it's Madison Valley and I fixed it. I used to live three blocks from there, and I should have gone with my gut. We'll change the listing, too.

As to local sourcing: I'm not entirely sure you can locally source the entirety of a salad in Seattle in February. Even my weekly CSA-style basket delivery has to get a lot of stuff from out of town at this time of year.

@13: Tell your wife I eat it a lot, almost every day.

There! I hope that I managed to saladate everyone's questions and concerns.
Posted by Paul Constant http:// on February 20, 2013 at 10:44 AM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 21
$20 delivery min. kinda kills this place for people who work downtown. Unless you can find at least one, maybe two other people at work who want salad for lunch on the same day.
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on February 20, 2013 at 7:04 AM · Report this
ScienceNerd 20
I am always looking for big salads. Seattle mostly lacks that dish, which was one of my common choices in the Midwest. I have recently tried Charlie's on Broadway, they have a surprisingly Midwestern menu and the food is pretty good (plus they have Mac&Jacks). Anyway, big salads there too, and far closer to me.
Posted by ScienceNerd on February 20, 2013 at 6:12 AM · Report this
alanw 19
Salad? That's not food. That's what food eats.
Posted by alanw on February 20, 2013 at 4:05 AM · Report this
Bemusedchicken 18 healthy over here. why in gods green earth would you consume a salad...WILLINGLY? You must have been hittin something else green to get such a idea in your head...and go to the madison area of all places? Salad in the land of the white yuppies...a hell few deserve.
Posted by Bemusedchicken on February 20, 2013 at 1:49 AM · Report this
Nice. I've been looking for a big-ass salad in this town.

Few things piss me off like paying $12 for a shitty salad. $9 for a monster is certainly worth checking out.
Posted by CPN on February 20, 2013 at 12:06 AM · Report this
@15 I like your word. Stick it in a popular sitcom and maybe it'll take hold.
Posted by floater on February 19, 2013 at 11:08 PM · Report this
Paul, I already have a word for the way one feels after satiating an intense craving for a salad bigger than one's face: saladated. It's my dream to get that into the lexicon. (Also, "catastropostrophe.") SALADATED. Feel free to use it. You're welcome, everyone!
Posted by fetchen on February 19, 2013 at 10:50 PM · Report this
eustaceia 14
@12 Lots of lettuces & greens grow great in winter weather!
Posted by eustaceia on February 19, 2013 at 10:00 PM · Report this
My wife wants to know, what does Paul Constant know about food?
Posted by Citizen R on February 19, 2013 at 9:10 PM · Report this
delirian 12
@7: Locally sourced in February?
Posted by delirian on February 19, 2013 at 8:56 PM · Report this
Amy Kate Horn 11
$9 is a normal price for a entree sized salad. Good tip--I'm excited to have this place deliver to my office.
Posted by Amy Kate Horn on February 19, 2013 at 8:54 PM · Report this
It is Madison Valley, though I like to call it "the French Quarter" bc of all the French restaurants within two blocks - Rovers, Luc, La Cote, Voila, plus Harvest Vine is French-ish.
Posted by Luckier on February 19, 2013 at 8:40 PM · Report this
McBomber 9
@7, I was speaking specifically of taste/freshness, but I agree that I'd be more willing to appreciate a $9 salad if I knew the ingredients were not only better tasting, but also organic and/or locally sourced. I don't know if I trust these heathen reporters on Slog, so I'll do my own research on these matters :)
Posted by McBomber on February 19, 2013 at 8:05 PM · Report this
beatgrl 8
Seven Loaves Pizzeria in Bellingham does a spectacular big salad. Organic Greens, high quality cheese and meat choices (buffalo salami!) and a magical balsamic vinaigrette.

And yes, couldn't resist:
Posted by beatgrl on February 19, 2013 at 7:57 PM · Report this
@5 Not sure how it "sounds like the ingredients are better than the all-too-typical low-grade Sysco produce." For $9 I would certainly want to know that the ingredients are all organic (lettuce is one of the "dirty dozen"). More complete reporting, please.
Posted by cheakamus on February 19, 2013 at 7:40 PM · Report this
dnt trust me 6
I like Madison Park, but I haven't seen this place. Awesome to know! Will definitely check it out next time I'm there. Thanks.
Posted by dnt trust me on February 19, 2013 at 7:35 PM · Report this
McBomber 5
Thanks for the tip! A big, fresh, well-crafted salad can really be spectacular, given the right mood (I'm thinking the not-so-bad hangover where your body craves nutrients and fiber instead of grease and cheese). Nine bucks isn't too crazy, especially since it sounds like the ingredients are better than the all-too-typical low-grade Sysco produce. For a household of one or two, it would be tough to create two big salads at home for the same cost. You'd also have to make it yourself, clean the kitchen, and for two, eat the same two salads.
Posted by McBomber on February 19, 2013 at 7:28 PM · Report this
Granny Smith 4
Not Madison Park!! You guys need to learn the names of neighborhoods.
Posted by Granny Smith on February 19, 2013 at 7:19 PM · Report this
Yes, because you can ONLY get such a salad in Seattle...
Posted by bigyaz on February 19, 2013 at 6:17 PM · Report this
laterite 2
"Oh no, you had to have the biiiig salad!"
Posted by laterite on February 19, 2013 at 5:54 PM · Report this
What's nice is that it's not really in Madison Park at all. That area's commonly known as Madison Valley, though on the east side where the restaurant is it's the Central District's Mann neighborhood, and on the west side it's still Capitol Hill. In any case, not quite so overwhelmingly hoity-toity a neighborhood as if it really were Madison Park. I can't wait to try it.
Posted by gloomy gus on February 19, 2013 at 5:44 PM · Report this

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