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These Are The Nashville Salads You Want Miranda Lambert To Dump On Your Head
by TJ Anderson
If you live in Nashville, or you like country music, or if you ever venture onto the internet, you’ve surely seen the hot breaking news: Country star Miranda Lambert reportedly dumped a salad onto someone’s head at Stoney River Steakhouse in Nashville.
I’m not ready, myself, to wade into the right-and-wrong debate about dumping a salad on someone’s head to punctuate an argument. Maybe you’re pro-salad dumping. Maybe you’re anti. We all have our feelings about salad as a punishment. But regardless of your stance, we can probably all agree that ideally, if you’re going to have a Nashville salad draped upon your person, it’d be nice if it was a good salad.
I’ve spent a fair share of time in Nashville eating vegetarian/vegan, so I think I know a Nashville salad — and some Nashville restaurants take more pride in their salads than others. Those who do a salad right deserve our admiration, and our patronage. And probably for us to eat those salads instead of using them like so much scornful confetti. But that’s a discussion for another day.
A few of Nashville's best salads
Grilled Cabbage Caesar at Butcher & Bee
Nashville has plenty of places where a classic Caesar Salad is deftly presented. But when Caesar moods arise, I’d send you toward Butcher & Bee in East Nashville, and their still-crisp and perfectly grilled cabbage. Chile oil for spice, nutty Parmesan, a little bit of salty fish-roe bottarga for extra depth… It’s nearly as good as their famous whipped feta, which is easily one of the best appetizers in Nashville.
Black Kale salad at Kayne Prime
If you ask a Nashvillian for kale salad recommendations, just about everyone’s going to tell you to go to Kayne Prime in The Gulch, and just about everyone is going to be right. Their Black Kale salad is simple — a little lemon, Parmesan and olive oil, Marcona almonds, some currants for sweetness — and it is spectacular.
Photo: Burger Up on Instagram
Beet and Arugula salad at Burger UP
Going to a burger place for a salad? Yup. Burger UP (in 12 South and East Nashville) has their namesake dish down, but you might be surprised at how powerful their salad game is, too — particularly the Beet and Arugula salad, which balances the peppery bite of arugula with earthy beets, sweet apples and fresh cucumber, plus some pistachios for protein and crunch. Their Chopped Kale salad is well worthy of a Lambert too.
Mediterranean Salad at Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe
I’m a Nashville Realtor, so I’m constantly on the move, from one side of Middle Tennessee to the next. Quick, healthy lunches are my constant need, and my steady go-to for a while now has been Taziki’s, and their classic Mediterranean Salad. It’s fresh and fantastic, with roasted red peppers, feta, garbanzo beans, roasted pecans and more, but even better, I can get it pretty much no matter where I am. There are Taziki’s locations in West End, The Gulch, Green Hills, Mount Juliet and more, perfect for facilitating on-the-go salad cravings.
Cafe Salad at Eastland Cafe
Eastland Cafe in East Nashville has one of my favorite happy hours in town, and their early-dinner secret weapon is an unassuming one: a $5 Cafe Salad. It really couldn’t be more simple, with fresh greens and herbs, and a sweet but balanced vinaigrette with reduced balsamic. What sends it into the stratosphere, though, is the optional crispy goat cheese balls — tart and crunchy and amazing, even if they do make your salad escapade a little less diet-friendly.
Photo: Cafe Roze on Instagram
Green Goddess Salad at Cafe Roze
Sometimes salads, as a meal, can feel a little less satisfying — like they’re lacking heft. Relative Nashville newcomers Cafe Roze manage to steer clear of that with their Green Goddess salad, particularly when you add a little skewered grilled chicken, salmon or a turmeric egg. The creamy avocado-based dressing and nice toss of sunflower seeds give the dish a real meaty appeal, too, without it feeling heavy.
Little Gem salad at Pinewood Social
Really, if we’re going to wear a salad, shouldn’t it be pretty? One of the easiest on the eyes you’ll find in Nashville: the Little Gem salad at downtown spot Pinewood Social. Shaved orange carrots and pink radishes, bright green zucchini ribbons, a little tarragon, some honey-sherry vinaigrette for a tart/sweet finish, and it’s as tasty as it is fun to post on Instagram.
Can I hear your picks? What are the best salads in Nashville, either for lunch, dinner, or as a gift from Miranda Lambert? I’d love to see your suggestions here in the comments, or on the TJ Anderson Homes Facebook page.
When I’m not thinking about salad-based scuffles, I’m thinking about Nashville real estate. Looking for a new home in or near Nashville? I’d love to help you find it. Take a look at some homes for sale in Nashville, and call or email TJ Anderson Homes.
TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....
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