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Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails’ seasonal salads represent the best of the region’s veggies.
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15 Detroit Salads You Won’t Mind Eating

Wonderful ways to get your leafy greens

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Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails’ seasonal salads represent the best of the region’s veggies.
| Bill Addison/Eater

In a meat-and-potatoes town, salads might not be the first thing that comes to mind when dining out in Detroit. This region has an abundant supply of farms, however, with gorgeous local produce everywhere. Metro Detroit’s restaurant kitchens celebrate those veggies with salads that fit the changing seasons, while more casual spots assemble robust salads with plenty of roughage to keep you full long after lunch.

Move over, generic spring mix: With everything from a gently spiced sweet pepper to a Korean barbecue ribeye, here are 15 fanciful, fresh salads that you should consider trying.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Hamido

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13251 W Warren Ave
Dearborn, MI 48126
(313) 582-0660
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Fattoush salads are tricky. Wet lettuces and veggies with dressing can result in a soggy pita if not eaten immediately. Hamido in Dearborn does this salad justice with chilled lettuce permeated with chunks of firm tomato and cucumber with crispy fried pita throughout. It’s an excellent counterbalance to a hot day and a meaty shawarma.

2. Cacao Tree Café

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204 W 4th St
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 336-9043
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It’s probably obvious but raw vegan restaurant Cacao Tree Cafe has a way with vegetables. When it comes to salads, patrons can pick from six styles, including a Mexican with chopped romaine lettuce, flavorful seasoned nut “meat,” zingy pico de gallo salsa, vegan sour cream, and slices of creamy avocado. The whole bowl is topped off with chipotle vinaigrette.

3. Nosh Pit

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304 N Main St
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(313) 486-0777
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Long a popular food truck, Nosh Pit recently opened a brick and mortar in Royal Oak. Vegan and gluten-free, the Amanda is a layered salad with lentils, hummus, collards, pickled carrots, roasted red peppers, and roasted beets. It’s dressed with pesto and aioli.

4. The Kitchen, by Cooking with Que

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6529 Woodward Ave suite a
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 462-4184
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Need a boost in a bowl? Get the power salad with fresh greens, mushrooms, cucumbers, tomatoes, rainbow peppers, and quinoa, topped with a Vidalian onion vinaigrette dressing, or the cucumber and chickpea salad, with red onions, tomatoes, and lemon oregano vinaigrette,

5. Yum Village

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6500 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 686-2839
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New Center’s Yum Village specializes in Afro-Caribbean cuisine and doesn’t skimp on the veggies with options like the gently spiced sweet pepper salad. For something a little more substantial, don’t overlook the No Leaf Salad with ginger curried chickpeas, sliced sweet peppers, and a coriander-cumin salsa.

6. Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails

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15 E Kirby St D
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 818-3915
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With a seasonal menu that changes daily, Chartreuse’s seasonal salads represent the best of the region’s vegetables. The twice-cooked egg — a poached egg that’s panko breaded, fried, and served over greens with Brussels sprouts, delicate shavings of cheese, and warm shallot vinaigrette — is available year round.

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7. Rocco's Italian Deli

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3627 Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 315-3033
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Of course, the sandwiches are great at this Italian deli. But if you need a tasty pick-me-up, try the Whenever You’re Feeling Blue salad, with crisp pear, crumbled gorgonzola, mixed greens, red onion, honey almonds, and house vinaigrette dressing.

8. Chickp Detroit

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110 Clifford St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 315-3042
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Lunch spot Chickp mixes and matches toppings such as crunchy falafel, pita chips, and chicken shawarma on fresh beds of lettuce. Each meal is dressed up with plenty of substantial chopped veggies including fresh cucumber, radishes, onions, tomatoes, and parsley.

9. Golden Fleece Restaurant

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525 Monroe St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 962-7093
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At 51, Greektown’s oldest restaurant recently received a makeover and a refreshed menu. The classic Greek salad, however, remains the same: lettuce, tomato, beets, peppers, olives, cucumber, pepperoncini, feta, and house dressing.

10. Lunchtime Global

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660 Woodward Ave #110
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 963-4871
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Lunchtime Global caters to downtown’s breakfast and lunch crowds, mostly loyal customers from the First National Building and its neighbors. There’s a lengthy lineup of salads: All classic salads are $5.95, and large ones are $9.25. The loaded Cape Cod Bistro is popular, and includes not only the familiar combo of Mandarin oranges and red onions but also toasted pine nuts, Gorgonzola, and cranberries.

11. Dime Store

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719 Griswold St #180
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 962-9106
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There are two great salad choices here: the seared Brussels sprouts portabella, with Dearborn bacon, onion, mixed greens, and housemade maple-honey vinaigrette; the Korean barbecue shaved ribeye salad, is flavored with Korean barbecue sauce, pickled veggies, mixed greens, cilantro, and lemon vinaigrette.

12. Brome Modern Eatery

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607 Shelby St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 403-1200
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While it might be tempting to make a beeline for the burgers, this casual chain also does right by its salads. Customers can choose from five different options in small sizes or heaping bowls. The signature salad contains greens, diced cucumber, and plump cherry tomatoes with slivers of apple and candied walnuts. The meal is topped with blue cheese crumbles and a creamy balsamic dressing. Add options like grilled chicken breast.

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13. Mudgie's Deli and Bar

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1413 Brooklyn St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 961-2000
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The Maurice salad is a longstanding signature dish in Detroit, once a highlight on the menu at J.L. Hudson’s department stores. Mudgie’s uses mixed greens in its Maurice, along with the standard chicken, ham, Swiss, tomato, hard-boiled egg, banana peppers, diced pickle, house-made croutons, and Maurice dressing.

14. Michigan & Trumbull

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1441 W Elizabeth St
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 637-4992
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Fries in your salad? This pizza joint tosses its waffle fries into mixed greens, cheddar, bacon, cherry tomato, sweet onion, and tops it with cilantro ranch dressing.

15. Takoi

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2520 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 855-2864
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Takoi serves several styles of spicy Thai salad, but the Som Tum Thai is the standard-bearer. The heaping pile comprises shredded green papaya, long beans, sliced cherry tomatoes, and crunchy peanuts. Thai chilis give the dish a bit of heat, while fish sauce brings the funk.

The Hot Dish Katoi Gerard + Belevender

1. Hamido

13251 W Warren Ave, Dearborn, MI 48126

Fattoush salads are tricky. Wet lettuces and veggies with dressing can result in a soggy pita if not eaten immediately. Hamido in Dearborn does this salad justice with chilled lettuce permeated with chunks of firm tomato and cucumber with crispy fried pita throughout. It’s an excellent counterbalance to a hot day and a meaty shawarma.

13251 W Warren Ave
Dearborn, MI 48126

2. Cacao Tree Café

204 W 4th St, Royal Oak, MI 48067

It’s probably obvious but raw vegan restaurant Cacao Tree Cafe has a way with vegetables. When it comes to salads, patrons can pick from six styles, including a Mexican with chopped romaine lettuce, flavorful seasoned nut “meat,” zingy pico de gallo salsa, vegan sour cream, and slices of creamy avocado. The whole bowl is topped off with chipotle vinaigrette.

204 W 4th St
Royal Oak, MI 48067

3. Nosh Pit

304 N Main St, Royal Oak, MI 48067

Long a popular food truck, Nosh Pit recently opened a brick and mortar in Royal Oak. Vegan and gluten-free, the Amanda is a layered salad with lentils, hummus, collards, pickled carrots, roasted red peppers, and roasted beets. It’s dressed with pesto and aioli.

304 N Main St
Royal Oak, MI 48067

4. The Kitchen, by Cooking with Que

6529 Woodward Ave suite a, Detroit, MI 48202

Need a boost in a bowl? Get the power salad with fresh greens, mushrooms, cucumbers, tomatoes, rainbow peppers, and quinoa, topped with a Vidalian onion vinaigrette dressing, or the cucumber and chickpea salad, with red onions, tomatoes, and lemon oregano vinaigrette,

6529 Woodward Ave suite a
Detroit, MI 48202

5. Yum Village

6500 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202

New Center’s Yum Village specializes in Afro-Caribbean cuisine and doesn’t skimp on the veggies with options like the gently spiced sweet pepper salad. For something a little more substantial, don’t overlook the No Leaf Salad with ginger curried chickpeas, sliced sweet peppers, and a coriander-cumin salsa.

6500 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48202

6. Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails

15 E Kirby St D, Detroit, MI 48202
a salad with yellow and pink radishes in a black bowl Bill Addison/Eater

With a seasonal menu that changes daily, Chartreuse’s seasonal salads represent the best of the region’s vegetables. The twice-cooked egg — a poached egg that’s panko breaded, fried, and served over greens with Brussels sprouts, delicate shavings of cheese, and warm shallot vinaigrette — is available year round.

15 E Kirby St D
Detroit, MI 48202

7. Rocco's Italian Deli

3627 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

Of course, the sandwiches are great at this Italian deli. But if you need a tasty pick-me-up, try the Whenever You’re Feeling Blue salad, with crisp pear, crumbled gorgonzola, mixed greens, red onion, honey almonds, and house vinaigrette dressing.

3627 Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

8. Chickp Detroit

110 Clifford St, Detroit, MI 48226

Lunch spot Chickp mixes and matches toppings such as crunchy falafel, pita chips, and chicken shawarma on fresh beds of lettuce. Each meal is dressed up with plenty of substantial chopped veggies including fresh cucumber, radishes, onions, tomatoes, and parsley.

110 Clifford St
Detroit, MI 48226

9. Golden Fleece Restaurant

525 Monroe St, Detroit, MI 48226

At 51, Greektown’s oldest restaurant recently received a makeover and a refreshed menu. The classic Greek salad, however, remains the same: lettuce, tomato, beets, peppers, olives, cucumber, pepperoncini, feta, and house dressing.

525 Monroe St
Detroit, MI 48226

10. Lunchtime Global

660 Woodward Ave #110, Detroit, MI 48226

Lunchtime Global caters to downtown’s breakfast and lunch crowds, mostly loyal customers from the First National Building and its neighbors. There’s a lengthy lineup of salads: All classic salads are $5.95, and large ones are $9.25. The loaded Cape Cod Bistro is popular, and includes not only the familiar combo of Mandarin oranges and red onions but also toasted pine nuts, Gorgonzola, and cranberries.

660 Woodward Ave #110
Detroit, MI 48226

11. Dime Store

719 Griswold St #180, Detroit, MI 48226

There are two great salad choices here: the seared Brussels sprouts portabella, with Dearborn bacon, onion, mixed greens, and housemade maple-honey vinaigrette; the Korean barbecue shaved ribeye salad, is flavored with Korean barbecue sauce, pickled veggies, mixed greens, cilantro, and lemon vinaigrette.

719 Griswold St #180
Detroit, MI 48226

12. Brome Modern Eatery

607 Shelby St, Detroit, MI 48226
A heaping salad sits on the edge of the table Gerard + Belevender

While it might be tempting to make a beeline for the burgers, this casual chain also does right by its salads. Customers can choose from five different options in small sizes or heaping bowls. The signature salad contains greens, diced cucumber, and plump cherry tomatoes with slivers of apple and candied walnuts. The meal is topped with blue cheese crumbles and a creamy balsamic dressing. Add options like grilled chicken breast.

607 Shelby St
Detroit, MI 48226

13. Mudgie's Deli and Bar

1413 Brooklyn St, Detroit, MI 48226

The Maurice salad is a longstanding signature dish in Detroit, once a highlight on the menu at J.L. Hudson’s department stores. Mudgie’s uses mixed greens in its Maurice, along with the standard chicken, ham, Swiss, tomato, hard-boiled egg, banana peppers, diced pickle, house-made croutons, and Maurice dressing.

1413 Brooklyn St
Detroit, MI 48226

14. Michigan & Trumbull

1441 W Elizabeth St, Detroit, MI 48216

Fries in your salad? This pizza joint tosses its waffle fries into mixed greens, cheddar, bacon, cherry tomato, sweet onion, and tops it with cilantro ranch dressing.

1441 W Elizabeth St
Detroit, MI 48216

15. Takoi

2520 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216
The Hot Dish Katoi Gerard + Belevender

Takoi serves several styles of spicy Thai salad, but the Som Tum Thai is the standard-bearer. The heaping pile comprises shredded green papaya, long beans, sliced cherry tomatoes, and crunchy peanuts. Thai chilis give the dish a bit of heat, while fish sauce brings the funk.

2520 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

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