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Bistro Menil suggests pairing this chicken breast confit salad with a coupe of Domaine Charles Brut Cremant D'Alsace.

Backstreet Café

Chef Hugo Ortega may be known for the bold Mexican flavors he turns out down the road at Hugo’s, but he also has an excellent command of seasonal American fare. Settle in at this classic Houston café and try his roasted pear salad spiked with blue cheese, dried fruit and nuts, or his fried green tomatoes over arugula, portobello mushrooms and pecans.

Benjy’s

Benjy Levit has been bringing farm-to-table freshness to Houston since long before it was cool—in fact, the restaurant just celebrated its 20th anniversary. The seasonal menus here give vegetables their due. This spring, try a salad of grilled amberjack tossed with spinach, butternut squash, pomegranate and dill-soy dressing.

Bistro Menil

This gem, nestled next to the gift shop at the Menil Collection in Montrose, offers eight different salad choices, all of which include the option to add a protein such as chicken, tuna or a crab cake. The kale-and-quinoa salad with goat cheese is a popular selection, but we love the more idiosyncratic zucchini salad with Parmesan and pancetta.

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Try this local strawberry, hazelnut, red cabbage, mint and yogurt salad at Coltivare.

Coltivare

The fresh fruits and vegetables served here are grown in the restaurant’s own garden, enabling the kitchen staff to create a long list of unique salad blends. The menu changes daily, but spring may be the best time to dig into a dish of homegrown lettuce, herbs and lemon. Additions often include chiles, house-made croutons and avocado.

Dish Society

The menu here veers toward the healthy and locally driven, so it’s no surprise salads play a major role. Among the standouts: Brussels sprouts with quinoa, dried cherries and golden raisins, and a citrus-beet creation made with Texas fruit. Diverse protein options include turkey, shrimp and brisket.

Local Foods

The ever-changing menu of salads here always incorporates fresh Texas ingredients. As the days get warmer, cool down with the tomato and cucumber salad served with spinach, arugula and pecans. The protein-rich vegan taco salad, made with kale, vegan “taco meat” and avocado, is a favorite among diners year-round.

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This salad at Pondicheri combines roasted pumpkin, feta, pumpkin seeds, greens, pomegranate seeds and turmeric dressing.

Pondicheri

This Indian chaat house isn’t all street food and baked goods. Refreshing salads with a Desi twist include a shrimp chutney salad with roasted beets, avocado, pomegranate seeds and fresh greens. For something more indulgent, try the creamy butter chicken salad, a unique fusion dish that tosses the stew with crisp lentils, local greens, blueberries and goat cheese.

Ruggles Green

This local chain boasts an impressive roster of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, but don’t assume it’s all health food. Highlights include an arugula salad with honey-fried goat cheese and a kale Caesar with caramelized onions and sundried tomatoes.

Straits

Singaporean food is a fusion of Chinese flavors with influences from across Asia and the West. Houston’s sole restaurant devoted to the cuisine serves appropriately eclectic salads, including one that pairs Fuji apples and prawns with jicama and cilantro in a lemongrass-mint vinaigrette.

True Food Kitchen

Whether or not you’re an adherent of Dr. Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory diet, you’ll want to visit his Houston outpost and sample the mouthwatering greens. The kale crunch salad comes with avocado, grapefruit, almonds and a chile-garlic dressing, while the chicken chopped salad features cranberry, dates and farro tossed in an almond-champagne vinaigrette. Don’t get too attached, though: The menu changes throughout the year.

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True Food Kitchen

$$ American/New American, Juice, Vegan, Vegetarian 1700 Post Oak Blvd.

This vegetarian paradise is the rare dine-in restaurant that features fresh-pressed juice on the menu. While our favorite is the popular Kale-Aid—a bright-gr...

Straits Restaurant

$$ Seafood, Singaporean 800 W. Sam Houston Parkway

Named for the Strait of Malacca that separates Singapore from Indonesia, this CityCentre restaurant blends the major culinary influences of Singapore: Malays...

Ruggles Green

$$ American/New American, Vegetarian Multiple Locations

Ruggles Green may just have the most user-friendly menu we’ve ever seen, with a color-coded system to tell you at a glance if a dish is gluten-free, dairy-fr...

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Pondicheri

$ Indian 2800 Kirby Dr.

The little sister to Indika, Pondicheri expands on a chaat house concept to include a bakeshop, which turns out everything from chili-chocolate oatmeal cooki...

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Local Foods

$ Sandwiches Multiple Locations

Local Foods is part of the Benjy’s family of restaurants (it’s right next door in Rice Village). The modern deli is especially famous for its huge sandwiches...

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Dish Society

$$ American/New American Multiple Locations

If eating local is important to you, head to this popular restaurant with Galleria-area and Katy locations for brisket and eggs made with grass-fed beef from...

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Coltivare

$$ Italian 3320 White Oak Dr

Morgan Weber, who, along with chef Ryan Pera, also owns Revival Market a few blocks down the street, designed Coltivare’s handsome worn-wood interior. Outdoo...

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Bistro Menil

$$$$ American/New American, Continental 1513 West Alabama St.

Bistro Menil is an art space, albeit for art of the edible kind, and the chef and owners want nothing to distract diners from the food. Hence no snazzypants ...

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Benjy’s

$$ American/New American Multiple Locations

Both locations of benjy’s—the original in Rice Village and its second location on Washington Avenue—have a chic dining room with their own spins on funky, mo...

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Backstreet Café

$$$ American/New American 1103 S. Shepherd

One of the main attractions at Backstreet Café on Shepherd near West Gray— helmed by chef Ortega of Hugo’s, along with his wife, Tracy Vaught—is the patio se...