Mythbuster: Salads in Buenos Aires

I’m the first to admit that I complain about the salads here. Lettuce, tomato and onion are a great base for a side salad at an asado, but when I want a semi-healthy lunch (which let’s be honest, doesn’t happen often) I’m short on options and usually end up regretting my choice. With the verdulerías overflowing with fresh fruit & veg, what gives?

My glorious trip home over Thanksgiving reminded me of a few things: That salads can indeed be delicious, exciting and full of flavor. That dressings can contain more than just olive oil/balsamic or the dreaded “Caesar” (aka mayonnaise) mess! That it’s actually much more difficult to create a great salad than one would think.

But things are looking up – Planeta Joy just published a list of 8 places to get your salad on all over the city. It’s perfect – just in time for the hot weather – and reminds us that with a little research and a lot of patience, you can definitely find what you’re looking for. It might not be a Big Salad, but it will hit the spot regardless.

Head on over to the full article (in Spanish) for more details and information, but here is the bare bones list:

1. Bolivian Quinoa Salad at La Huella, in Almagro
2. Salad of the Week (changes, um, weekly) at El Refuerzo, in San Telmo
3. Smoked Salmon Salad at Loreto Garden Bar, in Belgrano
4. Belén Salad at Sarkis, Villa Crespo
5. Grilled Beet Salad at Baraka, Palermo
6. Country Bread Salad at Dill & Drinks, Downtown
7. Caesar Salad at Magdalena’s Party, Palermo
8. Addictive Salad at Marfa, Palermo (I would pay good money to have this delivered to Retiro)

All of the salads are well-priced, innovative in some way (or just done right, as in the case of Magdalena’s Party) and guaranteed to make your panza very, very happy. You can also check out Pura Vida, a tried and true classic, for good salads and wraps/sandwiches that are big enough to share. I could very easily squander my fortune on their smoothies if I weren’t careful.

Photo Credit: Planeta Joy, Magdalena’s Party

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