Pass the dressing and dig into your greens this month: 7 great Charlotte salads

A build-your-own salad at YAFO Kitchen. Photo by Katie Toussaint

In case you didn’t know, May is National Salad Month. That’s right — a whole month dedicated to eating your leafy greens and gobbling up those nutrients.

National Salad Month began in 1992 with a push by the Association for Dressings and Sauces (yes, this is a thing) after a 1991 Gallup Poll revealed that three out of four people eat salads at least every other day.

Let’s be honest — when going out to eat, not all of us are dying to get a salad. That is, unless, you know where to get a good one that’s adventurous, filling and comprised of lots of good nutrition. Although we are already halfway through this month, give one of these concoctions a shot for a new lease on your salad experience.

(1) Basal Coffee

1429 Bryant Street

Courtesy of Basal

Basal’s concise menus assures customers that each of their six plates are filled with quality and intent. While there is a growing trend for avocado toast at most every establishment, their Avo Salad Toast takes this quintessentially Instagramable millenial meal in a new direction.

Sitting atop hearty Verdant Bread sourdough, blended avocado is topped with a heaping serving of microgreens doused in olive oil, with slivers of grapefruit and cucumber topped with cracked pepper, rounding out this hearty meal with a summer twist.

(2) Chopt Creative Salad Co.

4125 Park Road

Chopt Creative Salad Co. offers build-your-own salads. Courtesy of Chopt

While Chopt is not a Charlotte-only restaurant, we can’t help but drool over their options — both warm and cold. You’re welcome to craft your own salad.

But if you’re looking for something new, stop by the Park Road location for an offering from their Destination California menu, such as the Spicy Sonoma Caesar Salad with chipotle chicken, avocado, parmesan quinoa crisps, pickled cherry peppers, romaine, kale and purple cabbage topped with a creamy Caesar dressing.

If you come by on the remaining Fridays in May, you can find BOGO salad dressings on May 24 and 31, and every tenth customer gets a free bottle of dressing. How’s that for a healthy eating incentive?

(3) Crepe Cellar

3116 North Davidson Street

Courtesy of Crepe Cellar
Crepe Cellar’s AIP salad for the month of May, during Mental Health Awareness Month.

In honor of mental health awareness month, Crepe Cellar is featuring this AIP salad — consisting of mixed greens, cucumber and carrots. Add grilled chicken, salmon or scallops (which are cooked in olive oil, salt, black pepper, lemon). Dressing: olive oil and apple cider vinegar.

AIP is short for autoimmune protocol and the AIP diet is used to treat autoimmune diseases. In many cases, the diet can actually reverse autoimmune symptoms, Brown told us — she has AIP herself. “AIP is the only diet that has worked for me in treating and (now healing) anxiety. The idea that a diet can rid your body of mental anxiety flips this sort of mental illness on its head,” she said. “It gives hope to people who struggle coping with day-to-day life, giving them eventual power over the disease and the ability to lessen the angst or even heal.”

“I am so grateful that I came across it after struggling for six months severely without any reprieve. I am now empowered, hopeful, in control, and I know what my anxiety is and how I can mitigate it using food as medicine,” Brown said.

(4) Po Boy’s Low Country Seafood Market

3022 Freedom Drive

Down Freedom Drive sits Po Boy’s, a seafood market and restaurant with a $7.99 shrimp salad that doubles as comfort food. Iceberg lettuce is the base, and it’s paired with sliced red onions, quartered tomatoes cucumber and egg. It comes with your choice of dressing, though we recommend the blue cheese or ranch.

Options for protein are boiled or fried shrimp, but let’s get real — if you’re already having a salad, you might as well treat yourself to the fried version.

(5) Salud Cerveceria

3306 North Davidson St.

Salud Cerveceria’s Jazzy Belle salad. Courtesy of Salud Cerveceria

Salud Cerveceria recently revealed their pizza-forward menu, focusing on their brick oven meals. Like the rest of their menu, the four salad offerings are made with quality and creative ingredients.

Our pick is the Jazzy Belle, a salad with arugula, roasted beets, gorgonzola cheese, pistachios and house-made balsamic vinaigrette. Delicious roasted chicken can be added, or it can be made vegan by removing the cheese.  This large salad will set you back a mere $9. Salads can be ordered upstairs in the taproom or downstairs in the bottle shop.

(6) Undercurrent Coffee

2012 Commonwealth Ave.

The Benne Bowl at Undercurrent Coffee. Courtesy of Undercurrent Coffee

Undercurrent has made a name for itself at its flagship Plaza Midwood location, thanks to thoughtful, quality recipes for their beverages. This thoughtfulness extends over into their food menu.

Among other food offerings, try their Benne Bowl, a concoction of warm roasted broccolini, carrots and mushrooms, Anson Mills wheat berries, crushed peanuts and benne seeds. It rests on a bed of mesclun greens and is topped with miso-tahini vinaigrette.

(7) YAFO Kitchen

1331 Central Ave., 1231A East Blvd., 720 Gov. Morrison St.
(photo at top)

YAFO Kitchen is a Mediterranean concept with three locations around Charlotte. YAFO features signature items like shawarma-spiced rotisserie chicken, while also catering to vegetarian and vegan diets with chickpeas, falafel and pickled onions. New to Yafo?

We suggest a Build Your Own Salad, where you have five categories to choose from. Start with a salad base, topped with hummus and Baba Ganoush, followed by chickpea and roasted red pepper salad and Mediterranean pickles and falafel. Top it off with lemon tahini. For just $10.99, you’ll have a beautiful bowl that will last you a meal or two.

What’s your favorite salad spot in town? Let us know in the comments.


  1. Devon & Blakely build your own has a solid array of ingredients at a reasonable price. My go to combo is: mixed greens, blackend chicken, jalapenos, black beans, corn, and avacado. With ranch dressing. Pro tip…ask for the wheat bread at the register. It’s free and delicious.

  2. Me again… I eat salad a couple of times per week, so I feel strongly about this subject. I love the salads at Crisp in Latta Arcade. My go to is the FCN add chicken with their Honey Dijon dressing. To beat the line try to get there before noon.

  3. Need to add CAVA. They do a great job with salad too; roasted vegetables with all the toppings, etc is so good!!


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