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Business BYTES: Phoenix, Scottsdale & East Valley restaurants make big salad summer push as temps rise

Staff Reports | Digital Free Press

Record-setting temperatures in the Phoenix metropolitan area call for one-of-a-kind cold dishes, local restaurateurs contend.

Salads are a key menu ingredient for power lunches, friends grabbing a bite or solo endeavors focused on flavors and execution. From corner to corner of the Valley of the Sun, lunchtime goers and salad seekers can find a top-tier salad or cold dish to meet any dining occasion.

Check out the roundup below:

Humble Bistro
The not-so-humble Caesar salad will have you ditching the original. Romaine chop with garlic breadcrumbs dressed in jalapeno Caesar is topped with crispy brussel sprout leaves for an arrangement of flavor and crunch. Food lovers can enjoy this salad in a European vintage dining setting with ebony walls and golden chandeliers at Humble Bistro’s new Gilbert location at Val Vista and Williams Field Road.

This beyond organic restaurant offers a refreshing Grilled Watermelon Salad tossed with brussels sprouts, cucumber, cherry tomato, pickled fresno chili, goat cheese, spiced pepitas and citrus mojo.

Patrons can enjoy a salad in the 5,000-square-foot space that includes an extensive wraparound patio and private dining space with chic décor that blends regency glamour with boho touches.

Design features include living green moss walls, neon signs and a pink feather chandelier, with a focus on blush tones, brass accents and natural wood. The north Scottsdale location is 15507 N. Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale.


Looking for some variety in your summer salad? The Market Salad satisfies your hunger with tossed ingredients including Arugula, Spinach, Radicchio, Cucumber, Grape Tomatoes, Orange, Manchego, and Watermelon Vinagrette. EVO is a neighborhood restaurant committed to the people and the community that surrounds them. They use local seasonal ingredients to prepare timeless American dishes as well as classic Italian favorites. The cozy eatery is perfect for family gatherings as well as date night. EVO is the stylish, yet casual eatery you can turn to for any occasion.

Check out their Old Town Scottsdale location at 4175 N. Goldwater BLVD.

Recreo features its special Recess Salad that is made with grilled chicken, strawberries, apple, candied pecans, feta, spring mix, bacon and a strawberry vinaigrette.

Tipsy Egg
Tipsy Egg is offering a Chinese Chicken Salad, made with crispy sesame chicken, spring mix, shredded carrot, radish, jicama, red bell pepper, pickled ginger, toasted almonds, mandarin oranges, fried wontons and sesame dressing.

Tortilla Flat Saloon
Tortilla Flat has a hearty fajita salad that is made with your choice of chicken or carne asada steak, iceberg lettuce, black beans, mixed cheese, roasted red peppers and onion, topped with guacamole and served in a crispy shell with avocado ranch on the side. This salad is great to help you recharge after a day at the lake.

Twin Peaks
Protein, leafy greens, colorful vegetables and a flavor kick: Twin Peaks has a salad that checks all of these boxes and more. The restaurant’s signature steak salad features a juicy cut of grilled sirloin on a bed of mixed greens, carrots, tomatoes and roasted corn. Southwest flavors from the dish’s house-made pico de gallo, pepper jack, black beans and jalapeno honey vinaigrette combine for the perfect spicy summer salad.

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