Local Independent Restaurants Are Great for Summer Salads
You don’t have to look at a thermometer to say that we are in the “Dog Days of Summer.” Well, that is unless you actually know what the phrase means.
Originally the term had nothing to do with dogs or summer, but it referred to the Dog Star, Sirius, and its location in the sky. “Dog days” to the Romans and the Greeks started in late July—the day Sirius rose just before the sun.
Whatever the meaning to you, we at sjhotchefs.com suggest you turn the “Dog Days of Summer” into the “Salad Days” of August. Well, we say that despite that phrase’s origins!
“Salad Days” initially meant “the time of youth when one was naive and inexperienced, and therefore happy and optimistic.” It’s kind of a complex pun indicating someone was “green,” as in “unripe,” or “not yet mature.” Of course it was Shakespeare in Antony and Cleopatra who brought it into English lexicon by having the Egyptian Queen use the phase to refer to her inexperience as a youth.
One of the interesting aspects of the English language is that the meaning of commonly used expressions often change over the years, so permit us to take liberties with the phrase “Salad Days” and use it to suggest that you might find a modicum of relief from the summer heat by enjoying a cooling salad for—or as part of—your dining experience.
If we do say so ourselves (and we do), sjhotchefs.com restaurants offer some amazing salads on our menus.
Let us whet your appetite with some mouth-watering examples:
At the Carolina Blue Steakhouse in Pitman salads include Garden Salad, The Wedge with house made blue cheese, bacon and tomato, Bistro Filet with arugula and blue cheese, Caesar, Goat Cheese Salad with their own cranberry vinaigrette, and Chicken Salad with chipotle lime vinaigrette.
In West Berlin, at Filomena’s, among the salad courses are Insalata Di Arugula (baby arugula with prosciutto ham, marinated tomatoes, shaved Parmigiana and fresh herb-lemon vinaigrette), Caprese (vine-ripened tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, roasted red peppers and fresh basil, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil), Spinaci (baby spinach, gorgonzola, sliced Granny Smith apples, candied walnuts, sun dried cherries and an apple cider-pancetta dressing).
Other salad choices at Filomena’s are Seared Tuna (cracked pepper crusted sliced rare tuna with baby arugula, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes in a spicy Asian ginger vinaigrette), Caesar (chopped romaine tossed in homemade classic dressing garnished with focaccia croutons and shaved Parmigiana), , and Torre Di Pisa (grilled eggplant layered with fresh mozzarella, oven-dried tomatoes, roasted peppers served over baby mixed greens). Those are cool, mouth-watering selections.
Don’t you love reading menus? Here are some more salad winners
If you were to lunch at the Telford Inn in Mantua, you would have these salad choices: Telford’s Victorian with Chicken (mixed greens with crumbled bleu cheese, candied walnuts and apples tossed in a cranberry vinaigrette), Prime Rib and Vermont Cheddar (sharp Vermont cheddar and ribbons of prime rib atop field greens tossed with cranberry vinaigrette), Grilled Chicken Caesar (crisp Romaine with croutons and Parmesan cheese tossed in their own classic Caesar dressing), and Polynesian Chicken (hand dipped chicken tenders, Mandarin oranges, almonds and coconut atop greens, with a citrus vinaigrette).
Also at Telford Inn: Very Berry Chicken (grilled chicken, seasonal berries, red onion, bleu cheese crumbles, candied walnuts with a raspberry dressing) and Buffalo Chicken Salad (hand dipped chicken tenders in homemade Bleu cheese dressing with diced tomatoes and bacon).
Kitchen 519 in Glendora offers these salads on its delightful menu: 519 House Salad (baby greens, sliced pear, pecan-crusted goat cheese, herb vinaigrette), Grilled Caesar (grilled romaine, parmesan cheese, house made garlic anchovy dressing), Caprese Salad (sliced tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil oil, balsamic glaze, sea salt and pepper), Southwest Chicken Salad (mixed lettuce, spicy ranch, cheddar jack, corn salsa), Powerhouse Salad (baby spinach, chickpeas, chia seeds, cherry tomatoes, avocado, red onion, herb vinaigrette, balsamic drizzle) and Classic Wedge Salad (baby iceberg, chopped tomatoes, red onion, crumbled blue cheese, bacon, blue cheese dressing).
Many of our chefs offer protein additions to salads including shrimp or other fish, as well as chicken or steak.
So, hopefully we have increased your salad awareness and now we invite you to click over to our member restaurant list and then visit some of our individual websites so you can view our full menus.
Happy Salad Days!