There are so many favorite fall ingredients utilized by chefs today that it makes dining out even more exciting. This fall, consider visiting one of the following venues to try one of their fall salads. Each one is made with fresh, seasonal ingredients and is guaranteed to make you appreciate the fall season.
800 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20006
This fall salad is one of the fanciest in town. It is not only beautiful, but has surprising depth of flavor and texture. The gorgeous red beets are delicately placed in a pool of creamy labneh, and then drenched in a sweet blackberry dressing that is contrasted by a spicy backdrop of wasabi. Blackberries and beets may seem like an unlikely pair, but when you try it, it’s clearly a match made in heaven.
1600 Rhode Island Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Nothing says fall like apples, and so Nage’s apple salad is the quintessential fall salad. Crispy apples are tossed with fennel, radish, red mustard and creamy goat cheese and then drizzled with a cider vinaigrette. The tangy goat cheese and acidic cider vinegar provide the perfect contrast to the sweet apples, and the fennel and mustard add great depth of flavor. Enjoy this salad as an appetizer or even as a light main course.
8081 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
This local favorite has a new chef and a new menu, complete with a variety of salads. Head over this fall to try Jackie’s crispy Brussels sprouts salad. Brussels sprouts have gained new popularity in recent years and for good reason. The healthy vegetable is delicious when caramelized like it is at Jackie’s. The addition of capers, almonds, olives and Parmesan cheese make the dish even more delicious.
1101 4th St. S.W.
Washington, DC 20024
Grab a seat on Station 4’s outdoor patio this fall and enjoy the restaurant’s new shaved celery salad. The salad is comprised of shaved celery, celery root, sweet potato and radishes. The sweet potatoes are caramelized to bring out their naturally sweet and earthy flavor, and the ingredients are tossed in a fresh, bright lemon vinaigrette which provides a great contrast to the sweet, peppery flavors of the other ingredients. Nutty parmesan cheese and salty capers add more flavor and texture to the salad. Go sample this great salad today!
2446 18th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
The cauliflower salad at Roofer’s Union takes cauliflower, a classic cool-weather vegetable, to a new level. The cauliflower is caramelized and then topped with dollops of feta cheese, toasted pine nuts and fresh mint. Served in a charming silver bowl, this salad is perfect as an appetizer. It is also great for sharing with your dining partners. Enjoy it with a glass of wine!
Priya Konings is a freelance writer and restaurant critic in Washington D.C. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.