For someone with an appetite as healthy as mine, I classify a salad as something to tide you over until your meal arrives.
This could probably explain why I leave so many dinner tables feeling painfully full.
After some searching, I have found several delicious entree-sized salads that can stand on their own as a meal and will leave you feeling satisfied and full.
City Tavern (214 N. Tryon St., Hearst Tower. city-tavern.com) has always served one of my absolute favorite salads.
It might not be the healthiest, but the blue cheese and bacon wedge with Buffalo chicken tenders might just be the best.
The combination of blue cheese and spicy buffalo sauce almost fools you into thinking you're having wings for dinner.
In the slightly healthier salad department is the blackened chicken salad at Dilworth Neighborhood Grille (911 E. Morehead St.; neighborhoodgrille.com).
This enormous salad is composed of mixed greens topped with blackened chicken breast, roasted corn, tomatoes, bell peppers and cheddar cheese. The ancho ranch dressing that accompanies the salad is creamy and just a little spicy.
Having recently moved out of Third Ward, one of the things I miss most is the popular hangout Cedar Street Tavern (120 N. Cedar St.; cedarstreettavern.com). Not only does this serve as a great watering hole for Third and Fourth Ward residents, but the food is excellent as well.
Their California Sun Salad is a generous portion of mixed greens served with your choice of chicken or shrimp along with sun-dried tomatoes, blue cheese crumbles, cucumber, walnuts and avocado.
Larken Egleston has a Culinary Arts degree from Johnson & Wales. E-mail email@example.com.