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19 Resolution-Friendly Healthy Salads in Austin

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It is New Year’s resolution season right now, which means it is time to set aside the brisket for a few minutes and eat some leafy salads in its place. These are no sad salad bar concoctions with mealy tomatoes and gloppy ranch dressing, though. These are complete meals bursting with lean protein, seasonal produce, and just the right amount of decadence to keep you from feeling deprived.

Find great and filling salad concoctions from Kerbey Lane Cafe, nicoise salad at Hopfields, beloved drive-thru salad spot Baby Greens, New Mexico import Vinaigrette, kale wonders at Cafe No Se, seasonal ones at Better Half, and others. This update includes Revelry on the Boulevard, MezzeMe, Interstellar BBQ, and Spread & Co.

Still trying to eat well? Seek out Austin’s best juices, healthy restaurants, and paleo-friendly spots.

Is your favorite salad missing from this collection? Hit up the tipline or make a case over on the forum.

With updates by Nadia Chaudhury.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Interstellar BBQ

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12233 Ranch Rd 620 N Ste. 105
Austin, TX 78750
(512) 382-6248

To balance out all of those meats, opt for the bright and lively tomato and zucchini salad at Interstellar BBQ, from the folks behind now-closed Noble Sandwich Co.

2. Flower Child

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11721 Rock Rose Ave
Austin, TX 78758

Of course the health-focused chain Flower Child offers salad. The kale one is brightened up with grapefruit, apples, and blackcurrants, plus proteins (chicken, salmon, steak, and tofu), can be added. There's a second location in downtown Austin too.

Salads from Flower Child
Salads from Flower Child
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3. Cover 3

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2700 W Anderson Ln
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 374-1121
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This upscale sports bar has an appropriately upscale salad selection. The spinach-heavy Allandale gets a hint of sweetness from chopped dates, umami from bacon and avocado, and crunch from candied walnuts.

The Allandale salad at Cover 3
The Allandale salad at Cover 3
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4. Baby Greens

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1508 W Anderson Ln
Austin, TX 78757

Taste all the colors with Baby Greens’s salad, the Rainbow, which brings together leafy greens, avocado, cucumbers, red cabbage, tomatoes, carrots, pumpkin seeds, and feta cheese.

The Rainbow salad at Baby Greens
The Rainbow salad at Baby Greens
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5. Little Deli & Pizzeria

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7101-A Woodrow Ave
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 467-7402
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Save the (excellent) New York-style pizza for next month and grab Little Deli’s Chef Salad, a protein-rich dish with shredded ham, turkey, half a boiled egg, and olive tapenade.

Little Deli’s Chef Salad
Little Deli’s Chef Salad
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6. Revelry on the Boulevard

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6215 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 861-5685
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Wedge salad fans can find a great version at the neighborhood restaurant

The wedge salad at Revelry on the Boulevard
The wedge salad at Revelry on the Boulevard
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7. The Steeping Room

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4400 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 467-2663
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People who lunch know that Steeping Room’s crustless tea sandwiches go best with a side of cashew caesar salad. Or skip the sandwich altogether and go for the entree size.

Soup and salad at the Steeping Room
Soup and salad at the Steeping Room
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8. Spread & Co.

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1601 W 38th St Unit 1
Austin, TX 78731
(512) 814-2002
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The salads at the cheese and charcuterie board restaurant aren’t to be missed, like the Lawful Beet made with beet falafels or the baby mustard salad with blood oranges.

9. Kerbey Lane Café

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3704 Kerbey Ln
Austin, TX 78731
(512) 451-1436
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Sure, you could get a short stack of pancakes at Kerbey Lane, or you could choose from among the variety of salads here, including the Nabil’s Mid-East Feast, with feta, olives, and tabouli.

Nabil’s Mid-East Feast at Kerbey Lane
Nabil’s Mid-East Feast at Kerbey Lane
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10. Hopfields

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3110 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 537-0467
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Lunch is fancy yet simple with the gastropub’s nicoise salad, with slices of tuna atop sturdy butter lettuce, and fingerling potatoes.

Hopfields’ nicoise salad
Hopfields’ nicoise salad
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11. MezzeMe

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2530 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 213-0451
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Go with a green bowl at the fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant, where protein options include beef and lamb doner, meatballs, or the meatless falafels.

A bowl from MezzeMe
A bowl from MezzeMe
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12. Better Half Coffee & Cocktails

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406 Walsh St
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 645-0786
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The seasonal salad at Better Half is an exquisite one. The current fall rendition is made up of honey-roasted squash, crunchy pumpkin seeds, and leaves. For more protein, add the restaurant’s pulled fried chicken or steak, both of which are also excellent.

13. La Matta

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501 Comal St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 580-8772
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The Italian sandwich shop’s salads are thoughtful and simple, mixed with a mess of cheeses (the buffalo mozzarella is a good bet), vegetables, and proteins like smoked salmon, anchovies, and chicken.

La Matta’s culinary offerings
Dishes at La Matta
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14. Carpenters Hall

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400 Josephine St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 675-5020
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The Texas comfort restaurant’s menu features a solid green salad mixed with horseradish vinaigrette plus the crispy apple salad at night and a wedge salad with Gulf shrimp for lunch.

15. Cafe No Sé

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1603 South Congress
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 942-2061
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The entire menu here is mostly wholesome, but the shredded kale salad is eminently virtuous, with crunchy puffed rice and tiny cauliflower pieces. A tangy vinaigrette gives it a kicky finish.

16. Enoteca Vespaio

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1610 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 441-7672
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Italian restaurant Vespaio’s casual little sibling offers a variety of salads. The duck confit with chevre and grapefruit vinaigrette is a little bit naughty and a lot nice.

17. Bouldin Creek Café

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1900 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 416-1601
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Kick it raw and cruelty-free with the Tarzen’s Big Salad at this South Austin vegan paradise, or any of the other salads.

18. Jack Allen's Kitchen

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7720 W Highway 71
Austin, TX 78735
(512) 852-8558
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Go big — really big — with Jack Allen’s Country Club Fancy Chicken Salad, with achiote grilled chicken, figs, pears, and spicy walnuts. If you’re ready to jump off the wagon, there’s a fried chicken salad available, too.

A salad at Jack Allen’s Kitchen
A salad at Jack Allen’s Kitchen
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19. Vinaigrette

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2201 College Ave
Austin, TX 78704

It’s a salad wonderland at the New Mexico import, where the leafy bowls are divided up by flavor like sweet, savory, and more. Add-ons range from simple (chicken, shrimp) to fancy (scallops, duck confit).

A salad at Vinaigrette
A salad at Vinaigrette
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1. Interstellar BBQ

12233 Ranch Rd 620 N Ste. 105, Austin, TX 78750

To balance out all of those meats, opt for the bright and lively tomato and zucchini salad at Interstellar BBQ, from the folks behind now-closed Noble Sandwich Co.

12233 Ranch Rd 620 N Ste. 105
Austin, TX 78750

2. Flower Child

11721 Rock Rose Ave, Austin, TX 78758
Salads from Flower Child
Salads from Flower Child
Flower Child/Facebook

Of course the health-focused chain Flower Child offers salad. The kale one is brightened up with grapefruit, apples, and blackcurrants, plus proteins (chicken, salmon, steak, and tofu), can be added. There's a second location in downtown Austin too.

11721 Rock Rose Ave
Austin, TX 78758

3. Cover 3

2700 W Anderson Ln, Austin, TX 78757
The Allandale salad at Cover 3
The Allandale salad at Cover 3
Cover 3/Facebook

This upscale sports bar has an appropriately upscale salad selection. The spinach-heavy Allandale gets a hint of sweetness from chopped dates, umami from bacon and avocado, and crunch from candied walnuts.

2700 W Anderson Ln
Austin, TX 78757

4. Baby Greens

1508 W Anderson Ln, Austin, TX 78757
The Rainbow salad at Baby Greens
The Rainbow salad at Baby Greens
Baby Greens/Facebook

Taste all the colors with Baby Greens’s salad, the Rainbow, which brings together leafy greens, avocado, cucumbers, red cabbage, tomatoes, carrots, pumpkin seeds, and feta cheese.

1508 W Anderson Ln
Austin, TX 78757

5. Little Deli & Pizzeria

7101-A Woodrow Ave, Austin, TX 78757
Little Deli’s Chef Salad
Little Deli’s Chef Salad
Thomas G./Yelp

Save the (excellent) New York-style pizza for next month and grab Little Deli’s Chef Salad, a protein-rich dish with shredded ham, turkey, half a boiled egg, and olive tapenade.

7101-A Woodrow Ave
Austin, TX 78757

6. Revelry on the Boulevard

6215 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78752
The wedge salad at Revelry on the Boulevard
The wedge salad at Revelry on the Boulevard
Revelry on the Boulevard/Facebook

Wedge salad fans can find a great version at the neighborhood restaurant

6215 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78752

7. The Steeping Room

4400 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78756
Soup and salad at the Steeping Room
Soup and salad at the Steeping Room
The Steeping Room/Facebook

People who lunch know that Steeping Room’s crustless tea sandwiches go best with a side of cashew caesar salad. Or skip the sandwich altogether and go for the entree size.

4400 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78756

8. Spread & Co.

1601 W 38th St Unit 1, Austin, TX 78731

The salads at the cheese and charcuterie board restaurant aren’t to be missed, like the Lawful Beet made with beet falafels or the baby mustard salad with blood oranges.

1601 W 38th St Unit 1
Austin, TX 78731

9. Kerbey Lane Café

3704 Kerbey Ln, Austin, TX 78731
Nabil’s Mid-East Feast at Kerbey Lane
Nabil’s Mid-East Feast at Kerbey Lane
Kerbey Lane/Facebook

Sure, you could get a short stack of pancakes at Kerbey Lane, or you could choose from among the variety of salads here, including the Nabil’s Mid-East Feast, with feta, olives, and tabouli.

3704 Kerbey Ln
Austin, TX 78731

10. Hopfields

3110 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705
Hopfields’ nicoise salad
Hopfields’ nicoise salad
Hopfields [Official]

Lunch is fancy yet simple with the gastropub’s nicoise salad, with slices of tuna atop sturdy butter lettuce, and fingerling potatoes.

3110 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78705

11. MezzeMe

2530 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705
A bowl from MezzeMe
A bowl from MezzeMe
MezzeMe/Facebook

Go with a green bowl at the fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant, where protein options include beef and lamb doner, meatballs, or the meatless falafels.

2530 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78705

12. Better Half Coffee & Cocktails

406 Walsh St, Austin, TX 78703

The seasonal salad at Better Half is an exquisite one. The current fall rendition is made up of honey-roasted squash, crunchy pumpkin seeds, and leaves. For more protein, add the restaurant’s pulled fried chicken or steak, both of which are also excellent.

406 Walsh St
Austin, TX 78703

13. La Matta

501 Comal St, Austin, TX 78702
La Matta’s culinary offerings
Dishes at La Matta
Courtney Pierce/EATX

The Italian sandwich shop’s salads are thoughtful and simple, mixed with a mess of cheeses (the buffalo mozzarella is a good bet), vegetables, and proteins like smoked salmon, anchovies, and chicken.

501 Comal St
Austin, TX 78702

14. Carpenters Hall

400 Josephine St, Austin, TX 78704

The Texas comfort restaurant’s menu features a solid green salad mixed with horseradish vinaigrette plus the crispy apple salad at night and a wedge salad with Gulf shrimp for lunch.

400 Josephine St
Austin, TX 78704

15. Cafe No Sé

1603 South Congress, Austin, TX 78704

The entire menu here is mostly wholesome, but the shredded kale salad is eminently virtuous, with crunchy puffed rice and tiny cauliflower pieces. A tangy vinaigrette gives it a kicky finish.

1603 South Congress
Austin, TX 78704

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16. Enoteca Vespaio

1610 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

Italian restaurant Vespaio’s casual little sibling offers a variety of salads. The duck confit with chevre and grapefruit vinaigrette is a little bit naughty and a lot nice.

1610 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

17. Bouldin Creek Café

1900 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704

Kick it raw and cruelty-free with the Tarzen’s Big Salad at this South Austin vegan paradise, or any of the other salads.

1900 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

18. Jack Allen's Kitchen

7720 W Highway 71, Austin, TX 78735
A salad at Jack Allen’s Kitchen
A salad at Jack Allen’s Kitchen
Kenny Braun

Go big — really big — with Jack Allen’s Country Club Fancy Chicken Salad, with achiote grilled chicken, figs, pears, and spicy walnuts. If you’re ready to jump off the wagon, there’s a fried chicken salad available, too.

7720 W Highway 71
Austin, TX 78735

19. Vinaigrette

2201 College Ave, Austin, TX 78704
A salad at Vinaigrette
A salad at Vinaigrette
Vinaigrette/Facebook

It’s a salad wonderland at the New Mexico import, where the leafy bowls are divided up by flavor like sweet, savory, and more. Add-ons range from simple (chicken, shrimp) to fancy (scallops, duck confit).

2201 College Ave
Austin, TX 78704

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