Ten Best Salads in Miami

Brazilian sausage for the win.
Brazilian sausage for the win.
Photo by Carina Ost

It's summertime, and the eating is easy and light. It's too hot for ovens, stoves, and heavy dressings and sauces. Cold food reigns supreme. Yes, we're talking salads. But not all are limited to sides and diet-conscious duty -- some are meant to be stars. Fresh produce is highlighted with hunks of meat, fruit, nuts, and other treats that make salads all they are tossed up to be.

What follows are the ten best, most unusual, and unbelievably hearty salads that will have you overlooking that hot and heavy entrée.

See also: Ten Best Restaurants in North Miami

All hail Caesar.
All hail Caesar.
Photo by Carina Ost

10. Deconstructed Caesar at Fish Fish

If your regular caesar salad is just a bit too bland, try Fish Fish's deconstructed masterpiece ($12). The romaine lettuce is grilled and served with a thick piece of toast in lieu of croutons. Shaved cheese tops the salad, and anchovies are off to the side along with creamy classic dressing. Cut this salad up and reconstruct it where it counts -- in your mouth.

The namesake, in salad form.
The namesake, in salad form.
Photo by Carina Ost

9. Special Green Papaya Salad at Green Papaya

The special green papaya salad ($7.95) at Green Papaya is worthy of the word "special" in the title. It's a must-order dish. However, we have yet to settle on the correct choice of meat to top it with -- the pork, shrimp, and chicken are all strong contenders. The fragrance and fresh flavor of the sweet green papaya, fish sauce, mint, carrots, jícama, red onion, peanuts, lime, cilantro, and the highly addictive fried shallots steal the show.


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