Grille on Main We loved this Grilled Salmon Salad. The fish mixed with the bright, citrusy zest of blood orange vinaigrette and smoked tomato jalapeño jam, truly delighted our taste buds. There were so many smart touches, including the incorporation of goat cheese, avocado, black bean salsa and sweet cornbread croutons. 50 Main Street, East Greenwich. 885- 2200.
Tavern by the Sea The Cape Cod Salad is fresh and perfect for summer. The crisp greens were delightful and the sun-dried cranberries, candied walnuts and crumbled gorgonzola cheese made it a light, flavorful meal. This dish is satisfying and healthy, so it’s ideal for maintaining that summer bikini body. 16 West Main Street, Wickford. 294-5771.
Lunch Lady The grilled chicken combined with the banana peppers delivered a delightful, fiery taste. The cucumber, tomato, feta cheese and ranch dressing in this Buf- falo Chicken Salad helped cool things down. This salad is perfect for people who love a spicy addition to their palate. 22A Pier Marketplace, Narragansett. 284-1504.
Breachway Grill The Breachway Grill’s Popeye’s Garden Salad did not disappoint. A bed of spinach was topped with creole dressing, tomatoes, onions, green peppers, olives, pickled cabbage, cucumbers, pepitas, mozzarella and the best part (in our opinion): the smoked bacon. A plethora of toppings gives this salad many unique textures, while the dressing adds a kick to balance out the flavors. 1 Charlestown Beach Road, Charlestown. 213-6615.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are finally in abundance. Although a basic garden salad can be a bit dull, we discovered some of South County’s most creative and delicious summer salads. Try any of these dishes for a delightful, healthy meal.