7 Sexy Salads | Great Dinner Salads in Wilmington NC

7 Sexy Salads | Great Dinner Salads in Wilmington NC

We went on a salad mission, looking for seven sexy salads in Wilmington NC. Out we headed, for lunch… for dinner… and kept our eyes on the “salad” section of the menu.

It’s so simple to throw together a romaine-candied pecan-dried cranberry-goat cheese combination in our own kitchen, that we demand a little creativity on the part of a restaurant chef. Salad shouldn’t be an after-thought. It doesn’t have to the “diet option.” A main course salad deserves the same attention that the chef and crew give every other entree on the menu.

That said, we offer these seven sexy salads as suggestions for a lighter meal, but one that’s not lacking in flavor, color, and ability to satisfy. Kudos to the seven restaurants whose salads made the list. These are merit many return trips.

We offer seven sexy salads, in no particular order:

seven sexy salads niche

Double Roasted Beets, Fresh Local Mozzarella, and Oranges

Niche Kitchen and Bar, 5954 Carolina Beach Road, Monkey Junction

This salad is a work of art: a visually delightful combination of brilliant color, textures, and the perfect balance of flavors. Why do salad lovers love salads? They’re sexy, and Niche’s salads – especially this option – exemplify that salad aesthetic. Opt to add a protein, like a perfectly prepared chicken breast, and it’s the perfect meal. We may have upset the photographic appeal of this beautiful salad with the chicken, so apologies to the kitchen. (Note: the banner photo is Niche’s mixed salad with fried oysters, pecans, grapes, and blue cheese.)


seven sexy salads le catalan

Chicken Curry Salad

Le Catalan French Cafe, 224 South Water Street, Wilmington

seven sexy salads le catalanOn the Riverwalk, everything about one of my favorite salads in Wilmington is sexy: the flavors, the setting, the sunset.

A perfect balance of light flavors, Le Catalan’s variation on chicken salad includes cucumber, carrot, raisins, and a (slight) bed of mixed greens. Served with crusty baguette, add a glass of Pinot Grigio and you’ve got it right. The Chicken Curry Salad is my downtown Wilmington go-to, equally satisfying for both lunch and dinner.


seven sexy salads chopt

Spicy Cashew Soba Noodle

Chopt, 1125 Military Cutoff Trail, Wilmington

seven sexy salads choptChopt is a chain, specializing in soup and salad meals, bowls, salads, and salad sandwiches. They are a relative newcomer to the Wilmington scene, but they really bring it to our list of seven sexy salads.

The biggest question you’ll have here is “Where to start?”

We opted for the Spicy Cashew Soba Noodle Bowl, a 240 calorie combination of Soba noodles, carrots, edamame, celery, scallions, broccoleaf, purple cabbage, and kale. Wowza. Add some heat with a drizzle of Sriracha. This is the perfect place for salad lovers to grab a fast salad. You have the option of having your salad chopped or tossed, so get it your way. The salad crew are super friendly and helpful, so you can build your own salad from the incredible selection of ingredients, or choose from the great big menu posted on the wall. Check out the Destination Salads, with menu options that change every 60 days featuring seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients.


seven sexy salads city club

Spinach & Fried Chesapeake Oyster Salad

City Club of Wilmington, 23 South 2nd Street

The fried oysters are the star here, but the spinach salad is equally lovely, with red onion, shaved carrot, egg, Apple Wood smoked bacon, blue cheese, avocado and buttermilk herb dressing. City Club – which is especially appealing to food lovers by way of their carefully curated gourmet menus – is a membership club, so if you want to indulge your salad diva here, join… or leverage an invite from a friend.


seven sexy salads indochine

Banana Blossom Salad

Indochine, 7 Wayne Drive, Wilmington

banana blossom in seven sexy saladsIf you can resist the curries and other delicious Thai dishes at
this Wilmington favorite, there are four tempting dinner salads on the Indochine menu.

Be tempted: shredded banana flowers, marinated shrimp and duck, basil, cilantro, cucumbers, onions, daikon radish, peanuts, and banana blossom dressing. We opted for the Banana Blossom Salad because we’d never had a banana blossom (pictured to the left) before. This salad has a lovely blend of Thai flavors, and a nice crunch. With a generous amount of thinly sliced shrimp and duck mixed in, it makes a satisfying meal.


seven sexy salads sweet n savory

FGT Caprese

Sweet n Savory Cafe, 1611 Pavilion Place, Wilmington

seven sexy salads fried green tomatoesFried green tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella balls, fresh basil, honeydew melon, Serrano ham, red pepper, champagne vinaigrette and honey-balsamic glaze.

For something different, opt for your fried green tomatoes at the center of a Caprese salad. Sweet n Savory has decided to add the classic flavors of melon + aged ham to what is traditionally a very simple salad. That said, the FGT Caprese has a little bit of everything, but the star of the show is really the generous stack of lightly breaded, perfectly fried green tomatoes and melted mozzarella. Drizzled with balsamic, the tart to sweet punch of this salad is delightful.


seven sexy salads henrys

Grilled Chicken Mansion Salad

Henry’s, 3508 Independence Boulevard, Wilmington

The greens are the star in Henry’s salads. Add grilled chicken, roasted new potatoes, Roma tomatoes, bacon, and grated cheddar cheese. If you ask around for recommendations on the best salad in Wilmington, this large and lovely salad will most likely make the list.

The Seared Ahi Tuna salad and the Grilled Salmon salad at Henry’s are favorites, too, and if you delight in a dinner salad, you have choices to make here. That means, you’ll have to make a trip or two.

2 thoughts on “7 Sexy Salads | Great Dinner Salads in Wilmington NC”

  • I will definitely try some of these. I love salads out at restaurants. Nema Lounge and Eatery at Chadler’s Wharf has a yummy Napa Cabbage Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette, Shredded Carrots, Edamame, Sliced Red Bell Pepper, and Green Onion. $6 Small / $9 Large AND Platypus and Gnome has or had a grilled romaine salad with good stuff on it like blue cheese, tomatoes and croutons.

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