In Florida, we have the luxury of enjoying fresh salads all year round. The seasonal ingredients might change, but the commitment to quality remains the same. Instead of grilled chicken and fresh blueberries, chefs bring out roasted turkey, diced apples and dried cranberries. Check out these local favorites and discover the best places to find both “anytime” and seasonal fall salads.


Woody’s Famous Salads & Gourmet Sandwiches
1722 S. Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33629
(813) 254-2806
www.woodysofsouthtampa.com

The best salads are made with fresh, high-quality ingredients, and that is one big reason why Woody’s salads are so good. These nutritious, tasty ingredients go into popular classics like the Caesar salad and Greek salad, but Woody’s also has a selection of salads that is all its own. For example, the incredible spinach gorgonzola salad is made with baby spinach leaves, diced Fuji apples, Valencia oranges, sliced roasted almonds and crumbled Gorgonzola cheese, all drizzled with a sweet orange marmalade balsamic vinegar dressing. Or if you need a fruit fix, the fruit salad is made with fresh Fuji apples, valencia oranges, cantaloupe, in-season fruits and granola. You can even add vanilla yogurt for 75 cents.

Louis Pappas Market Cafe
3409 W. Bay to Bay Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33629
(813) 839-0000
www.louispappas.com

Louis Pappas has four locations in the Tampa Bay area. The salad menu isn’t huge, but Louis Pappas makes the list for having the most authentic Greek salad around. The special recipe for the Greek salad was created nearly 100 years ago and is most famous for the potato salad scoop hiding under layers of chopped vegetables. Each and every salad is prepared with pure olive oil, locally grown fresh produce and high-quality meats and cheeses.

Wright’s Gourmet House
1200 S. Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33629
(813) 253-3838
www.wrightsgourmet.com

This comfortable deli, bakery and market serves up high-quality meals and snacks made with pride. Salads take up a whole page of the menu and include comfort favorites like chicken Caesar salad and tuna salad as well as house-created or custom salads. For example, the delicious turkey-pecan salad plate comes with scoops of pesto pasta salad, turkey pecan salad and fresh fruit salad. All three are nestled on a bed of green leaf lettuce and garnished with tomato wedges, hard-boiled egg pieces, olives and carrot and celery sticks.

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Stone Soup Cafe and Pub
4122 16th St. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33703
(727) 526-2975
www.stonesoupcafe.com


Stone Soup calls itself “St. Pete’s best-kept secret.” Perhaps when word of its mouth-watering salad gets out, it won’t be a secret any longer. Along with staples like chef salad and antipasto salad, there is also its namesake Stone Soup salad, which is made with fresh mixed greens, crunchy sprouts, crumbled feta, apples, dried cherries and cashews. Or for a fresh fall favorite, you can try the turkey pear salad, made with apples, pears, walnuts, dried cherries, blue cheese crumbles and sliced turkey on a bed of mixed greens.

Lonni’s Sandwiches
425 Central Ave.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 894-1944
www.lonnisdowntown.com

For real variety in a salad menu, Lonni’s is the place to go. Lonni’s salads are truly unique, such as the wild rice salad, made with chilled wild rice, sliced almonds, celery and green peas gently tossed in a sweet mustard dressing. This delicious mixture is served over a bed of lettuce and hard-boiled egg slices. Or perhaps you would like the fresh fruit and cheese salad, made with a seasonal selection of grapes, strawberries, pineapple or melon chunks and served with cheddar, swiss and smoked gouda cheese wedges. No matter what you try, you’re bound to be pleasantly surprised.

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Amanda Mole has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil and cooking since she was tall enough to reach the stove. She believes that food provides more than just vital nutrients: it is an irreplaceable part of countless cultural and social activities. As a Tampa Bay resident for the past 21 years, she is well acquainted with the incredibly diverse range of restaurants, bars, and food festivals that the area has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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