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For far too long, salads have been relegated to the bottom rung of the metaphorical dining ladder, serving as sides to what many saw as much more alluring main fare. However, Kansas City tosses this common misconception thanks to chefs chopping up fresh salads featuring unique, palate-pleasing flavors. Regardless of whether you’re sitting down for lunch or dinner, these dishes satisfy hunger all while helping diners keep their meals on the lighter side.

Here are some of the best salads to make your main course:

Eat (and Enjoy) your Brussels Sprouts

One of the most prominent dining fixtures at the Country Club Plaza is Gram & Dun. Known for its creative takes on classic American food, the restaurant offers a stellar selection of full-sized salads perfect for a midday or evening meal. One of the more popular orders is the Brussels Sprout & Kale salad, a delicious entrée with cranberries and sunflower seeds, all topped with fresh manchego and lightly coated in tricolored peppercorn vinaigrette. 

Classic Meets KC Specialty


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Leave it to America’s Favorite City for Barbecue to take a standard dish and infuse signature smoked flavor for a totally different Kansas City-style salad. The Jacobson in the Crossroads Arts District did just that with its BBQ Chop-Chop dish. The meal features a harmonious melody of tastes with romaine lettuce, broccoli leaves, red and savoy cabbage, cilantro and green onion, all finished off with bacon, barbecue sauce, tortilla strips and cilantro dressing. Your taste buds won’t know what hit them, but they’ll thank you nonetheless.

By Land and By Sea

Speaking of Kansas City barbecue, Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue, one of the city’s most popular restaurants, treats diners with both smoked meats and with its Grilled Salmon Spinach Salad. The chefs toss spinach with flavorful strawberries, maple spiced pecans, feta cheese, red onion and bacon to make a garden-fresh dish only improved by including grilled salmon, which, luckily for everyone, is exactly what they do. Plus, with five locations across the metro, you don’t have to go far to find this KC staple.

The Plaza’s Best Kept Secret


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Nestled at the west end of the Country Club Plaza is Eden Alley, a vegetarian eatery serving up local, organic fare ranging from tacos to falafel to elaborate grilled cheese sandwiches. The salads truly shine here, though, and a favorite that stands out is the Avocado Vera Cruz. The dish’s backbone begins with fresh avocado that rests atop short grain brown and black forbidden rice. Combine that with mixed greens, veggies, chick pea pico de gallo and the house-made “edenaise” and you’ve got yourself a delightful, filling meal. 

Fresh Air, Fresh Food

In the heart of Westport foodies will find McCoy’s Public House, a neighborhood brewery with one of the coolest patio hangs in the city. The restaurant also has boasts of the tastiest salads in the area with its Country Club salad, a generous compromise between eating healthy and treating yourself. Take chicken strips and drizzle them with honey mustard, then top it off with a bed of mixed greens, tomato, bacon, egg, cheddar and crispy shoestrings, and you’ve got one hearty meal.

Local Farm Favorite


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Columbus Park’s Happy Gillis is a breakfast- and lunch-only hotspot preferred by many for its locally-sourced ingredients and ever-changing menu. One thing you can always bank on is the Farmer Salad, which features delightful in-season fixings. Specials can include anything from colorful spinach and veggie salads to fresh greens mixed with local fruits and light vinaigrette. Either way, you can’t go wrong, as this order never disappoints in size or flavor.

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