Your heart pounds. Sweat drips from your brow. Your mouth waters like a mad man: Mmm-mmm … That’s hunger taking over. Dive into the desert’s most summery, fresh salads. Your tastebuds demand it.
Napa cabbage, hearts of romaine, tomato, bacon, black beans, Panela cheese, garbanzo beans, chopped egg, avocado, corn, and a drizzle of corn and avocado vinaigrette make up Tacos & Tequila's Mexican Cobb salad. Order yours topped with steak, shrimp, or chicken for a flavorful kick. Morongo Casino, Resort, & Spa, 49500 Seminole Dr., Cabazon. 951-849-3080.
Natural 9 Noodle Co. serves up a dueling duo of tasty offerings. Its Vietnamese chicken salad consists of crunchy cabbage, peanuts, juicy chicken strips, fresh herbs, and a seasoned fish sauce; the Chinese chicken salad explodes with mixed Chinese greens, bean sprouts, carrots, broccoli, wonton strips, sesame seeds, and is covered in a fragrant hoisin sauce. Miss them at your own risk! Morongo Casino, Resort, & Spa, 49500 Seminole Dr., Cabazon. 951-849-3080
Grab your best pastel T-shirt and roll up the sleeves on your blazer. Jake's Palm Springs infuses its wit into the charming Miami Vice Salad. It’s overflowing with shrimp, avocado, tomato, feta cheese, and key lime caper vinaigrette for an unmatched profile of tastes. 664 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs. 760-327-4400.
Chill out — culinary — style with the chilled blue crab organic iceberg wedge salad at Tropicale & Coral Seas Lounge. Its bold taste is enhanced by a hard-boiled egg, avocado, and Louis dressing. 330 E. Amado Rd., Palm Springs. 760-866-1952.
There’s a lot to be said for “signature” style: Bellatrix Restaurant hits a home run with its Bellatrix salad. Crunch into this tasty assortment of baby greens, tomatoes, red onions, ciabatta croutons, marinated feta, and sherry-dijon vinaigrette. 75200 Classic Club Blvd., Palm Desert.760-601-3690; www.classicclubgolf.com
Kale is the new super food. Indulge in its healthful benefits with the Tuscan Kale Salad at Trio Palm Springs. 707 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs. 760-864-8746; www.triopalmsprings.com
Oh, Panera, your hearty Steak & Blue Cheese Salad is a masterpiece. It’s loaded with top sirloin, romaine lettuce, frizzled onions, tomatoes, and gorgonzola. But wait! There’s more. It’s tossed with blue cheese vinaigrette and drizzled with a cabernet reduction. 5200 Ramon Rd., Palm Springs. 760-778-5150; www.panera.com
Vegetarians reign supreme in this category. Native Foods Cafe's Yo Amigo taco salad is a charmer. It shines with a winning combination of romaine lettuce, cabbage, native taco meat, salsa fresca, corn, green onion, cilantro, and tortilla chip croutons. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, it’s served with creamy chipotle dressing on the side. 1775 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs. 760-416-0070; www.nativefoods.com
You’re at a table packed with pizza-lovers, but you crave something light and easy to fuel your day. For you, there’s Birba’s Rainbow Beet Salad. The citrusy blend of grapefruit and lemon zest plays well against the avocado and ricotta. Lest we not forget those plump antioxidant-rich beets. This one is topped with vitamin E-rich olive oil. 622 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs. 760-327-5678; www.birbapalmsprings.com
Roscoe Grill in Palm Springs implores you to get wild! Try the wild greens salad — a spring mix with cranberries, pecans, and balsamic vinaigrette. 665 S. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs. 760-322 6500; www.roscoegrill.com