Whether you’re into bushels of kale or bags full of iceberg, the thought of a fresh summer salad is undeniably tantalizing. So how do you know which salad is right for you? Standby. When it comes to leafy greens at Siena, we don’t fork around.
1. It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No…it’s a grain! Farro Salad
An Italian commodity, that farro. This intriguing grain from Italy made its way into dishes across the states since the mid- 90’s, increasing in popularity by the day. Most people mistake farro for wheat because it tastes somewhat like a subtle version of brown rice. Silly, right? We decided to throw in a little herb-marinated shrimp and calamari for a taste-bud swoon, but didn’t stop there. Celery, basil, roasted peppers, and green beans make this salad a fantastic deep sea dive into a housemade herb mustard vinaigrette. This salad is for the dreamers. The secret Spiderman, the Lois Lanes.
2. Iron Man, more than a movie. Tuscan Kale Caesar.
This salad is one heck of a rosemary foccacia crouton crush. With oven dried tomatoes and light parmesan flakes in tow, it’s a perfect choice for the health conscious. Our housemade lemon caesar dressing adds a subtle hint of flavor, keeping this toss up light and fresh. Did you know that (per calorie!) kale has more iron that beef? Robert Downey Jr. can’t argue with that...and neither can your appetite.
3. Duck, Duck, Goose. The Siena Chopped.
It’s okay to wear your (artichoke) heart on your sleeve. This chopped romaine and iceberg pairing shouts “you CAN have it all!” from the Chicago rooftops. In our opinion, when avocados are involved a little bit of heaven is always present. Marco. Pair that with plump cherry tomatoes and gorgonzola? Marco. Add wild boar salami, pepperoncini, and cannellini beans? Marco. Egg, green beans, radicchio, red onion, AND a sweet mustard vinaigrette? POLO! This salad is for the adventurous. The person that writes in colored ink. The pepperoncini Paul, the gorgonzola Grace.
4. Jack and the green stalk. Shaved Brussel Sprout
The pantone die-hard, this is your salad. Green on green. A simple, yet marvelous, brussel sprout standing ovation. Parmesan and toasted marcona almonds provide a sweet (and happy!) fork affair. Did we mention it’s also heart healthy?
5. “It Happened One Night” …starring you. Spiced Watermelon
Move over Clark Gable, even on black and white film this salad could cause a ruckus. Pickled shallots, hidden springs feta, saba, hearts on fire micro green, and peach vinaigrette…oh, the romance! This salad is for the artist.
6. Simply radishing. Hearts of Palm
It’s okay to do the beauty pageant wave while eating this salad. Grapefruit, roasted marcona almonds, avocados, and breakfast radishes make this lunchtime delight one bite away from a first place crown. Tossed onto butter lettuce and in the well-behaved company of fresh citrus vinaigrette, you can now take a bow. This is the “you can be anything you want to be” salad.
7. The new Red Bull. Roasted beets
Need a boost? Put down the can and order this salad. Roasted red, yellow and candied stripe beets bring this bowl of color to funky town. Adding in toasted hazelnuts for a crunch and the delightful La Clare farm chevre it soon becomes a flavor quite like any other. Arugula soon joins the party along with a citrus vinaigrette beet reduction and BOOM. You’ll be moon-walking out of lunch, MJ style.