Put away your stew pots and slow cookers. Summertime is here, and that means outdoor cooking and fresh salads! Here are a few of those summer salads you can find at some of Philadelphia’s best restaurants.
1225 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 922-3835

Fuel is best known for its healthy meals under 500 calories. You can find delicious wraps, paninis and salads, all made from 100-percent organic ingredients. It’s the perfect place for lunch and a refreshing smoothie during a day of shopping, but Fuel customers are crazy for the Strawberry Spinach Salad. It is made with fresh spinach, strawberries, red onions, gorgonzola cheese, tomatoes and candied pecans and is served in a berry vinaigrette. It’s only 325 calories — light, refreshing and very tasty.

926 South St.
Philadelphia PA 19147
(215) 592-8180

Supper’s seasonal menu is the perfect place to find a superb summer salad. The small plate menu offers the freshest ingredients from local farmers inside a beautiful farmhouse-inspired restaurant on South Street. Supper has received many awards and much praise for its unique cuisine created by Chef Mitch Prensky, including a mention in the January 2013 issue of Philadelphia Magazine‘s top 50 restaurants. Try the BE Farm Greens and Herbs Salad with Ben’s apples, smoked chicken cracklins, cornbread and buttermilk. It’s the perfect summer salad with a southern twist.

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Matyson Restaurant
37 S. 19th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 564-2925

Matyson is a must for summer dining. The atmosphere is cozy and the food is refined. This BYOB offers delicious tasting menus that change weekly, but you can’t visit Matyson without trying the Baby Arugula Salad, perfect for a light summer lunch or dinner. The salad is made with strawberries, almonds, blue cheese and a sherry vinaigrette. Matyson uses local produce, guaranteeing the freshest ingredients. Be sure to stop by this establishment during the work week for lunch if you can.

227 S. 18th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 545-2262

Parc is the perfect summertime setting with its outdoor service in view of Rittenhouse Square, one of Philadelphia’s most beautiful urban parks. With its perfect Parisian bistro vibe, Parc’s outdoor sidewalk seating is a lovely place to spend a Sunday afternoon. Indulge in this Stephen Starr eatery’s delicious beet salad with house-made ricotta, grapefruit, almonds and raspberry vinaigrette for the ultimate summer salad. Add one of the French wines on the menu for a more authentic Parisian experience.

Two Liberty Place
50 S. 16th St., 37th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 564-5337

Nosh on a delicious garden salad while enjoying the most spectacular view of the city from the 37th floor of Two Liberty Place at R2L. This popular restaurant, with its breathtaking endless view, is located inside one of Philadelphia’s tallest skyscrapers. The garden salad here is a summer delight, with leaf lettuce and cooked and pickled seasonal vegetables, topped with a sherry and leek vinaigrette. You can choose from poached shrimp, grilled salmon or grilled chicken for some added protein.

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Christina Thompson is a freelance travel writer living in Philadelphia. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.