Dear readers, have we ever steered you wrong? You know that we love to eat and we love to indulge, after all, you only live once! So this might come as a surprise to some, but we’re telling you to go eat salad. You know our opinion of salad, it can be a great side dish, but never the main course, but Liv Salades changed our mind about the salad.
We were invited by the owner of Liv Salades to try out their greens and fresh ingredients, and we obliged. Even though it’s winter, and a time for heartier dishes, their salads still wooed and charmed us. From now on when we think of salad in Montreal, we’ll be thinking of Liv Salades! They have 8 salads to choose from plus a salad of the week, a soup of the day and treats from local Montreal eateries. You can also create your own custom salad, and they offer takeout if you’re on the go.
We tried four different salads plus little taste of soup of the day, the soup and salads are larger than what you see in our pictures. We asked for reduced portions so that we can try a bit of everything! The soup we tried was an artichoke, pesto, leek soup and we absolutely fell in love with it. Velvety smooth and so flavourful, we loved it so much we took some home but finished it before we reached our door!
We started with a twist on the classic Caesar salad, the Big C salad. Crisp romaine and kale were topped with plenty of parmigiano-reggiano for saltines, thinly sliced prosciutto, and bagel croutons from Fairmount Bagel for that Montreal touch that we love! There was just enough dressing to coat each leaf and not drown the salad. It was a light salad despite the bold elements of anchovy paste, black truffle dressing and the prosciutto.
Avocado, raw beets, walnuts, fresh figs, carrots, hemp seeds, etc were tossed together in a balsamic and fig vinaigrette. The beets and carrots were grated and added a lot of crunch and a bright colour to the salad. We loved the fresh figs which are not always easy to find during the winter months. The creaminess of the avocado balanced well with the peppery arugula and salty pecorino cheese. It makes such a difference when people take the time to start each day at the market to see what’s available and fresh, and that’s exactly what they do at Liv Salades!
A Middle-Eastern inspired salad won us over, with falafel, feta, cucumber, zaatar pita chips and chickpeas. Definitely satisfying, the falafel was tender with a crispy crust, the pita chips added some tang and the combination of tomato, cucumber, mint and feta is a classic. The dressing also tied in the various elements of the salad, using mint and cucumber for a refreshing taste. The salad was full of different textures and left us quite happy with the results.
The last salad we tried was the namesake Liv salad. We were intrigued by the raw shiitake mushrooms which worked so well in this salad. The pear and the endive balanced nicely, the fresh herbs brightened the salad, and the vegetables were aromatically fresh. The goat cheese added a bit of tang and creaminess, which was just another textural element along with the sunflower seeds and edamame.
Liv Salades has a lot of dessert from all around Montreal, like Doughnats, which offer gourmet mini doughnuts to satisfy your sweet tooth without feeling guilty! They have tons of flavours and we tried their triple threat chocolate doughnut which was gluten free, vegan and baked – so basically they’re healthy, right?
Liv Salades is a great little lunch spot in the Mile End. The soups and salads are beyond what you would expect from a little lunch spot, and trust us when we tell you that you will leave feeling satisfied, satiated and planning your next trip back! And the Divas never talk about salad this way…
Our Rating: Always on Thursdays
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