Best Salads in San Antonio

October 23rd, 2022 by

San Antonio, Texas, has a strong connection to the cattle industry and is well known for its hearty steaks full of flavor. But sometimes, there are days when you just want to have an easy meal and eat light. A salad makes for a pleasant change of pace, and there are plenty of places to get a great salad in and around San Antonio.

At Red McCombs Toyota, we want to help you experience the best salad places in San Antonio and feel as light as a feather as you drive around in your new Toyota from our dealership. We’ve taken a look at the best four salad places in town that rustle up a mean and green meal that leaves you satisfied.

First Course Salad Kitchen

Grilled chicken salad by Tim Rodenberg is licensed with CC BY 2.0

First Course Salad Kitchen is the creation of a group of chefs who got their start in fine dining. They applied the principles of fine dining to the creation of salads that are complete meals on their own. All ingredients are checked for freshness and quality before being used to make the menu, and proteins are prepared in-house every day. That means none of the ingredients have been lying around for any length of time, guaranteeing you the freshest possible meal.

You’ll find classic salads on the menu, including Mediterranean and Cobb, along with wraps that deliver the same, fresh from the garden taste. One of the more popular salads is the Asian chicken salad, which consists of torn bibb greens, Asian pear, cucumber, bean sprouts, scallions, and grilled chicken breast, and it’s served with wasabi dressing and wasabi peas. Pair it with one of the weekly soups for a light yet hearty meal.

First Course Salad Kitchen is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pharm Table Apothecary Kitchen

Pharm Table Apothecary Kitchen follows the farm-to-table method of running a restaurant and takes it to another level. The restaurant uses food research from sources such as the Harvard School of Public Health, Pre-Columbian food preparation, National Geographic Blue Zones, and Ayurveda to inform its menu. The core principle of the restaurant is to make salads that help improve your health using anti-inflammatory ingredients and to deliver nutrients from ingredients harvested at their peak. The restaurant also makes use of all its scraps and trimmings for its dishes to maximize food use and minimize waste.

Pharm Table Apothecary Kitchen features a lunch and dinner menu that has the same salads available on both. You’ll find a seeded salad that includes seasonal greens, fresh herbs, cucumbers, super seeds, and radishes, topped with a Euphrates mint citrus vinaigrette. Another healthy delight is the Thai zucchini noodle salad, which contains zucchini noodles, local greens, Asian pickled carrot slaw, fresh herbs, and coconut cashew crumble and is topped with an almond butter pad Thai sauce.

Reservations are strongly recommended for dining at Pharm Table Apothecary Kitchen. Its hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The restaurant is closed Monday and Tuesday.

Roots Salad Kitchen

Roots Salad Kitchen was created to fulfill a need to provide fuel to the health-conscious individuals who live along the San Antonio River and use the trails daily. Its mission is to provide high-quality food to promote a healthy lifestyle while satisfying the needs of the community to eat right and feel great.

Roots Salad Kitchen features signature salads that deliver a variety of nutrients to delight your palate and meet your dietary needs. The grilled portobello salad features romaine lettuce, shaved parmesan cheese, and grilled portobello mushrooms, and it’s drizzled with champagne vinaigrette. If you’re looking for solid protein, check out the southwest jerk salad, which features jerk chicken, roasted corn, black beans, tortilla strips, cheddar cheese, and romaine lettuce, all topped with chipotle ranch dressing.

The menu also features a build-your-own salad, wrap, or bowl option. A variety of smoothies are on offer for dessert or for you to drink as you eat your salad.

Roots Salad Kitchen is open seven days a week. Its hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, and Sunday.


Picnikins is a San Antonio staple that was founded in 1988 by a couple with no culinary experience. They opened the restaurant to serve the working population of San Antonio with fresh, tasty meals that didn’t cost an arm and a leg. The restaurant quickly gained a reputation for serving fresh food with quality ingredients and a friendly attitude. Picnikins has a salad selection that reaches back to its roots as a lunch spot, and you won’t be disappointed by their offerings.

Check out the Vermont salad for a sweet treat that consists of field greens, roasted pecans, crisp apples, dried cranberries, and feta cheese, topped with a Vermont maple dressing. The tuna salad platter is the restaurant’s signature salad, featuring albacore tuna salad topped with almonds and served on a bed of field greens, tomato, cucumber, and avocado. If you’re looking for some local flavor, the Southwestern salad comes with romaine lettuce, tomato, black beans, avocado, red onion, corn, Monterey Jack cheese, and tortilla strips and is covered with a cilantro lime dressing.

Picnikins has two locations in San Antonio, and both have the same hours of 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

In Conclusion

That’s a wrap on our list of the four best salad spots in San Antonio. Did we miss a place that deserves a place on our list? Get in touch with us and let us know. We’ll be sure to include it in our next update. Meanwhile, come see us when you’re ready to purchase your next Toyota or contact our service center for regular maintenance on your current Toyota.

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