Wow! Talk about “ask and ye shall receive!” Last Tuesday, we issued an impassioned plea for more reality show contestants from Boston. The very next night, the ninth cycle of America’s Next Top Model premiered. Among the thirteen finalists who will continue on in the hopes of becoming America’s pause Next pause Top pause Model are Boston’s own Mila and Sarah, who hails from Heath, which is all the way out in Western Massachusetts, but whatever! We’ll take it! Sarah is a delight and we kind of think she might win. Mila is a dumb bunny, but we’re going to root for her just a little anyways because she’s a Bostonian. In honor of these ladies, and in honor of the fact that we’re on a healthy eating kick, we present our picks for the salads that are still in the running toward becoming Boston’s Next Top Salad.
•Tyra Banks would quite possibly describe the Moroccan medjool date and orange salad from Cafe D as “fierce.” It’s packed chock full of delicious ingredients like preserved lemons, red onion, green olives and almonds.
•Noted fashion photographer Nigel Barker would likely call the long-stem marinated artichoke salad from Sandrine’s Bistro “quite lovely, actually.” The artichokes sit on a glorious bed of mesclun greens, sheep’s milk feta, and prosciutto and are dressed with a divine basil balsamic vinaigrette.
•Miss J. Alexander, runway diva extraordinaire, would likely say that Centre Street Cafe makes a salad that’s “hot, hot, hot, girl.” The Mexicali composed salad is a meal unto itself: heirloom tomatoes, corn, black beans, and romaine, drizzled with a cilantro-lime dressing and served with an excellent flour tortilla.
•Fashion icon Twiggy would admit to “quite liking” the house-smoked trout and haricorts vertes salad at Aquitaine. In addition to the superb titular ingredients, it’s loaded with rhubarb, frisee, and creme fraiche.