Be honest! How often have you considered having a salad as your main course, and then dismissed the idea, thinking it would either not be interesting or filling enough? Italian restaurants may be best known for their fabulous pasta and pizza dishes, but their salad selections are pretty awesome too.
If you see salad as a side dish but wish it could be more than that, then take a look at our pick of the finest Italian salads in Limerick that will change your opinion.
1. Da Vincenzo's Bruschetta Salad
If you thought salad wouldn't fill you up, then you've obviously never tried a bruschetta salad! At Da Vincenzo, the chefs take a wonderful rocket salad and merge it with a bruschetta. The Italian bread is toasted and then topped with Parma ham and melted mozzarella, a rocket salad and shavings of parmesan. A salad you can pick up with one hand - that's some clever thinking!
2. Leggera Superfood Salad
With so many salads these days being meals in themselves, not all of them are as healthy and low in calories as you might think. What about the ones that feature those delicious circles of deep-fried goat's cheese, for example?
At Milano, the Leggera Superfood Salad gives you the great combination of taste and texture, with a modest calorie count. In fact, the main course salad contains fewer than 500 calories. It's got all the superfood favourites - mung beans, black rice, edamame beans, red quinoa, chickpeas, cranberries, kale and pumpkin seeds - nestled on top of usual salad favourites like peppers, cucumber, mixed leaves, rocket and red onion. A mix of a house vinaigrette and dressing adds a piquant edge to the whole ensemble.
3. Insalata Farfalle
Craving pasta but also after a salad? Fear not, as the Insalata Farfalle at La Cucina can give you both of these on one plate. This salad is composed of farfalle pasta (the one that looks like little bow ties), together with Ummera smoked chicken, toasted pine nuts and peppery rocket. This interesting combination is drizzled with a mint and lemon dressing, offering exquisite tastes with every mouthful.
The Insalata Farfalle is one of five salads on La Cucina's menu, where their aim is to use rustic and authentic Italian cooking in all their dishes.
4. Warm Chicken and Bacon Caesar Salad
A classic Caesar salad is made with romaine lettuce and croutons. It's then dressed in a dressing made from lemon juice, olive oil, parmesan, egg, Worcestershire sauce, garlic and pepper. It's found in Italian restaurants around the world and it's said to have first been created by Caesar Cardini, an Italian immigrant living in San Diego in the 1920s.
Many restaurants make this classic salad their own, and at La Piccola, you can order a Caesar with succulent pieces of chicken and scatterings of bacon served warm on the top. Such a great combination and certainly a salad that's not going to leave you hungry!
Take an alternative approach to dinner tonight and choose a delicious salad for your main instead of it just being a little something on the side. Order now at Deliveroo.