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Salad as a main meal

Nicole, left, and Robin Stricker of Dix Hills

Nicole, left, and Robin Stricker of Dix Hills enjoy the fare at Gyro Time in East Northport. (Sept. 25, 2010) Photo Credit: Sally Morrow

A salad can make for a most satisfying entree -- but only if it's put together with care and expertise. Think beyond the grilled chicken Caesar and check out the fresh creations at the following spots:

 

WEST END CAFE

Salads are big, stylish and fresh at this longtime favorite. Forgoing cliches is the Asian chicken salad, the hoisin-glazed chicken breast, warm and juicy from the grill, tossed with napa cabbage, radicchio, scallions, bananas, roasted peanuts and fried wonton skins. 187 Glen Cove Rd., Carle Place, 516-294-5608, westendli.com

 

GYRO TIME

At this diminutive Greek restaurant, you can order the terrific chargrilled calamari atop a bright Greek salad, making for a fine lunch or dinner entree. 354 Larkfield Rd., East Northport, 631-266-3300

 

FRESCO CRÊPERIE & CAFÉ Known mainly for its crepes, these friendly eateries also serve a delicious entree-size bresaola and Brie salad. It's beautifully plated, with carefully draped slices of air-dried beef and long, thin cuts of soft cheese over greens with almonds, red onion, olives and roasted red peppers. 72 Hillside Ave., Williston Park, 516-280-6630 and 150 E. Park Ave., Long Beach, 516-897-8097, frescocreperie.com

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