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4 spots to grab a warm salad this winter on Long Island

The warm and colorful Gianfranco salad, with tomatoes,

The warm and colorful Gianfranco salad, with tomatoes, artichokes, fresh mozzarella and greens, is a showstopper at Riella's in Levittown. Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Warm salads present an alluring contrast between cool greens and hot toppings. They're particularly appealing this time of year. Here are four to try.

THAI ANGEL

A must at this Thai spot is the warm ground-meat salad called larb, a mixture of pork, mint leaves, red onion, cilantro and ground rice. Nuanced and fiery.

1812 Veterans Hwy., Islandia, 631-348-2555, thaiangelli.com

BUTERA'S

All three Butera's restaurants offer this salad of grilled jumbo sea scallops with shiitake mushrooms, cannellini beans, tomatoes and mixed greens in a warm white wine vinaigrette. Prices vary from one location to the next. ($15 lunch to $32 for family-style portion serving 3 at dinner)

65 E. Main St., Smithtown, 631-979-9113; 100 S. Main St., Sayville, 631-563-0805 and 7903 Jericho Tpke., Woodbury, 516-496-3633, buteras.com

NICK & PEDRO'S

This long-standing Manhasset lunch destination is going strong because of such options as the grilled calamari salad that includes tomatoes, corn and hearts of palm in a warm olive oil-balsamic dressing. ($18)

1496 Northern Blvd., Manhasset, 516-365-6930, nickandpedros.com

RIELLA'S HOMESTYLE

Riella's Homestyle in Levittown is big on simple Italian-American comforts. Friendly and efficient servers will explain that dishes come in both individual and family-style portions, but most individual portions easily feed two. Try the warm and colorful Gianfranco salad, with tomatoes, artichokes, fresh mozzarella and greens. ($20.95)

3103 N. Jerusalem Rd., Levittown, 516-719-5333, riellashomestyle.com

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