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.
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
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
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 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