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Lettuce Eat

Local restaurants show off their salad dressing

Story Pamela Kleibrink Thompson  Photos Kimberlee Miller


Residents congregate at Rembrandt’s, housed in a former 1800s era church for convivial repasts. Appropriately named, Rembrandt’s creates salads that are works of art. The Peruvian captures the flavors of South America with marinated grilled steak, mixed greens quinoa, roasted corn salsa, avocado, sweet potato, and red wine vinaigrette.  Or if a taste of Italy is more appealing try the Tuscan–a combination of  grilled chicken, baby spinach, farro, roasted tomato, pickled red onion, goat cheese, pine nuts, and maple balsamic vinaigrette. It’s destination dining, especially in the warmer months when you can dine al fresco.

Rembrandt’s

93 S. Eagle Rd.

938-1564

rembrandtseagle.com

After a brisk walk on the neighboring greenbelt, lounge on Bardenay’s patio and treat yourself to one of their specialty salads like the Charbroiled Spicy Shrimp Salad, featuring sambal, garlic and lime-marinated white shrimp over mixed greens, diced tomatoes and blue cheese crumbles, tossed with blue cheese vinaigrette. Too much heat for you? Try the Seared Yellowfin Tuna Salad–mixed greens with roasted sweet peppers, roma tomatoes, feta cheese, Kalamata olives, capers and toasted pine nuts is tossed with a lemon-herb vinaigrette and topped with a seared rare yellowfin tuna filet. A vegetarian option is the Pear Spinach Salad–a flavorful shallot vinaigrette is the perfect match for spinach, crumbled gorgonzola cheese, diced pears and balsamic-orange glazed walnuts. All salads come with artisan bread  Enjoy innovative northwestern cuisine created with organic local ingredients. Happy Hour menu 4-6 Sunday to Thursday.

Bardenay

155 E Riverside Drive

938-5093

bardenay.com

Bacquet’s Restaurant opened in June 2018, but its owners Franck and Michele Bacquet already have a legion of fans and followers. Eagle residents don’t have to travel to Paris to sample authentic French cuisine. From northeast France, the salad Vosgiene. is composed of crunchy local organic mixed greens, cucumber, tomatoes, red onions, drizzled with a classic vinaigrette then finished with creme fraiche, sauteed bacon and egg a cheval (over easy)  placed on top of the salad and drizzled with balsamic glaze. Dine outside on the courtyard patio and enjoy spring’s embrace of flowers, vines and a gurgling fountain, with live music most nights. Step inside, and you might imagine yourself in one of the many galleries of the Louvre–the walls are adorned with paintings–some created by Franck– and others from the Bacquets’ personal collection.

Bacquet’s Restaurant

1117 E Winding Creek Drive, Suite 150

577-6238

bacquets.com

Orient yourself with delectable offerings at Rice, a contemporary Asian restaurant, co-owned by Toffee Dullaphan and Fon Tavijaroen. Savor sumptuous salads such as Green Papaya Salad (Som Tum), a popular salad dish from Thailand of diced green papaya mixed with shredded carrots, peanut, tomatoes, and homemade lime dressing. Walnut Snow Shrimp Salad with Strawberry combines the flavors of Crispy shrimp and candied walnut tossed in creamy tangy and honey sauce, served with strawberry, lettuce, and carrot salad   Nominated Best Asian Restaurant in the Best of Treasure Valley by the Idaho Statesman, Rice also offers  a Grilled Tilapia Salad–grilled tilapia served with brown rice, green salad, tomato, onion, cilantro, cashew nuts, and homemade coconut lime dressing.

Rice

228 E Eagle Plaza St.

Suite Q & R

939-2595

riceeagle.com

The name Porterhouse conjures up the image of juicy steaks but this eatery’s salads are scrumptious too. Select from a seasonal berry salad (organic spring mix tossed with homemade roasted candied pecans, fresh seasonal berries, chevre goat cheese, free range chicken breast, drizzled with raspberry vinaigrette); Spa Salad (organic spring mix, artichoke hearts, sun dried tomatoes, toasted almonds, free range chicken breast, tossed with raspberry vinaigrette);  Traditional Greek Salad (free range chicken breast, fresh romaine, tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, kalamata olives, feta cheese, tossed in a  traditional Greek dressing); or a Classic Caesar (free range chicken breast, crisp Romaine lettuce, grated Parmesan, homemade croutons and Caesar dressing).

DaVinci’s 2

190 E State St.

939-2500

davincis2.com

After a long winter, step into spring by dining on salads–a tapestry of delectable tastes designed by Mother Nature to nourish the soul.