Ever since I can remember, salads have always been my "go-to" meal when eating out.

There's something about it that's more than just a healthy alternative to a greasy meal, it's satisfying and full of flavor. Through my time spent here living in New Bedford, I've been around the block a few times when it comes to finding some of the best salads in the area, I think I've got it down pat.

You see, it can't just be a regular side salad. That's not going to do anything for my craving. If I'm going to order a salad, I need substance. Give me that avocado, give me those steak tips and if the recommended dressing is popular, I'm instantly sold.

From Cobb salads to chef salads, I normally prefer grilled chicken for the protein, but will also settle for marinated steak tips, grilled shrimp or in certain cases, pulled pork (don't knock it until you've tried it). I'm a sucker for zesty salads and a little crunch never hurt anyone, so throw in those lightly-salted tortilla chips and some buttermilk ranch and you'll be speaking my language.

New Bedford is chock-full of restaurants with a cornucopia of different cuisines and flavors. I've sifted through most of them and although it was a very difficult decision, I've come up with a list of my six favorite salads in the city. These are my "go-to" restaurants whenever I'm craving a hearty salad in which I give them my seal of approval.

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