The Chopped Bleu at Zelko Bistro

The Chopped Bleu at Zelko Bistro is one of those salads you would be loathe to call "rabbit food." Prior to an entrée of the juicy Boss Burger, I ordered the Chopped Bleu in an attempt to round out a meat-centric meal.

At heart (and from the menu description) I knew I wasn't getting a light assortment of mesclun greens sprinkled with vinaigrette. In fact, I was thrilled when I received the opposite: a huge mound romaine lettuce, green apples, red onions, bacon, pecans...and I did mention BACON? Needless to say, this is not the salad for an ascetic waif.

Now, of course no one likes a sloppy salad drenched with dressing. If I wanted that, I would have ordered coleslaw. The Chopped Bleu barely (and delightfully) avoids such a fate by being just coated with a thin layer of blue cheese. The tart apple chunks pair well with the sour cheese and play down the saltiness of the bacon. Almond slivers provide a lovely crunch and make the salad into lovely sort of creamy vegetable trail mix.

My dining companion also liked the salad, which curbed our hunger but did not overwhelm over appetites before we received our entrees. A large portion ($10) is more than enough to share between two people or have as an appetizer and next-day lunch for one.

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