I love burgers. And tacos. And barbecue. And fine dining. But that doesn’t mean I don’t find time for a great salad. In fact, it is my love for those others that makes the love of salads mandatory. This is the first in a series called Salad Days, in which I try and find great salads around town. Know of one I should try? Drop me a line at modam@statesman.com.

Farro salad ($12) with grilled shrimp ($6) at Salt & Time

What you’re going to love about this salad: The butcher shop of Salt & Time features large animals hanging from hooks stationed behind enticing cases of raw and cured meats. But don’t let all of the meat fool you: You can still find ways to eat a little big lighter at the restaurant connected to the buthcer shop and salumeria that opened in 2012. This salad features an array of gentle textures, from the tender sweet potato and smoky beet bites, the the creamy dollops of bright whipped avocado that could serve as a side dish at any great Mexican restaurant in town, to the crunch of sesame seeds and pop and nut butter creaminess of lentils. Top the salad with juicy and slightly charred Gulf shrimp (one of the great culinary joys of being from Texas) for $6 extra. The salad is hearty, filling and a great source of clean protein.

Quibbles: A good spritz of lemon juice gives the salad the acid it needs to punctuate the gentle creaminess, but you may need to ask for an extra wedge of lemon to reach optimal elevation and harmony.

Additionally: You can also add a pork fajita skewer for $4 or an Akaushi New York strip skewer for $6.

Salt & Time. 1912 E 7th St. saltandtime.com

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