You'll find fantastic "composed" salads all over.
What do you mean by "healthy"???
Sorry probably used the wrong word. Just a good salad with choice of dressings. really looking for simole lunch food not to elaborate nor expensiivd do not eat any fish thnaks
Not sure what simole lunch food means (autocorrect problem?), but no, you won't get to choose dressings in all likelihood. It's pretty much vinaigrette or vinaigrette.
I don't really like salads in Paris. The best salads I've had were in Myrtle Beach, SC - full of veggies, dressing of choice on the side...That was the life....In Paris, it's usually a few sad soaked pieces of lettuce + lots of heavy toppings (esp hate salade nicoise - who and how came up with the egg & tuna combination?!)
(I'm ready to accept rotten tomatoes for publicly stating my dislikes ;-) I'll make myself a salad out of them).
There are indeed many new lunch spots that offer the kind of salad the OP may like. Either in a salad bar configuration like Pizza Rustica on rue Montorgueil www.pizzarustica.fr/ or like Lina's where you custom order a sandwich or salad. linasparis.com/nos-produits/… in all of these, you choose your own dressing. I seem to remember one on Lafayette near Drouot, one on Opera near Pyramide, one on 4 Septembre near Bourse...they are literally popping up all over. Also, Monop has pre-made salads, sometimes with mix or match dressings. At least you add your own rather than its being predressed.
There is a Lina's at 17 Malesherbes which is several blocks west of Madeleine.Edited: 24 April 2013, 03:39
Nearly every street will have a couple of places with a salade composée. These will vary from the famous salade niçoise to much more original ideas. Many of them, however, will have fish involved. I do think you could order a salade niçoise sans le thon (tuna) and perhaps, sans vinaigrette. That would be a very healthy salad indeed.
One type of salad you'll encounter frequently is a lentil salad. It is extremely delicious and very healthy (high in fiber, B complex vitamins - and protein, all in one). These are made with a dressing (a sort of vinaigrette, they are made in advance and usually contain lardons (a very delicious French form of bacon bits that resemble in no way American bacon bits), but you wouldn't have to eat all the lardons if that is a problem.
Here is a blog about salads:
Notice that two of the salads shown have fish, one has charcuterie and one has prawns - but one, shown with an arrow on the blog, features fruits. Naturally, you can also go into a grocery store and buy vegetables, as you can here. The thing is, the word "salade" comprises a very large category of items. It's fortunate, though, that nearly all French restaurants and cafés post their menus outside, all you need to do is salad-shop to find what you want.
Sans poisson may be a phrase you want to learn.
thank you for the information. best regards