Hot summer weather combined with inviting restaurant patios, motivated me to seek out the best salads in Salt Lake. After much sampling around town, I found these to be my two favorites:Verdura Chopped Salad by Vinto Pizzeria (pictured left)- mixed greens, quinoa, beets, butternut squash, tomatoes, cucumber, zucchini, pumpkin seeds, edamame, red onion, and a light lemon-basil vinaigrette. This is a hearty salad with dense beans and grains and I especially love all of the vegetables; they are chopped up really small making the dish easy to enjoy.Raspberry Walnut Salad with Goat Cheese by Gourmandise- mixed greens topped with raspberries, candied walnuts, red peppers and crumbled goat cheese, served with a house made apricot vinaigrette. The generous amounts of goat cheese on this salad will bring a smile right to your face, or at least it did mine. Also, I like that Gourmandise served their dressing on the side, allowing you to choose how much you like on your salad. After a taste of this apricot vinaigrette, I knew I'd be using up most of the dressing and then even dragging a few tears of my bread through it as well.For the extended list of the best salads around Salt Lake , please visit my blog, The Vintage Mixer.What are your favorite salads in town?Read more from Becky Rosenthal at www.thevintagemixer.com.