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Fried Chicken Salad

April 22, 1999

These salads make eating fried chicken feel downright healthful.

* Blueberry: Crisp, crunchy fried chicken crowns a salad of romaine lettuce, toasted pecans, corn and tomatoes in a buttermilk dressing. (Fried chicken salad, $7.95.) Blueberry, 510 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, (310) 394-7766.

* Tiara: Despite changes, the menu at what used to be the Chez includes a terrific salad of mixed greens, grilled fresh white corn, pecans, corn bread croutons, a buttermilk dressing and delicious, slightly spicy fried chicken. (Fried chicken salad, $12.95.) Tiara, Renaissance Hotel, 1224 S. Beverwil Drive, Los Angeles, (310) 772-2999.

* Ciudad: Don't pass up the Cuban fried chicken salad (served only at lunch). Crisp, moist chicken comes with greens, black beans, roasted peppers, fried yucca and a cumin-orange vinaigrette. (Fried chicken salad, $12.95.) Ciudad, 445 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, (213) 486-5171.

* Green Street Restaurant: A simple, basic fried chicken salad, made with extra-crisp buttermilk-fried strips of chicken breast, romaine lettuce and a blue cheese dressing, served with the famous Green Street zucchini bread. (Fried chicken salad, $7.95.) Green Street Restaurant, 146 Shoppers Lane, Pasadena, (626) 577-7170.

* The Gumbo Pot: This Cajun cafe makes its version with mildly spicy fried chicken legs, romaine, red cabbage, tomatoes, toasted pecans and a toasted pecan dressing. Served with a corn muffin. (Fried chicken salad, $6.50.) The Gumbo Pot, Farmers Market, 6333 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, (323) 933-0358.

* Houston's: The club salad is made with mixed greens, carrots, chopped eggs, bacon, tomatoes, avocados and lightly fried chicken. (Fried chicken salad, $10.) Houston's, 1550A Rosecrans Ave., Manhattan Beach, (310) 643-7211; 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City, (310) 557-1285; 5921 Owensmouth Ave., Woodland Hills, (818) 348-1095; 320 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena, (626) 577-6001.

* Roscoe's: Lettuce, tomatoes, celery, bell peppers, carrots, Cheddar or American cheese, dressing and Roscoe's tasty, well-spiced fried chicken. (Fried chicken salad, $5.40.) Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles, 1514 N. Gower St., Los Angeles, (323) 466-7453; 106 W. Manchester Ave., Los Angeles, (213) 752-6211; 5006 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, (213) 934-4405; 830 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena, (818) 791-4890.

* Cheesecake Factory: You're never far from entree-sized Southern fried chicken salad: chunks of fried chicken breast tossed with fresh corn, maple-glazed pecans, red onions, cucumbers, shredded romaine and ranch dressing. (Fried chicken salad, $9.95; lunch portion, $7.95.) Cheesecake Factory, 2 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, (626) 584-6000; 4142 Via Marina, Marina del Rey, (310) 306-3344; 6324 Canoga Ave., Woodland Hills, (818) 883-9900.

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