The saddest thing in the world is a salad with no substance. I’m talking a small, flimsy salad crafted of nothing but lettuce, tomato and carrot shreds. Maybe even a few slices of cucumber, and some ranch dressing.

How depressing.

Luckily, the Charlotte dining scene has an abundance of gorgeous, hearty salad options for salad worshipers such as myself, vegetarian or carnivorous. And as intriguing as the Chopt salad concept is (how do they stay so busy?), let’s talk local options today.

Here are 15 of the most incredible salads in Charlotte, ranked.

(9) The Great Big Salad at Fran’s Filling Station

What’s in it: The name says it all. This is a giant, lovely salad with beets, green beans, goat cheese, garbanzo beans, sunflower seeds and a dressing of your choice (I love the dijon). Add protein in the form of lemon herb chicken or crispy chicken ($6), pan roasted salmon ($12) or shrimp ($9), or quinoa tabbouleh ($4).

Price: $7 for a small portion, $12 for a large portion (without extra protein).

Tip: The large portion is the only way the salad name makes sense. Order accordingly.