Best salad in Madison. It's nearly a meal in itself even with the downsized, "single serving" portions they dish up now. I once ate a whole salad, the larger version, at the original location and my jaw hurt the next day from the exercise. The chef said I wouldn't have to eat vegetables for a week.
The dressing is also for sale by the bottle, I think at all three locations.
And as much as I trash the red sauce and ambiance inside Paisan's, the Porta salad, and maybe it's just the memories, hits the spot. A Porta salad, a glass of wine and sit out on deck overlooking the lake - summer is great in Madison.