Stressed out from a long day? Unwind with a summer salad of pasta, greens or cold meat at one of the following Maryland eateries. Restaurant prices and specialties are noted.

AE (American Express), DC (Diners Club), CB (Carte Blanche), MC (MasterCard), V (Visa) and C (Choice). "Free parking" indicates the establishment has a parking lot. "Full bar" indicates the restaurant is licensed to serve spirits, wine and beer. "Children" indicates the restaurant has a reduced-price children's menu.

Cafe Roval, 9812 Falls Rd., Potomac. 299-3000. Hours: 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Cards: DC, MC, V. Wine and beer only. Free parking. Small-children's menu. Entree price range: $4.75 to $14. Specialties: Caesar salad, salade d'epinard a l'orange (chicken, mandarin oranges and almonds on a bed of spinach), salade printaniere (hearts of palm, egg, tomato and celery root on spinach), salade nicoise (albacore tuna, carrots, cucumbers, tomato, hard-boiled eggs, celery root), pasta salade aux fruits de mer (crabmeat and shrimp with vinaigrette on pasta), salade de campagne (endive radiccio, walnuts and apple).

Chatter's, 8300 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 656-2151. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to noon Sunday. Cards: AE, DC, CB, MC, V. Free parking. Full bar. Children. Entree price range: $2.75 to $6.95 for luncheon salads, $6.95 to $13.95 for dinner. Specialties: tables along the pool of the Ramada Inn; also tuna salad, Triple Crown salad of tuna, egg and chicken curry on bed of greens with tomatoes, cucumbers, olives and carrots, large chef salad, taco salad, fresh fruit platter, Neptune's twins (crab and tuna salad served on open-faced English muffin with tomatoes and cheddar cheese) and pasta salad. Daily specials.

Elsa's Gourmet Foods, 595 Hungerford Dr., Rockville. 340-2595. Hours: 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday. Cards: None. Cash, personal or traveler's checks only. Free parking. Wine and beer only. Entree price range: $2.25 to $4 for salads, $2.65 to $4.25 for other entrees. Specialties: tuna or chicken platter (salad plate with lettuce, tomato, cheese, hard-boiled egg and sliced ham, tuna or chicken), antipasto salad, chef salad, taco salad, health salad (chopped vegetables marinated in an oil and vinegar dressing) and Greek salad. Carryout and eat-in.

Glen Echo Station, 6119 Tulane Ave., Glen Echo. 229-2280. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch and 6 to 10 p.m. for dinner Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., brunch and dinner, Sunday. Cards: AE, MC, V, C. Free parking. Full bar. Children. Entree price range: $4.50 to $6.95 for lunch and $8.50 to $15.95 for dinner. Specialties: Greek salad, chef salad, tarragon chicken salad, Mexican salad, hydroponic (grown in water alone) bib salad with raspberry vinaigrette and Vermont goat cheese served during dinner only.

Jaspers, 7401 Greenbelt Rd., Greenbelt, 441-8030. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday. (Full bar open an hour later every day.) Cards: AE, DC, MC, V, C. Free parking. Children. Entree price range: $4 to $11. Specialties: shrimp salad on croissant, whitefish salad (on open-faced toasted bagel with cream cheese and tomato, sliced onion and melon), Greek pasta salad (broccoli, scallions, pimentos, olives, tossed with garlic and oil dressing, topped with tomato wedges, feta cheese, pepperocini and sliced red onions), club salad (combination traditional lettuce, tomato and onion with chicken breast fingers). You may also create a summer salad with a choice of three items from nine: Greek pasta salad, red potato salad, chicken and tuna salad, shrimp, fruit, cottage cheese, Spanish pasta salad, seafood pasta salad. Outdoor cafe.

T.G.I. Friday's, 6460 Capitol Dr., Greenbelt. 345-2503. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Cards: AE, DC, CB, MC, V. Free parking. Full bar. Children. Entree price range: $3.95 to $12.95. Specialties: charbroiled chicken salad, crabmeat avocado seashell, chinese chicken salad, taco salad, spinach salad, cobb salad, chicken walnut salad, Cajun fried chicken salad, antipasto pasta salad, chef salad. Choose from the following dressings: country buttermilk, creamy blue cheese and Italian, French, hot bacon, house dressing, Italian reg and low-cal, Thousand Island, vinegar and oil. -- Dianne Saenz