The salad is an oft-misunderstood dish. It is, more often than not, considered tasteless and boring, and usually comprises only vegetables and more vegetables.
However, don’t let these stereotypes stop you from discovering the true potential of the dish. A great salad mix, which includes (surprise) more than just vegetables, can sometimes make all the difference.
Here are some places where you can get them from.
The first and largest healthy eating establishment in Asia, SaladStop! is a one-stop place for you to fulfil all your salad-related cravings.
Create your own bowl with a choice of more than 60 toppings and 20 homemade dressings, or choose from its mouthwatering menu of seasonal eats featuring Southeast Asian-inspired delights, its signatures (Tuna San, anyone?), and warm grains.
Should you feel peckish in the morning before heading into the office, SaladStop! offers breakfast options in the form of wraps, porridge, and egg pots.
SaladStop! is at multiple locations. Visit saladstop.com.sg.
The Daily Cut
Known for its customisable protein bowls at affordable prices, The Daily Cut offers uncomplicated healthy meals without leaving you wanting more.
Due to its conveniently-located branches, the establishment is, unsurprisingly, a favourite among office executives and gym-goers, with its fresh meats, a variety of vegetable options, wholesome grains, as well as supplements such as egg sous vide, avocado, parmesan or edamame. Even its dressings – from pesto vinaigrette to garlic & thyme olive oil – are out of the ordinary.
Clean eaters will also appreciate The Daily Cut’s convenient calorie calculator on its website that breaks down the protein, carb, and fat count of all their ingredients.
The Daily Cut is located at Raffles Place and Tanjong Pagar. Visit thedailycut.sg.
The halal-certified and takeaway-only establishment serves up Mexican and Turkish-inspired delights such as juicy kebabs, burritos, quesadillas, tacos, as well as daily bowls. It’s the same process for each order: Choose your protein, base (usually vegetables), toppings (carbs as well as grains), sauces, and extra toppings (such as hummus or cheese).
Stuff’d is at multiple locations. Visit stuffed.com.sg.
Harvest Salad & Soup
When it comes to eating salads, the freshness of the ingredients is key, which is something the owners at Harvest Salad & Soup insist upon. Whether it’s the salad bowls, soups, or dressings, all its meals are made from scratch, which means no unhealthy preservatives. Another plus: its dressings, which are built on low- and non-fat yogurt, are guilt-free too.
Harvest Salad & Soup is located at Singapore Post Centre. Visit harvestsaladnsoup.com.
If you’ve always wanted to enjoy a meal from a chef who’s worked at a Michelin-star establishment, Super Simple lets you have that and more, at pocket-friendly prices.
Co-founded by Jason Jek, who earned his chops in Michelin-starred establishments around the world, including the three Michelin-starred Joel Robuchon in Singapore, Super Simple lives up to its name featuring uncomplicated options, whether it’s a customised bowl that lets customers choose from proteins, bases, supplements and dressings, or a no-fuss set that offers four choices anchored by three different proteins and a veggie edition.
In addition, healthy-eaters will be glad to know that Super Simple’s recipes favour natural flavourings instead of artificial additives as much as possible.
Super Simple is located at One North, Telok Ayer and Tanjong Pagar. Visit supersimple.sg.
The Salad Corner
Priced at just $4.90 for a basic salad onwards, The Salad Corner provides an affordable alternative to those seeking to eat healthy in the Central Business District (CBD).
Choose from five basic toppings, which include a mix of fruits and vegetables like Japanese cucumber, chickpea, black olives, sunflower seeds and raisins, and one salad dressing.
Should you feel like something extra, opt for its premium topping – including Cajun chicken, smoked salmon and feta cheese – at just $1 or $2 per topping.
The Salad Corner is located at Amoy Street Food Centre, Cecil Street and Tanjong Pagar. Visit thesaladcorner.com.sg
Despite its German sounding name, the menu here offers Japanese-inspired dishes such as Teriyaki Chicken Salad, Chicken Breast Soba, and Salmon Poke Soba, just to name a few.
If you can’t find anything that suits your fancy, Wheat Baumkuchen also lets you design your own salad bowl. Simply choose one carb base, one protein and three condiments, as well as an add-on or two, should you feel inclined.
Wheat Baumkuchen is at multiple locations. Visit wheatsoba.com.
Create with Cold Storage
The supermarket chain’s DIY salad bar, which is only available at selected outlets including the ones at Great World City, Raffles City, Sime Darby and One North, lets you choose from several options to, well, create your own salad bowl.
Here, you’ll be spoilt for choice with items such as sun-dried pesto penne, curly kale, black pepper beef ragu, ratatouille, feta cheese cubes and white quinoa risotto.
Create with Cold Storage is at selected outlets. Visit coldstorage.com.sg.
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