Looking to revive your WFH lunch? Trying to eat a little healthier but can’t face another limp Sainsburys salad? Read on to find our best of the best places to get salads in London that are anything but boring.
From protein packed dishes to fresh salmon poke bowls, here’s where to head for a light, healthy and nourishing lunch.
For lovers of a hearty salad full of flavour, colour and veggies, look to Urban Greens. Located in St James’s Park, the team strive to serve up honest food that’s both fresh and premium quality.
They take their preparation process one step further than your average salad vendor. Think hand marinated glass noodles and quinoa, kale massaged in olive oil and vegetables pickled to perfection.
A lunchtime favourite at The Handbook, our team recommends the Gogosan box. It’s made up of sesame marinade glass noodles, Chinese kimchi, sugar snaps, avocado, blanched broccoli, bean sprouts, fresh coriander, toasted cashews and sesame seeds and the Salmon Avocado bowl. It’s piled with Manuka smoked salmon, quinoa, shredded kale, pickled cabbage, avo, fresh parsley and toasted seeds.
20 Palmer Street, SW1H 0RH
Detox Kitchen helped to fuel endless WFH lunches during the pandemic thanks to their meal delivery service. Now that their Kingly Street branch is open, why not bring the WFH lunch outside and head to their deli.
Order in a round of fresh juices to start before building your perfect salad from their salad bar. The menu changes daily but it’s guaranteed to always be delicious, healthy and packed with proteins and healthy fats.
10 Kingly Street, W1B 5PJ
For a healthy grab-and-go lunch you can count on every time, it’s got to be Hone Poke. It’s here you’ll find Hawaiian flavours and way of life are brought together through their famed bowls. And you know what you’re getting too – honest, good food that’s not riddled with nasties or pesticides.
There are multiple bowls to choose from, each layered with rice, veggies and protein. We love the Korean BBQ Pulled ‘Pork’ that’s vegan and made with jackfruit, pineapple, spring onions, steamed broccoli, sesame seeds, red chilli, edamame, home pickled cucumber and BBQ sauce, and the Honi Poke, with Scottish salmon, mango, home pickled cucumber, spring onions, edamame, crispy onions, sesame seeds and chilli garlic sauce, is a must if you’re new to the poke bowl world.
Now with four locations in London, Daylesford’s organic farm shops and cafes pride themselves on being a farm-to-table concept, utilising the best and freshest ingredients which are grown on their own farm in the Cotswolds.
Their Brompton Cross venue is spread over three floors and brings to life sensational food and artisan produce from their Cotswold abode, and at all four venues, you can find them serving up salads that are second to none. Pick and choose your favourites from their daily selection or build your own wellness bowl filled with all of your favourites.
Shuk – meaning ‘street market’ in Hebrew – is a street food vendor located in Borough Market that’s become renowned for its moreish, rich pitas that are jam packed with fragrant flavours and veggies. But steer your eyes away from the carb loaded pitas this lunchtime and order in one of their vegetable packed salads.
Choose from the Aubergine Salad, filled with roasted aubergine, smoky tomato compote, coriander, mint, labneh and pita croutons; Sweet Potato salad, made up of slow roast sweet potatoes, chilli yoghurt, spring onions, coriander and shredded radish; or opt for the Israeli CousCous. It’s packed with dried tomatoes, mint, coriander, courgettes, pickled mushrooms and pita croutons.
Shuk takes the humble salad to a whole new level.
Borough Market Kitchen, Jubilee Place, Winchester Walk, SE1 9AG
Helping you to achieve you five-a-day is atis, Old Street’s finest salad bar concept. Opt for one of their bestsellers, from the Greek Goddess that’s full of leafy greens, crumbled feta, kalamata olives and seasonal tomato medley, to the Keep It Lean that’s packed with veggies and pairs well with their pesto salmon or rotisserie-style chicken. If you’re feeling adventurous, try building your own bowl abrim with all of your favourite veggies, proteins and grains.
145 City Road, Old Street, EC1V 1AZ
From cold pressed juices to nourishing lunches, the Good Life Eatery is the place to head for a hearty salad that’s guaranteed to leave you feeling full.
Head here for London’s best avocado toast – you can literally build your own to suit your cravings and favourites – or sample one of their superfood salads. We love the Goodness Bowl. It’s packed with roasted falafels, avocado, sweetcorn hummus with crackers, roasted butternut squash, shredded greens, roasted broccoli and topped with a tangy lemon tahini dressing.
Sure, Wholefoods might be on the pricier side for your everyday cupboard essentials but when you’ve got an hour to kill before your train from Clapham Junction, it’s one of the only places to head for a meal that’s not fried fast food.
The salad bar is filled with an abundance of options too, from pasta salads to leafy greens, proteins to grains, and you can pick and choose your favourites to make up a bowl of your dreams.
From field to fork, Farmer J is famed for their hearty healthy fieldtrays that are packed with grains, protein and all important veggies, designed to help you stay full for longer. Each box is complete with a base, a main, two sides and a sauce, and it’s up to you how you want to knock it up.
Renowned for bringing big, fresh flavours to the table, Yotam Ottolenghi helped to introduce Israeli cuisine to the UK. Now with several restaurants, take-away spots and salad bars across the city, it’s the Belgravia location that we want to steer your attention to.
Largely a take-away shop, the menu is filled with a changing salad and savoury menu that’s driven wholly by seasonal ingredients. The deli is small and quaint but is the perfect place to head to pick up lunch on the go if you’re in the area.
13 Motcomb Street, Belgravia, SW1x 8LB
Falafel salads have a bad reputation. We’ve grown sick of vegetarian supermarket salads that throw on a couple of dry, lifeless falafels and call it a day. But falafels can be so full of flavour, texture and protein, it’s just knowing where to head. If you’re longing to find the perfect one, head to Pilpel for one of the best falafels in the city.
Of course, their falafel pita is a must try but their falafel container is just as delicious and you can build it to suit your cravings. The Saabich is also definitely worth trying out in pita or container form.