Desk-Side Lunches: 9 Places To Get Salads In London That Are Anything But Boring

Food & Drink
By Lottie Woodrow | 24th February 2024
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Looking to revive your weekday lunch? Trying to eat a little healthier but can’t face another limp supermarket salad? Read on to find the best salad bars in London. From protein-packed dishes to fresh salmon poke bowls, here’s where to head for a light, healthy and nourishing lunch. 

The Best Salads Bars In London

 

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Urban Greens 

For lovers of a hearty salad full of flavour, colour and veggies, look to Urban Greens. Now with three locations, 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, made up of sesame marinated glass noodles, kimchi, sugar snaps, avocado, blanched broccoli, bean sprouts, fresh coriander, toasted cashews and sesame seeds, and the Salmon Avocado, piled with manuka smoked salmon, quinoa, shredded kale, pickled cabbage, avocado, fresh parsley and toasted seeds.

St James’s Park, Canary Wharf & St Paul’s

www.urbangreens.co.uk

 

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Hone Poke

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. 

Various Locations

www.honipoke.com

Daylesford

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.

Various Locations

www.daylesford.com

 

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Shuk

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 Roasted Squash with cous cous, rosemary dressing, mint, pomegranate, coriander, dukkah and amba tahini; Broccoli & Carrot with jalapeño dressing, labneh, dill and sumac; or the Sweet Potato Salad with slow roasted sweet potatoes, chilli yoghurt, spring onions, coriander and shredded radish.

Shuk takes the humble salad to a whole new level.

Borough Market Kitchen, Jubilee Place, Winchester Walk, SE1 9AG

www.shuklondon.com

 

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atis 

Helping you achieve your five-a-day at atis, London’s finest salad bar concept. Home to five locations across the capital, the salad bar focuses on personal health, sustainable sourcing and serving up a lunch option that’ll leave you feeling full through to dinner. 

You can mix and match your own bowl or choose from their regularly changing bowls, from the Seiz’a Caesar made with shredded kale and cabbage, chopped romaine, parmesan crumble, cherry tomatoes, poilane sourdough breadcrumbs and classes caesar dressing to the Shroomi 2.0, made with baby spinach and short-grain brown rice, red raw slaw, crispy shallots, grilled portobello and chestnut mushrooms and balsamic vinaigrette.

various locations

www.atisfood.com

 

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Good Life Eatery

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. Order in our favourite Sunset Chopped salad, piled with chopped gem, chopped chicken, edamame, bacon, egg, herbs and dijon vinaigrette. 

Various Locations

www.goodlifeeatery.com 

Wholefoods

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.

Various Locations

www.wholefoodsmarket.co.uk

 

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Farmer J

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.

Various Locations

www.farmerj.com

 

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Ottolenghi

Renowned for bringing big, fresh flavours to the table, Yotam Ottolenghi helped to introduce Israeli cuisine to the UK.

You’ll find sites across the capital, all boasting a menu filled with daily-changing salads and savouries. The delis are often on the smaller side but perfect for picking up lunch on the go if you spot one around.

Various locations

www.ottolenghi.co.uk


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