Staying healthy and eating clean is not exactly easy for most of us mere mortals. However, if you work in the Central Business District (CBD), the one thing that you can knock off your list of challenges right away is the lack of good salad options.
Here’s a list of 20 places that offer the perfect salads for the pickiest of eaters and the tightest of budgets.
1. Grain Traders
Their Hero bowls may start at S$16 but are worth every cent. Pick a base of quinoa, brown rice, sushi rice, bulgur wheat, soba noodles or super greens, if you would, and choose from an equally wide range of proteins, vegetables, dressings and toppings to make your own customized bowl. The pink beetroot feta yoghurt looks especially pretty on Instagram.
- #01-01/02/03 138 Market Street, CapitaGreen, Singapore 048946
- #01-03/04, 100 Tras Street, 100 AM Mall, Singapore 079027
Price: S$16 onwards
2. Salad Stop
Choose from a variety of pre-mixed salads or make your own. On days when you are hungrier than usual, and a leafy salad just won’t do, check out the warm grain bowls or get your salad in a wrap.
- 168 Robinson Road, Capital Tower #01-05
- Capita Link Mall, One Raffles Link, #B1-13
- Chevron House, 30 Raffles Place, #01-36
- Marina Bay Financial Centre, 8A Marina Boulevard, #B2-77 / #B2-78
- The Sail, 4 Marina Boulevard, #01-32
Price: S$9.80 onwards
3. Daily Cut
These protein packed salad meals will ensure that you stay true to your low-carb diet. Choose from the protein bowls on the menu or construct one of your own. Choose your red meat, poultry or seafood.
- 1 Raffles Place, Singapore 048616
- Tanjong Pagar Centre, 7 Wallich Street, #B2-16 Singapore 078884
Price: S$9 onwards
4. Sun Moon
One of the best places to get a salad under five dollars. Choose any of the fresh ingredients including fruits, veggies, grains and meats. Premium ingredients cost extra. Their fresh fruit juices and smoothies are worth a try.
- 10 Anson Road #01-12 International Plaza Singapore 079903
- 114 Telok Ayer Street Singapore 068583
- Tanjong Pagar Plaza #01-24 Tanjong Pagar Plaza Singapore 082001
- 100 Jalan Sultan #01-17A Sultan Plaza Singapore 199001
Price: S$4.90 onwards
5. Pimp My Salad
Brought to you by the good people at Sarnies, Pimp my Salad offers build-your-own salads with the option of picking as many ingredients as you would like from hot or cold ingredients, greens or meats, complete with dressings of your choice. You can also order online.
Where: #01-455 North Wing, Suntec City3 Temasek Blvd Singapore 038983
Price: S$12.90 onwards
6. Kitchen by Food Rebel
The Rebel Buddha bowls are made for big healthy appetites and promise to keep you full for the rest of the day. Creatively designed, the vegan sweet potato and chickpea bowl comes with tofu-avocado mix and beetroot hummus.
Where: 28 Stanley St, Telok Ayer (S) 068737
7. Do Si Rak
Do Si Rak is a healthy modern Korean pick-and-mix restaurant. You can turn your bibimbap into a salad by swapping rice for cabbage, tofu, buckwheat noodles or cauliflower rice. The meal is packed with vegetables, proteins and home-cured sauces. Vegan and vegetarian options are available. They pride themselves on their fresh ingredients.
Where: Downtown Gallery, 6A Shenton Way, #01-44
Price: S$7.90 to S$12.90
Where: 9 Raffles Place, B1-08 Republic Plaza
8. The Salad Corner
Choose from 30 different options at The Salad Corner and create your own salad. A simple five ingredient meal will cost you S$4.90 and you can add as many more toppings as you would like at an extra cost.
- Amoy Street Food Centre #01-41,
- Cecil Street, Golden Shoe Plaza #01-08, Tanjong Pagar Plaza
Price: S$4.90 onwards
9. Green Bites Salad
Great salads on a budget! A basic salad with five toppings and one dressing starts at S$4.90. You can swap your lettuce base for a baby spinach base for a dollar and add more premium toppings too.
Where: Blk 531 A Upper Cross Street, Hong Lim Complex, Golden Shoe Car Park
Price: S$4.90 onwards
Go for two half-portions of the ready salads or get a larger plate with three salads. You can also create your very own grain bowl or salad bowl.
Where: 1 Raffles Place, #B1-16, S 048616
Price: S$8.30 onwards
Quick pick-and-go Japanese inspired salads. Think green soba noodles, yuzu sauce, sesame dressing, grilled salmon and teriyaki chicken. You can order your salads online too.
Where: 1 Raffles Place, B1-32, Singapore 048616
Price: S$7.80 onwards
12. The Salad Shop
With 23 different homemade salad dressings to try, no two salads will ever be the same. Construct your own salad from a choice of 63 different toppings and 3 different leafy bases.
Where: 80 Raffles Place, #01-20 UOB Plaza 2, Singapore 048624
Price: S$10 Approx.
13. The Rabbit Hole
This is not a run-of-the mill menu. The salads are carefully constructed with interesting new combinations. The zesty smoked salmon and the protein punch come highly recommended. They even have an apple-pie salad for days when the sweet tooth just won’t settle for the lettuce!
Where: 1 Raffles Place, One Raffles Place, #04-30, Singapore 048616
Price: S$12 onwards
14. Afterglow by Anglow
Afterglow offers flavourful plant-based food. The high-quality ingredients do come at a price. Their drag-pom salad with dragon fruit, pomegranate, jicama and chopped macadamia nuts is definitely worth a try.
Where: 24 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089131
Price: S$14 – S$16
15. Ninja Bowl
Ninja Bowl specialises in Japanese inspired rice bowls. You can choose to go for brown rice or the Japanese pearl rice as your base. For S$3 you can even switch it for quinoa.
Where: 15 Duxton Road Singapore 089481
Price: S$14 onwards
16. The Green Bar
Fancy some strawberry topping on your chicken? Or perhaps some chilli crab with your pasta? This health café offers creative salads jazzed up with fresh ingredients flown from Australia and home-made dressings.
Where: Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Blvd, Singapore 039596
Price: S$8.90 – S$12.90
17. My Awesome Cafe
This café on the corner of Telok Ayer street offers wholesome meals made with high-quality ingredients. The special “My awesome salad” comes in both meat and vegetarian versions. The staff is happy to make any changes to the ingredients that you might want.
Where: 202 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore, 068639
Price: S$15 onwards
18. Happy Tummy
A happy tummy indeed, and may we add a happy wallet too! Create your own salad and eat it in a bowl or as a wrap. You can also make it a set meal by adding a soup or a cold drink.
Where: One Raffles Place, #B1-11 Singapore 048616
Price: S$5.80 onwards
19. Lean Bento
As the name suggests, here is a salad bar that is dedicated towards keeping you in shape. The bento salads are MSG free and every box gives you the calorie count of your meal. Think high protein and low carbs.
Where: 11 Collyer Quay #02-02, The Arcade, Singapore 049317
Price: S$12.90 average
20. P.S. Cafe
The Superfood salad with blueberries, sunflower seeds and goji berries is any vegan’s delight while the Pad Thai salad with poached prawns and crushed peanuts will get you your local flavor fix. The portions and prices are both a bit indulgent.
- 45 Ann Siang Rd, Singapore 069719
- 252 North Bridge Road, Raffles City #03-37, 179103
Price: S$25 onwards