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 22 places that offer the perfect salads for the pickiest of eaters and the tightest of budgets.
Opened since April, Icehaus @ Alley On 25 is a DIY superfood salad lounge located in the Andaz Hotel.
The salad lounge offers a buffet-style spread with a wide selection of vegetables and lean proteins like kale, spinach and egg for you to make your own salad bowls. Enhance your dining experience by savouring some of the cheese and bread that they’ve got on display.
You can also request for gluten-free bread when making your reservations if you’re gluten intolerant. The restaurant gets their bread from Tiong Bahru while their vegetables are sustainably sourced from farmer in Malaysia.
While you’re there, be sure to indulge in some of their delicious dips. Our personal favourite is the baba ganoush. We kept going back for more and were practically slathering the dip all over our bread.
Price: $18++ for lunch and $28++ for dinner
5 Fraser Street
Despite how it’s not a salad bar or superfoods restaurant, CE LA VI’s latest ala carte lunch menu definitely has some dishes that could appeal to just about any health-conscious individual.
Start with dishes like the seared king salmon tataki and Hokkaido scallop and oyster ceviche. Looking beyond stellar presentations, these dishes don’t compromise on flavour or texture one bit.
Next up, treat yourself to the steamed barramundi and naam jim dressing. The fish — that flakes off easily — goes superbly with the fragrant and slightly spicy lime-based dressing.
Price: Starts at $26 for the seared king salmon tataki
1 Bayfront Avenue, Marina Bay Sands Tower 3
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.
Price: $16 onwards
#01-01/02/03 138 Market Street, CapitaGreen and #01-03/04, 100 Tras Street, 100 AM Mall
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.
Price: S$9.80 onwards
#01-05, 168 Robinson Road, Capital Tower, #B1-13, Capita Link Mall, One Raffles Link and other locations
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.
Price: S$9 onwards
1 Raffles Place and #B2-16, Tanjong Pagar Centre, 7 Wallich Street
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.
Price: S$4.90 onwards
#01-12, 10 Anson Road, International Plaza, 114 Telok Ayer Street and more.
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.
Price: S$12.90 onwards
#01-455 North Wing, Suntec City3 Temasek Blvd
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.
28 Stanley St, Telok Ayer
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.
Price: S$7.90 to S$12.90
#01-44, Downtown Gallery, 6A Shenton Way
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.
Price: S$4.90 onwards
#01-41,Amoy Street Food Centre and #01-08, Cecil Street, Golden Shoe Plaza
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.
Price: S$4.90 onwards
Blk 531 A Upper Cross Street, Hong Lim Complex, Golden Shoe Car Park
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.
Price: S$8.30 onwards
#B1-16, 1 Raffles Place
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.
Price: S$7.80 onwards
#B1-32, 1 Raffles Place
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.
Price: S$10 Approx.
#01-20, UOB Plaza 2, 80 Raffles Place
Known for their acai bowls and DIY salads, Haakon has several outlets including one in Raffles Place. Besides offering up vegan options, the restaurant also has gluten-free and paleo-friendly dishes.
Price: S$10.90 onwards for a superfood salad
#01-11/12, 1 Raffles Place, One Raffles Place
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.
Price: S$14 – S$16
24 Keong Saik Road
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.
Price: S$14 onwards
15 Duxton Road
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.
Price: S$8.90 – S$12.90
Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Blvd
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.
Price: S$15 onwards
202 Telok Ayer Street
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.
Price: S$5.80 onwards
#B1-11, One Raffles Place
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.
Price: S$12.90 average
#02-02, The Arcade, 11 Collyer Quay
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.
Price: S$25 onwards
45 Ann Siang Rd and #03-37, 252 North Bridge Road, Raffles City
Text: BankBazaar Additional Reporting: Atika Lim