Photo: The Lawn Grill & Salad Café
Eating your greens is no longer a boring or meagre affair: with at least 20 salad shops in Singapore offering a smorgasbord of greens, toppings, condiments, sauces and more, a leafy lunch can definitely be filling. Here are what you should probably order at the top salad shops:
BOOK A TABLE TheLawn Grill & Salad Café
Salads with grilled meat toppings
This cafe, opened in 2011, does things differently – warm chargrilled meats and seafood are the highlight of the salads. There are 14 from which to pick, from maple chicken to garlic prawns to butter-seared Pacific dory fish. A salad box (from $9.90) will get you one grilled meat topping, five other toppings such as broccoli, cous cous, green apple cubes, tofu, toasted walnuts and Parmesan cheese. The dressings are given cheeky names, such as Me So Spicy (chilli, lime and mayonnaise) and Perky Sesame Ginger (ginger, sesame and soy sauce). We’re all happy to know that they also deliver their meals, though only to locations in the west (around Buona Vista), and for a minimum of 10 salads ordered. Do give them a call before you place your order. If you can’t wait, there is a second outlet at AXA Tower along Shenton Way.
Book a table here | Address: 31 Biopolis Way, Nanos #01-07 | Tel: 64789739 | Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11.15am-9pm; Sun 10am-4pm
Salads for the kiasu (or this who want to be first in line)
Help yourself to as many scoops of the salad mixes – as long as they fit into a generous-sized plastic takeaway box ($6.50 a box). We have some essential tips for buying these greens: One, get there early when the eight to nine salads are pre-mixed (though not dressed) and laid out for easy packing. Two, place the lighter leaves at the base before you heap on other items. The options include the bestselling pumpkin salad, a slightly tangy sweet and sour Thai beef salad, and the chicken snitzel salad. Choose from more than 10 toppings that include sunflower seeds, fruit and croutons, and round it off with the standard dressings. The caesar dressing is made in-house.
Simply Salads | Address: 1 Trans Link, #01-11 Orchid Hotel | Tel: 94595501 | Opening hours: Mon–Fri 10.30am-7pm, Sat 11am-5pm
The Salad Corner
Salad for health nuts
Standing out from its hawker neighbours at Amoy Street Food Centre is this salad stall, which also has four branches within the Central Business District, targeted at health-conscious office workers. For $4.90, one gets to choose five toppings (out of 27) from a dizzying array of greens, lentils, fruit and nuts. The beetroot, kidney beans, pea sprouts, sunflower seeds and walnuts caught our eye. Toss it up with one of the 15 dressings – you shouldn’t go wrong with the balsamic vinaigrette, honey and soy, or lemon zest with olive oil.
The Salad Corner | Address: 7 Maxwell Road, #01-41 Amoy Street Food Centre | Tel: 94511745 | Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8.30am-6.30pm
Toss & Turn Salads
for those who like pre-picked items
This salad, soup and sandwich bar is an offshoot from the popular Cedele chain. A salad bar for busy people who don’t want to spend time thinking about how to put a salad together, it’s set up so you can choose from one of the few thought-out salad options. Previous offerings include teriyaki chicken tofu noodle salad, prawn avocado sesame rice salad, and a flavourful chicken and sausage cous cous with eggplant, kumara, raisins, almonds with homemade pomegranate dressing. If you have an extra five minutes, you can still customise by selecting a “base” of mixed leaves, noodles, pasta or whole grains and choose your deli meat (beef pastrami, smoked salmon, or ham). Prices start from $7.80 for a small salad
Toss & Turn | Address: 2 Orchard Turn, ION Orchard #B4-55 | Tel: 66365835 | Opening hours: Daily 10am-10pm
Salads for the heart(lands)
Saladworks isn’t only one of the biggest salad chains from the US (with more than 100 outlets), it is also the salad shop with one of the biggest selections: 52 toppings and 40 types of dressings are available for the picking. This 40-seater located in the new mall Jem also offers plenty of choices: for $9.90 a bowl, diners have a choice of more than 50 toppings and more than 16 dressings (including seasonal ones that change every month). The Granny Smith apple dressing and honey barbecued chicken dressing are imported from the US. We’re equally excited about the toppings – buffalo chicken, pepperoni with blue cheese crumbles, tortilla chips and dried cranberries would go into our bowl.
Saladworks | Address: 50 Jurong Gateway Road, Jem #02-19 | Tel: 67651992 | Opening hours: Daily 10am-10pm
Kenneth Lornie Goh is a freelance writer, who enjoys anything edible with cream, from pasta to pastries. He has been published in The Straits Times, The New Paper and Food & Travel magazine. In his free time, he enjoys queuing up to check out new food haunts around the island.