So you think salads are boring? The humble bowl of goodness has come a long way here on sunny Singapore, baby. It’s no longer a perfunctory scattering of limp veggies with a smattering of thinly sliced cheese or skinny strips of dry meat. Salads are actually filling meals in and of themselves and, with countless permutations and ingredients to toss into the mix, you’ll certainly be spoilt for choice. Click through for a couple of yummy salad bars worth a visit or three this week, and bon appetit.
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How could you not want to eat at a place with such a memorable moniker? You can create your salad dish any way you like here – you’re the one pimpin’ after all, so feel free to go wild. There are some pretty unique salad ingredients here such as garam masala chickpeas, roasted carrots with cumin and slow-roasted lamb shoulder. If you’re really hungry – or just have a big appetite – ask the staff to supersize your meat and you’ll definitely leave with a sated stomach and contented smile on your face.
Pasarbella Suntec City, #01-455 North Wing, Suntec City, 3 Temasek Boulevard; www.pimpmysalad.xxx
The people behind Grain Traders believe in serving hearty comfort food for the everyday worker. You’ll certainly be able to find solace in the salads here: Signature bowls include Rooster’s Crow (with chicken, of course), The Beebop (with braised pork shoulder) and Mr. Pirom (with tuna and wild mushroom). You can also Build Your Own Bowl ($16 nett) composed of an option each of a grain, protein and a hot veg; plus two cold veggies, one sauce and one topping. We suggest going for The Square Meal, which is a steal at just $18, and you’ll get one bowl, one drink and one snack.
#01-01/01/03 CapitaGreen, #01-03/04 100 AM Mall; www.grain-traders.com
This Australian chain has made it to Singapore and it specialises in ‘made fresh to order’ menu items. Design your own salad by choosing whatever you want from the list which includes a base, protein, herbs and dressing. But if you’re too lazy to think, fret not as there’s a wide range of made-fresh-to-order salads, such as grilled beef and haloumi, Moroccan lamb and Vietnamese chicken. Wash it all down with one of their yummy cold-pressed juices.
Various locations, check website for details; sumosalad.com.
The witty tagline at this place is ‘Meat Your Greens’ and that’s certainly what you’ll be met with here. Customise your own salad by pairing fresh greens with a pick of your favourite grills, as well as some flavourful toppings and in-house dressings. With the plethora of pretty yummy options available here, you can pop by often and still have something new to eat each time – and that’s a definite bonus in our books!
#01-07, Nanos, 31 Biopolis Way; www.thelawn.com.sg
Try some Hawaiian-style salads here and you might be inspired to visit the actual island, if you haven’t already done so. Poké, pronounced ‘poh-kay’, is the nosh of choice for surfers and a beloved Hawaiian staple; traditional poké comes with seasoned tuna tossed with sesame seeds, sweet onions and scallions. If you’re looking for a fuller meal, you can have this over rice and salad. The fish here is seasoned to perfection and the choices available are both healthy and hearty, so sit back and enjoy the meal on a sun-dappled bench and pretend you’re lounging on Waikiki Beach.
92 Amoy Street, #B2-46 Marina Bay Link Mall, #01-34 Change Alley @ Chevron House; www.alohapoke.com.sg
There’s a salad for every gastronomical leaning, so you’ll definitely find something to erm, munch on here. All the salad leaves are lovingly cut by hand – not machines – so you really should appreciate the labour of love involved in making your meal here. The sauces here include interesting choices such as jellied cranberry and olive butter.
Various locations, check website for details; www.munch.sg
Leafy goodness is the order of the day here. Choose from one of its signature salads such as Teriyaki Chicken Noodle or Prawn Avocado Sesame Rice or create your own dish from a selection of salad bases, vegetables, meats and dressings. Order a soup on the side on a rainy day or try one of its ‘gourmet thins’ – essentially more-ish flat bread creations – that’s plied with Basil Pesto Chicken or Veggie Shroom.
#01-113/114 Vivo City and #B4-55, Ion Orchard, www.tossnturnsalad.com
There are salads, salads and more salads here! If you find it too hard to decide, choose from a selection of everyday favourites such as Cajun Chicken Salad, Crispy Caesar Salad, Tofu Salad and Apple Turkey Bacon Salad. Or conjure up your own salad from romaine lettuce, five toppings and one dressing. You can add additional toppings at an extra charge.
#B2-08 191 Rochor Road (within Bugis MRT station), #B1-K4/K5 Festive Mall @ Our Tampines Hub; www.thesaladbox.com.sg
Japanese-style salads – or ‘protein meals’ as they’re called here – take centrestage here. Signature bowls include the hearty and heart-friendly Omega 3 Donburi (salmon sashimi, maple and genmaicha cured salmon, onsen egg, sliced almond and cashew, ebiko, baby spinach, romaine and butterhead lettuce, mixed grain sushi rice, and ginger balsamic sauce) and Shin-Osaka (yuzu-honey roast chicken, steamed broccoli, mushroom, sweet corn, baby spinach, romaine and butterhead lettuce, soba noodles, and wafu dressing). Or you can make your own creations from a base, protein, toppings and sauce.
#B1-08, Ocean Financial Centre, 10 Collyer Quay; www.shinkansen.co
This salad bar wants to change the way people think about their food and to wake up to the fact that you are what you eat. Every ingredient here takes less than 72 hours to get from earth to bowl and hail from source-verified partners in their local networks. So not only will you know where your food comes from, you’re also guaranteed its freshness. There are signature salads with cute names such as Oh Crab Lah!, Jai Ho! and Summer Fling. Or you can create your own too and pick a name for whatever you come up with – we won’t judge, promise.
Various locations, check website for details; www.saladstop.com.sg