London’s fast-casual salad market is certainly thriving but the appeal of a well-made restaurant salad shouldn’t be underestimated. These 7 standout restaurant salads are good enough to be the meal’s main attraction, simply to get something green on the table. So, for those of you who want to eat your weekly dose of veggies, or simply enjoy a delicious salad, here is a list of the best salads in London.
A restaurant / deli where plant-based takes center stage. Yotam Ottolenghi and his chain of vegetable focused restaurants are still going strong after years in the cooking game. Visit Ottolenghi for a delicious salad at lunch, and you’ll leave feeling totally full. The trademark aubergine with tahini miso, almonds, chilli and herbs is to die for.
From Swiss legends, a delicious and fresh vegetarian buffet, that is an all-day affair. With over 40 homemade vegetarian and vegan salads, hot dishes, soups and desserts freshly made every day, Tibits brings flavours from all over the world. You pay by weight, so you can take as much or as little as you want. Faster than fast food and cosier than your local corner café, Tibits is a bit like a fairy-tale.
Don’t be intimidated by the buffet-style eating. All the vegetables are prepared and presented beautifully.
This is a petit chain of petit cafés with a focus on nutritional eating. Apparently the target is health-conscious men, but there’s something for everyone wanting to treat their body to the good stuff. The Good Life Eatery is all about raw, cold-pressed juices, healthy snacks, and filling, fresh salads. Try their Venice quinoa salad with red and white quinoa, lambs lettuce, vegan almond pesto, mixed bell peppers, edamame, cherry tomato, pickled red onion, omega seeds, alfalfa sprouts and lemon dressing.
California comes to the City, bankers become hip. The Malibu Kitchen is a small corner café feature in the magnificent architecture that houses The Ned. Part of the Soho House tribe, it’s open to members and non-members alike. As the name suggests, here we find a taste of LA – health-conscious, and delivered with meticulous attention to special dietary requirements. Here it's all about superfood salads. Salads range from young coconut, green papaya, raw vegetables, heart of palm with cashew nuts to Beetroot tartare with cucumber, pistachio, horseradish and almond aioli.
Granger & Co is all about sunny, healthy food, and exhibits plant-forward originality (the Japanese brunch bowl is vegan-dreamy). Creativity and ethics are commendable. The Aussie healthy eating chain has introduced London to its light and lovely approach to salads with an Asian flair.
Mildreds' Soho institution is probably the best and one of the oldest vegan restaurants in London set up by proprietors Diane Thomas and Jane Muir in 1988. And its newer three siblings maintain the standard of food, service, and that informal ‘home away from home’ feeling. The salad bar is a haven of gluten free, veggie or vegan options. And as you may have guessed, there is no meat on the menu. You may want to create your meal by sharing a selection of small plates, influenced by food from all over the world. Large dishes are just as exciting; choose from a healthy bowl, curry, burger or burrito. This is true plant-forward food at its best and a million miles from boring.
The menu in Wild Food Cafe largely carries the same wild and artisanal ingredients with the same focus on nutritionally dense food with restorative benefits. As you’d expect, if you’ve been to the original cafe, the food here is completely vegan and also great for gluten-free eaters. We have to say plating is beautiful. Long communal tables become packed pretty quickly at lunchtime as locals pour in for a dose of informal dining and yummy salads. Try the wabi-sabi kale salad with squash, sunflower seed sour cream, homemade kimchi, chestnuts, activated tamari almonds, wild mushrooms and wakame.