Delivering tenfold on wholesome goodness, salad bars across Sydney have mastered the art of the leafy (and not so leafy) bowl. Brimming with flavour and nutrient rich foods, leaves have taken on a whole new meaning and we just can’t get enough of them. Here are our top picks for some seriously good salad joints, and what delightful combos you'll find at them.
This adult tuck shop specialises in healthy fast food and big flavour. With house-made baked goods and superfood smoothies, be sure to mix up your lunch routine with one of their seasonal salads. Using fresh produce, sourced locally, you'll be spoilt for choice with their range of delicious, feel-good creations.
60 Bronte Road, Bondi Junction
This neighbourhood gem sure packs a salad punch, each bowl healthy and full of flavour. Think chicken salads of green-tea noodles and avocado, with radish, cherry tomatoes, mint, cashews and a black sesame dressing. Our pick is their Holy Beef Salad with grilled steak, crispy egg noodle, green papaya, mixed leaves and red cabbage. Rest assured, vegans, gluten and dairy intolerant diners can all find something on the menu.
11/123-125 Longueville Road, Lane Cove
The humorously named Bruce Leaves, serves up a variety of salad bowls, all with a side of giggles. Their Crouching Chicken Hidden Chipotle makes a great healthy Mexican alternative, and their Insane in the Grain is perfectly suited for vegetarians in need of their weekly dose of roughage.
2/85 O'Riordan Street, Alexandria
For a feel-good lunch, make your way to Dolce Terra in Manly for their nutrient-dense salads. A bustling neighbourhood haunt, this beachside café serves up salads that are packed with superfoods, ancient grains, seeds, nuts and veggies. They’re ready for pick-up at 8am – just in time for the commute – and you can mix and match up to three different types for an indulgent lunch that won’t break the bank (or your diet).
5-7 Raglan Street, Manly
Once a Northern Beaches' local secret, now a firm Sydney favourite, Banana Blossom is famed for their enduringly popular Asian salads. Dishes here are equal parts healthy and delicious, with a broad menu featuring chicken, beef, pork and tofu to appease the varied diets of Sydneysiders. Salads are served in huge bowls, so your money is well spent and you will feel supremely satisfied, without the guilt.
Bondi, Brookvale, Chatswood, Manly and Mona Vale
The opening of Verd in downtown Barangaroo means there's no excuse for anyone working in the city to skip a healthy lunch. Plant-based eats that look good and make you feel even better, is the aim of the game. Verd’s salad bowls deliver incredible flavour, each bowl made using strictly nutritious ingredients; the Raw Rad Thai with Chinese cabbage, kale, carrot, beetroot, bean sprouts, peanuts, tofu, coriander, mint, shallots and a zesty satay dressing is an absolute must-try.
Barangaroo, Manly, and Surry Hills
Grow Salad & Juice Bar is home to all your wholefood needs. You can create your own meal from either their classic salad flavours or pick and choose your own combo. Take your time to pick the perfect salad and make sure to pair it with one of their signature juices.
4/126 Phillip St, Sydney
This design-your-own-salad bars allows you to create your very own salad extravaganza or you can try one of their pre-made signature creations. Make the most of all the delicious ingredients by choosing one base and up to 7 fillings with your favourite dressing. The ultimate 'DYO' salad.
Sydney CBD and Kensington
This salad bar allows you to mix and match their signature creations, to create your own bespoke lunch. A favourite is the Marinated Beef with cucumber, tomato, red onion and capsicum, on a bed of leafy mixed greens. Peruse the options and select two to three flavours. Save space for their delectable Caramel Macadamia slice, because life is all about balance.