Crisp salad leaves? Check. Lightly grilled fresh veggies and lean proteins? Check. Delicious dressings? Check.
For Japanese-by-way-of-Hawai’i, you can’t go past Yeah Bowl’s takeout poké bowls (bonus: the actual bowl is compostable). Top your favourite combination of fresh cucumber, edamame, carrot, tropical fruit, crispy shallots, spring or white onion, seaweed, almonds, coconut or pickled ginger with tuna, salmon, tofu or chicken. If you’re going low-carb, skip the rice.
For a bar snack, The Brit’s delicious triple-cheese and ham toasted sammies can’t be beat, but they’re not exactly Heart Foundation-approved. But their Green Bowl ($18) is possibly the healthiest lunch on the block. Broccolini, edamame beans, snow peas and feta are piled on a freekeh wheat base and brightened with avocado dressing, in a lunch that will have you feeling super-virtuous.
At Cafe Hanoi’s Canteen Lunch ($25), a rice paper roll stuffed with fresh veggies and pork & prawns, roast duck or crispy kumara is paired with your choice of a bowl full of fragrant Pho Ga, or crispy coconut pancakes and salad, or a rice noodle bowl stuffed with lemongrass pork, chicken or tofu and veggies.
Amano has a large range of inventive vegetable sides, ranging in price from $10 to $14, which can be mix-and-matched to create the healthy lunch of your dreams. We like the combination of tomato, chilli, pine nuts and basil alongside raw fennel, orange, pecorino and linseed.
Right now, it’s prime courgette flower season, and the menu at Ortolana is taking full advantage, with a delicate courgette flower, sheep milk fromage, lemon and almond salad ($26). Green it up with the addition of a Gypsy side salad ($9) with goddess dressing.
Salads are a strong point of The Store’s diner menu. You could get through a week rotating between the grilled peach and prosciutto salad with balsamic onion dressing ($22), arrow squid salad with cucumber, chilli and chorizo ($26) and the grilled chicken iceberg salad with rusks, parmesan, egg and goddess dressing ($24).
On Britomart Place, the Pita Pit has a wide and accessibly-priced range of salad bowls, starting at $14, and encompassing your choice of leaves, tomato, carrot, cucumber, onion, pickles, avocado, beans, grains, roast veggies and proteins, finished with your favourite dressing.
Next door, La Petit Fourchette has just one salad on their all-day breakfast menu, but it’s the only salad you need. Puy lentils, baby spinach and capsicum are paired with a poached egg, black pudding and chorizo for flavour ($22).
And last but not least, Smart Sushi in the Atrium on Takutai does a fine line in takeaway salad bowls, with options for teriyaki or katsu chicken, salmon, wakame, classic crab and udon noodles.