London is experiencing something of a salad boom with all manner of places opening up aimed at reinvigorating the lunchtime market. To help you get your five a day, we've come up with a list of London's best new salad bars.
There's no more tempting display than the vibrant mounds of exotic salads at Ottolenghi - the newest and biggest branch opened this summer in Spitalfields, yards from Liverpool Street Station. You can choose your own selection or take a pre-packed box to take away.
Top of the class
Muswell Hill might seem a long way to go for lunch but the glorious Chriskitch is totally worth it. Chris Honor's salads are out of this world - and be sure to leave room for dessert. The table of cakes is a temptation no-one should try to resist.
Also recommended: Melrose and Morgan with two branches in Hampstead and Primrose Hill: weekly changing salads inlcude a tomato panzanella with capers and basil, and a mix of wild rice with wheatberry, peas, broad beans and goats cheese. Or head to Selfridges to find salad bars by Baker and Spice and Daylesford Organic - certainly not cheap, but a huge range of great quality salads.
Coffee with that?
Beany Green has blossomed from coffee bar to full grown lunch spot with their new branch in Broadgate Circle. A beautiful range of salads by another former Ottolenghi cook, which you can eat on the terrace outside.
Away from the hustle of Oxford Street, try Curator's Coffee for a great range of salads at lunchtime, or Lantana just off Goodge Street is hard to beat. In Covent Garden, the new Black Penny is worth a trip for some great value salad boxes to eat in or take away.
And new to the scene is Lundenwic in the heart of Aldwych. Nestled inside an old theatre ticket office is a beautifully designed space offering toasted sandwiches, cakes and a range of excellent seasonal salads. Think roasted heritage roots and pearl barley, or pickled peach, green beans and feta - and pick up a Workshop coffee to go with it.
Five a day
New salad bars are blossoming across the city. Pick of the bunch: Bel-Air in Shoreditch, whose menu includes the likes of roast aubergine with tahini yoghurt and dukkah, harissa tabouleh and a summer Asian slaw.
Or head to Oxford Circus for Ethos Foods - where you can get an extensive mix of vegetarian and vegan salads from lunchtime till late.
You can really get serious about raw food at Notting Hill's Nama which promises everything is 100% meat, wheat, dairy and gluten free.
At the new Farm Girl in Portobello, vibrant Melbourne-inspired salads are spiced up with chilli and lime dressing.
And the Good Life Eatery in Chelsea packs in more superfoods than you could ever imagine. If quinoa, kale, goji berries and a vinaigrette made with nutritional yeast and orange tahini rock your world - this is where to find it.
Salads to Go
If you're eating al-desko - try joining the queues in Berwick Street for Savage Salads, run by an Italian chef and a Swedish food enthusiast - boxes of gourmet salads come topped with grilled chicken or halloumi - and all for just £5.
The two tiny branches of Kastner and Ovens are also worth checking out - a huge range of salads which start at just £4.50.
Stuck at work? Try getting a salad delivery from LunchBXD (pictured). They'll mail out a weekly menu with daily changing salads paired with healthy snacks for around £8 each: delivered to your desk by 1pm each day. Try lentils with feta, tomato and miso-glazed walnuts, or courgetti with avocado, lime, crushed cashews and rocket . Office lunches have rarely looked so good.
Greens at home
If you're craving salad for dinner - then Abel and Cole has the answer. They've come up with a Super Salad Box for £19.50 - containing the ingredients to make three different salads for two people - delivered to your door. The recipes are the brainchild of Rachel de Thample, who promises to take salad to "the next level". It means you can rustle up the likes of carrot tabbouleh with lemons, dates and almonds without having to go shopping every day for a week.
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