As part of a New Year resolution to lose more weight, I told myself to eat healthier – thus more salads.
This sounds crazy, but I thronged down more than 20 different salad lunches over the last 1.5 months, spending time traveling around the island for bowls of greens.
The result? A 2 kg weight loss (cut down on dressing please) and this blog post, which documents which I personally find are the 10 Best Salad Shops in Singapore. I ate every one of the salad here, and I don’t even work in Raffles Place.
What constitutes to a good salad bar?
Fresh, hearty, filling and tasty salads are my utmost criteria, especially when I am likely to be paying more than 10 bucks per bowl. (To make it fairer, I asked each service staff to just give me their signature if available, or mix something popular for me.)
The other factors come into play, the ease of ordering, organisation system, the friendly service, convenience, and outlook all plays a part. I don’t under how some shops make ordering a bowl so complicated! Okay, sometimes, I judge by simply looking at the colour of the vegetables.
Here are my 10 Best Salad Shops in Singapore
The Salad Corner
Amoy Street Food Centre #01-41, #01-60 (Grab and Go), 7 Maxwell Road, Singapore 069111, SMS Order: +65 98634093, Opening hours: 8.30am-6.30pm
Market Street #01-10 50 Market Street, #01-10, #03-20 (Grab and Go), 50 Market Street, Singapore 048940, Tel: +65 82020522
This IS the salad stall of the OLs. You will not miss the long snaking queue if you go to Market Street or Amoy Food centres during lunch time. The winning factor is in its affordability – $4.90 for a basic salad with 5 toppings (yeah to Japanese cucumber, cranberries, kidney beans and tofu) and salad dressings (16 to choose from!). Fresh and cooling.
The Japanese Sesame, Honey & Soy and Honey Mustard Vinaigrette dressings are lovely. Go before lunch hours to avoid waiting too long, or go to a few stalls behind for a Grab and Go option.
112 Robinson Road #01-01 Singapore 068902, Tel: +65 62235197, Opening Hours: 7.30am-9.30pm (Mon-Fri)
Other branches: One Raffles Place #B1-16, Funan Centre #01-14, Marina Bay Financial Centre #B1-04, Star Vista #01-48, Square 2 #02-01/02/95/96, Paya Lebar Square #01-85/86, China Square Food Centre #01-11, Icon Village #01-10
The advantage of also selling rotisserie meats at a salad store is that the accompaniments such as roast chicken, salmon and dory are flavourful, compared to other places where the second-fiddle meats are dry and unpalatable.
Here’s how Munch Saladsmith works: Pick 2 or 3 or 4 salads ($8.30, $10.40, $12.50), and you are likely to end up with a colourful bowl, without that much confusion.
There are additional salad dressing bottles at the side – fuss-free and neat.
313 Somerset Road, Singapore 238895, Tel: +65 68343200
Other branches: Holland Village MRT Station, Raffles City Shopping Centre, 1 Shenton Way, Vivocity
A franchise from Australia, Suma Salad is what I would describe as “cheap and good”. Started in 2003 at Sydney’s 2003, it is called Sumo to reflect their large and filling salads. Prices are reasonable comparatively, small is at $6.50, and large at $7.50.
I was lazy to decide and was recommended a Warm Thai Beef ($10.50 for large) and was pleased with its hearty portion, tasty dressing and tender beef strips grilled on the spot before serving.
Only thing is: you have to find a seat somewhere else.
1 George Street #01-01, One George Street, Singapore 049145 Tel: +65 67200378, Opening Hours: 8:00am – 8:30pm (Mon-Fri)
Other Branches: Capital Tower #01-05, Chevron House #01-36, CityLink Mall #B1-13, Fusionpolis #01-03, Great World City #01-21A, MBFC #B2-77/78, Metropolis #01-16, Novena Suare #02-24, PasarBella #02-K36, Takashimaya #B2 07-9-3
Salad Stop! is like the ‘big brother’ of all salad shops in Singapore, with 11 shops and counting. Probably the most popular and organised salad chain, the brainchild of father & son team, Daniel and Adrien who were both from the hospitality industry.
The Oh Crab Lah! ($11.00) is one of their most popular, with favourite Singapore chilli crab dressing on mixed greens – It actually works! The team cleverly added mashed hard-boiled egg, vermicelli and crab sticks (urgh-not the real thing) to create this huge bowl that was spicy, fun, and healthy.
Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard #01-91B, Tel: +65 63360780, Opening Hours 1030am – 930pm Daily
16 Colley Quay Hitachi Towers #01-16/17 Singapore 049318, Tel: +65 64936948, Opening Hours: 11:00am – 8:00pm
The Green Bar may not have the largest in offerings, but they make it up with their more varied creations and combinations.
Some to expect are a Smoked Duck Surprise salad ($11.90) with roasted pumpkin and rosemary, Absolutely Wicked Strawberry ($12.90) infused in reduced balsamic vinegar, and Grilled Vege Foursome ($10.90) of red peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, and virgin tomatoes – all served in earthy brown wooded bowls.
The Hitachi Towers outlet is more crammed, but the Millenia Walk branch is spacious.
Asia Square, 8 Marina View, Singapore 018960, Tel: +65 66361916, Opening Hours: 8am – 8:30pm Mon-Fri
39 Robinson Road, #01-01 Robinson Point, Singapore 068911, Tel: +65 65572739, Opening Hours: 7am till 7:30pm Mon-Fri
Biopolis, 8A Biomedical Grove, Immunos #01-17/18 Singapore 138648, Opening Hours: 8am – 5:30pm Mon-Fri
Fresh+ has a tantalizing menu comprising salads, gourmet sandwiches, freshly brewed coffees, and juices. There is a ‘Create-Your-Own’ salad counter where you can select any of the 50 plus ingredients along with many choices of homemade salad dressings.
I had a prawn & avocado salad ($12.00) which came in a really big white bowl, with generous portions of lettuce and cucumber. The salad is indeed crisp-fresh and healthy tasting with a zest of lemon.
1 Bonham Street, #01-20 UOB Plaza 2, Tel: +65 65363686, Opening Hours: 8am-6pm (Mon- Thurs), 8am – 5:00 (Fri)
79 Anson Road #01-03 Singapore 079906, Tel: +65 65348068
I actually liked the ambience at Salad Shop best – modern, clean and spacious. Queues get insanely long during lunchtime where everyone just knew what to do, ticking off boxes of an order chit. For a first-timer here, what’s with the Rabbit, Zebra and Elephant with different amount of feeds? Help! Perhaps it was in the CBD, service was slightly cold.
If you are indecisive, that’s it. I got a Zebra ($10.00) which gave me 6 main feeds with 2 supplementary feeds. Dressing was delicious, but the portions could have been larger.
3 Pickering Street, Tel: +65 65366280, Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm (Mon-Fri)
100AM, #01-11, Tel: +65 64536163
This is an unassuming selling made-to-order salads, sandwiches, and wraps. It is a walk-past and likely to miss kind of shop, with 12 chef crafted salads.
I had a Tossz Creation ($10.50) with baby spinach, grilled chicken and mango which added some sweetness and toasted almonds for crunch. IT was slightly confusing at first – I had to pick up my own box of spinach in the fridge “Which box, auntie?” but the salad was pretty neat.
100 Tras Street, Unit 0322, Tel: +65 65436823, Opening Hours: 10am – 8:30pm
B1 Raffles City, 252 North Bridge Road, Tel: +65 63373542
Many of the Chef’s Creations are quite Asian, thus the Amazing Thailand ($9.90 grilled chicken with spicy Thai dressing), Great Wall ($10.90 roasted beef with hoisin vinaigrette), and Taj Mahal ($9.90 tandoori chicken with mint yogurt dressing).
They work well if you are bored with the usual selections. Overall, I had a satisfying meal, but they just need to be more snazzy in their presentation and marketing.
Toss & Turn Salads
ION Orchard #B4-55, 2 Orchard Turn, Tel: +65 66365835, Opening hours: 10am-10pm Daily
Developed by the Cedele chain (who also brought us PODI), this is one of the few decent salad bars you can find along Orchard Road. (Strange, only CBD folks eat salads is it?).
HungryGoWhere reviewers were unfortunately not happy with the service. Sure enough, I met with some moody-faced part-timers, but okay lah – they were short-handed.
They have a wide range of base salads such as fresh mixed leaves, pasta, brown rice, quinoa, and couscous, with an option of making it a fuller meal with deli meats of ham, beef pastrami and smoked salmon.
Other Salad Bars in Singapore
The URA Centre, 45 Maxwell Road #01-02, Tel: +65 62239724 Opening Hours: 8am – 6pm
HFS Health Fuel Station
4 Marina Boulevard The Sail #01-31A, Tel: +65 65094955, Opening Hours: 8am – 8.30pm (Mon-Fri), 11am-6pm (Sat-Sun)
The Lawn Grill & Salad Café
31 Biopolis Way, Nanos #01-07, Tel: +65 64789739, Opening hours: 11.15am-9pm (Mon-Fri); 10am-4pm (Sun)
The Lawn at Shenton
8 Shenton Way, #B1-11, AXA Tower, Singapore 068811, Tel: +65 65348749, Opening Hours: 10:30 am – 9:00 pm
50 Market Street #01-14 A Golden Shoe Singapore 048940, Tel: +65 65352623 Opening Hours: 10:30am – 7pm
The Central 6 Eu Tong Sen Street #B1-52/53 Singapore 059817, Branches at Square 2 Sinaran Drive, 110 Killiney Road Tai Wah Building
China Square Food Centre, 51 Telok Ayer St, #01-01, Tel: +65 62245486 Opening Hours 7:30am – 10:30pm (Mon-Fri), 10:30am – 10:30pm (Sat)
Salads and Wraps
12 Gopeng Street ICON Village #01-86/87 Singapore 078877, Opening Hours 11am-8pm (Mon-Fri)
50 Jurong Gateway Road, Jem #02-19, Tel: +65 67651992, Opening hours: 10am-10pm Daily
Ocean Financial Centre, 10 Collyer Quay, #B1-08 Singapore 049315, Opening Hours: 11am – 7pm (Mon-Fri), 11am – 3pm (Sat)