Best salad bars in Toronto

Salads shouldn’t be boring. Thankfully, Toronto has some delicious choices. Whether you’re looking for meaty options or full-on vegetarian and vegan, these are the best salad bars to hit up in the 6 – from hefty portions to unique and nutritionally packed ingredients. Warning: you’ll become a salad convert in no time. [Salad at Salus Fresh Foods. Photo by Parisima Baha]

Palm Lane

1
55 Avenue Rd 2nd Flr, Toronto, ON M5R 3L2

A tropical paradise inside Yorkville Village, Palm Lane is more than just a salad bar – it’s an escape and an Instagram-worthy place to eat healthy. Even the china bowls are beautiful. Here you can customize your own salad or choose from their signature recipes, made with nutritious, high quality, sustainable ingredients. All the dressings are also made from scratch. Plus, whether you’re a meat-eater, vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free, there are options for you. And if you’re feeling parched, try the kombucha, cold-pressed juices by Village Juicery and smoothies.

The Goods

2
1255 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1X6

Whether you’re a vegan or looking to ditch meat for the day, this is the place to go. The salads at this vegan takeout joint are also organic and free of gluten and nuts. They can accommodate for raw, paleo, low-glycemic and sugar-free diets, amongst other dietary restrictions. Packed with more than just the typical greens and veggies, like quinoa, brown and black rice, noodled zucchini and pumpkin seeds, these salads are sure to fill you up. They even have you covered in the AM with breakfast bars and green smoothies.

Veghed

3
1199 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1X3

If you think vegetarian salads are unfulfilling, this place might change your mind. This is the perfect takeout spot for colourful salads – packed with things like pomegranate seeds, spiralized beets and watermelon radishes – hearty soups, smoothies, freshly made juices and guilt-free desserts (you gotta try the beet brownies!).

Salus Fresh Foods Inc

4
25 Carlton St, Toronto, ON M5B 1L4

Conveniently located a short walk from Ryerson University, Salus might become your new go-to lunch spot. Here you can build your own salad box with fresh daily veggies and meats sourced from local farms and cut and grilled in-house. Choose from a variety of cheeses, salad dressings (the Sriracha dressing is on fire!) and protein, from meat to tofu. They also have healthy smoothies and snacks like avocado toast that can fuel you up in the morning or between classes.

The Salad House

5
13 Hayden St, Toronto, ON M4Y 2P2

Don’t let the look of this place fool you. It’s definitely a gem. Enjoy Mediterranean-style custom-crafted salads here, packed (the portions are huge) with things like shawarma, hummus, falafel and eggplant. They also offer wraps and select soups. FYI: this is a cash-only spot.

IQ Food Co

6
18 York St, Toronto, ON M5J 2T8

With a total of six locations in busy areas in the 6, it’s no wonder this is a popular salad spot. The one inside the PwC tower is perhaps the best location thanks to its beautiful, modern, somewhat rustic yet cozy interior. They’ve got heaps of locally sourced ingredients like free run eggs and organic maple syrup. All their signature salad boxes are gluten-free. Grab a cup of joe, smoothie or something sweet, like the sweet potato brownie, from the bake shop.

Refuel Juicery

7
1581 Bayview Ave, East York, ON M4G 3B5

Build your own salad at the self-serve station of this juice and salad bar in Leaside. Then fuel up with an organic cold-pressed juice or power shake. They even have you covered for breakfast with chia and acai bowls. P.S. There’s a Pilates studio (North Movement

Salad Days

8
2 Bloor W, Toronto, ON M4W 3E2

Located inside Cumberland Terrace in the PATH, near the University of Toronto, this is the place to go for quality, generous portioned salads under $10. The salads are all made-to-order, and you can build your own or choose from the menu. Proteins include grilled chicken breast, tuna and smoked salmon. They also have wraps, including vegetarian options.

The Poke Box

9
36 Toronto St, Toronto, ON M5C 2C5

Call it a poke bowl or Hawaiian salad. Either way, this to-go bar will fulfill your protein and veggie nutritional needs. Build your own box or choose from the signature menu. For your daily dose of greens, go for the spring mix or zucchini base. You get to also choose side salads to go with your box, like seaweed and crab salad or tropical slaw.

AAamazing Salad

10
2-160 Baldwin St, Toronto, ON M5T 3K7

The name says it all. This Kensington Market salad bar is best for takeout, but there are a few seats if you want to stay in. They have classic salads but also unique Asian-style options that have things like tofu, crunchy dry ramen noodles and a dressing made with wasabi. They also have smoothies, soups and wraps.

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