Eat your greens! Montreal’s best salads

Opting to have a salad used to mean that you were on a diet, but not anymore! Today there are so many unique combinations and eating salad is now about satisfying a craving, not going on a diet. We love clean eating when it tastes good! [image creditl: iStockphoto]

Mandy's

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2067 rue Crescent, Montréal, QC H3G 2C1

When you think of salad in Montreal, Mandy’s Salads automatically comes to mind. With a roster of five locations, you’ll have no trouble getting your salad fix across the city. They have a variety of salads, and a salad of the month. One of our favourite salads is their Waldorf salad to satisfy your blue cheese craving, with walnuts, apples and a tangy balsamic dressing. You can also create your own salad, or simply add or subtract ingredients to one of their existing salads.

Liv Salades

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5350 boul Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2T 1S1

Located on St Laurent Blvd, Liv Salads is a newcomer that has made an impression. They pride themselves on getting market-fresh ingredients daily. We love their Delilah salad with falafel, feta, cucumber, zaatar pita chips and chickpeas. The falafel is tender with a crispy crust, the pita chips add some tang, and the combination of tomato, cucumber, mint and feta is a classic.

Venice MTL

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440 rue Saint-François-Xavier, Montréal, QC H2Y 2T3

Venice Mtl is known for their poke bowls, the uber-popular Hawaiian dish of fresh fish, but give their Malibu salad a try. Made with arugula, beets, goat cheese, pita chips and sunflower seeds tossed in a honey Dijon vinaigrette, it’s the perfect balance of tangy and spicy, with plenty of crunch! Full of flavour, Venice Mtl now does take-out so if you work in Old Montreal, you can grab one of their healthy salads for lunch at the office, or at the end of the day to take home.

Damas Restaurant

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1201 av Van Horne, Outremont, QC H2V 1K4

Damas restaurant, located in Outremont, is a favourite amongst Montrealers, and with good reason! All their meat is cooked over an open flame, adding an extra layer of flavour, the décor is beautiful and the food is delicious! Most Middle Eastern restaurants serve fattouche salad, a common Middle Eastern salad, but the one at Damas is pretty spectacular. This refreshing salad is made up of greens, fresh herbs, tomato, cucumber, pepper, radish, fried pita, spices and the best part, pomegranate seeds.

Café Parvis

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433 rue Mayor, Montréal, QC H3A 1N9

Café Parvis is located on Mayor, a small street in the Quartier des Spectacles. In the summer months, they have a terrasse surrounded by lights and plants and, with recent renovations they expanded their interior capacity as well. Their salads can be ordered in three sizes, depending on your level of hungry. We ordered the avocado salad with chicory, cherry tomatoes and a citrus vinaigrette made with orange, xérés and honey. The salad was light, fresh, healthy, and still filling, perfect for the warm weather when you don’t want something heavy.

Restaurant Sumac

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3618 rue Notre-Dame O, Montréal, QC H4C 1P5

Sumac is a popular St. Henri Middle Eastern restaurant with plenty of authentic dishes to choose from. Whether you’re having the falafel, kefta or chicken shawarma, all dishes are served with their infamous salads. Their salads include white and purple cabbage, a salade cuite which consists of slow-roasted tomatoes and peppers that are broken down to the consistency of a spread, a fattouche salad, fennel and cauliflower with zaatar, spicy carrots with currants, and more! Trust us when we tell you that you’ll have trouble choosing a favourite salad!

Fiorellino Snack Bar

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470 De La Gauchetière O, Montréal, QC H2Z 1E3

Fiorellino may be known for their pizzas and house-made pasta but don’t ignore one of their most popular dishes on the menu, the raw mushroom salad. Yes, we said raw mushrooms. But this dish is simplicity at its best. Shaved king oyster mushrooms are served with shards of salty Parmesan cheese and a fresh gremolata. The fresh ground black pepper adds a nice subtle kick of heat, and the pungent Italian olive oil really stood out.

Foodchain

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1212 av McGill Collège, Montréal, QC H3B 4J8

Foodchain is one of the newest restaurant to hit the scene and their unique take on salads may surprise you, as none of their eight salads contain a leaf of lettuce. That’s right, all the salads are made with fresh vegetables, whether they’re sliced, chopped, grated, or shredded. Their eight salads do not allow for any substitutions, but you can add herbs, a dressing of your choice, and crunch like seeds, nuts, etc. Located on McGill in the heart of downtown Montreal, there’s no reason not to eat healthy!

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