In search of Victoria’s most satisfying salads

Salad; you’ve come a long way, baby! Formerly the domain of dieters and killjoys, this bland and basic starter has become a fresh and filling meal in the hands of today’s creative chefs. With vibrant and inventive ingredients, both raw and cooked, salad can be a delicious and nutritious main course. Check out the satisfying salads available at these Victoria restaurants.

Rebar

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50 Bastion Sq, Victoria, BC V8W 1J2

Kale and quinoa salad; warm roasted beet salad; Szechuan soba noodle salad – hungry yet? These are some of the excellent salads you'll find at the creative and delicious Rebar Modern Food. This hip downtown eatery cooks with care and conscience, bringing exotic flavours and fresh, quality ingredients to the plates of satisfied diners since 1988. A classic Caesar salad and an artisan greens house salad are also on the menu here.

Be Love

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1019 Blanshard St, Victoria, BC V8W 2H4

What's not to love at Be Love? This family-run restaurant operates with a focus on organic, local, plant-based foods and thoughtfully sourced ingredients. Treat your body to a healthy Green Goddess salad loaded with kale, seaweed, avocado, spinach, sprouts, hemp hearts and spirulina dressing. Or, find comfort in a warm Waldorf salad of caramelized apple, coconut-date dressing, grapes, toasted walnuts and grilled greens.

Pagliacci's

3
1011 Broad St, Victoria, BC V8W 2A1

A Victoria institution since 1979, Pagliacci's is often heralded for their scrumptious soups and perfect pasta. But don't overlook their salads. From the cleverly named Salmon Chanted Evening, featuring wild sockeye salmon with a host of veggies and a creamy lemon-basil dressing to the savoury goat cheese, pear, walnut, spinach and sun-dried cranberry concoction known as Das Goat, there are some real winners here.

Green Cuisine Vegetarian Restaurant

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5-560 Johnson St, Victoria, BC V8W 3C6

An ever-changing menu reflects the freshness and seasonality of the ingredients at this downtown vegetarian restaurant. From the tangy vinaigrette-based German potato salad to the flavourful Moroccan couscous salad, you can enjoy satisfying salads from around the world without ever leaving home. A tempting selection of 10 dressings and a variety of fresh toppings are also available if you prefer a custom-built salad.

Salad Loop

5
1012 Government St, Victoria, BC V8W 1X7

The holy grail of salad lovers and fussy eaters alike, Salad Loop lets you create your own salad masterpiece from a wide variety of tasty and healthy ingredients. This isn't an old-school salad bar with wilted romaine on ice flanked by rock-hard croutons and bacon bits —we're talking about a dizzying array of fresh salad greens, fruits, veggies, cheeses, olives and more.

Shine Cafe

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1320 Blanshard St, Victoria, BC V8W 2J1

Breakfast comes to mind when you first think of this popular family-owned restaurant but they serve up a mean salad as well. The Texican features sautéed house-roasted chicken breast served with home-made cornbread. Or there’s the Pacific Sunset salad with maple-sautéed wild Pacific salmon, toasted pecans, avocado and feta cheese. Sure, you can still come for the great breakfasts, but with salads like these you may want to stick around for lunch as well.

Part & Parcel

7
2656 Quadra St, Victoria, BC V8T 4E4

Heartfelt, handcrafted cooking and the finest local ingredients are all part and parcel at Part and Parcel. The menu revolves and evolves with the seasons so be sure to check back often to catch the latest salad offerings. If you're lucky, you'll get to sample their roasted squash, carrot, root vegetable and winter greens salad with carrot-miso dressing. Yum.

Just because you don't eat meat doesn't mean you can't eat a great burger. At these Victoria restaurants you'll find unique and delicious veggie burgers that may even convert the carnivores in your dining party.
Those who can’t have gluten can sometimes struggle to find good eats, but that’s rarely an issue in Victoria. Here, gluten-free cooking has been welcomed with open arms, and those who can’t have gluten can find a wide range of foods to enjoy. From fresh-baked treats to home-style pizzas, these restaurants offer all of the flavour, with none of the gluten.
Thirsty? Sure, you could reach for a sugary soda or lean on the caffeine crutch of coffee, but why not treat your body (and your taste buds) to something better? Packed with energy-enhancing nutrients and bursting with fresh flavours, a healthy jolt of juice may be the answer. Find it at one of these fine local juice bars.
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