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The Best Salad in Toronto

Posted by Robyn Urback / November 7, 2012

best salad torontoThe best salad in Toronto can win over even the most carnivorous of eaters; for one meal, at least. These salads aren't your bland iceberg lettuce type-deals, but complex bowls of greens, veggies, grains, and more (and sometimes even chicken), usually topped with house-made dressings and the satisfaction of knowing you're putting something good in your body. Again — for one meal, at least. Most of the salads on this list are customizable to your tastes, and usually come big enough to fill you up until dinnertime (or else, for dinner).

Here is the list of the best salad in Toronto.

See also:

The best vegetarian restaurants in Toronto
The best juice bars in Toronto

Fresh Restaurant

Fresh Restaurant

Fresh long ago mastered the art of the unbelievably filling salad across its several Toronto locations. These salads ($9 to $12) come in all shapes and forms, including the famous All Star salad with quinoa and adzuki bean tabuleh with goji berries and kale, and the Super Protein Salad with plenty of grilled tempeh. All salads can be customized and topped with one of Fresh’s eight house-made dressings. More »

Urban Herbivore

Urban Herbivore

Urban Herbivore’s salads are all what you make of them. Or rather, how you make them. The build-your-own approach means that salad-eaters can choose from one of three green bases, up to six veggie and protein options, and one of Urban Herbivore’s six house-made dressings drizzled on top. So go with a kale, avocado, and pumpkin seed mix one time, and spinach, tofu, and lentils, the next. Salads here are $11.25. More »

Hibiscus Café

Hibiscus Café

Hibiscus Café’s salad bowls are usually as colourful as they are tasty (not to undermine their tastiness, mind you). Best ordered as part of Hibiscus’ awesome soup and salad combo deal (about $8), these salads are power-packed with any mix of sweet potato, tofu, lentils, broccoli, quinoa, avocado, beets, chickpeas, green beans, and more. They'll even add a tasty cracker to go alongside. More »

Salad Days

Salad Days

Located in Yorkville’s Cumberland Terrace, this salad bar offers smoked salmon salad! Need I really say more? The menu here includes salad staples such as the beloved Cobb (which you can get for $4 and change), classic caprese, Greek salad with chicken, and the option to create your own. The overall spread includes a good variety of ingredients, and the prices are pretty unbelievable for what you get. More »

Pulp Kitchen

Pulp Kitchen

After a brief hiatus, Pulp Kitchen returned this year with its delicious (and comparatively affordable) salads in tow. The Almond Beet is the definite favourite, made with spinach, beets, shallots, cranberries, almonds, and sesame oil, all of which is drizzled with a light and tangy vinaigrette. Quinoa, tofu, and sautéed mushrooms are also available in various Pulp Kitchen salad forms. These bowls will cost you about $6-$7. More »

The Beet

The Beet

At the Beet, you can peruse the spread of ingredients while your salad is being crafted. There’s the wheat-free, gluten-free, organic vegan Farmer’s Harvest with lots of chunky veggies, the Chicken Caesar made with locally raised chicken and organic greens, and the vegan-friendly Tofu Caesar that nixes the chicken in favour of grilled tofu (obviously). And for a little extra oomph, you can request ground hemp seeds on top. The Beet’s salads come in small ($8) and large ($12) sizes. More »

Live Organic Food Bar

Live Organic Food Bar

Kale Caesar salad all the way. While some consider Live’s use of eggplant “bacon” an egregious breach of all that is holy, it really is worth a try as part of this filling salad. Also on the Live Salad roster is its Detox salad with seaweed and kelp noodles, its Uber Protein with quinoa, beans, and more, and its Big Bowl of field greens and lots of seeds and veggies. Mix and match dressings for about $12 per bowl. More »

Gilead Cafe

Gilead Cafe

Jamie Kennedy can make a mean just-about-anything, and salad is no exception. Though the salads at Gilead are constantly shifting with seasonal availability, you might find such concoctions as a root vegetable and beet salad, a quinoa salad with black beans and an egg, a classic Cobb salad, or a mixed greens bowl with seasonal vegetables and brioche croutons (you’ll never really know until you step inside). Most salads are about $9. More »

Feel Good Guru

Feel Good Guru

A relative newbie on the salad scene, but not one to be easily dismissed. Feel Good Guru’s salads pack super foods as much as super names, with its “Make Kale Not War” brimming with goji, green apple, avocado, and more, and its “There’s Guru in Arugula” offering a balanced mix of crunch, spice, and sweet. Priced around $12 each, these salads are only made with the freshest ingredients, with a vertical garden right in store as a testament to that fact. More »

Discussion

21 Comments

Tiffany / November 7, 2012 at 09:34 am
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Totally agree with Hibiscus. Great place with awesome vegan ice cream too.

BUT I want to give a shoutout to the Sandwich Box at Bay and Bloor. It's a splurge for me because they charge by weight, but DAMN, are their salads ever amazing.
Only one is best.. / November 7, 2012 at 10:21 am
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a tossed salad.
Kaelan / November 7, 2012 at 10:32 am
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The Big Slice on St Clair has an amazing 'Italian Salad'
Mixed greens, grilled peppers and onions, shaved mozzarella, cukes, tomatoes, and a light house dressing. It comes with a grilled sausage too but I'm vegetarian.
Probably one of my top 5! Mmmm salad!
alan / November 7, 2012 at 10:37 am
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the roy on queen east has the best steak salad...i have it almost every week...awesome!!!
salad queen / November 7, 2012 at 10:51 am
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Freshii gets my vote - totally custom salad with so many options, a seriously dressed salad (incl protein, cheese and kale) runs about $12

The beet and burrata salad at mercatto (attached to Eaton centre) is incredible
forest_beach / November 7, 2012 at 10:51 am
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Really? Fresh?
glib / November 7, 2012 at 11:25 am
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You don't win friends with salad.
AM / November 7, 2012 at 11:26 am
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Love the places selected. I have to say though, it's hard to pull a review together with what I consider to be two different types of salad rankings; the grab and go place (likely lunch...) and more formal restaurant experiences. "Salad Queen"'s comment above made me think this through. I have had some salad meals at unofficial salad eateries (read: pretty much any other restaurant) that were life-changing good. But menus change, seasons shift and it would be hard to label it the best salad in Toronto if no one can go to experience it now. I'd love to see a review of "the best salads in Toronto" that aren't just at salad focused eateries.
ada / November 7, 2012 at 11:33 am
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Organic salads are the best! I especially enjoy 3, 6 and 9.
Iain / November 7, 2012 at 11:45 am
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The Hibiscus salad is phenomenal, glad they made the list.
harey! / November 7, 2012 at 11:49 am
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Rabbits are the only true judge of best salads.
Gret / November 7, 2012 at 11:51 am
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This is great! Finally, been waiting for "Best Salad"
bobbywham / November 7, 2012 at 01:26 pm
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gotta rep EST WEST again on here, in the Grange by OCA. $7.25 for Salmon salad, nice filet with so many toppings, you can go crazy on the veg here NO LIMIT
K-Borg / November 7, 2012 at 01:54 pm
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Salad Days FTW. I got there almost every day for lunch. Extremely fresh, huge portions, plenty of options, and ridiculously inexpensive. Decent wraps, too.
Jen / November 7, 2012 at 08:06 pm
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I like the salads Wanda's Pie makes because they experiment and I'm always excited to see what salads they come up with. One of their best was curry apple with squash and pumpkin seeds! They've got every type of salad; the pasta kind, soba noodles, quinoa, cheezy, non cheezy...
People think it's not a competitor because they're known as a bakery, but maan it must suck not to open your eyes to the rest of the menu!
Jen / November 7, 2012 at 08:07 pm
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Oh and a little place called Le Petit Gourmet has the BEST chicken salad. Six bucks. YOU'RE WELCOME.
Mel replying to a comment from bobbywham / November 7, 2012 at 11:28 pm
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Absolutely agree about the amazing salad at Est West!

I'm in disagreement with the Gilead Cafe after I ordered a Cobb Salad and took two bites to realize they had made me a Waldorf Salad nearly killing me as I'm allergic to apples. They didn't seem all that sorry nor did they recognize the difference between a Cobb or Waldorf.
Nadine / November 8, 2012 at 12:28 pm
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My absolute favorite salad in town is the pesto crushed tofu salad at Karine`s in the Grange by OCAD...sooo good! And their portions are HUUUGE so it`s always great value!
Michelle / November 19, 2012 at 09:51 pm
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Love Live the best if I can't make a salad and use Rawfoodz dressing
Hassan / November 29, 2012 at 01:12 pm
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Too bad everything is so far from me! Does anyone here know any good places for salad in North York?
veghead / December 4, 2012 at 03:37 pm
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TOVLI has amazeballs salad! ask for the "kol-bo" salad. it's $10 and they just ask you what you don't want. everything else goes in and then they chop it and it's awesome and huge! like, two meals for me for sure.
and i think it's in north york (bathurst and steeles? is that north york?)

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