The Best Salad in Toronto
The 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.
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’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’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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »