Healthy and delicious, here’s where to find the best takeaway salad in Hong Kong.
Salads are the quintessential lunch option. Quick to prepare and made bountiful with a range of fresh ingredients, they’re packed with nutrients and keep you energised through the day. So, if your mantra is to “eat better” then check out our pick of the best places to grab a salad in Hong Kong. Healthy lunching never tasted so good.
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Proving that salads can be so much more than limply-dressed greens, Fete Up specialises in a range of wholesome signature bowls that are every bit as satisfying as they are healthy. Each bowl consists of a balanced portion of carbs, protein and vegetables to ensure optimum nutrition. Take your pick from a base of brown or signature rice, soba or Asian salad, before filling up with a selection of colourful vegetable and lean protein add-ons. With the option to make your bowl vegan or low-carb, there really is something for everyone here. Best of all, Fete Up’s offering comes in at great value, with bowls starting from just $58. Head to its Central, Quarry Bay or Kowloon Bay locations to try for yourself!
Traditionally a bakery chain with stores all around the world, you may be surprised too see just how unique the salads are at Le Pain Quotidien. We love its Detox Salad with Organic Quinoa ($118), a scrumptious combination of root veggies, fresh mint, red onion, avocado, parsley, and pomegranate. Take this away in Le Pain’s very own cold metal tin and mix it up with the pesto oil provided to get the quinoa layered at the bottom mixed with the rest. This salad is not only filling, but also definitely a much-needed midday refresher!
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From steaming pots of soup to sandwiches and wraps, and healthy breakfast treats, Nood Food has a whole host of tasty, good-for-you options to choose from. But it’s the selection of salads that have really caught our eye. Highlights include the Roasted Pumpkin Quinoa & Hummus Salad, and the protein-packed Chicken Paleo Caesar. All salads come pre-made making it easy to grab and go.
Although best known for its rich, roasted coffee, we’d be remiss not to include Elephant Grounds’ killer health-conscious menu. The Brussels Sprouts Radish ($75) with pan roasted leaves and a fried egg emulsion is a favourite of ours, and is available in the Star Street and K11 MUSEA outlets. And for those in Causeway Bay, the Tiger Prawn Caesar ($110) with prawn tempura is a unique (and delicious) Japanese-inspired spin on an old classic.
Pastries aside, salads are the star of the show at popular cafe chain Passion by Gerard Dubois. Moroccan Couscous, Winter Waldorf and Beetroot with Sour Cream are just some of the options available on any given day. Enjoy a small salad box with three choices for $60, or upgrade to a large with four choices for $82.
This takeaway salad chain has locations across the Island and Kowloon (including Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kok, Kowloon Bay and Whampoa), making it one of the more widely accessible places to get a salad in Hong Kong. Youni is primarily known for its Power Bowls – essentially healthy salads which are available in a “lean” (with less than 500 Kcal) or “build” option (with more than 50g of protein). The Korean Buddha Bowl ($98) with vegetable rice is a fan favourite, while the Hainan Skinless Chicken Bowl ($108) serves as a healthier alternative to the traditional juicy chicken dish.
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With locations in H Code and BaseHall, this progressive chef-driven enterprise serves up a menu of eco-friendly, plant-based eats designed to usher in a new wave of wholesome dining. The salad and grain bowls come loaded with an impressive mix of organic whole food ingredients which really elevate the humble salad. The Frangipane ($128), for instance, features mixed greens, roasted mushroom, spiced chickpeas, slow dried tomato and pesto, while the Amaryllis ($128) has mixed grains, wilted kale, kimchi, turmeric soft egg and tahini. Take your pick from the restaurant’s signature combos or create your own. Either way, you can’t go wrong.
TREEHOUSE (BaseHall), LG9 Jardine House (Basement Level), 1 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong
At Fresca, lunch is anything but boring. This friendly neighbourhood cafe is known for serving up a number of innovative salads, including Korean Bean Paste Tofu, Guava Apple Tomato with Plum Sauce, Carrot Apple Walnut and more. Boxes are available in regular ($87, three choices) or large sizes ($110, four choices), and come with a base of rice or salad. Don’t leave without adding on a gluten-free muffin, crepe or cookie – it’s about balance after all!
As the largest healthy food chain in Asia, it’s fair to say that this pick knows a thing or two about salads (it is in the name after all). We love how SaladStop! is completely transparent about the nutritional value of its menu – you’ll find no hidden caloric dressings here! What’s more, every salad is additive and preservative free. While there’s the option to build your own, we think SaladStop!’s signature combos are not to be missed. The seasonal specials are always our first port of call, along with the Tuna San ($85) with seared tuna and edamame, and the vegan Habibi ($72).
Sassy Tip: If you’re a regular at SaladStop!, don’t forget to get yourself a loyalty card. Ask in store for more details.
Enjoy a nutritious, fresh and clean flexitarian menu packed full of organic superfoods at Kale. This Central-based health food staple serves up a range of salad options (from $70) which come with a choice of protein (including Pesto Chicken, Seared Tuna, Crab Meat and more). We make sure to always add on a side of the Sweet Potato Fries ($40); trust us, you’ll thank us later.
When it comes to finding a great salad in Hong Kong, MANA! is obvious go to. This sustainable and eco-friendly pick was one of the first in the city to cook up plant based foods that are good for both the environment and your health! Try out one of the signature salads – our fave is the classic the PACHAMANA! ($135) with a bed of quinoa or brown rice grains, tofu, tempeh, cauliflower, roasted garlic, edamame, avocado and a spicy Asian dressing. Alternatively, build your own from $80 (for four toppings). Complete your meal with an organic kombucha ($80) or pressed juice ($60).
MANA! Fast Slow Food (Soho), 8 Staunton Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong, 5501 7583
Tucked away on the rooftop of Pacific Place, Emmer has quickly become a tried and tested office favourite thanks to its selection of tasty salad options. The menu changes weekly, but past options we’ve loved include the Curried Cauliflower & Baby Spinach number, alongside the refreshing Beetroot, Raspberry & Feta, and moreish Eggplant & Rocket. A small box is just $58, while a large is $78. We’re also partial to the restaurant’s toasted sandwiches, made from Emmer’s signature pizza dough.
Plat du Jour, which directly translates from French into “specially prepared dish”, offers excellent choices of salad to take-away during your lunch or dinner break. Its Tuna Nicoise Salad ($80) with soft-boiled eggs, olives and baby potatoes is ideal for getting your daily dose of veggies and protein.
Plat Du Jour (Pacific Place), LG1, Pacific Place One, Admiralty, Hong Kong, 2715 0511
Raise your salad game with Knead’s fully customisable menu. As a standard, each salad starts at $45 and comes with your choice of base (including leaves, pasta and grains), along with a dressing option. Next, it’s time to decide on your toppings (priced from $8 to $20 each); take your pick from over 30 ingredients ranging from meats to cheese, veggies, eggs and more (head here for the full menu). We personally love the Chicken Schnitzel ($20) as an indulgent add on, along with the sun-dried tomatoes ($8) and grilled eggplant ($8). Knead also offers delectable sandwiches (from $40). Perfect for a quick, nutritious and satisfying lunch!
Knead, G/F 28 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2851 7778, www.kneadhk.com
Affectionately referred to as ‘Mr. Cat’ here at the Sassy Office, this quaint café is a must-try. Now located on Sheung Wan’s Jervois Street (just a short walk away from its old Bonham Strand store), Monsieur CHATTÉ offers up hearty French deli faves, including sandwiches and a bountiful salad bar. Build your own with a choice of three toppings (we’re talking lentils, goat’s cheese, roast beef, tons of veggies and more) from just $69. If you’re feeling super hungry, treat yourself to a warming cup of soup ($30).
A staple for the Sheung Wan lunch crowd, Purple Tomato is a small takeaway joint offering plenty of salad varieties! While there is the option to build your own, we recommend checking out the selection of signature salads (from $85) for the best Purple Tomato experience. Don’t forget to add on additional toppings, including mandarin oranges, sweetcorn, croutons, chickpeas, bacon and more!
With a mission to make healthy hip, Locofama stands out from the crowd for its top quality, locally-sourced ingredients. The restaurant works closely with Hong Kong farms to source “clean” fruits and vegetables free of pesticides and chemicals, resulting in dishes that not only taste better, but make you feel better too. We hear the Grilled King Prawn & Pomelo Salad ($180), complete with a sweet chilli coconut dressing, is a customer fave. The crunch of the ice plants and sweet touch of spice paired with the tangy taste of pomelo sounds good to us! The best part – it’s big enough to share or save for leftovers! For something smaller, try one of the featured Fama Bowls (from $118). As an added bonus, the restaurant caters to a range of dietary requirements, including nut allergies and gluten-free requests. Contact Locofama directly to find out more.
A favourite with those living and working in Wong Chuk Hang, The Loft by PIRATA Group is the ideal place to grab something healthy to go. Take your pick from a selection of appetising salads – the menu changes daily but past offerings include a Cauliflower & Pomegranate option, alongside Quinoa and a Paprika Potato Salad. A large salad box is $85 and will get you four choices. Beyond salad, the sandwiches and pizzas are worth checking out too!
Calling all avo-lovers! Though admittedly the controversial Avo Bun Burger remains divisive, there’s no denying that Avobar knocks up a solid salad. The Avobar Cobb Salad ($148) is a classic, with cherry tomatoes, queso fresco, prawns, bacon and avocado. And don’t miss the Superfood Salad ($118) too, featuring curly kale, quinoa, pickled carrot, tofu and avocado, finished with a parsley drizzle; we loved this one so much that we asked head chef Tushar Sakpal to reveal the recipe!
Avobar, Shop B201, K11 MUSEA, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, avobar.hk
While it’s true that many of the Rosewood restaurants are best experienced by night, Bayfare Social is the exception. The gastro market-inspired concept serves up a menu of grab-and-go options, ranging from tapas, sandwiches, noodles, soup and – you guessed it – salads. The Kale ($115), packed with charred broccolini, Brussels sprouts, avocado and ricotta, is our go to order. Other options that jump out to us include the Spinach ($115) with caramelised walnut, dried cranberry and blue cheese, and the Mediterranean Grilled Vegetables ($75). It’s worth noting that Bayfare does generous portions, so don’t be surprised if you can’t finish it all!
Bayfare Social, 5/F, Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 3891 8732, www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/hong-kong/dining/bayfare-social
This post was originally published on 11, January 2017 by Savannah Wasserman and was most recently updated in August, 2020. With thanks to Mashal Mushtaq for her contribution.
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Featured image courtesy of Knead via Instagram, image 1 courtesy of Fete Up, image 2 courtesy of Elephant Grounds via Instagram, image 3 courtesy of TREEHOUSE via Instagram, image 4 courtesy of SaladStop! via Instagram, image 5 courtesy of MANA! via Instagram, image 6 courtesy of Knead via Instagram, image 7 courtesy of Locofama via Instagram, image 8 courtesy of Avobar.