By Keri and Kelsi Matwick
Another limp lettuce leaf, you sigh as you push aside wilted greens. The tomatoes are lackluster too. Finding a restaurant or café that makes a good salad is no easy task, especially in Singapore where greens are cooked more often than eaten raw.
So, what’s an AWA gal got to do? Follow this list of where to go for salad that will make your taste buds sing.
1. PRIVE: Behold, four amazing salads!
Our top recommendation at Prive:
Tracy’s Favorite Salad (VG, GF) – baby spinach, kale, mesclun, broccoli, purple cabbage, avocado, hummus, quinoa, goji berries, black beans, roasted peppers, cucumber, olives, tomatoes, corn, pickles, pomegranate, jalapeño, cashew, garlic chips, edamame, butternut pumpkin, pumpkin seed dukkah, chilli-chimichurri dressing.
A salad so packed with different ingredients that you’ll never have the same bite! From kale to goji berries, to olives, black beans and pickles, Tracy’s Favorite Salad is made even more flavorful with hummus, pumpkin seed dukkah, and a chili-chimichurri dressing.
Who is Tracy? The Chairman’s wife! Tracy loved the salad so much after trying it the first time that he named the salad after her.
Classic Ceasar Salad - baby romaine lettuce, crunchy bacon, boiled egg, shaved parmesan, herbed croutons, house made Caesar dressing.
True to its name, this classic Ceasar salad features bacon, egg, parmesan, and croutons, smothered in a house-made Caesar dressing. Different than PS Café, Prive’s egg is boiled, not poached. A vegetarian would be pleased with the upsized option of soy-based chicken chunks.
Mad-For-Mexican Salad (VG, GF) - quinoa, crispy tacos, butternut pumpkin, black beans, chickpeas, Hokkaido corn, red sweet peppers, avocado, kale, tomato salsa, burnt chilli-mint chimichurri, jalapeño, cilantro-cumin-chipotle dressing.
Imagine your favorite taco but as a salad! Mad-for-Mexican features black beans, chickpeas, corn, avocado, and salsa over quinoa (a healthy protein-rich swap from rice!) and kale. Scoop up the salad with the crunchy taco chips served along the side.
Mediterranean Salad (VG, GF) - chickpeas, roasted zucchinis, Kalamata olives, cherry tomatoes, blueberries, hummus, smoked eggplant, pickles, cashew, dukkah, garlic chips, crispy shallots, preserved lemon-cumin dressing.
Perhaps you’re craving Italian? Order this salad for its kalamata olives, smoked eggplant, and chickpeas. The same hummus in Tracy’s salad is used here as well, adding a nice creaminess. A lemon-cumin dressing adds a bright flavor. Blueberries are a surprising yet welcome addition.
2. P.S. CAFE
P.S. Ceasar - baby cos, bacon, parmesan, baked croutons, poached egg; with grilled chicken; with grilled prawns
Hail Caesar Salads! The P.S. Caesar delivers with sheets of parmesan, crispy romaine, garlic croutons, and a poached egg. Add moist grilled chicken or plump prawns to make it a satisfying dinner.
Superfood (V) - blueberries, almonds, pumpkin, quinoa, freekeh, black barley, roasted nuts & seeds, orange & rosemary dressing
Superfood Salad (V, DF, GF) - spinach, quinoa, hummus, roasted almonds, avocado, broccoli, pomegranate, red radish, sunflower seeds, citrus herb dressing Add smoked salmon/ baked leg ham/ sous vide chicken breast/ poached eggs
This salad lives up to its name with super foods packed with nutrients, flavor, and texture: blueberries, crunchy almonds, sweet pumpkin, and wholesome grains. Substantial while vegetarian, this salad will appeal to a variety of eaters. Try it for breakfast, and it might become your new favorite way to welcome the day.
Like PS Café's Superfood, this Superfood Salad pumps with vibrant foods, from red radish and pomegranate to spinach, broccoli, and avocado to quinoa and nuts. Hummus and the citrus herb dressing add creaminess.
3. Carrotsticks & Cravings
What’s in the hummus? We were curious too and asked the IG team at Carrotsticks, who shared the ingredient list: tahini, lemon juice, baking soda, cumin, garlic, olive oil, chickpeas, cold water and sea salt.
Keto Chicken Avo (GF)- mesclun, tomato, pickled onion, chicken breast, avocado, feta, roasted walnuts, lemon herb dressing
Absent of grains, this keto salad features protein and fat with chicken, avocado, feta, and walnuts, giving you energy for hours. Perfect for a power lunch!
4. DIY salad bar
Create your own salad at the Cold Storage salad bar. You fill out a card indicating your choice of greens, meats, toppings, and dressings. The deli worker prepares it in front of you, then you can take it home for an easy dinner or even the gardens for a picnic. For a Cold Storage Salad with two toppings and additional meat, a personal favorite is: baby spinach, sweet potatoes, edamame, and sous vide chicken. Or maybe you’d like mesclun, curry cauliflower, steamed broccoli and cauliflower, and hardboiled egg.
One of the best chains around is SaladStop! Founded in 2009, the healthy food chain can be found in South East Asia and increasingly in more international locations, such as Korea, Japan, and Spain. In Singapore, SaladStop! is located mostly at malls, such as Tanglin Mall, Great World, and Tangs. The app makes it easy to pre-order your salad as well, a nice option if you’re in a hurry or want it delivered. With so many options, we encourage you to study the excellent website and browse through all the options first.
It’s a one-stop place to fill your salad cravings. Create your own bowl with a selection of more than 60 toppings and 20 homemade dressings, or choose from its menu set bowls featuring warm protein bowls with Southeast Asian signatures (lemongrass chicken, tuna san, perhaps?), and warm grains, such as quinoa and cauliflower rice. For a vegan bowl, try Game Changer with teriyaki fable, meaty mushrooms.
We’ve always been impressed by the freshness of the ingredients and how gourmet and unusual they are they are (pea shoots, radish pickles, teriyaki fable mushrooms). The bins are kept stocked as well.
Living in Singapore since 2018, identical twin sisters Keri and Kelsi Matwick love healthy foods most of the time while also indulging in sweets.