Taste Test: Toronto’s top salads that eat like a meal


Published:

Delica Kitchen’s Devin Connell

It’s hard to make a meal of most greens, but here are eight that are filling and fulfilling. Say hello to the freshest plates of spring with Delica Kitchen’s Devin Connell as she susses out Toronto’s healthy and hearty salads. 

Winner: Power flock
Chicken, black beans, goji berries
“The crunchy chickpeas are amazing, and I love the dressing and pickled onions. You think that there’s going to be too much going on, but it all works.” 
Flock, 97 Harbord St., $15.50

Mega life
Tofu, spinach, alfalfa & sunflower sprouts
“It’s really huge. I find the spinach is sucking up all the dressing, so it’s a bit soggy, but if you want a super health kick, go for this.” 
Fresh, 90 Eglinton Ave. E., $14

Cavalo nero 
Chicken, Lacinato kale, toasted pine nuts
“This is definitely something I would order. It’s nice. They’ve marinated the kale, so it’s not that rabbit food texture, and I like the sweetness of the currants.”
Trattoria Nervosa, 75 Yorkville Ave., $22.98

Glow
Steak, avocado, berries, bell peppers
“The steak is cooked perfectly. The vegetables are very fresh, none of the lettuce is wilted. I like the addition of blackberries, but the dressing is too sweet.”
Glow, 7 Marie Labatte Rd. #E1, $25

Mediterranean
Red & white quinoa, carrot/cumin dressing
“The quinoa is cooked well. The fresh herbs are nice in it, but it’s missing some acidity and some seasoning. I feel like the carrot dressing is AWOL.”
Sorelle & Co., 1050 Rutherford Rd., $9.95  

 

Alkaline
Kale, sweet potato, apple celeriac slaw
“This salad is healthy and the almonds are nice in it. The slaw has a nice crunch, but the dressing is pretty chunky, and it doesn’t really cover the greens.”  
Live Organic Food Bar, 264 Dupont St., $15

 

Habibi
Split pea fritters, lentils, mint, currants
“The cauliflower couscous feels like a garnish. The fritters have a nice flavour. I would like to eat those on their own. And I find the dressing a little bitter.”
Planta, 1221 Bay St., $17.25

Cobb
Avocado, corn, blue cheese, chicken
“I feel like they’re making it without much thought of seasonality. It’s one of those junk food salads where you’ve got your blue cheese and your corn.”  
Salad Days, 2 Bloor St. W., $8.25

Edit Module

Join the conversation and have your say by commenting below. Our comment system uses a Facebook plugin. Please note that you'll have to turn off some ad-blockers in order to see the comments.

Edit Module

Nikki Gill is the managing editor at Post City Magazines. When she's away from her desk, you can either find her sipping on delicious teas or trotting the globe. Follow her adventures on Twitter @nikkjit.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

You may also like...

How the Food Dudes put their multi-faceted stamp on Toronto’s dining scene

How the Food Dudes put their multi-faceted stamp on Toronto’s dining scene

Adrian Niman and Brent McClenahan are the official co-owners of the Food Dudes, overseeing two acclaimed restaurants — Rasa and Omaw — two grab-and-go Pantry eateries and two food trucks. Oh, and they cater over 1,500 events a year.
Posted 2 days ago
Eat This Minute: T.O.’s newest New York City import has tongues wagging

Eat This Minute: T.O.’s newest New York City import has tongues wagging

Posted 3 days ago
First Look: Adamson adds Conspiracy Pizza next door to their BBQ operation

First Look: Adamson adds Conspiracy Pizza next door to their BBQ operation

Midtown’s newest pizza joint is now in its soft opening phase and doling out 18-inch pizzas ranging from $20 for a plain old cheese pizza to $28 for the brisket pizza. The style of pizza served at Conspiracy is a “New York-Italian hybrid,” says their pizzaiolo, Dan Rios.
Posted 4 days ago
At the Bar: One-two milk punch from Good Fortune

At the Bar: One-two milk punch from Good Fortune

Craft cocktail bar Good Fortune has us fooled. Clarified punch is a super old-timey way of crafting cocktails, with the best-known recipe reaching back to 1711.
Posted 5 days ago
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleEdit Module