Salads these days are anything but boring greens. The #eatclean trend that has taken KL by storm, has resulted in more salad bars popping up all over the city, much to our delight. From central locations such as Frasers Place (there’s a Salad Atelier branch there), all the way to The School in Jaya One, Petaling Jaya, there’s sure to be at least one place close enough for you to get your dose of nutrition.
What’s great about these salad places in KL, is that they all offer options for you to create your own healthy bowl of food. And they also boast a wide variety of delicious ingredients such as roasted sweet potatoes, grilled peppers, cajun grilled chicken and even local delights like tempeh. For those yearning to fuel up on carbs, many of those spots offer brown rice, which is rich in fibre and protein, and is a more nutritious alternative to the regular white rice.
Most salad shops require you to follow a fixed “template” for the types of ingredients you add into your bowl, such as one base (vegetables, rice or pasta), one main (which can range from grilled meats to vegetarian-friendly fare like tofu), supplementary items (such as nuts and fruits) and a dressing to make the whole concoction tastier. But some places such as ChimiChurri and Botanica Deli allow you to choose unlimited amounts of your desired ingredients. Though it’s tempting to just keep piling on the good stuff, make sure you don’t waste any of the food!
Hop on the healthy eating train today, and check out these 5 salad places in KL.
First, choose whether you want a sandwich, wrap or bowl. Next, select a base: Vegetarian (RM10.50), chicken breast (RM10.90), beef brisket (RM16.50), or salmon fillet (RM17.50). After choosing your base, you get to pick any amount of ingredients and dressings from the salad bar. Choices include cilantro lemon rice, couscous, cauliflower rice, sweet potato mash, green pepper, sweet corn and mushy peas.
ChimiChurri, Lot 100.1.037, First Floor, The School, No 72A Jalan University, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, +60 3 7666 8088
A regular-sized Botanica salad bowl will cost you RM20.50 while a large one is priced at RM25.50. While the price is slightly above average, you get to choose any amount of ingredients at the salad bar, with a minimum of one item from each category. These include choices such as grilled sweet potatoes, chickpeas, fresh greens and beetroot. You can also add on a small bowl of soup for RM5 to complete your meal.
Botanica Deli, G3A/G5 Podium, The Verticals, Bangsar South City. No.8 Jalan Kerinchi, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 16 965 6422
(Photo: Botanica Deli)
Easy Green Salad
Chai Bar’s make-your-own salad bowls come in three sizes: Seed (the smallest bowl at RM14.50++), Sprout (a medium option at RM20.50++), and Bloom, the largest bowl at RM25.50++. For a basic Seed bowl, you get to choose one base (examples include baby spinach, fusili pasta or mixed lettuce), five supplements (red rice, broccoli, roasted sweet potato or enoki mushrooms), one topping (kimchi, bonito flakes or salsa), and one dressing (coffee sriracha mayo, creamy wasabi or olive oil).
Chai Bar, G31, Oasis Village, Oasis Square, No. 2, Jalan PJU 1A/7, Taipan 2 Damansara, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, +60 3 7832 0524
(Photo: Chai Bar)
Goodness Greens Cafe
Choose from brown rice, soba, tortilla wraps, pasta, romaine lettuce or mixed salad leaves for your base, then have fun with the mains — options such as roasted sweet potatoes, boiled kampung egg, pomelo and even roasted cauliflower with turmeric. The supplementary ingredients range from dried apricots to beef bacon bits and tempeh. Dress up your salad with blue cheese, strawberry vinaigrette or even dhal curry sauce if you’re in the mood for some Asian flavour. The Petit bowl (RM15.90) includes one base, four mains, one supplementary ingredient, and one dressing.
Goodness Greens Cafe, No 32, Jalan Datuk Sulaiman, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 7732 0235
(Photo: Goodness Greens Cafe)