There is nothing like a fresh salad on a hot (and humid) summer day. From the standard classics to innovative chef-driven creations with savory accents, Central is a prime hub for all your salad wants and needs. Featuring summer’s best fruits and bursting with seasonal ingredients, here are the best takeaway salads for a brimming box full of lunchtime happiness!
For an establishment that specializes in handmade, artisanal baked goods, we really have give props to Cedele for their superb salad selections starting at HKD75. From the reliable Roasted Chicken Caesar to a fanciful Prawn Tuna featuring broccoli and sweet corn with wholegrain mustard dressing, we especially love their Design Your Own (DYO) salad option to build your ultimate verdant mix.
Shop 2C Entrance Hall Floor, 99 Queen’s Road Central, The Center, Central, +852 2567 8919, email@example.com; Open Monday – Friday from 7:30AM – 7:00PM.
Asian fusion with a healthy twist, Fete Up offers a culinary combination of savory and well-balanced eats starting at HKD83. From choices like organic coconut rice with mustard seeds, brown rice and organic red quinoa (our absolute fave!), Japanese braised daikon, Asian coleslaw, there is also an extensive protein selection from Kashmiri curry chicken to Taiwanese braised pork. Great for plant-based eaters and meat-eaters alike, this spot has got your carbohydrates, grains, proteins, iron, fiber and antioxidant down pat.
Lower G/F, 182 Wellington Street, Central, +852 9335 7115, firstname.lastname@example.org; Open Monday – Friday from 11:30AM – 6:30PM.
If you find yourself feigning for a healthy, hearty lunch amidst all the hullabaloo in Sheung Wan, pop over by Foodbox’s relatively new, spacious digs in the OVEST building. With over 10 signature salad boxes starting at HKD68 to choose from and plenty of vegetarian and vegan-friendly options, their generous portions keep us coming back to the green and white checkers time and again. Plus, all salads come with a complimentary homemade soup or yogurt!
Shop G02, 77 Wing Kok Street, OVEST, Sheung Wan, +852 2907 1988, email@example.com; Open from Monday – Saturday from 8:00AM – 7:00PM.
Located in the heart of Soho, Fresca is home to farm fresh, local produce. Serving ready-made vegan and gluten-free salads starting at HKD77, choose from a wide array of standard and creative Asian-inspired toppings like Korean Bean Paste Tofu or Sichuan Veggie with “Soy Chicken” Mix.
G/F, 54A Hollywood Road, Central, +852 2770 2282; Open Monday – Saturday from 8:30AM – 5:00PM.
FruitDay offers a colorful bounty of healthy, delicious seasonal salad takeaways. Try any of their eight freshly made salads in two sizes: regular (where you can choose up to 3 portions) for HKD68 or large (which gets you 4 portions) for HKD75. Both comes with your choice of complimentary fruit tea or soup of the day, or other cold-pressed juices/smoothies for a discount.
G/F, Shop 4, 87 Wing Lok Street, Teda Building, +852 2982 8678, firstname.lastname@example.org; Open Monday – Friday from 8:30AM – 6:00PM.
Update: FruitDay has closed as of August 10, 2018.
We love the simple, no frills, salad bar concept from Just Salad. Choose from their extensive selection of ready-made chef designed salads starting at HKD70 or custom make your own featuring over five types of cruciferous greens. We particularly love their wide array of dairy-free, low sodium, sugar-free, gluten-free, vegan, low-carb, no-carb, or no cholesterol dressing options to choose from.
Shop HOK65, MTR Hong Kong Station, +852 2850 6818
There’s a reason the lunch hour lines at Kale stretches (don’t worry, it’s quite fast) deep – they make healthy eating delicious and flexible. With lots of of fresh plant-based options to choose from, there are also carefully sourced proteins like fish and chicken if you need to go for something a little extra. Choose any of their five delicious ready-made salads (which are also vegan and gluten-free!) or mix your own if you prefer to add some protein starting at HKD65.
G/F, 26 Li Yuen Street West, Central, +852 2511 1777, email@example.com; Open Monday – Saturday from 10:00AM – 9:00PM; Sunday from 10:00AM – 4:00PM.
We love a good salad and sandwich concept, but the freshly made full-portioned, green-leaf salad from Knead is substantial enough to stand alone as a meal. It’s that good! Starting at HKD65 for a standard one main, two side salad, we can’t get enough of their stellar veggie sides (artichokes, jalapeños, gherkins, oh my!) and the generous dollop of hummus on top.
G/F, 28 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, +852 2851 7778, firstname.lastname@example.org; Open Monday – Friday from 8:00AM – 8:30PM, Saturday – Sunday from 10:00AM – 5:00PM.
MANA! Fast Slow Food
Encouraging Hong Kongers to “eat like it matters,” MANA! Fast Slow Food offers five hearty vegetarian salads starting at HKD80. Using fresh, locally sourced produce, handmade from scratch daily, munch with a punch knowing your greens are wholesome and MANA’s biodegradable packaging won’t harm the environment.
92 Wellington Street, Central, +852 2851 1611, email@example.com; Open Monday – Sunday from 10:00AM – 10:00PM.
Pure Yoga’s own raw and detox cafe brand, nood food’s counter salad is infamous for earthy, healthy and downright tasty salads. Featuring more than eight choices a day, all made with fresh, organic ingredients for your vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, raw, or high-protein/low-carb friendly pleasure, try their range of pre-packed salads or mix your own starting from HKD60 and up.
2/F, 32 Hollywood Road, Kinwick Centre, Central, +852 8199 8189; Open Monday – Saturday from 7:00AM – 11:00PM, Sunday and Public Holidays from 8:00AM – 10:00PM.
A takeaway salad bar in the heart in Sheung Wan, Purple Tomato offers all the classic salads: Cobb, Roasted Chicken, Steak, Mediterranean, Asian, Caesar, Nicoise, and so on, starting from HKD78 and up. While they have no website or Facebook (but they are semi-active on Instagram), we do see a hungry lunch crowd forming day in and day out that makes us want to get in line.
Shop A, 2 Jervois Street, Kai Fun Building, Sheung Wan, +852 6695 2623; Open Monday – Friday from 11:30AM – 9:30PM, Sunday from 11:30AM – 8:30PM.
On a mission to reinvent fast food, Supafood is dedicated to making meals healthier, cheaper, and more convenient. Sourced directly from organic farms, their three salad boxes all come with organic, seasonal mixed greens featuring a vegan (baked eggplant – yum!), roasted chicken, or baked halibut selection started at HKD85, that is all under 500 calories.
1 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, +852 2812 6088, firstname.lastname@example.org; Open Monday – Saturday from 12:00PM – 8:30PM.
Images courtesy of Supafood (lead), Fete Up, Kale, and MANA!