7 essential spots for salads in Vancouver

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It’s not easy being green. But it is easy to find sensational salads in Vancouver. No matter how you dress it, this city has a pretty impressive salad scene.

Though your heart(s of romaine) may belong to “the one”–you know, the salad you always get at your favourite spot, this isn’t about the lone wolf salad. This is about where you go when you are ready to go all-in.

From beacons of build-your-own to classic creations, we’re tossing you seven essential salad spots in Vancouver.

Field & Social

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For elevated salads boasting ingredients with integrity, pop into downtown’s chic Field & Social. This salad-only spot has a trim menu of signature and seasonal salads, with lots of possibilities for add-ons (get the ramen egg, always!) and modifications. Vegetarians and vegans will also find lots to choose from here.

Address: 415 Dunsmuir Street

Verdura

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Launched in 2017, Verdura is all about the greens. This “farm-to-fork” concept hones in on building you the perfect bowl of greens and grains. They have a set of standards, as well as seasonal salads, or you can go with the tempting build-your-own option, which lets you choose from their packed case brimming with veggies, proteins, toppings, and more.

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Address: 2509 Main Street

Assembli

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If you’re kicking carbs, just pack your willpower so you can ignore the fact that Assembli is about building your own pizza…or salad. Focus on the salad! The nice thing about this Cambie Street spot is that their salads are all one price, so you can max it out with ingredients as much as you want.

Address: 2325 Cambie Street

The Tuck Shoppe

Head to the edge of Chinatown to check out The Tuck Shoppe. This cute little sandwich, salad, and snack joint is styled with summer camp vibes and a bit of playfulness on the menu. Boost any of their salads, like the Kale & Cauliflower, classic wedge, or house Tuck Salad with an add-on like Rossdown Farms chicken or albacore tuna for an extra protein pow.

Address: 237 Union Street

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Railtown Cafe

A few weeks ago I had Railtown’s seasonal salad, The Winter Kale, and fell even more deeply in love with this recently-expanded local chainlet that focuses on fast, casual, and high-quality eats. Their salad selection includes standards like a Caesar, Chop, Spinach, or Salmon, and they rotate in some creative seasonal creations (see the aforementioned salad of my dreams). Or, you can build you own custom salad, too.

Address: Multiple Vancouver locations; check website for details

Tractor Foods

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While Tractor isn’t totally about the leafy greens, their approachable menu features all kinds of salads that you can mix and match to make the star of your meal. Boost entree salads with protein add-ons, or walk the cafeteria-style line and pick from the array of creative veggie- and grain-based salads.

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Address: Multiple Vancouver locations; check website for details

Nosh

Skip the gloss and glam at the Telus building’s Glowbal flagship and duck into its smaller cousin on the other side of the lobby, for a salad mecca. They have some pre-made salads great for grab-and-go, but you can also line up to build your own from their impressive selection of greens and fixings.

Address: 510 West Georgia Street

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Lindsay is a Senior Writer at Vancouver Is Awesome. A fourth generation Vancouverite, she was previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive and Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz. Lindsay grew up in Vancouver and Toronto, then spent over 20 years in Los Angeles, where she was EIC of the city’s top blog, earned her Masters in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay’s first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com