Nothing beats a flavourful salad in this weather to help you eat light and yet feel satiated. Eating a salad does not necessarily mean having to stay hungry or compromising on taste any longer. Salads can be appeasing, packed with the nutrients that the body needs and tickling the palate with the varied flavour profiles. Mumbai restaurants offer a plethora of inventive salads across cuisines to suit every palate. With crunchy vegetables, proteins, nuts, oodles of fibre, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian, these salads can be just the meal you are looking for.
Here are my top 6 picks in Mumbai.
Deli House Salad at Indigo Deli, Bandra
Looking for your seafood fix? Settle for this sumptuous salad, which is flavourful and a wholesome meal too. With poached lobster, salmon, beans, caper berries, boiled eggs, lettuce, plum tomatoes, tossed in an oregano vinaigrette, this salad is a sure shot treat for the eyes as well as the taste buds.
Asian Salad at The Nutcracker, Kala Ghoda
A medley of vegetables drizzled with a spicy Asian chill dressing, this Asian Salad, perks up your taste buds instantly. The mint and coriander add the right amount of zest while the vegetables and peanuts provide the requisite crunch and bite. For that extra protein, add tofu or boiled egg, as per your dietary preference.
The Energy Bowl at Kitchen Garden by Suzette, BKC
Known for its healthy and organic offerings, it seems apt to come here and settle for the Energy Bowl - a salad that oozes wellness. A riot of colours with vegetables and fruits, nuts, seeds, feta cheese and a tangy dressing, you are going to feel good with the first bite itself.
Roasted beet carpaccio at Jamjar Diner, Versova
This robust salad with abundant flavours, is a salad even a carnivore would not complain about. The goat cheese mousse, melba toast and pistachio, add the right amount of creaminess and crunch to the fine beetroot slices, transporting you to a state of bliss. The generous portion ensures you are satiated and rejuvenated for the rest of the day.
Avocado Salad at The Pantry, Fort
While the menu at this cosy cafe is an exercise in choices, one tends to opt for a salad as temperatures soar in Mumbai. Try the Avocado Salad which is a melange of textures and flavours. Quinoa, red lentils, pomegranate in addition to the creamy avocado and a dash of ricotta, ensure there is a burst of fresh flavours in your mouth.
Melorange salad With Citrus at Glocal Junction, Worli
If fruits are your calling, then this salad is for you. Fruity and citrusy, this light salad refreshes you immediately. The citrus flavours add zing to the taste buds and the tangy balsamic dressing, ups the flavour quotient.
So fret not, if the warm weather has begun. There are plenty of delicious and uplifting salads in Mumbai to see you through with a smile.
Food critic, features writer and columnist, Mini Ribeiro is a qualified Journalist, from IIMC New Delhi. She specialises in the Food & Beverage and Hospitality space. As an established food & beverage writer, Mini currently contributes to several leading English publications across the country – Asian Age, Hindustan Times, Sunday Financial Express, Hotelier India, Go Getter and Vistara inflight magazines and Rediff.com. She also has her own You Tube channel called Mini’s Food Fundas. Fond of cooking, Mini enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with various cuisines, with Indian regional food, being her favourite. She has recently started, a platform for home talent, called 'Flavours from Home', an initiative which aims to make women who are passionate about cooking, entrepreneurs.