We all know that salad and sunshine go together like… well, tasty cold food and hot weather. We’re officially at that time in the year where eating salad for at least one meal a day stops being an unchecked item on your to-do list, and turns into an activity to plan your day, and Insta stories, around. In an attempt to appease the Weather Gods, here’s our favourite spots to eat salad in Dublin.
Tiller + Grain
After over a year of limited social contact and severely curtailed travel, we’re all feeling the need for some sun on our faces and a serious injection of vitamins. While we may or may not get away on holidays this year, at least we can order sunshine in a bowl from Tiller + Grain, and be instantly transported to Greece, Spain or Morocco through their vivid salads, which are really in a league of their own.
When in doubt, add cheese. Shouk in Drumcondra is one of our go-tos for excellent salads, like Morroccan carrot, aubergine and red pepper, and fried cauliflower, but their whopper 'Shouk Salad' will show you the light. Rocket, cucumber, cherry tomato, mushrooms, red onion, scallions, radish, olives, parsley, fried pita bites, and sumac za’atar olive oil dressing under a mountain of Turkish cheese equals good salad times.
Picture a small child who has just discovered a forgotten pack of Smarties and has managed to snaffle them all before the box can be prized out of their clammy little hands; that’s how excited we were to have Nutbutter back at the end of 2020, after a short hiatus to move to different premises in Grand Canal Dock. While we’re going to have to wait a while to be able to sit in the restaurant and enjoy their décor, their salads are always beautiful, healthy, and basically a hug for your insides.
Kale + Coco
We’ve long loved Kale + Coco in Stoneybatter for their fresh and vibrant salads, but their ability to come up with punny names gives us additional joy. Their menu currently boasts the You Guac My World (lettuce, quinoa, spicy roasted veg, black beans, corn salsa, guacamole, tortilla chips with a spicy cashew and lime dressing) and the Miso Hungry (miso-roasted aubergine, black rice, spinach, sweet potato, broccoli, pomegranate, and a tahini, lemon and garlic dressing).