The weather's hotting up and the Poms are heading out for a good thrashing in The Ashes – two sure signs that summer is with us again. It's also the time of year when we all want something a bit lighter and, dare we say it, healthier to eat at lunchtime or even in the evening.
Whether it's a Greek salad with juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumber and creamy feta cheese or a classic, garlicky Caesar with chicken, lettuce and croutons we're spoilt for choice in Melbourne with the kinds of places that can oblige. So next time you want to eat well and give yourself the virtuous feeling that it's doing you good too, why not try one of our salad suggestions below?
1. Crisp Creative Salad - Protein Powerhouse
If you need to put some pep in your step then you can't do better than the Protein Powerhouse from Crisp Creative Salad. It partners flaked tuna with edamame beans, beetroot, quinoa and spinach in a tangy and tasty lemon and herb dressing. Plus it's not just packed full of protein, it's gluten-free too.
2. Vege2Go - Spicy Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad
One of the most on-trend ingredients of the last few years, quinoa, also makes an appearance in this winner that comes courtesy of Vege2Go. The superfood grain from South America goes perfectly with the lightly-curried sweet potato, capsicum, cauliflower and onion whose bright flavours taste like sunshine in a bowl.
3. Foxes Den - Soba Noodles Salad
For a more oriental take on the summer salad then get your fork, or chopsticks if you're feeling adventurous, into the Soba Noodles Salad from Foxes Den. Edamame beans, apples, lemongrass and cashew nuts top the soft noodles to add crunch, texture and a fresh combination of flavours to the dish.
4. Fettle - Cajun Classic
Spice is the order of the day with Fettle's Cajun Classic. Sweetcorn kernels, black beans, cherry tomatoes and fine green beans are all topped with puffed quinoa, chopped shallots and a spicy Cajun sauce to give a distinctly Tex-Mex twist to a salad that's as filling as it's flavoursome.
5. Munsterhaus - Vegetarian Bowl
The Munsterhaus Vegetarian Bowl is the perfect choice if you know that you want a salad but aren't quite sure about what you want to enjoy in it. You simply have a 650ml bowl to fill with your personal choice of favourite ingredients from the seasonal selection that changes daily – so the choice is almost infinite.
6. Falafel Xtra - Salad Platter
Is it a group of you that all fancy a Middle Eastern-style salad? Then Falafel Xtra has the solution. Serving 8, or 6 very hungry people, you can make up your own version from a delicious range of ingredients plus dips including hummus, tzatziki and tahini – and not forgetting to add some delicious deep-fried falafel chickpea balls on the side.
When it comes to some healthy crunch, you can always rely on Deliveroo to bring you the very best salads. All these and many, many more are available to order now.