As tempting as it always is to go for that burger or that pizza, sometimes it’s best to make the healthier choice and opt for that salad. Oftentimes salads are a little picky compared to other dishes, but in fact, a well-done salad can hit all the right places. So we’ve put together a list of some of the best classic salads and where to find them.
Caesar Salad from The Local
First up has to be the Caesar salad. You’ll find this old classic in several restaurants across Beijing, but we chose The Local’s Caesar salad (RMB 48) as our personal recommendation. The local puts a slight twist on the classic, removing the egg and adding chunks of bacon to the usual mixture of romaine lettuce, anchovies, parmesan and croutons, then topping with two pieces of bread with garlic to finish it off. If you are vegetarian, you can also request the salad without anchovies or bacon.
Greek root salad
Another staple salad, the Greek salad, can be found in a number of Mediterranean or Middle Eastern restaurants in Beijing, but The Roots Greek Salad (RMB 48) is pretty well placed. Here they keep things pretty close to the traditional salad with mixed leaves, cherry tomatoes, feta, cucumber and red onion, but also adding mushrooms just to make it a bit different.
Stuff’d/Arrow Factory Thai Beef Salad
Moving away from the most classic salads, the Thai Beef Salad from Arrow Factory (80 RMB). Here, thin slices of roast Australian beef are combined with shredded Chinese cabbage, lettuce, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, shallots, mint, coriander seasoned with lemongrass, lime, peanuts and drizzle. a vinaigrette with fish sauce. This salad is really full of flavor and if anyone is a fan of Southeast Asian cuisine, this is a must.
Q Mex Avocado and Shrimp Salad
Keeping with the less traditional theme, we have the very popular Q Mex Avocado and Shrimp Salad (RMB 80). This includes grilled shrimp, diced avocado, mixed lettuce, kale, couscous, pecans, dried cranberries and pickled onions served with an orange-agave vinaigrette to give it that truly Mexican taste. If you’re not a shrimp fan, you can also choose their new salad, the avocado and chicken salad (RMB 75).
Tabouleh from Zayton
This Levantine salad is another Mediterranean and Middle Eastern classic and Zayton’s tabbouleh (RMB 38) is one of the best. Staying super traditional, this salad mixes in the usual chopped parsley, tomatoes, mint, cucumber, mixed salad, bulgur, and lemon vinaigrette.
Lily’s American Diner Cobb Salad
Considering this is an American restaurant, it’s no surprise that Lily offers this American salad. Although listed on their menu as Lys Salad (RMB 85) it has all the ingredients of a Cobb Salad. They combine bacon, avocado, chicken breast, tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs and lettuce leaves for their version of a Cobb, though cheese lovers may be disappointed that this normally staple ingredient is not included.
Jing A’s Waldorf Chicken (CBD location)
Finally, we have another classic American salad, the Chicken Waldorf. Although this one might be a little harder to find in Beijing, but luckily for fans of this salad, Jing A’s CBD offers its own version of this classic (RMB 95), which sees chicken, leaves of lettuce, apples, nuts, cashews, almonds. , hazelnuts, raisins, bacon, hard-boiled eggs, cheddar cheese served with a mustard vinaigrette.
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