When you’re sweating in the Beijing summer heat, sometimes all you want is a fresh salad to cool you down.
We’ve scoured the city to find some of Beijing’s most delicious salads to refresh and satisfy those summer palates. Summer = owned!
This high protein salad is a visual stunner and it tastes pretty good, too. The brightly-coloured tuna sashimi chunks are tossed in a bowl with vibrant mango and beetroot cubes. Peppery rocket leaves peek out underneath the beetroot-saturated quinoa, which adds some bulk. If this salad could be a party, it’d be hopping, even if it is smaller than we’d like.
Wagas prepares a selection of fresh deli salads daily. We recommend choosing the large deli salad option, which gives you the choice to mix three of the four salads on display. The kale and mango salad, couscous with roasted vegetables, quinoa with root vegetables and apple slaw are all tasty choices, and the variety of ingredients means you can keep coming back for more and mixing it up with different combinations.
Get it Wagas. Cost 58RMB
The Power Plant from Tribe is filled with rocket leaves, neat slices of pear and a crunchy sprinkle of walnuts, which add a creamy, fatty note to counter its predominant earthiness. For a taste of summer, a light dressing of olive oil and lemon juice is drizzled on top. Best of all, however, is the baba ganoush and yoghurt hidden underneath the leaves that jazz up an otherwise simple salad.
Get it Tribe. Cost 59RMB
For smoked salmon fans, the salad at Modo Urban Deli will satisfy your cravings for that smooth, melt-in-your-mouth umami taste. This leafy salad is topped with slices of smoked salmon and comes with raw beetroot, capers, crunchy red onion, fresh dill and a hard-boiled egg to give it rounded flavour profile and a variety of textures.
Get it Modo Urban Deli. Cost 68RMB
Simple and refreshing, this traditional tabbouleh is best enjoyed with a side of hummus (might as well make use of that complimentary pitta bread!) or crunchy falafel. It blends finely chopped parsley, tomatoes, cucumbers, couscous, and a classic lemon and olive oil dressing for a flavoursome result that's both light and satisfying.
Get it Biteapitta. Cost 48RMB
The Paleo Salad comes with grass-fed beef, cucumber slices, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes and red onion on a bed of spinach and lettuce. The beef offers a satisfying protein boost, and a sprinkling of walnuts and flax seeds provide both essential oils and a hint of unguent mouthfeel. This technicolour dreambowl tastes way more luxurious than its modest price tag implies.
Get it Gung Ho! Pizza. Cost 53RMB
Obentos’ Signature Salad brings a Japanese twist, with a citrus ponzu dressing that adds an intense zing to proceedings. It’s filled with tender chicken, cucumber, tomato, carrot, red radish, and bean sprout shoots, with the unofficial King of Fruits, the avocado, taking centre stage. We’ll jump at any chance to eat that wonderful buttery fruit, but making it part of a classy lunch option makes far more sense than just slobbering all over a badly-cut portion at a desk. We’re not animals.
Get it Obentos. Cost 58 RMB
For those who are crazy about kale (and haven’t been driven crazy by its ubiquity), Bottega's Insalata di Cavoli should appeal, if only because it handles the cruciferous charmer with the firm handling that such a pronounced flavour requires. With grilled pumpkin, beetroot, diced pear and chunks of fresh ricotta cheese, this salad brings all the stereotypical dolce vita of the Mediterranean to Beijing. Glass of wine, anyone?
Get it Bottega. Cost 65 RMB
This mixed lettuce salad is topped with juicy bites of everyone’s favourite vaguely exclusive tropical fruit, papaya, and red curry grilled shrimp. Both of these delicious headliners are complemented by edamame beans, yellow peppers, onions, fresh mint, roasted cashews and a spiced coconut cream served with blue ginger vinaigrette, bringing a taste of the tropical to Beijing.
Get it Element Fresh. Cost 79RMB
This vibrant Vietnamese-style salad brings together mixed leaves, bean sprouts, soy beans, mint and cashew nuts to provide an appropriately crunchy base to the smooth, slightly tart mango slices. With a sweet chilli dressing and a hint of fish sauce, this salad offers a satisfying combination of sweet, sour and umami tastes, as well as a burst of chilli heat that adds a certain ‘pow’ to lunchtime.
Get it Café Zarah. Cost 45RMB
Delicate slices of goat’s cheese, roasted beetroot and avocado slices top this assortment of mixed leaves, with a generous helping of cashew nuts scattered around the plate. Don’t be surprised if you can’t see the dressing – zesty passionfruit will hit you when you least expecting it.
Get it Jiang Mai Tang. Cost 70RMB