There are two groups of people, one who thinks I am extremely conscious of what I eat, and another who thinks I only indulge. Like most people, I am in the middle, or perhaps I am neither here nor there, but mirror what most people try to do in striking a balance, or attempt to, between the good and bad foods in life. Fortunately for me, there are some kinds of food that I enjoy that actually fall into the healthy category, at least from what I believe them to be. Greens are one of such things, something that I came late to discover, the goodness of them. I used to think that eating salads was a plain waste of time and money, with the high and exorbitant price tags on a bowl of leaves. I am not too wrong but yet I couldn’t be more wrong. Salads are not just about raw vegetables and nothing else, they can contain much, much more things that can spice up the dish, and in some cases, things can be added to the mix that can also turn this supposed healthy meal into a calorie minefield. I try to keep mine fairly healthy, whether it is meatless or not, because I am not a big fan of creamy dressings or in fact, even drenching my salads with dressings. It can get quite unpalatable when the vegetables become soggy and soft due to them being drowned in salad dressing that is overly generous.
Here are some that I’ve had recently. Toss & Turn, a small salad portion of rockets for the base (or you could pick cous cous, noodles or maybe rice I think), 2 proteins and 2 other toppings, for S$7.80. They have rather nice salads although I have never tried the options on the menu since I prefer to mix-and-match based on what I like to eat. But I find their service wanting, even if I typically just pack away. Couldn’t hurt to smile a little more or be a little friendlier like perhaps the service crew at Starbucks or the likes, right?
Then there’s this salad shop near my office called The Lawn. A fairly generous bowl of salad, with mesculun as base (if I remember correctly) and 5 standard toppings, for S$9.90. You could add a whole lot of other stuff to it that would of course then add to the price of the salad but it also means you can have a wider variety to make your meal more interesting. This is probably the first salad shop I’ve visited that serves chestnuts!
Somewhere tucked into a small little shop of Tanjong Pagar exchange is this salad shop called Cluck Cluck. Actually I am not sure if that’s its name, but I heard they were opened by this other shop by that name diagonally opposite it, which sells country-style furniture and home furnishings. It’s mainly for takeaway, salads that come in a reusable plastic box at S$4.90 for 5 standard toppings, or you can swap that for 3 standard toppings and 1 premium topping (e.g. meats and I’m not sure what else because I’ve never chosen that option here).
And we have the usual, Salad Stop, that is just a stone’s throw away at Capital Tower. This picture wasn’t taken at that outlet, since I’ve only been there once; there are just way cheaper options in that area to make me want to drop in. For S$9.90, you get greens (frankly, I can’t tell these leaves apart, but I think these are romaine lettuce) plus 5 standard toppings. I’ve ever just mixed-and-matched and ended with a salad that set me back by about S$14, that nearly made my eyes pop out. There is a reason why a lot of these salad shops in the area are frequented by a certain type of crowd. Folks like me can’t afford to have such salads on a daily basis, and yet I am too lazy to DIY. It really is more economical for me to just buy all my raw ingredients and bring my own salad to work, but then… that is probably something that I will consider doing when I finally get my own home.