When the sun is shining, sometimes you crave lighter, healthier food.
So as Belfast’s heatwave continues, we’ve rounded up our favourite options for a delicious salad guaranteed to fill you up – without giving you the dreaded food sweats.
22 Wellington Place – Website
If you’re after healthy, fresh, local quality food then Home Restaurant & Deli is your best bet.
Offering gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan menus, Home’s Deli is open throughout the day, offering tasty take away lunches or a more laid back in-house dining experience.
You even get three varieties in a bowl for a fiver – pretty good value for money right in the city centre!
This Butterbean Niciose Salad was new to the deli last week, or you can choose similarly delicious options from the ever-varying option-packed menu.
2. Slim’s Kitchen
Locations throughout Belfast – Website
Choose from Slim’s special Superfood Salad Menu, including our favourite – the Avocado & Bacon Salad (with avocado, bacon, spinach, red onion, rocket, pesto, and toasted pine nuts), for £6.95 at the buzzing Lisburn Road ranch.
Alternatively, check out the seriously convenient Slims Healthy Kitchen Express in Victoria Square for a range of fantastically healthy salads priced at £4.95.
The menu even displays information about what you’re eating, with accompanying symbols to tell you if it contains a Superfood, High Protein, Good Fats, Low Carb, Under 500 Cals, or if it’s Vegetarian.
3. Loteria @ Birdcage
92 Stranmillis Road – Website
Freshly prepared delicious Vegetarian salads include Spinach, Rocket or Vegetable Slaw to which you can add Chargrilled Chicken or Crispy Bacon.
With gluten free options available, you can grab your salad to go with a seriously refreshing homemade lemonade – perfect for enjoying outside in the sun terrace or soaking up the sun at nearby Botanic Gardens.
4. Raw Food Rebellion
336 Lisburn Road – Website
Clean, fresh, healthy food you can trust. Revolutionise how you eat with Raw Food Rebellion which has been built on the ethos of nutritious food & drink.
Choose from salads and delicious lunches with a difference from this original Deli & Coffee Bar, like this RFR Raw Pad Thai – an epic new addition to the menu which has been going down a storm! Spiralised veggies, chillies, mooli, spring onion, seeds, nuts & a mouth-watering satay dressing.
5. Tony & Jens
727 Lisburn Road – Website
Equally as compelling for the health concious, Tony & Jen’s offers real food that’s natural and clean.
The ideal spot for anyone with food intolerances or even those following a vegan diet, Tony & Jen’s definitely delivers on its ethos of delivering healthy food that’s seriously tasty! Just check out those foodie pics! #FoodPorn
6. Olivers Coffee Bar
Olivers is a cosy cafe serving freshly baked bread, award winning scones, healthy homemade lunches, and all of their own cakes & traybakes as well as great tasting coffee.
Its deli and salad options are truly delicious – just check out this Caesar Salad from the Belmont Road restaurant!
7. Cargoes Cafe & Bistro
613 Lisburn Road – Website
Cargoes rightfully prides itself on home-cooked food made with fresh, local produce.
Lunch times at Cargoes are what it’s all about – with appetizing healthy options galore. Choose from ingredient-packed luscious salads, from Warm Goats Cheese; Healthy Super Salad and the gluten free Salad Diane.
Make sure you enjoy it al fresco from the comfort of the lovely seating area overlooking the vibrant Lisburn Road.