Now that spring is here and summer is getting increasingly closer, it's time to get your summer bod in shape! Don't torture yourself with boring salad mixes from the grocery store and try one of the best salads in four major cities.

New York, NY

The Little Beet 

This NYC café has three locations across the city. True to their name, they vow to "serve real food deliciously." Their Cardini salad is a healthier take on the Caesar salad, with puréed chickpeas and olive juice. Dijon mustard and Parmesan makes this salad a home run! 

The Butcher's Daughter 

Chances are, you've seen this restaurant while scrolling on Instagram before. Although famous for their avocado toast, their watermelon ricotta salad is a refreshing summer dish and worth waiting in line for.


Poké, a raw fish salad originating from Hawaii, is the perfect solution for anyone who thinks salads are just soggy pieces of lettuce and croutons. At Pokéworks, they have a diverse menu (with vegan options) and a build-your-own bowl option that helps you create your perfect bowl.

Los Angeles, CA

Feast From The East 

Located in West LA, Feast from the East's signature salad is the Chinese chicken salad. Sesame seeds and scallions rest on the base of lettuce and shredded chicken breast. Crunchy wonton strips make this salad a hit around town.

 Night + Market 

The Nam Khao Tod salad is the most popular item on the Night + Market menu. A classic Thai dish, the owner of the restaurant added puffed rice for a crunchy flavor. The salad is packed with fish sauce, Thai chiles, peanuts, raw ginger, and naem (sour Thai fermented pork sausage) for a savory taste.

Café Gratitude 

Café Gratitude is a vegan café with three locations in LA.  The restaurant is a celeb favorite, especially with Beyoncé and Jay-Z, who visited for Jay's 44th birthday. Their Asian Kale and Wakame salad contains avocado, cucumber, teriyaki almonds, and wasabi tahini sauce. Wakame, which is edible seaweed, adds texture on top.

Boston, MA

Bon Me

This Boston café has a refreshing Noodle Salad with soba or rice noodles and your choice of one of their house fillings or filling of the day. It also has shredded carrot and a mix of green leaves. Conveniently located near Cambridge, it is a great choice to pick up a quick and tasty lunch.

Bailey & Sage 

With locations in Kendall Square and State street, this café is no doubt a student favorite. It's also loved for their wide range of salads, from the grilled Asian salad to the grilled chicken and goat cheese salad. Try the popular kale buffalo chicken Caesar salad, topped with cherry tomatoes. If that doesn't appeal to you, they have an extensive custom salad bar so you can make the salad of your dreams.

Philadelphia, PA

Talula's Daily

Although Talula's is known for their classic American supper menu, their salads are not to be overlooked. Get the salad with duck confit, orange segments, sunflower seeds, lentils, pickled red onion, and cherry vinaigrette all over peppery arugula and mixed greens. Enjoy it to-go or at one of their café tables. 

Snap Kitchen 

Snap Kitchen has a large menu of healthy items, including a provencal flatbread and grass-fed beef lasagna. Make a meal out of them with the kale caesar side salad, which is packed with organic ingredients including raisins, tamarind paste, and coconut oil.