Melbourne's healthy lunches
Front-runners in the expertly made, sustainably-sourced salad and sandwich game, Earl has maintained their status and have grown their business to sprawl across the CBD and offer more products than ever. Grab-and-go salads here are more interesting than your average with additions of hazelnut hummus, krauts and tumeric dressings. For those who require more, protein pots are available to give you an extra serve of salmon, eggs or chickpeas.
It may not seem like the healthiest place to go to, but the name is a misnomer. Bucher’s Diner may cater to all your flesh-filled steak and burger needs, but their yakatori-style items, variety of slaws and sides are sure to sate you. Vegans need not miss out with their vending machine out the front carrying salads, wraps, drinks and treats all for under $10.
It’s not all noodle soups at this Vietnamese eatery (as delicious as they are), their ready-to-go rice paper rolls come in an array of traditional flavours like crispy pork, prawn and poached chicken, and even cater to the low-carb lovers with their slaw and protein only filling. Rice bowls and vermicelli salads come with grilled fish, chicken or pork and are packed with crisp pickles, greens and don’t hold back on flavour.
They’re better known for their generous brown rice sushi rolls, but their cold daikon, tofu and broccoli salads are nothing to scoff at. Tatakis, sashimi and dons (rice dishes) here are a filling departure from the hand-held staple. Your tastebuds will thank you for the change.
Sometimes making a good salad is just too difficult in your office kitchenette. Laneway Greens has taken all the hard work out of it, and have even gone to the trouble of sourcing super seasonal vegetables, fermenting some of them and cooking a range of ethically raised proteins to suit your tastes. If you’re not in the mood for savoury, they’ve also got a selection of smoothies and bowls to keep you full without weighing you down.
There’s enough texture and flavour here to keep you feeling satisfied instead of deprived. Dive into a bright ceviche or a bounty bowl filled with enough vegetables to make you feel like you’re eating the rainbow. Careful on the ordering, though, not everything here is great for the health-conscious.
Famish’d changed the salad bar game when they first opened in 2010, and having more locations than ever is a testament to their quality. Choose a pre-made salad from their salad bar and add a protein, or build your own at the counter. Winter brings a rotating soup-of-the-day that is always interesting and vegetarian. Mop it up with bread from La Madre Bakery if you’re particularly hungry.
Poke is so hot right now, and Nosh consistently deliver (both figuratively and literally) delicious options from land and sea. Bowls topped with salmon, tuna, prawns, chicken, beef and tempeh are mixed with punchy pickles and an array of umami-laden vegetables. They even let you customise your bowl to make sure you get your favourite combination.