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10 Summer Salads Locals Love In New Zealand

Localist logo Localist 9/12/2015 Kylie B.

<span style="font-size:13px;">Super Size Your Salad: Check out the 10 salads Kiwi locals love because they're full of freshness.</span> © Provided by Localist Super Size Your Salad: Check out the 10 salads Kiwi locals love because they're full of freshness.

Salads are the ultimate summer food but not all are created equal. When it comes to chowing down on the good green stuff, we reckon you can't go past a bowl full of fresh nutrient-rich veges with a tasty bit of protein on the side and a few nuts and seeds added in for texture. That's why we decided it was high time you got to discover the 10 best salads all over the country, as voted by the locals. If you have a spot you get your salad on, share your love for it on their Localist listing. Health is wealth!

Dida's Food Store, Auckland

This is my new go-to for a lunchtime salad because you get so much goodness for your dollar. With prices starting at just $6 for a small salad, it's a great go-to when you don't have a lot of coin but are looking for a healthy lunch. My favourite salad is a combination of at least three options from Dida's Food Store's cabinet (and the best bit is you can choose as many as you want!). Their grated beetroot and carrot salad is incredible and if you order the medium salad ($9) I can guarantee you'll never be disappointed!

Kebabulous, Northland

Kebabulous - they’re fabulous! Specially if you want a massive tasty salad like the one I got last night. I got the lamb salad with garlic yogurt and mint sauce. I also got the hot chilli sauce which was definitely super spicy and tasty. The lamb was cut into strips which was perfect to mix in with all the crunchy salad leaves and soft tumeric rice. And it only cost $14 - healthy, delicious and cheap!

Bird On A Wire, Auckland

For those who love leafy greens or beta-carotene beauties, Bird On A Wire has a cult following because it truly is one of the best salad bars in Auckland. I'm excited that their Ponsonby store is in the heart of Localist's local and it's a regular lunch haunt for the content team at least once a week. I'm a big fan of the summer slaw with apple cider and wholegrain mustard vinaigrette and am pretty excited that my lunch break today will include chowing down on a returning perennial fan favourite - the melt-in-the-mouth sensation that is their char-grilled aubergine, coriander, sesame and sweet soy noodle salad. I wish it was lunch time already! Love you #birdonawirenz

Clean Eats, Bay of Plenty

This healthy food cafe is fast getting reputation for serving up flavoursome dishes of ‘real food’. As a good mate put it so well, they offer "full salad hippie goodness". And I'll eat to that!

Bodyfuel Cafe, Taupo

The reason I love Body Fuel so much is because they make a divine chicken crispy noodle salad. It's great value for money and if chicken isn't your thing, there's a varied selection of salads (ranging from $10 to $20). Really it's all dependent on how hungry you are! Definitely my must-do salad lunch spot.

Taste Cornucopia, Hawke's Bay

Always a fresh green option in the counter food here. Fresh local goodness, wholesome organic food with an abundant range of salads. Chef and founder James Beck has just passed the reins over to Terry Kelly, but you can expect more of the same great stuff.

The Aberdeen, Masterton

If you need a new lunch spot The Aberdeen has a great selection of healthy salads that you will love! The smoked chicken salad is my top pick with grapes, greens and crunchy kumara shavings on top. Pair that with your favourite wine and that's my kind of lunch!

Vic Books, Wellington

Up at the university spots to eat at are a little less plentiful, and a lot more populated. However for those that are in the need, the daily salad here is usually well worth it, and with a new menu in the works and a new chef on board, we might see great things coming out of these in the coming year.

The Preservatory, Canterbury

For Greek salads, potato and bacon salads and all sorts of other seasonal salads then look no further than The Preservatory! This Holmwood Road hangout is a favourite for yummy mummys and retired folk - good luck trying to find a seat!

The Boat Shed Cafe, Nelson

One of my favourite salad orders in Nelson - the grilled prawn salad with feta, avocado, cress, rocket, endive, black olives, lemon & mint for $19.50 is good and tasty for lunch or a light supper. The lemon and mint really brings out the flavours of the prawns, yummy

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