Beach season is coming up, which means it’s time to kick comfort food to the curb and stick to lighter, healthier fare. To help you get started, we scoured the city for the tastiest salads that will keep you energized (and satisfied) all day long.
Recently founded in 2012, this salad mecca focuses on locally sourced ingredients, wholesome foods, and delicious recipes. Though mainstay menu items like the Cobb salad are always a good choice, look out for seasonal highlights like their wheat berry salad made with green kale, roasted yams, goat cheese, and toasted pumpkin seeds. Top it off with honey ginger vinaigrette, and you get a winner. Afterward, check out their offerings at the honeybar for a sweet and light treat. 110 S. 16th St., 215-279-7724
Helmed by culinary darlings chef Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran, Barbuzzo is always a solid choice. If you're trying to keep to your health goals, overlook the heartier options for their asparagus salad, which is made with red watercress, cabbage, toasted walnuts, and topped with shaved cured ham. When you mix that together with aged balsamic, you get a delicious meal that is not only satisfying, but will also hold you over until your next meal. 110 S. 13th St., 215-546-9300
This popular Philly standby is the perfect spot to knock out your cravings for fresh and flavorful Japanese cuisine. Diners at Morimoto have a choice between the omakase, which is a selection of the chef's favorite dishes, or ordering a la carte. Still, we're partial to the seasonal lobster ceviche salad, which offers generous chunks of lobster plated with avocado slices, oranges, hazelnuts, baby mizuna, and doused with white soy-citrus vinaigrette to finish. 723 Chestnut St., 215-413-9070
For everything vegan, try Puerto Rican resto Bar Bombón brought to us by Nicole Marquis of HipCityVeg and Charlie was a sinner., which offers the best of both worlds: Colorful and inventive dishes that are all plant based. Here, menu items feature a wonderful combination of spices and unexpected ingredients, like their fan-favorite tofu tacos and Brussels sprouts. But if you're looking for something lighter in calories, their signature salad is a sprightly mix of lettuce, jicama, coconut bacon, marjoram, and hibiscus vinaigrette that you won't regret ordering. 133 S. 18th St., 267-606-6612
Nothing screams "summer" more than a glorious meal at breezy Positano Coast (no, not in Italy) right here in Old City. Diners will instantly feel transported to the coast of Italy with light and refreshing cuisine to match. Salads here are just as hearty as an entrée. Take their grilled artichoke option for instance: A medley of red endives, baby arugula, and shaved parmigiano, this dish is perfect for those conscious about what they're eating. 212 Walnut St., 215-238-0499
Gone are the days when salads left you wanting to devour a burger immediately after the meal—such is the case when you stop by one of Philly's most charming eateries, Talula's Garden, where there are plenty of healthy eats that don't compromise on taste or portions. This season, opt for the resto's seasonal charred asparagus salad layered with local cheddar cheese, croutons, peas, and finished off with a touch of mustard vinaigrette. It's available until July for both brunch and dinner, so stop by anytime before then to try it out. 210 W. Washington Sq., 215-592-7787
When you think of sweetgreen, you immediately think of salads (and maybe their music festivals). A purveyor of highly addicting salad and grain bowls served to you by an energetic staff, this DC-based salad joint makes it easy to stick to a healthy diet through beach season and beyond. Though their signature creations—hello, spicy sabzi and guacamole greens—are always wise options, we often defer to their seasonal offerings. Right now, we're particularly loving their combination of roasted steelhead, asparagus, and eggs for their take on the classic niçoise salad. Multiple locations