Where to Find the Best Salads in Barcelona

Healthy and tasty salad
Healthy and tasty salad | © Marco Verch / Flickr
Photo of Tara Jessop
17 April 2018

Whether you’re a fan of the classics (hello Caesar, bonjour Niçoise) or like to venture on the more creative side, a good salad is something we all crave from time to time. Thanks to the availability of amazing produce and the exciting local food scene, Barcelona has some excellent options for healthy, tasty and wholesome salads to eat in or takeaway.


Restaurant, Vegetarian, $$$
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Chef at work in Catalonia
Chef Alfredo at Sésamo | © Sésamo
This popular vegetarian restaurant is famous for its great-value tasting menu – €25 per person for seven courses and two drinks – but salad-lovers should go à la carte and try the chef’s special. You never quite know what to expect, as chef Alfredo changes the salad regularly to include whatever latest ingredient he’s brought back from his travels or what he found in the market that morning. One thing that’s sure is that you won’t go hungry or get bored.

Teresa Carles

Restaurant, Vegetarian, Healthy, $$$
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The namesake restaurant of Catalan clean-eating chef Chef Teresa Carles Borràs, this trendy restaurant is located just minutes from Plaça Catalunya. One of the reasons Teresa Carles is so popular during the week is because people know this is the place to come for your veg-fix. The DIY salad bar allows you to choose all your favourite ingredients to compose the salad you fancy.

Les Tres A La Cuina

Restaurant, Contemporary, Healthy, $$$
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A chickpea salad
A chickpea salad | © jules
This Gràcia eatery has rapidly become a locals’ favourite thanks to its tasty, healthy lunches, which can also be ordered to be taken away or delivered to your office. Creative, tasty and filling, their salads are about way more than just lettuce leaves. Spiced chickpeas, slow-roasted tomatoes and freshly turned artichokes are just some of the treats you can expect here.

Federal Café

Cafe, Contemporary, $$$
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If Federal Café is best known for being one of the first places to introduce brunch to the city – and a trailblazer on the now oh-so-trendy Parlament Street – this hip café also makes some pretty mean salads. Theirs an underlying Middle-Eastern theme to much of what’s on offer, with cooked and fresh salads equally as tasty.

The Green Spot

Restaurant, Contemporary, Healthy, $$$
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Looks good and tastes good
Looks good and tastes good | Looks good and tastes good

This stylish vegetarian eatery has jumped straight onto the healthy bandwagon to offer sophisticated, contemporary cuisine that won’t leave you feeling guilty. The dishes are as tasty as they are visually enticing, with a choice of fresh mixed salads that are more than just a pile of random superfoods. The sweet-potato ‘tagliatelle’ was chosen as one of the best local dishes of the year by TimeOut.

Cafè Bar Mostassa

Bar, Cafe, Contemporary, Healthy, $$$
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The tag-line here is ‘ethical kitchen’, which sums up Mostassa‘s ethos: good food, good eating, good living. This is the perfect venue for those who like to indulge in great tasting food without having to compromise on a healthy, wholesome lifestyle. Privileging locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, there’s a tantalising selection of salads, such as a lentil vinaigrette salad, a fragrant Asian salad and a super healthy spinach and nut salad.

Veggie Garden

Restaurant, Vegan, $$$
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Vegan salad © John Gillespie
Vegan salad | Vegan salad
Another of the most popular – and affordable – vegan restaurants in Barcelona, Veggie Garden is tucked away in busy El Raval. If the restaurant is particularly popular for its fragrant curries, there’s also a selection of salads that are just as interesting and come packed with tasty vegan ingredients and start at just €6.50.