Seoul becomes a field of salad eateries

Seoul becomes a field of salad eateries
Refresh 5.7
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With healthy dining options being a big new trend, Seoulites have been looking to eateries that offer fresh salads to quell their appetite for delicious low calorie options.

The following is a list of hip, healthy salad spots that have cropped up throughout Seoul recently.

What A Salad

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The Itaewon store offers custom-made North American-style chopped salad.

Diners can curate dishes of their liking from a rich assortment of some 40 different salad ingredients and 12 kinds of dressing.

The salad is chopped and tossed in an open kitchen for customers to see.

A wide variety of toppings are available, from butternut squash, hummus, cinnamon and avocado to pinto beans.

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The shop's interior reflects its food, with lush greenery hanging from the walls. Salads are served on earthy wooden plates and trays.

A side of pita bread comes with every bowl.

Location: 31 Bokwang-ro 59-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

Refresh 5.7

There are two Refresh 5.7 outlets in Seoul: One in Gwanghwamun, where office workers from nearby buildings stand in long lines at lunchtime, and another in Hongdae.

Many opt for a takeout, as the Gwanghwamun store is a cramped space that can only accommodate around 10 people.

Refresh 5.7 has become known for its city-themed bowls, such as the Paris-inspired ham, apple, blueberry, cranberry, walnut and Camembert.

Locations: 37 Saemunan-ro 5-gil, Jongno-gu / 33-6 Donggyo-ro 38gil, Mapo-gu

Bad Farmers

On the south side of the Han River, Bad Farmers first gained popularity online as a hotspot for models munching on hearty, healthy and low-cal meals.

Opened in 2014, the store was a pioneer in the popularisation of salad diners, stripping away the preconception that veggies aren't worth paying good money for.

The store's philosophy is that the current generation of fast-food-eating "bad farmers" now seeks to replenish the body, and provide good food for the next generation.

Its best-seller is the Avo-cob salad which includes avocado, grilled chicken breast, egg and fresh vegetables dressed with a sweet sauce.

The blueberry sandwich is also a hit.

Locations: 31 Apgujeong-ro 4gil, Gangnam-gu / 517 Teheran-ro, Gangnam-gu

Root

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This Hannam-dong store prides itself in offering fresh salads and vegetable-based cuisine using seasonal produce.

A specialty menu is the salad sushi, a roll containing brown rice, avocado, sesame seeds, red cabbage, carrots and more.

A wide assortment of salads are available, from chicken romaine to salmon barley and shrimp kale.

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Avocado toast and yogurt are also on the menu, along with fresh juice aides.

Location: 2FL 26-4 55 ga-gil, Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu

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