There’s a reason why salad is so popular. In fact, there are a lot of reasons. It’s a healthy alternative that can be fashioned in any way you want to achieve a taste that suits your preference. And if you don’t feel like warming up with a hot lunch or dinner in the middle of a summer day, salads are a second-to-none solution. Fortunately, there are more restaurants than ever before catering to specialty salads and other vegetarian dishes. This means that there are tons of options out there for you to select.

But not any salad place will do when you want something truly delicious and fresh. We’ve pulled together a list of Ottawa’s five most reputable salad joints for you to consider on your next mealtime outing.

1). Green Rebel
99 Bank St G009, Ottawa, ON K1P 6B9, Canada

Green Rebel originated as a beachside bistro in New Zealand, a one-of-a-kind restaurant that served only the freshest locally-sourced food. Now Green Rebel is a highly recognizable name after the founders’ return to Canada, where they set up shop on Bank Street. Unique flavors in unexpected combinations make for the most distinctive and delicious salads available in the Ottawa area.

2). Freshii
98 Sparks St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5B6, Canada

Decadent tossed-to-order salads will make your body happy, and the Mission Green program of the restaurant itself will have you feeling happy about stopping in for a salad at Freshii. As Freshii is dedicated to sustainability and environmentally-friendly efforts, everything that you get from this restaurant is either biodegradable or easily recyclable. Their salads are highly customizable to suit every person’s tastes, and are definitely one stop to consider when you’re trying to live a green life.

3). The Table
1230 Wellington St W, Ottawa, ON K1Y 3A1, Canada

The Table is a quaint restaurant with an emphasis on freshness and wholesome meals. Their restaurant boasts an impressive vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free menu –and of course, that means a wide array of salads! Their pay-by-weight style buffet lets you pick whatever you’d like rather than selecting something out of a pre-arranged menu, and they only offer the freshest and most quality ingredients, including locally-sourced produce whenever it is in season.

4).  The Green Door
198 Main St, Ottawa, ON K1S 1C6, Canada

Since its inception in 1988, The Green Door has served nothing but wholesome and natural foods to the people of Ottawa-with a slew of gluten-free, vegan and organic options on a hugely varied menu. In fact, there is no menu! Everything is provided based on the availability of quality ingredients, though some dishes never go away. If you are looking to get closer to nature and eat food, including top-notch salads, that do not contain manmade preservatives and sweeteners, The Green Door will fill your plate, and your stomach.

5). Good Eats
388 Albert St, Ottawa, ON K1R 5B8, Canada

The menu changes each week at Good Eats on Albert Street, because they only provide the freshest, most top-quality ingredients possible. The rotating menu will have you coming back week after week to try something new, like their unique hand-tossed salads that are expertly crafted with only the freshest produce available.