3 HEALTHY LUNCH SPOTS
Check out these guilt-free lunch time destinations, home to some of the healthiest menus in the country. By Ciara McDonnell
“Our salads are always popular,” says Brian Drinan, above right, joint owner of the Perry Street Market Cafe in Cork with Paul Coffey, above left. “They change every day, so provide lots of choice for our customers. Warm salads fly out the door — Ardsallagh goat’s cheese, pomegranate and orange is always a good option I think.” This bright and breezy café is a cheery spot to spend your lunch hour, but they do a large range of ready-to-go healthy options for those of us in a rush. Log onto their Facebook page for daily updates and yummy specials.
Specialising in salads, cold-pressed juices and guilt-free desserts, LovingSalads flagship outlet on Cork’s Academy Street is a go-to destination for health-conscious foodies looking for a lunch fix. Owner Jason Caroll says that their focus is simple. “Our salads are constructed and designed by our customer. They choose their leaves, along with a choice of protein, one of 12 dressings and finished with a choice of crunchy toppings like dukkah or nori furikake.” www.lovingsalads.com
With outlets spread across Dublin’s city centre, Sprout & Co promises healthy local, seasonal offerings, served in the healthiest way possible. Theo Kirwan says that provenance is key to their ethos. “We change our menu with the seasons but some salads only get tweaked so that we can continue using Irish vegetables as the core ingredients. Our ‘Super Guacabowle’, has been on our menu since day one due to its popularity. Packed with seasonal Irish veg, greens, quinoa and topped with our guacamole, feta and toasted seeds, it is a good healthy feed and above all, it’s delicious.” www.sproutfoodco.com