Zest Salad Bar
Where: 194 High Road, Loughton, IG10 1DN
What: A create your own salad bar featuring fresh ingredients. There is a long menu of fresh juices and smoothies too.
Why I love it: Zest has a great ethos, which reflects healthy eating as being a lifestyle as opposed to a restrictive ‘diet’. They enable you to build your own salad, selecting your salad base, protein, vegetables, garnish and dressing. They also serve other food to cater to a wider audience, including hot pasta and Paninis. They are ideal for a healthy and nutritious take away lunch, which Loughton was really lacking! Although very takeaway friendly, their restaurant space is so very stylish, offers maximum comfort and is a lovely lunch spot with friends or meeting. The cherry on top for me is the crockery they serve the salads in – ultimate rustic style!
My typical order: I usually go for a base of mixed leaves (rather than lettuce, as the nutritional content of dark green leafy vegetables triumphs above lettuce). I’ll add my protein, usually smoked mackerel or the kidney bean mix. I then bulk out my salad with a range of veggies such as carrot, red cabbage, broccoli, peas, peppers etc. The more colour the better, as this reflects the diverse range of nutrients you are getting – and your gut loves diversity! To finish off, my go-to garnish is always the mixed seeds; these provide some extra protein and fats and are so beneficial for loads of our body systems.
From me to you: Thanks for reading my review of Zest Salad Bar! Myself and the Zest team would like to offer you a LARGE salad for the price of a regular. Just quote the code: YASMINZEST18 at the counter!