Traveling has inspired us to do a lot of things, including starting a little side venture. While The Salad Lobby is all about—you guessed it—salad, we root our advocacy for salad’s place at the table firmly in the US. But there are so many wonderful salads to be had around the world you could easily call it Salad World (not to be confused with the restaurant of the same name). And since we’re in the US for the moment, we invited fellow travel bloggers to share their favorite salads.

Of course, we begin at home.

Portland, Oregon, USA, Salad World: Vegetarian Nicoise Salad

The original Nicoise salad, developed in Nice, France in the late 1800s, was very simple, containing tomatoes, anchovies, and olive oil. Over time, chefs added more ingredients, including boiled eggs, green beans, artichokes, and other seasonal vegetables.

As the founder of The Salad Lobby, I create a lot of salads. For my Vegetarian Nicoise Salad recipe I took inspiration from many sources: my mother, whose Nicoise salad was one of my favorite meals as a kid; the French; and the Portland Farmers Market where I found the veggies.

Beautiful mountains of fresh spring produce compose my Vegetarian Nicoise Salad, including red leaf lettuce, asparagus (roasted), radishes, chives, and fava beans (lightly blanched). I added Nicoise olives and roasted, marinated tomatoes from a local grocery store. Sliced boiled potatoes and boiled eggs make this salad fit for a meal. The only aspect of this Vegetarian Nicoise Salad that’s classic is the dressing: a simple white wine vinaigrette with some diced shallots and herbes de Provence.

Vegetarian Nicoise Salad

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The French traditionalists may discredit this Vegetarian Nicoise Salad as an American corruption, but I lobby to free salad from the chains of convention. Salad is a palate for expression of local bounty and our own artistic appetites.

Lindsay Sauvé
The Salad Lobby

Berkeley, California, USA, Salad World: Veggie Delight Salad

Just yesterday at Mezzo on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, I had what definitely must belong among the world’s best salads. And it certainly was one of the biggest: my dining partner and I split it and were way satisfied.

Known as the Veggie Delight, this salad consists of a bed of green lettuce, sprouts, cherry tomatoes, garbanzo beans, corn, croutons, and red beans. It’s topped with a hunk of avocado, a hard-boiled egg, a thick slice of honey bread, and wedge of watermelon. All beneath our choice of a delicious, sweet poppy dressing.

Salad World - Veggie Delight Salad in Berkeley

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All this for US$10. I’ve enjoyed this salad many times in the past, and look forward to enjoying it many more times in the future.

Carole Terwilliger Meyers
Berkeley and Beyond

Dubrovnik, Croatia, Salad World: Cold Octopus Salad

Two of the best salads I’ve ever had were in beautiful Dubrovnik, Croatia. The first was a cold octopus salad at Kamenice in old town. It was a hot day and we’d just returned from swimming in the Adriatic, and this salad of chopped octopus, onion, tomato, garlic, and herbs was just so refreshing. I don’t usually go for octopus if it isn’t ensconced in batter and dipped in aioli, but I’d gladly eat this octopus salad again.

Salad World - Octopus Salad in Dubrovnik

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The second amazing salad I had in Dubrovnik was at Lady Pi Pi. You have to climb over 100 steps to get there but you’re rewarded with a lovely outdoor dining experience with a view of the old city, not to mention delicious food. I ordered the grilled chicken salad, which may look simple but tasted out of this world. Crunchy fresh lettuce, perfectly seasoned chicken (grilled 10 feet from my table in their outdoor grill), and topped with a house-made garlicky salad dressing. I highly recommend ordering a side of fresh cut fries with this salad.

Cate Brubaker
International Desserts Blog

Hydra, Greece, Salad World: Greek Salad

No visit to Greece occurs without eating Greek Salad, perhaps at every meal. The classic combination of tomatoes, cucumber, onion, and feta can also include capers, lettuce or capsicum and is finished with a drizzle of local olive oil and perhaps a squeeze of lemon.

Salad World - Greek Salad in Hydra

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This photo is from an amazing meal we had at a little taverna called To Pefkaki on the island of Hydra in 2015. It was accompanied by a variety of dips, grilled calamari and pork souvlaki on a skewer.

Hydra is in the Saronic group of islands which are the closest to Athens. It is quite unique as cars and scooters are banned and transport is by either donkey, water taxis or simply by foot. It was also home of the famous musician and song writer Leonard Cohen for over 30 years and is where he got much of his inspiration.

Sandra Papas
Tray Tables Away

Moscow, Russia, Salad World: Herring Under a Fur Coat

Herring Under a Fur Coat, or Dressed Herring as it is also called, is one of the most beloved salads for Russians and, probably, one of the strangest dishes for foreigners. It’s a layered salad with diced pickled herring on the bottom and different types of grated boiled vegetables on top.

Although the order of vegetables differ from family to family and from chef to chef, you will always find diced onions, grated boiled carrots, potatoes, and eggs in any Herring Under a Fur Coat. The top layer is always grated boiled beetroot. Each layer is covered in mayonnaise, which makes this salad high in calories.

Salad World - Herring Under a Fur Coat in Moscow

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If you are visiting Moscow, chances are you will find yourself on Red Square, probably even on the very first day. And although the general rule is to never eat near tourist attractions, there are exceptions. Stolovaya #57 is one of them (“stolovaya” in Russian means canteen).

Stolovaya #57 is located in GUM, a large department store facing Red Square. The restaurant offers simple Soviet dishes at very reasonable prices. You can try all kinds of Russian foods here, including Herring Under a Fur Coat.

I personally think you need to grow up eating this salad to love it. But I also think you should give this iconic Soviet salad a try just for the sake of experiencing something new and unique.

Yulia Diukova
The Foodie Miles

Anywhere, Scotland, Salad World: Scottish “Salad”

If you can’t freeze it or fry it it’s not in the Scottish diet, as the saying goes, so you can just imagine what a Scottish salad looks like.

Salad World - Scottish Non-Salad in Scotland

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At the weekend after (or sometimes before) consuming copious amounts of alcohol, Scots take to the local chippy to feed the fluid and many drunks’ weapon of choice is pakora. Now this pakora comes with a side salad of shredded cabbage or lettuce and maybe a quarter of a tomato but who knows why; it gets left to die in the munchy box!

Did you know that our breakfasts are fried, even the tomato! Jokes aside, we do actually enjoy international cuisine which often features leaves but our heart disease figures are definitely a consequence of the nation’s lifestyle choices.

Gemma Arnit
Two Scots Abroad

Fez, Morocco, Salad World: Moroccan Salad

Moroccan salad is usually just a starter followed by typical Moroccan tagine.

I had my first Moroccan salad in one of restaurants in Fez medina. When I made my order, I had no idea the salad portion was actually a full meal size, easily feeding two or more people.

Salad World - Moroccan Salad in Fez

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The whole portion was neatly served on 16 small plates containing cooked and raw vegetables. Olives, smoked eggplant, artichoke, carrots, cucumbers, beans, and sauces, all well spiced up with typical Moroccan spices and flavors. Along with salad you get flat bread.

To eat Moroccan Salad, use your right hand (never the left) instead of a fork.

Nina Zara
Safari Junkie

New Delhi, India, Salad World: Salmon Lohe Salad

With 25 different ingredients, the Salmon Lohe Salad is a melange of flavours, aroma and textures. The umami flavor of salmon combines with the sour of lime and the extreme sweet of the orange marmalade. Some crisps give it a crunch, while the cinnamon powder imparts a heavenly aroma.

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In the Chinese families the tossing of this salad is associated with wish making.

Sudipto De
Salt and Sandals

Bangkok, Thailand, Salad World: Som Tam Papaya Salad

Som Tam is a fresh salad made primarily from shredded green (unripe) papaya. Additional ingredients usually include raw green beans, tomatoes, dried shrimps and plenty of chili and garlic. The salad is topped with a dressing made from lime juice, fish sauce and sometimes tamarind.

The taste is sweet, sour, salty and spicy all at once, a combination that the Thais love. It’s beautifully refreshing on a hot day.

Salad World - Som Tam Papaya Salad in Bangkok

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Som Tam is of Lao origin, but is very common in Northern Thai (Isan) cuisine. It’s also a popular choice in the street food scene in Bangkok, where the salad is often served with additions such as salted crab, or as a complete meal with grilled chicken and sticky rice.

Edwina Dendler
Traveling German

Jimbaran, Bali, Indonesia, Salad World: Honey Baked Pumpkin  Salad

On walking through the gates of Cuca restaurant in Jimbaran, Bali you get a sense that you are in for a treat. Seated at the kitchen food bar overlooking this busy but well-oiled machine, the kitchen staff go about the business of cooking what will become the most decadent meal of our Bali trip. We couldn’t resist the Chef Tasting Meal; with its nine courses we were more than likely going to have trouble fitting it all in.

Salad World - Cuca Honey Baked Pumpkin Salad in Bali

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We got to item number 4, the salad, when my husband looked at me and said, “Ahh, a no-meat dish?”

I was too busy admiring the plate of honey baked pumpkin, granola, green beans, tarragon and pickled onion in front of me.

“Granola in your salad?” I hear you say.

It was unlike anything we had eaten before. The green beans were so creamy and against the crunch of the granola, it thought,  “Why hadn’t I thought of this before?”

But to top it all off, the honey roasted baked pumpkin had so much depth of flavor I was wishing for more.

Kate Comer
Rolling Along With Kids

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50 Responses

  1. Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife

    That vegetarian nicoise salad looks amazing!! I love trying different salads when we travel because it’s a great way to get a real taste for what’s in season where you are traveling, as well as a bit of cultural history through their food!

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    • Peter Korchnak

      Thanks, Marlynn. The Vegetarian Nicoise Salad is one of The Salad Lobby’s best creations, this year anyway. Thank you, Portland Farmers Market!

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  2. Hillary Harper

    All of these look so delicious! We are going to Bangkok in March, so I’m excited to try all of their wonderful fresh dishes. Also, if you haven’t had the Herring Under A Fur Coat at Katchka in PDX, then you must!

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  3. sandy from Tray Tables Away

    Thanks for including me in this piece Peter. I’ve really enjoyed reading about the other salads around the world too. Have been lucky enough to enjoy a few but plenty yet to come!

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  4. Kim

    What a diverse range of salads! I’m trying to cut down on carbs and opt for salads instead, so this post gave me a bunch of ideas for future lunches. I would love to try that cold octopus salad from Dubrovnik one day, it sounds delicious! I’m also a HUGE fan of papaya salad, it’s so refreshing to eat.

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  5. Lien

    Very diverse list! I love salads but I often have no inspiration. I will try the Scottish one this weekend!

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  6. Sam Jennings

    Really enjoyed this post. For someone who could live off salad alone and who loves to travel there are so many ideas and great inspiration here. Thanks for sharing,?

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  7. Lisa

    An excellent, excellent post as usual Peter! Haha, you’ve got to love the Scottish ‘salad’, I think the Irish equivalent is probably along the same lines! My favourite 2 are the Croatian octopus salad, and the Greek. Both flavours of the Mediterranean that I love 😀

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  8. yukti

    Wow this is salad tour worldwide. Being vegetarian, I always love salads as it is healthy option. Vegetarian nicose salad is my favorite.

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  9. Raghav

    Interesting list, and quirky in its own way. I’m not one for salads much, not that I don’t like them, just that i’m usually really hungry and go for some proper food. Interesting way to look at the world in terms of salads and the diversity is quite evident. For me though, it is the Greek Salad that takes the boat.

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    • Peter Korchnak

      Hey now, salad IS proper food. Just add some protein to it, with nuts or beans or cheese (like feta in Greek salad), and it can be very filling.

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  10. Paige W

    What a fun post! I never think about the different salads around the world, but now that you mention it; it’s amazing the broad variety that there is! I want that Honey Baked Pumpkin Salad. It looks delicious!

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  11. Sabine

    This salads all look so amazing. What I like about this post is that it shows that a salad is not just the same salad in every country. It’s difficult to choose a favourite, but I would go for the hering, the octopus and the greek salad. I guess you can never go wrong with those ones 🙂

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  12. Jen

    Our favorite salads were the ones from the farms around the world where we WWOOFed – fresh, delicious, free, and we didn’t have to leave the yard!

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  13. Aryane

    This is such a cool concept! It’s funny though, that as a vegan I never ever order salad at a restaurant, despite what people might think. I would love to try the Thai green papaya salad, I’ve heard so many good things about it!

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  14. Archana Singh

    I love your posts, Peter! There is a wealth of information stored there. I am a vegetarian and I would love to have everything you wrote about. Especially the Vegetarian Nicoise Salad.

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  15. Mindi Hirsch

    Although you found great salads around the world, the best one seems to be your own salad in Portland. Next for me would be the Greek salad because I’m obsessed with feta cheese. Yum!

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  16. Megan Jerrard

    These all look and sound incredible – can’t beat a good salad! But I’m particularily salivating over the cold octopus salad at Kamenice in old town Dubrovnik – such a killer location for amazing seafood!

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  17. Natasha

    Reading this article has made me hungry for a salad haha! The salad that tops the all I think is the Som Tam Papaya Salad. This looks increible, soo much flavour and goodness in this meal! Definitely one for me! Closely followed by the Honey baked Pumpkin Salad from Bali. This also looks mouth watering! A variety of flavours and goodness all in one dish!

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  18. Cindy Collins

    Great post. This makes me really hungry. I am a big fan of salads whether at home or on holiday and trying salads from around the world is something I try to do as well. The Papaya and Greek salads are some of my favourites but that Honey Baked Pumpkin Salad from Indonesia looks so good I’d love to try that too!

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  19. Jenna

    Yum! These all look so delicious! I love salads and it’s fun to find a bunch that are beyond the traditional salads I’m used to. Greek salads are always one of my favorites, but I’d love to try a Moroccan salad and the Salmon Lohe Salad!

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  20. Katharina

    I could easily eat just salad for the rest of my life. This dish comes in so many variations and I love how this post links salad to different cultures. The cold octopus salad at Kamenice in old town Dubrovnik sounds the best to me personally.

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  21. Victoria

    I love that you included vegetarian salads! Not many guides have anything good for non meat eaters so it meant a lot!

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  22. Tami

    What a great roundup of salads! I do love a good salad, and I noticed your Greek salad was truly authentic. A realy Greek salad does not have any lettuce in it. One of the best things we ever discovered on out visit to Athens and Santorini. The juices from the tomato mix with the olive oil and make the best mixture for dipping bread into after finishing the salad!
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  23. kristelle

    OMG, and now I want to go to the closest grocery in my town and make my own salad. You make this preggy woman here craving for salad. ahh, this so delicious.

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  24. Danielle

    This was very helpful for me to plan some future trips! It’s always so easy for me to say “oh calories don’t count I’m on vacation!” But I truly feel better when I eat healthy. Love the food photography too! Great post, and great blog!

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  25. Sandy N Vyjay

    Wow! a post dedicated to salads. Really the variety of salads across the world is mind-boggling. Being vegetarians, in many countries we have thrived only on veg-salads and they have been our saviours.

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  26. Emily Kydd

    Awesome post, I so often crave salads when I’m travelling especially in countries where fresh fruits and leafy greens are not part of the traditional fair. My most delicious salad was basically just a whole plate of seasoned avocado bits in Bagan, Burma, but after 7 months of Kyrgyzstani fare, I was ready for something without sheep meat!

    Cheers,
    Emily

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  27. sarah

    I want to crawl into those photos of the Greek salad, Morocco salad, and Thai salad. Yum! They look delicious, so fresh and completely different from one another.

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  28. Myrthe

    I absolutely loved reading this post. You gave us a very diverse list of salads! It gave me so much inspiration to make some new salads myself. ‘The Octopus salad’ from Dubrovnik looks amazing, so is the ‘Moroccan salad’ and ‘the Salmon Lohe Salad’! Njuuuum.

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  29. Punita

    Any non-salad eater would be easily converted after reading your post. The pictures are that tempting. Salads can be very appetising. 🙂

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  30. Fillia

    Wow, salad alert! They look yummy for salad. I have tasted 4 of these salads: Scottish, Greek, Thai and Balinese salad, and they are so yum.

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