Creamy pastas, chunky meat pies and mouth-watering doughnuts filled with Nutella might be all you feel like this winter, but for something on the lighter side that’s not all about soup, this one’s for you! Yes, boys and girls, we’ve done the hard yards to bring you a list of all things healthy when it comes to our fave middle meal. Introducing our line-up of the best healthy winter lunches in Melbourne. And if you want to throw a doughnut in for dessert, that’s totally fine too!
Super Salad at Merchant’s Guild
This one is for everyone that can’t go past a lunchtime salad. The Merchant’s Guild Super Salad will keep you nice and full with brown rice, quinoa, sweet potato, baby beetroot, broccoli, nuts AND seeds topped with a tahini yoghurt and black rice popcorn. It’s hearty, it’s tasty and above all, it’s healthy!
Mediterranean Bruschetta at Monk Bodhi Dharma
This popular Balaclava cafe proves there’s a lot more to healthy vegetarian meals than lentils and kale. Try Monk Bodhi Dharma's amazing Mediterranean Bruschetta featuring yummy hummus, dehydrated tomato, spicy beetroot relish, roquette and your choice of feta or almond feta.
Most Things at Transformer
Looking for a super healthy lunch in Melbourne? Get yourself over to Transformer in Fitzroy to try a whole stack of veg share plates, like the King Oyster Mushrooms served with confit garlic and pine nut puree, or the Roasted Sweet Potato with Togarashi, coconut yoghut and zesty lime. There’s also a stack of garden plates to accompany too, so get creative.
Raw Zucchini Spaghetti at Combi
The Raw Zucchini Spaghetti with creamy cashew sauce is our pick at Combi in Elwood. With mushrooms, soy beans, tomatoes and fresh herbs topped with activated nuts to really drive the flavour home, this dish is going to see you right through the day!
Superfood Winter Salad from Youfoodz
Online with home delivery
If you think salads are for summer, this delicious winter salad will have you rethinking your seasonal foodie favourites! Youfoodz have combined TEN vegetables with the best of winter’s nuts and seeds in this tasty winter dish that’s guaranteed to give you a real health kick. And they’ll deliver it to your door. Boom.
Roast with the Most Salad at Green Press
The Green Press ‘Roast with the Most’ salad features your favourite organic root vegetables roasted without any nasty oils. Plus this super tasty salad also boasts protein filling lentils and Green Press’s famous magical cashew ‘cream cheese’. Wash it all down with a pressed juice and you’re good to go!
Ultimate Salad Sandwich at Earl Canteen
Sometimes all you need for lunch is a good ol’ fashioned sandwich and Earl Canteen has these in abundance. We just love the Ultimate sanga with crunchy shaved veg, avocado, hummus, tomato and spinach. All Earl’s delectable sandwiches are made fresh on the premises every day.
Marinated Balsamic Heirloom Tomatoes at Tall Timber
If you like tomatoes, you’re going to love Tall Timber’s Marinated Balsamic Heirloom Tomatoes served on toast with delicious kale pesto, burrata cheese and basil leaves. This baby is light and tasty—the perfect healthy Melbourne lunch when you want a flavour hit without the guilt.
Grilled Chicken Salad at Fonda
Keep it simple with the Grilled Chicken Salad at Fonda Mexican and feast on a medley of quinoa, black beans, coriander, fresh corn, sweet potato, peas, mint and lemon vinaigrette. Filled with all the good stuff, this little pal is full of flavour and guaranteed to fill you up. Win. Available at the Hawthorn, Richmond, Windsor and CBD venues.
Sticks on Rice at Wat da Pho
While they’re famous for their amazing Pho, the guys at Wat da Pho prove they can get a few other things right too. Especially when it comes to their Sticks on Rice! Just choose from chicken, beef, tofu or pork and enjoy on a bed of fresh lettuce, cucumber, pickled carrots, Viet herbs, peanuts and delicious Nuoc Cham dressing. Take it from us, it’s a winner of a healthy Melbourne lunch!
Dreamy Porridge at Serotonin Eatery
Who says you can’t have porridge for lunch? The Dreamy Porridge at Serotonin Eatery features rolled oats and quinoa with spiced poached pear, seasonal fresh fruit and a stack of nuts. Not only does it taste amazing but you’ll be feeling pretty darn good just by stepping inside this new healthy Melbourne cafe because, well...serotonin.
Image credit: Marnie Hawson for Green Press