Walt Disney World seriously rocks when it comes to offering a wide variety of dining options, and while we often find ourselves gravitating toward fried delights like classic Chicken Nuggets and carbolicious eats like Sanaa’s Bread Service, we still like to get our veggies in. Occasionally. Okay, really only to justify eating more cupcakes, but I digress.
Still, salads have their place, and we know that a lot of our readers enjoy the freshness and healthfulness of a plate of vegetables even when in a World full indulgent options. So we’ve culled our experience and that of our instagram readers for some great table service and counter service salad options that are satisfying and delicious. Thanks to our readers and followers for sharing their favorites!
Here we offer the Top Five Table Service Salads at Walt Disney World!
Hollywood Brown Derby Cobb Salad — Disney’s Hollywood Studios
We’re starting off with the most renowned salad in all the World: the Hollywood Brown Derby Cobb Salad. This salad is an institution at the original Hollywood Brown Derby in California, and the Disney version of the restaurant has captured the original version of the salad perfectly.
The Cobb Salad is a combo of Greens, Turkey Breast, Bacon, Eggs, Tomato, Crumbled Blue Cheese, Avocado, Chives, and Hollywood Brown Derby Dressing. This salad strikes a balance between components that makes it completely satisfying. You’ll find it on both the appetizer and the entree menu; and if you’re dining at the Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge, you can get it there, too!
Jiko West African Koki Corn — Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
This salad option is a great way to mix it up a bit — because Jiko‘s West African Koki Corn doesn’t sit on a bed of lettuce. Instead, this combination of seasoned, cooked vegetables is served in an open, dry corn husk. The components include Mushrooms, Avocado, Poblano-Tomatillo Purée, and Roasted Red Pepper Sauce.
Jiko’s chefs have a great rapport with vegetarians and vegans, offering them even more options. This makes Jiko a fabulous spot to get a salad or to try another veggie-based dish.
Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Fried Chicken Salad — Disney Springs
If you seek the delicate balance between indulgent and healthful while you’re vacationing at Walt Disney World, head to Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’, where the Fried Chicken Salad happily straddles that line for you. You’ll get a pile of the Chef’s famous fried chicken on top of a massive pile of mixed greens and other veggies!
This is a filling and light option — even with the chicken — that will help fuel all your shopping fun in Disney Springs!
Plaza Restaurant Chicken-Strawberry Salad — Magic Kingdom
Plaza Restaurant is located near the hub at Magic Kingdom, and it’s a Disney World classic! We love the eats here — from the Plaza Loaded Fries to the Brisket Mac and Cheese. But if you’re looking for something notably lighter and healthier, the Chicken-Strawberry Salad is perfect for you. This salad combines lots of complimentary flavors, like Fresh Garden Greens, Grilled Chicken Breast, Cucumbers, fresh Strawberries, and Gorgonzola tossed in a White Zinfandel Vinaigrette Dressing. The sweet strawberries and the white zinfandel dressing are the keys to
Ask for this one without chicken, and it’s a great option for vegetarians because the other components really carry the salad.
Liberty Tree Tavern Colony Salad — Magic Kingdom
Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square is one of our favorite table service spots, and the lunch menu features both the All-You-Care-to-Enjoy Patriot’s Platter as well as a la carte options. It’s on that a la carte portion of the menu that you’ll find the satisfying Colony Salad. This salad is comprised of Grilled Chicken, Washington Apples, Sweet Pecans, Applewood-smoked Cheddar, and Dried Cranberries tossed with Field Greens in a Honey-Shallot Vinaigrette.
This salad is interesting for its components — including that delicious combination of pecans and apples! Leave off the chicken (or get it on the side to share with a tablemate) for a vegetarian option, and it’s still a delicious choice that won’t have you staging a revolution. 😉
Bonus: Boma Buffet — Animal Kingdom Lodge
As is often the case with these lists, we couldn’t stop at just five. And in this case, the bonus is a bunch of salads! Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Boma is a buffet with tastes inspired by the countries and cuisines of Africa. And always on the buffet are a bunch of delicious salads.
In addition to traditional salad with house-made dressings, there are also unique options like Lentil and Hearts of Palm Salad; Orange, Olive, and Fennel Salad; and Curried Pasta Salad. It’s not unusual to find half a dozen salad options, with specific salads varying from day to day.
Yeah, Boma slays the salad game! And the soup game, but that’s for another day.
We’ll be coming at you with our Readers’ Picks for salad soon. Chime in! What’s your favorite Walt Disney World salad?