Best healthy restaurants in Salt Lake City

Scroll through Instagram and you’re likely to see plate after plate of loaded fries, heaving fried chicken sandwiches and desserts aplenty – but what about healthy food?

The following list are our favorite spots in Salt Lake City to enjoy a healthy meal.

Ascent Kitchen

Ascent Kitchen - cilantro lime chicken
Ascent Kitchen – cilantro lime chicken

Ascent Kitchen is a brand new outfit that moved into the locations left vacant by Pulp Lifestyle Kitchen. There are three locations in total, serving downtown, mid city and Sandy. The order of the day is roughly similar in approach, fast food that’s not regretful food. In both execution and nutrition, the menu here is everything that fast food usually isn’t.

Ascent’s menu is built around bowls, salads, sandwiches and the odd entree. The dishes roughly comprise the same mix of protein choices, albeit amalgamated into different designs. Pictured top their popular cilantro lime chicken bowl – a composition that starts with a hearty base of brown rice; which means you can brag to yourself all day about eating healthy. A generous piece of blackened chicken sits atop a melange of corn, potato, beans and cotija, supported by plenty of fixings. Honey jalapeño glaze and a creamy avocado cilantro dressing then do their saucy thing.

49 E Gallivan Ave, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 | (801) 456-2513
439 E 900 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 | (385) 267-1092
9645 S State St, Sandy, UT 84070 | (385) 557-4986
ascent.kitchen

Kao Thai

Tucked away on the East benches of Millcreek, you will find Kao Thai, a fabulous Thai restaurant. Inside the well appointed modern space, you will find both authentically cooked Thai classics, as well as contemporary spins too – Thai ceviche anyone?

The owners have been cooking away on the SLC dining scene for many years at a variety of restaurants you’ve probably enjoyed, and are now cooking up a great menu at Kao Thai. As you’d expect from any Thai restaurant, the menu is replete with a variety of fresh, vibrant and deliciously healthy dishes – like the pictured papaya salad.

3011 E 3300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84109
(385) 202-7257
kaothai-slc.com

Beirut Cafe

Beirut Cafe - veggie combo
Beirut Cafe – veggie combo

This Lebanese restaurant in Cottonwood Heights has a range of healthy and nutritious menu items. Our favorite is the picture veggie combo and costs under fifteen bucks. It’s loaded with falafel, tabbouli, salad with pickles, stuffed grape leaves, hummus and tahini sauce.

1326 E 5600 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84121
(801) 679-1688
beirutcafe.com

Pago On Main

Pago On Main - crudo
Pago On Main – crudo

Scott Evan’s signature restaurant made it’s second mark on downtown SLC’s Main Street – and with it – brought it’s reputation for excellent farm-to-table fare. That means a careful nf considered approach to fresh veggies and local meats. The menu is stacked with smart, healthy choices.

41 S Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
(801) 441-2955
pagoslc.com

Kao Thai

Grid City - veggie Bangkok bowls
Grid City – veggie Bangkok bowls

South Salt Lake’s Grid City is well known as one of the very best breweries in Utah – but did you also know the menu is loaded with nutritious eats? Of course there’s the waistline watching standards like burgers and fish and chips, but delivery a little deeper and you will find their Bangkok bowls, hefty compositions of veggies and proteins!

333 2100 S, South Salt Lake, UT 84115
(801) 906-8390
gridcitybeerworks.com

Costa Vida

Costa Vida enchiladas
Costa Vida enchiladas

Yes, we know it’s a chain, but when a chain delivers the goods – we’re in. Costa Vida is perfect when you’re in a rush and want the convenience of fast food – but not the carbs and fat. Everything on the menu at Costa Vida is customizable too, more of this, less of that, exactly as you want it; always prepared at light speed too.

Freshies Lobster

Freshies Lobster - salad
Freshies Lobster – salad

Pass on the mayo laden rolls and instead opt for a salad at this seafood spot. Order up their fabulously fresh lobster as a salad, skip the potato chips and you have a lunch or dinner option that’s both decadent and decent on the waist!

356 E 900 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
(801) 829-1032
freshieslobsterco.com

EJO Korean BBQ

EJO Korean BBQ - brisket ready for the grill
EJO Korean BBQ – brisket ready for the grill

Korean BBQ makes the perfect choice for those dabbling with Keto diets. You need to be cautious of certain marinated meats, but the better places in town have a wide selection of quality meats that you cook up table side with minimum carbs or calorie. Our pick for the best meats in town is this South Salt Lake hot spot – pun intended.

633 E 3300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84106
(801) 474-0047
ejokoreanbbqut.com

Sushi Groove

Sushi Groove - nigiri sushi
Sushi Groove – nigiri sushi

Forget taco Tuesdays. Our pro tip is to head down to this Sugar House restaurant instead. Grab a seat at the sushi counter and enjoy $2.50 Tuesdays where all nigiri is just $2.50 (two pieces). You didn’t read that wrong, EVERY nigiri is just $2.50 all day long. Tuesdays are also one of the main delivery days for Sushi Groove as well – so you’ll find plenty of fresh and special cuts too.

2910 Highland Dr., Salt Lake City, UT 84106
(801) 467-7420
sushigroove.us

FAV Bistro

FAV Bistro - tofu salad
FAV Bistro – tofu salad

Owner Anny Sooksri is the self-styled “tofu Queen” and we’re not going to argue with her. All of Sooksri’s restaurants offer a range of fabulous Thai fare, including bright and vibrant salads that are packed with flavor, but not the calories!

1984 E Murray Holladay Rd, Holladay, UT 84117
(801) 676-9300
bestthaifoodinutah.com

Laziz Kitchen

Laziz Kitchen - hummus
Laziz Kitchen – hummus

Lebanese cuisine is the order of the day here. Salads, wraps, rice plates – all made from scratch and with TLC by owners Moudi Sbeity and Derek Kitchen.

912 Jefferson St W, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
(801) 441-1228
lazizkitchen.com