Best Soups & Salads To Eat At A Sports Bar Without Triggering Your Gout

Posted on: 19 May 2015

If you suffer from gout, going out to eat at a sports bar can be tricky. Sports bar menus are filled with gout triggers, such as beef, pork and mushrooms. You want to avoid foods with contain purines, which naturally occur in foods and turn into uric acid in your body. Here is guide to the best salads and soups to eat at a sports bar and grill without triggering your gout.


Many sports bar have extensive salad menus. Just because you choose to order a salad does not mean you are getting the short end of the stick. You can try one of the tasty salad options that your local bar and grill has on the menu, such as:

  • Oriental Chicken Salad: An oriental chicken salad is made with Asian-style vegetables, almonds, breaded chicken and a tasty vinaigrette. 
  • Shrimp Salad: Most bar and grills have some sort of shrimp salad on their menu. Shrimp is one of the approved seafoods that you can eat. Paired with a bunch of tasty vegetables, this is a great gout-friendly option.
  • Caesar Salad: You can always enjoy a classic Caesar salad, topped with some chicken or shrimp.

When looking at the salad menu, try to avoid any salads contain asparagus, cauliflower, spinach and mushroom. Those four vegetables are all known gout-triggering foods. If one of your favorite salads contains one of those ingredients, see if the kitchen can withhold that particular ingredient. Other than that, all other vegetables are fine to eat. 


If you feel like warming up a bit, you can eat all of the soups listed below. They are free of any ingredients that may trigger your gout. 

  • Chicken Noodle: You are safe if you want to stick with a classic soup, such as chicken noodle. 
  • Minestrone: This is a great vegetarian soup that is full of vegetables that will not trigger your gout, such as: celery, green beans, and carrots. It is served with a very light tomato broth. 
  • Clam Chowder: This is a very thick soup with a creamy base. It is full of potato chunks as well as clams.

You should avoid any soup that contains ground beef, such as chili. Also, make sure you don't order any soups that contain the four off-limit vegetables (asparagus, cauliflower, spinach and mushrooms). 

The next time you go out to a sports bar, stick with salads and soups. Lots of vegetables are not only good for you, they can help keep your gout at bay. Feel free to add chicken or seafood, such as shrimp or clams, to your soups and salads as well for a little protein.