Back in the late 80s/early 90s, salad bars were big deal in restaurants and delis. Sizzler was the top stop to go with an All-You-Can-Eat salad bar, offered either as an entree or as a side to your meal. To me, their restaurant menu wasn’t that great. So I always went with the salad bar as it had just about everything you could ask for: veggies, appetizers (corn fritters were the best), pizza and dessert.
Now Sizzler is pretty gone from our area. Salad bars seem to be most in Chinese buffet spots or delis, and do not look very appealing. However, there is hope at Whole Foods Market and their food court. Their offerings are all about world cuisine. You can find Italian, Thai, Indian, etc. Food for omnivores, carnivores and herbivores.
So last night, being Day 6 of the 7-Day Salad Challenge, we had planned to make a vegan Chef’s Salad. However, yesterday was a busy day spent visiting family, satisfying a falafel craving (Fattal’s Syrian Bakery in Paterson, NJ is AWESOME) and shopping (It took us from Paramus, NJ to White Plains, NY). By the time we were hungry for dinner, we were didn’t feel like making anything at home. There was a Whole Foods nearby. We decided to raid the salad bar.
Artie and I decided to share a big salad. While he was shopping, I put together a takeaway box full of greens and mixed salads:
- Baby spinach leaves
- Chopped romaine
- Raw kale with garlic
- Mango Edamame Corn salad (YUM!)
- Beet Apple Walnut salad (YUM!)
- Crunchy Spring Asian salad
- Vegan Chicken salad (YUM, but you have to add to it – salt, pepper, walnuts and cranberries – Blossom du Jour makes a vegan chicken salad that blows this one out of the water…just as it is)
- Grape tomatoes
- Roasted red pepper
- Toasted walnuts
- Olive oil and balsamic vinegar
We figured that even with the veggies that this probably wasn’t the most healthy salad one could have.The combination was really good. In fact, our plan to take the salad home didn’t really work out. After we checked out, we took a table at Whole Foods and ate the salad there.
Now, if we can get something like a Whole Foods salad bar in the Bronx, we’d be 2 happy members of The Food Duo!