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Salad Bar Poll

How Do You Feel About Salad Bars?

Last Friday I got into a discussion with TeamSugar about salad bars. I was on my way back from the salad bar across the street, which has an assortment of raw and cooked options and charges by the pound, when I ran into her. She outlined her reasons for disliking them. "Aren't they unsanitary?" she asked. "They seem so dated." I told her that while they can seem unnecessarily expensive, I love the convenience and variety of them. How do you feel, dear reader?

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tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Unsanitary. They gross me out.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
Love 'em! They usually have a good variety and I can get exactly what I want and in just the right quantity. I do agree that you have to know which ones are safe and which aren't.
marie-lee marie-lee 8 years
Most "fast food" salads, either from a salad bar or pre-packed that I've come across are awful. I prefer to make my own. Then I know exactly what is in it and how fresh the ingredients are.
herfallingstar herfallingstar 8 years
Do you really want to eat the same food that some person with a cold has just sneezed all over? Yuck... There'll be so much bacteria in the air. Plus, people always taste the food using the scoop/spoon. Just not a nice thought for me.
jhig jhig 8 years
I don't trust a category food that the general public has complete access to. The idea of a Salad Bar is wonderful, the reality of a Bar is an horrid one. Giving the general public "free rein" is the reason I don't eatout till this day. An unmanaged Bar is disgusting, knowing the general public does not wash up before supper. I'm sure, if a black light was fanned over the Bar, it would look something of a Tween Rave - filled with neon glow without the glow sticks and colored stringies.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
Keep your own dressing in your fridge at work. That way you don"t pay $7 a pound for dressing.
msshellokitty msshellokitty 8 years
the only salad bar i go to is schnucks once a's expensive but the salad is always so good.
opentypeA opentypeA 8 years
If only the stuff on most salad bars looked as fresh as the picture!
AbbyHintz AbbyHintz 8 years
I love it for lunch (my cafeteria has one), and I love the one at Whole Foods. I don't eat dairy or meat on my salads. I know that salad bars probably unsanitary -- but, really, it's not like the all-you-can-eat bar at Golden Corral. **shudder** Salad bar patrons are typically pretty clean. As for why I don't buy my own veggies -- because I'm lazy and it's worth the money to not prepare myself. :)
tuscanstellina tuscanstellina 8 years
Why not save yourself tons of money and just buy your own veggies for a salad? Unless you are on vacation and the hotel has a fabulous and immaculate salad bad, then I avoid them.
Seka21 Seka21 8 years
Now and then when im in a rush i get one (3x a year maybe) and im always appaled by the price and quality!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Overpriced and usually gross looking.
Swedeybebe Swedeybebe 8 years
sweet tomatoes is my salad bar of choice! can't beat the freshness, or the fab soups (chili and tomato soup!) and the fresh baked muffins and breads. i eat there at least once a week.
pharm_chick pharm_chick 8 years
i like them but they are pricey. and i once found a bug in my salad. eek.
Dana18 Dana18 8 years
I love salad bars. I go to one almost everyday for lunch. They have so many things to chose from. I can have a little bit of everything.
laellavita laellavita 8 years
the only salad bar i go to is the one at whole foods either after my workout or when i'm really in a pinch for a healthy lunch.
BLUEBELLKNOLL & LIMELINDSEY!! you totally took the words out of my mouth - sweet tomatoes!!!! absolutely, hands-down BEST buffet (of any kind) if you ask me! If anyone hasn't tried it.. see if there is one in your area.. Sweet Tomatoes OR Souplantation. YUMMMM
medenginer medenginer 8 years
I'll eat a salad at restaurant occasionally but usually not at a salad bar. I do a walk by if it's clean enough I will. If it looks questionable I just skip it and eat something else. I'll grab a pre-made salad for work sometimes if I'm in a hurry. I prefer to make my own at home especially during summer.
mdamsky mdamsky 8 years
I don't usually do the salad bar in restaurants, in fact, I cant remember the last time I went to a restaurant that had one. But when I am getting lunch at work, sometimes I go out to salad bars for lunch, but usually only ones that I know are safe. As ilanac said there are some places in NYC that would make your skin crawl. A nice alternative, albeit an expensive one, are the places like Salad Spinners, where they make your salad for you with whatever toppings you like and whatever dressing you chose a la Coldstone for those of you who are too creeped out to go for the do-it-yourself options.
humangirl humangirl 8 years
I don't eat at salad bars at restaurants, but I do like a well-stocked salad bar at the market. They're expensive, but I think buying all the veggies separately would cost just as much in the end, and since I'll be the only one eating it... it's less likely to be wasted if I just make a big two-day lunch salad.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I like them for the most part. I like the fact that I can make my own salad with whatever I want on it. I can put whatever dressing on it that I want and there's usually a nice selection of veggies that I don't normally put on my salads at home.
amybdk amybdk 8 years
Case-by-case basis. Some are kept well, and I'll nom from those, but other ones freak me out and bring out my inner Howard Hughes. That's hilarious, not to mention pretty much how I feel!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
living in NYC you learn VERY quickly which ones are 'safe' and which are not. it's hard sometimes to trust things like this since you can only imagine how many people are going in and out of there. as for the expense of it all - it's really a lot more expensive to go to them than to buy veggies at home and bring in your own salad.
LilyBiscuit7 LilyBiscuit7 8 years
I've seen things happen at salad bars that have turned me off to them forever. Seriously, I'm not a fanatic, but, I won't let me children go to the salad bar either.
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
I'm a little icked out by them because on a few occasions (at different ones) I've seen people sampling directly from the bins! Like they stick their hands in the cucumbers take a bite and put it back if they didn't like it! Gross.
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