By Kevin Williams
I was at my local supermarket the other day and was tempted by a taco salad I saw in the salad bar. It looked really good. I'm not a germaphobe, a clean freak, etc, etc, but I did start thinking "how long has the salad been sitting there?" I started talking myself out of it. But the food did look good. I've known some people over the years who just get their supper a couple of times a week, a big heaping salad from the supermarket salad bar.
Any of our readers ever do it? I don't think I've ever had a supermarket salad, but they do always look good. I'm guessing the salads are priced on weight? You fill up a plastic clamshell with salad and then it's weighed and priced?
So, what do you think, are supermarket salad bars a good thing, bad thing, indifferent?
I’d be ok with a supermarket salad bar, but there are none in my area. The one you couldn’t identify looks like broccoli salad to me. Anybody ever eat a a Sweet Tomatoes? Excellent salad with premade salads as well as all the ingredients to make your own. Plus 5 or 6 different soups, pasta, breads and soft serve ice cream! Yum!
Not for me! They may look good... But I feel they are too germy. Also temp control.. How long have they been sitting out.. Both hot or cold
I used to work in a supermarket that had a store salad-bar. It was rather popular at the time and it could be rather pricey especially for the heavier items such as fruits, potato & macaroni salad and such. When I worked there I would usually get something for my lunch break from there. I have eaten at others in different states. I like salad bars at restaurants and the ones in the grocery store are great to have around especially when traveling. We have utilized them many times in our travels. I know many people are squeamish about germs but I don't see any difference between the ones in the grocery stores than the ones in a restaurant. Most I have been too are monitored by someone in the store the same as they do in a restaurant.
Always good to hear from you Grace, what is the main supermarket chain in Gillette?
Among the unidentified salads here are my guesses--The back one is a layered salad. The recipes I've seen for that have iceberg lettuce as the base, followed by carrots, bacon, frozen peas, and cheddar cheese in layers, topped with a mayonnaise/sugar/and cream dressing on top and sealed to the edge. When you get to your potluck, then you toss it all together. My guess on the front one is a broccoli salad--the kind that has broccoli, broccoli slaw, raisins, peanuts, bacon, and mayonnaise tossed together.
I usually skip the salad bars because I can make a lot of these salads and have a much larger quantity for the same price. With 4 teens we go more for quantity. If I was by myself, then I'd probably be more inclined.
Geez, I can't imagine four teens...the appetites...two little girls can be tough enough on the grocery bill!