Salad Bar + Quick & Easy Dressings

Written by chanie on January 30th, 2012

I can’t tell you how many people I meet who tell me that they just can’t figure out what kind of salad to put together at a salad bar. They usually end up going with classic caeser or greek salad. I, on the other hand, love experimenting with different ingredients and coming up with all sorts of flavor combinations. Otherwise, I’ll just get bored and dread my salad-eating :)

My all time favorite make-you-own-salad-bar combo would have to be:

crisp rommaine
red cabbage
shredded carrots
beets
craisins
red onions
scoop of tuna

For the dressing, I opt for caeser or honey mustard. To make your own at home, follow my easy recipes below.

I thought it might be fun to see what unique salad combinations you all come up with at a salad bar. To get you in the sharing mood, I’m giving away the book of 500 Sensational Salads¬†by Julia Canning. To enter this giveaway, let me know your favorite make-you-own-salad-bar combination in the comments below. I will choose the most original submission on February 15, 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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33 Comments so far ↓

  1. esther says:

    mesculun mix
    broccoli
    tomato
    red onion
    pepper
    corn
    kirby
    kidney bean
    feta cheese
    parmesan cheese
    crouton
    ceasar dressing

  2. Brina says:

    Romaine
    Spinach
    Shredded purple cabbage
    Roma tomatoes
    Cucumbers
    Green and red peppers
    Mushrooms
    Chick peas
    Beets
    Sugar snap peas
    Shredded carrots
    Green and black olives
    Feta crumbled on top

    Dressing- olive oil and raspberry vinaigrette

  3. Shayndy says:

    Romaine lettuce
    grape tomatoes
    green olives
    diced cucumbers

    with creamy dill dressing

  4. dkny says:

    Romaine or mixed baby greens
    Feta cheese
    hearts of palm
    chick peas
    baby corn
    tomatoes
    artichoke
    avocado
    lemon juice and olive oil dressing
    or
    pesto and creamy italian mixed together

  5. Romaine, avocado, corn, black beans, diced peppers, cherry tomatoes, jalapenos, shredded cheddar cheese, garlic croutons and balsamic dressing! Yum.

  6. Hindy says:

    Romaine
    feta
    chickpeas
    corn
    petite peas
    red onion
    cucumber
    grape tomatoes
    Avocado
    shredded raw beets
    kalamata olives
    sunflower seeds
    bacos
    with some light ceasar dressing

  7. Mushki says:

    Chick peas (protein boost)
    Feta Cheese
    Beets
    Spinach
    Almond slivers

  8. malkie says:

    romaine
    feta
    chick peas
    mushrooms
    broccoli
    a sprinkle of slivered almonds
    light honey mustard dressing

  9. rachelli says:

    they all sound so yummy!

  10. Fashion-isha says:

    This is such an original post! Here are my favorites:
    romaine lettuce
    red peppers
    corn
    hearts of palm
    chick peas
    feta cheese
    light ceasar dressing
    YUM!

  11. yael adler says:

    tomato
    cucumber
    broccoli
    parmesan
    black olives
    quinoa
    honey mustard dressing

  12. chava a says:

    bok choi
    purp cabage
    scallions
    craisins
    mandarine slices
    julliene carrots
    toasted sunflower seeds
    or honey roasted peanuts

    dressing:
    honey or powd sugar
    seas. rice vinegar
    soy sauce
    toasted sesame oil
    drop of hoisin

  13. Rivki Locker says:

    Here’s a great make-your-own salad that’s really best in the summer when you can get fresh local corn. In the winter, I would replace the corn with chickpeas.
    – raw corn kernels (cut right off the cob)
    – romaine
    – brown rice
    – avocado
    – black olives
    – whole blanched toasted almonds (preferably marcona)
    – lemon / olive oil dressing

  14. LorenP says:

    Romaine lettuce, chickpeas, black beans, baby corn, hearts of palm, artichokes, cucumber, tomato, cranberries, strawberries, goats cheese, almonds and balsamic dressing

  15. Frayda B says:

    In a restaurant: romaine lettuce, cucumbers, red peppers, chickpeas, canned corn,beets, shredded cheese & a creamy Italian dressing or Caesar dressing
    From home everyday for lunch on my diet: romaine, red pepper, cucumber, pickles, sliced string cheese & light mayo mixed with some Dijonaise.

  16. Dini says:

    Romaine Lettuce
    Roasted Red Peppers
    Mushrooms
    Baby Corn
    Grape Tomatoes
    Craisins
    Balsamic Dressing

  17. RochieO says:

    I love this post Chanie!
    Im one of those ppl that get so overwhelmed I never know what to do with all my options.
    Thanks now Ive got lots of good ideas:)

  18. CRA says:

    At every salad bar in Israel they have all sorts of grilled veggies, so i would have:
    Romaine lettuce
    Grilled eggplant
    Roasted red peppers
    Grilled sweet potatoes

    Topped with feta cheese
    Pesto and Garlic Mayo for dressing

    Mmmmm takes me back to those summer beach days in Israel!

  19. etti mermelstein says:

    Romaine lettuce
    Garbanzo beans
    Fresh peas
    Hearts of palm
    Hardboiled eggs
    Fresh mushrooms
    And if I’m craving salt….black and green olives

    A scoop of low fat veggie tuna and a lite balsamic dressing…mmmmm,mmmmm, good! Lol

  20. Jody says:

    romaine
    hearts of palm
    grape tomatoes
    avocado
    red onion
    crushed pareve taco/seasoned tortilla chips
    dressing: 3 T Mayo, 1/4 C canola oil, 1 T garlic, 1 tsp sugar, 1 T parsley, and 1 tsp mustard.

  21. Libby says:

    It depends on the salad bar because they all have different ingredients. But when available, I like this combination:

    spinach
    sundried or grape tomatoes
    black olives
    chickpeas
    red onion
    pine nuts
    feta cheese
    light balsamic dressing

  22. karen says:

    romaine/mesclun
    dried cranberries
    toasted slivered almonds
    purple onion
    garbanzos
    chia seeds
    Italian dressing

  23. Dasi says:

    My husband’s awesome salad!
    cherry tomatoes
    grape tomatoes
    scallions (or red onions if no scallions available)
    hearts of palm
    black olives
    baby corn
    avocado

    dressing:
    olive oil
    balsamic vinager
    lemon juice
    salt
    pepper
    garlic (fresh or powder)
    onion powder

  24. Nechama-Rachel says:

    I know it’s too late for the contest, but I love salads and wanted to share two of mine.

    7 Species Salad
    -croutons (or small chunks of well toasted bread
    -chopped dates
    -chopped figs
    -pomegranate seeds
    -cooked barley
    -sliced green olives
    -spinach
    -date honey (silan; or honey)
    -balsamic
    -olive oil

    In a bowl or plate, put down a bed of spinach. Scatter dates, figs, olives, and pomegranate seeds on top. Arrange croutons around the edge of the salad. Place a handful of (warm!) barley in the center of the salad. Pour the dressing over the barley then swirl around a little.

    Dressing: heat olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and date honey on the stove. Mix it well and let it heat up until bubbly and slightly reduced. Pour on salad immediately!

    Souped up Israeli Salad
    -diced cucumbers
    -diced tomatoes
    -diced red onion
    -diced radish or daikon
    -diced pickles
    -diced beets
    -shredded carrots (soaked in lemon juice and cumin)
    -chumus dressing or techina dressing
    (optional: parsely, cilantro, olives, leafy greens, chickpeas, etc)

    Shred carrots and let them soak in a mixture of cumin and lemon juice while preparing/chopping other ingredients. Assemble all ingredients. Toss with dressing of choice, and top with carrots.

    Chumus Dressing: Dilute chumus with lemon juice or water until desired salad-dressing consistency is reached (adds protein!)

    Techina dressing: Mix equal parts of techina, olive oil, and lemon juice. Dilute with water as needed. Spice with a bit of cumin and salt.

  25. faleen fedol says:

    I enjoy a blend of regular lettuce and baby spinach. To those i add some cherry tomatoes, craisins, chopped pecans and some chopped, warmed new york style pastrami. My dressing is rather plain for it since there is such diversity in the salad and i usually go for balsamic vinegar and oil.

  26. Liz says:

    I prefer romaine lettuce. I like to add chick peas, beets, tomatoes, red onion, celery and black olives.

  27. Sandy says:

    red leaf lettuce
    frisee
    radicchio
    artichoke hearts
    red bell pepper
    sliced celery
    persian cucumbers, sliced
    vine or Compari tomatoes, diced
    avocado
    snow peas

    Add dressing (below) and sprinkle with roasted chopped pecans

    Dressing: olive oil whisked with lemon juice and a little finely chopped garlic.

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