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Salad Bar Combos: What's your favorite?

Holy macaroni.....thank you everyone for your responses! This helps a lot. The Arugula+fruit+strong cheese+nut combo is one of those ones I feel like I should have thought of myself, but didn't. I love the "cuisine-themed" salad ideas, too (Asian, mediterranean, etc.)

Just in case anyone was wondering what actual items are in the bar, I wrote them down today. I'm sure this changes seasonally:

Greens: spring mix, spinach, romaine, and arugula
Cheeses: feta, blue, cheddar, and a shredded white (parmesean? mozarella? Sadly, couldn't tell from looks alone)
Veggies: beets, broccoli, cauliflower, peas, corn, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, fresh tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, red bell pepper, edamame, carrot,
Beans: kidney, garbanzo
Fruit: pineapple, dried cranberries, apples (whole) oranges (whole), plus there is frequently a mixed fruit salad-type thing available
Proteins/nuts: chicken, tiny shrimp, boiled eggs, tofu, bacon, walnuts, roasted peanuts, sunflower seeds
Others: quinoa, croutons, Goldfish
For dressings they had four types of vinegar (rice, white wine, red wine, balsalmic), EVOO, and many prepared dressings....ranch, blue cheese, italian, thousand island, honey dijon, cesar, balsalmic, and a peanut kind.

Again, thanks for all of the great ideas. I'm going to use them!

Jan 04, 2012
kellyray in General Topics

Salad Bar Combos: What's your favorite?

So...just started working at Genentech, and my nearest cafeteria has a pretty nice little salad bar. At last peek, it included things like spring mix, romaine, spinach, and arugula for greens; beans, veggies, occasional fruits, nuts, seeds, and about 8 types of dressing; croutons, eggs, tofu, little shrimp, etc. etc.). The problem is, I have absolutely no intuitive sense about which things will go with each other. Which means that I usually just end up with the same garden-style combo (greens, tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, etc.)

I'd love to hear suggestions of your favorite flavor combinations. I'd even be open to suggestions for augmenting the existing bar with items from home (I have access to a small fridge, microwave, and toaster oven).


Jan 03, 2012
kellyray in General Topics