Salad bars conjure up images of elegant, labor-intensive efforts that require massive amounts of different vegetables, dishes and staff to keep everything filled. It comes as a surprise to many people to discover that you can set up simple, temporary salad bars quickly and easily. These salad bars add an element of fun and nutrition to any meal. Temporary salad bars can be set up for outdoor events, picnics and even at home for a quick, easy and fun dinner idea.
Find a suitable table for the salad bar. If there is a refrigeration system nearby, the table does not need any special cooling devices. If there is no refrigeration available, locate one of the salad-bar table toppers that are sold in home centers or on the Internet. These inflatable table toppers can be packed with ice, which will keep the salad ingredients cold for hours.
Select bowls or dishes for the food. Bowls of various sizes and materials will suffice, including disposables for outdoor temporary salad bars.
Set up the temporary salad-bar table. The food in an outside salad bar will do best in a cool, shady spot.
Plan the salads to include fruits and vegetables of various colors and textures. Try to include as many healthy items as possible. For instance, choose leafy greens instead of iceberg lettuce, and both cooked and fresh vegetables of varying colors. A mix of vegetables will include a good mix of vitamins, and the more colorful the fruits and vegetables the more vitamins they contain.
Add toppings to the temporary salad bar. Again, concentrate on healthy toppings. Low-fat feta cheese is a delicious salad topping and does not contain as much fat as many cheeses do. Eggs, nuts and seeds are other healthy toppings that will add flavor and elegance to a temporary salad bar.