Salads have long been deemed as a safe, albeit boring, choice. Pass on ordering a Caesar for the hundredth time and head to one of the following spots offering salad bars that buck the trend. They’re fully stocked with dozens of fresh ingredients for a healthy and delicious meal. Go on and build something more exciting than the ordinary; a person can only handle iceberg lettuce and ranch dressing for so long. Listed from north to south.

R.J. Grunts

The original Lettuce Entertain You restaurant isn’t as glamorous as some of the company’s newer spots, but it’s a reliable standby that got its start with a salad bar. Just like when Rich Melman opened the doors back in 1971, diners today can gorge themselves on the all-you-can-eat bar — stocked with more than 50 ingredients — for $14.95.


If the thought of holiday shopping at Water Tower Place is making you sweat, well … you’re not alone. But take comfort in knowing there’s salvation to be found at this marketplace. Take a break from the chaotic stores and head to Foodease for a comprehensive salad bar featuring dozens of greens, seeds, fruits, grains, homemade dressings, and more.

Beatrix Market

Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises has created a spin-off of its popular all-day eatery and customers will find a host of fresh delights for a quality lunch. It’s true, healthy eating doesn’t have to be bland. Not when there are items like Japanese eggplant, roasted shiitake mushrooms, and roasted sweet potatoes to be had.