Salad Bars

Why Salad Bars?

Research shows that incorporating salad bars into school lunches increases children’s consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. Salad bars profoundly shift the typical school lunch by offering students not only variety but also choice.

Assessment and Planning

Planning for the large and small details of salad bar implementation ensures that once added, salad bars will be a permanent fixture of your school dining landscape. This section covers:


The addition of salad bars presents a learning opportunity across the district. Food service teams need systems and tools to manage daily production as well as to show the students that the salad bar is great addition to their meal. This section covers:


How does a district decide what to offer and what they can afford? The choices can be overwhelming. Creating a recipe and planning the layout and the rotation of the ingredients is integral to the success of salad bars as part of the reimbursable meal. This section covers:

Salad Bar Procurement

The menu drives everything in procurement. If there is one area that derails food expenses, it is a lack of commitment to menu cycle development. The most successful programs using salad bars are those that incorporate the salad bar as the primary “go-to” for vegetable side dishes and fruits. This section covers:

Marketing Your Salad Bar

Salad bars are an excellent way to engage the community in your food service department’s commitment to providing fresh and healthy whole foods to students every day. Parents, the school administrative teams, teachers, and the broader community can all play a part in your salad bar success. This section covers:

Salad Bar Tools & Resources

Here are all of the tools and resources from this section in one convenient place.

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