Cooking for Two? Buy Dinner Ingredients From the Salad Bar

I love salad bars—not the scary, wilted-food kind, but the good ones at awesome grocery stores. And when you're cooking for one or two, they can be a lifesaver for dinner. Here's how you can shop for dinner ingredients at the salad bar:Shopping the salad bar takes the prep work out of your meal and allows you to purchase just the right ingredient amounts. Yes, you'll pay by the pound, but if you were buy all the ingredients off the shelf it would cost a small fortune. So instead grab some greens from your produce department and then pack a separate small box with all the trimmings. It's a great way to get small amounts of what you want when you're only cooking (well, assembling) for a small number of people.

What are your favorite salad bar toppings? Marinated olives and onions? Pickled beets? Feta cheese? Share your must have list in the comments below!

Related: Olive Bars vs. Pre-Packaged Olives: Which Do You Prefer?

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