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Does anything really compare to the beauty of a fresh, fully-stocked salad bar? Of course not. It’s the perfect lunchtime meal for anyone who’s busy, hungry and trying to eat healthy. So here’s our take on the five freshest salad bars in town. Grab the tongs, because the possibilities are endless.

RJGrunts
Anjali Pinto

R.J. Grunts

Open since 1970, the first Lettuce Entertain You restaurant is rumored to have invented the salad bar (#respect). Today, the bar stocks more than 50 ingredients, which change up daily. And, not to distract you from the salad, but it also serves a demonically yummy burger.

2056 Lincoln Park W.; 773-929-5363 or rjgruntschicago.com

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Sultan’s Market

Sultan’s Market

The Middle Eastern market has a salad bar stocked with 30 ingredients. You’ll find your typical fixings, along with extras like fried plantains, grape leaves and vegan salad dressings. It’s a refreshing take on an already refreshing lunch.

2057 W. North Ave.; 773-235-3072 or chicagofalafel.com

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Treasure Island Foods

Treasure Island

The locally owned grocery store has upped its salad bar game in recent years. Try to go before or after prime lunchtime hours, when competition for the broccoli salad gets fierce. There’s also a make-your-own granola bar on site.

List of Chicago locations here

Goddess

Goddess & Grocer

The name says it all--this place is a godsend for healthy, delicious food. While everyone else is waiting in line for the matzo-ball soup, get busy building your own salad. Pro tip: Staffers will chop your salad for you in back.

1127 N. State St.; 312-265-1888 or goddessandgrocer.com

2Greens

3 Greens Market

The folks behind Au Cheval now bring you the salad bar to end all salad bars. Sure, you can order a Small Cheval burger
or coffee at a 1970s-style coffee shop, but the real star of the just-opened 3 Greens Market is the 18-foot salad bar. With both hot and cold items, its offerings range from green papaya salad to fried chicken. You will never look at salad bars the same way.

354 W. Hubbard St.; 3greensmarket.com

 

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