Memory Monday – Salad Bars

It was a busy night for me of dropping off girls at softball practice and then rushing to get to a city meeting. That meant I was on my own for supper after the meeting.

I decided to go the easy route and make a salad. As I was surveying what we had in the house to add to it I remembered when I gained a love for salads.

Spinach salad with cheese and carrots

It was when I was in Middle School. Probably 6th or 7th grade. That was the first time our family ever ate at a Bonanza Steakhouse. Even though the word “steakhouse” was in their name I don’t recall ever eating a steak there.

I was all about the all you can eat salad bar! It was my first all you can eat experience. You can imagine how cool the idea of unlimited food at a restaurant was to a pre-teen boy. I never realised how awesome a salad bar can be! They seem to quite popular among many restaurants now as well, and you can check out these salad bar ideas if you have a restaurant that wants to bring something new and fresh to it’s customers.

There was anything you could possibly want to build the perfect salad… bacon bits, hard cooked eggs, cucumber slices, peas, olives, croutons, ham chunks, and at least 6 dressings.

I took a liking to ranch. Probably because the only dressing I remember having in our house growing up was French. (The Western Dressing brand if you want to be specific. These days the only time I go for French or Western Dressing is on tacos! It’s awesome on tacos or taco salads).

There were a few years where our family ate the salad bar at Bonanza with some regularity. Probably because it was the cheapest option for feeding two growing boys!

What was your first experience with an all you can eat restaurant? Did you think it was as cool as I did?

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2 thoughts on “Memory Monday – Salad Bars”

  1. We used to spend MANY nights for dinner at the Bonanza in Mason City when I was a kid. It was inexpensive, and a quick option after ball practices and games during the week! We tease my mom and dad about it even now, because they people that worked there always knew exactly what my sister and I would order each night! (“Child’s Fish, please!”)

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