How to Setup a Salad Buffet
By Amy Hunt
For an exciting salad bar display, follow these simple tips.
- Make food look inviting with a variety of textures, colors, and garnishes.
- Offer a lot of variety in items - vegetables, fruits, pasta salads and toppings like croutons, corn chips and dressings.
- Set out deli trays of cheeses and cold cuts so guests can make chef's salads or small sandwiches.
- Stock up on beverages - soft drinks and iced tea are good choices.
- To set up your salad bar, start with plates, then assorted food items, ending on bread and rolls.
- It's also nice to serve salads from chilled bowls and platters.
- Create a salad bar with a variety of pre-made salads, i.e., Caesar salad, pasta salad and tuna salad. For a meaty salad that can also serve as a main meal for a luncheon, try flavorful mandarin chicken salad.
Cut day-old bread into small cubes. Sauté them in a little olive oil and butter (or margarine) over medium heat, tossing frequently, for about five minutes. They should look toasted and golden. Add a little finely chopped garlic or chopped fresh herbs if desired. They are great on salads or in soups.
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