Best Salad Bars In Chicago

December 2, 2010 1:50 PM

Best Salad Bar In Chicago

Calorie filled food is everywhere. Aside from cooking at home or bringing your own lunch, there’s little we can do to avoid calories and fat while eating out. Salad bars are a great option when you can’t prepare your own meals. Salad bars allow you to control your portions and what food is going on your plate.

From decadent to deli, these are our picks for some of the best salad bars in Chicago. Have another salad bar we missed? Tell us where to find it below.

Fogo de Chao

661 N La Salle St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 932-9330

While Fogo de Chao is known as a Brazillian Steakhouse, it is also home to one of the best salad bars in the city. With over 30 gourmet items to choose from, you’ll forget your there for the unlimited meat! On this massive salad bar you’ll find, fresh vegetables, imported cheese, cured meats, olives, fruit, and more. If you’re only opting for the salad bar, take advantage of their discounted price.

Featured Salad Bar Items:

24 Month, Aged Parmesan
Aged Manchego Cheese
Brazilian Hearts of Palm
Artichoke Bottoms
Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Fresh Mozzarella
Smoked Salmon
Italian Salami
Jumbo Asparagus
Shitake Mushroom

Jason’s Deli

1258 S. Canal St.
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 850-0547
(See additional Chicagoland locations online)

Jason’s Deli seems to be setting up shop all over Chicagoland. The news of a fresh, reasonably priced deli has spread quickly among sandwich fans. One of the best features of Jason’s Deli, is by far, their salad bar. With unlimited eats for only $7.95, what’s not to love? Fresh made potato salad, garlic toast, pasta salad, and their famous gingerbread muffins, is what you’ll find on this sensational bar. Bonus- over half of the salad bar is organic!

Featured Salad Bar Items:

Signature Gingerbread Muffins
Three Bean Salad
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
Cottage Cheese
Organic Fruits & Veggies
Banana Pudding


222 North Columbus Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 228-9920

Bockwinkel’s grocery store is a lunch time gem. With amazing specials, coupon offers, and fresh food, this grocery store is as busy as any restaurant during lunch hours. Spend $6 or more on the salad bar and you can use their $2 off coupon! Print one yourself on their website, or get one from a cashier after every lunch purchase.

Featured Salad Bar Items:

Pasta Salad Assortment
Fresh Fruit
Cottage Cheese
Bean Salads

Sultan’s Market

2057 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 235-3072

With over 30 ingredients to choose from, this salad bar is one of the best parts of the Wicker Park restaurant scene. Known for their falafel and Middle Eastern quinine, Sultan’s also houses a vast salad bar. The variety of toppings, and affordable price, at only $5.95 a pound, it’s easy to see why Sultan’s is always bustling. Lincoln Park residents, check out Sultan’s other location at 252 N. Clark Street.

Featured Salad Bar Items:

Stuffed Grape Leaves
Jerusalem Salad
Variety Of Cheeses

Mac Kelly’s Greens & Things

177 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 899-9022

Mac Kelly’s has been serving the Chicago Loop for over 25 years. With a salad bar featuring 80+ items, it’s no mystery how they’ve stayed in business so long. With tons of fresh fruit, vegetables, cheeses, beans, and peas to choose from, there’s something for everyone at Mac Kelly’s. The quick, to-go atmosphere makes this is a well known hot spot for those of us living or working in the loop.

Featured Salad Bar Items:

Marinated Mushrooms
Variety Of Beans
Pasta Salad

Have another salad bar we missed? Tell us where to find it below. — Lauren Wulf, CBS Local Chicago

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