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Load up for later
It’s the curse of the salad bar—you load up on tasty fixings, only to be shocked at the sky-high price when you set your items on the scale. But you can turn the salad bar into a savings vehicle if you know how to work the system. The key is to load up only on the highest-value ingredients—and instead of eating them immediately, save them for later.
We visited several salad bars at grocery stores in Toronto to find the best deals. At Longo’s, salad bar items are priced at $2.19 per 100g while Whole Foods charges $2.29 per 100g. Don’t bother filling your container with things like beans or grape tomatoes, which may be cheaper elsewhere in the store. Instead, load up on star ingredients like bacon bits, cheese and grilled chicken. We even found the Mediterranean salad was cheaper at the bar when compared with the pre-packaged section for sale elsewhere in the store.
Best of all, you can fill up as much as you want. We emptied an entire container of dried cranberries with not even a weird glance from the cashier. Here are the ingredients that are worth their weight at the salad bar, and then some. Load up!