Salad Bar Essentials: Creating A Healthy Mix
The salad bar is a remarkable innovation that we take pride in providing at our steakhouse locations in Phoenix and Mesa, Arizona. With so many ingredients available to you, the possibilities are truly endless for what you can take back to the table.
While some visit the unlimited salad bar purely for the flavors and to tide them over until their steak arrives, many opt for our salad bars as a healthy meal choice. Just saying you are heading to the salad bar is enough to make you feel relatively healthy, but it’s important to remember that not all salad fixings are created equal. In fact, if you choose certain items, you could end up with a bowl with much more calories and fat than nutrition.
On the other hand, if you choose wisely, you can end up with an incredibly healthy meal that provides you with essential nutrients and satisfies your appetite. We have a variety of healthy ingredients in our Sizzler salad bars that are locally grown right here in Arizona, which is why for this week’s blog, we are diving into the top ingredients to include in your salad bowl to ensure a healthy salad recipe that leaves you feeling fully nourished.
Most Nutritional Salad Bar Ingredients
Dark Leafy Greens
By skipping past the iceberg lettuce, which offers some crunch but next to no nutritional value, and heading to the dark side, your body will surely thank you. Dark leafy greens like kale, spinach, and arugula are rich in nutrients, which is what gives them their darker appearance. One bowl of these greens will give your body its needed supply of vitamin A, B, C, K, and numerous antioxidants. So for starting off your healthy creation at the salad bar, these are a must.
When you think of healthy salad ingredients, this is sure to be at the forefront of your mind — and for good reason. Packed with dozens of nutrients, broccoli is a powerful antioxidant that benefits your body in a multitude of ways. So if you’re looking to keep it healthy and add some of the crunch that you’re missing from skipping the iceberg lettuce, broccoli is your best bet.
Add some color and carotene to your salad bar creation with some fresh, locally grown carrots. Carotene has shown to be beneficial for vision, as well as preventing cardiovascular disease and some cancers.
Not only do these add a little boost of flavor to any salad, they also are great for adding a dose of vitamin C to your salad. In fact, one cup of chopped red pepper has almost three times as much vitamin C as an orange.
Olive Oil and Vinegar
One of the greatest mistakes made by those who go to the salad bar with the intention of returning with a healthy bowl of ingredients is in the last ingredient added — the dressing. While they may be delicious, creamy dressings add unnecessary fat and calories to your salad. Even lighter vinaigrettes can contain high amounts of sugar as well. What’s the safest bet? Dress your salad with a drizzle of oil and vinegar.
These are just a few of the wide variety of healthy ingredients we offer at our world famous Sizzler salad bar. We hope that you will add them to your personal salad recipe at home or on your next time out dining with us in Phoenix or Mesa! Stop in our steakhouse with the family to enjoy our all-you-can-eat salad bar, the best steak in town, and friendly service.