* Click here for rating key
Salad Shoppe Restaurant Review: Salinas is known as the “Salad Bowl of the World,” and no lunch or dinner spot embodies that nickname as well as the Salad Shoppe. Grab a tray, plate and cutlery and then cruise down the 25-foot-or-so-long salad bar. Three choices of greens (spinach, mixed greens and lettuce, usually) are followed by house-made goodies such as balsamic pasta, macaroni and potato salads, then more than 60 ingredients from beets and jícama to tofu and peperoncini. At the end of the bar, top off your custom creation with dressing and garnishes such as fried chow mein noodles, bacon bits or croutons, and then check out for under $10. Soft-serve ice cream comes with each meal, and you can add house-made soup, containers of shrimp or chicken or a beverage for just a bit more. Pre-made salads and wraps make the process even speedier. Eating light, fresh and local never tasted so good.