The Garden Bar in Portland — a great spot for a salad

Sometimes, you just want a great salad for lunch, one that isn’t loaded up with a lot of the unhealthy items most restaurants put on them so they can think they’re being creative and charge you more in the process.

Portland's Garden Bar, one of its five locations.
Portland’s Garden Bar, one of its five locations.

That’s why I prefer make-your-own salad bars, I can pick — and pay for — only the ingredients I want, avoiding any high in salt or fat. Knowing my salad bar preference, my daughter found a really good one for us to have lunch at during my recent Portland, Ore., trip — the Garden Bar.

The Garden Bar isn’t exactly make your own. Ingredients are under glass and a staffer makes the salad to your specifications. Or you can choose one fo their pre-planed salads. Both the people I was eating with went with pre-planned house salads, I made my own since the menu salads often have one or more items, like nuts, that I don’t eat.

I started with a base of spring greens, went with tomatoes, cucumbers, artichoke hearts, beets, carrots and cranberries. Six items come for the basic price. Meats are extra but I didn’t want any, so it was fine. I also was able to get oil and vinegar rather than any pre-made, high-salt dressing.

My Garden Bar salad
My Garden Bar salad
I loved this sign
I loved this sign

The atmosphere was fresh and exceedingly clean with a bit of offbeat humor in a sign I really enjoyed.

If you’re looking for a light lunch in Portland, I recommend one Garden Bar’s five locations.

 

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