A Girl Walked Into A Salad Bar

January 19, 2009

After a little relaxation at home with this furball

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We headed to Ruby Tuesday for the infamous salad bar with my padres :mrgreen: I love salad bars so much! I was starving from my smallish lunch, so my salad was piled sky-high with veggies and toppings. Dad didn’t know it, but he and I were in a competition for the biggest (because no one loves buffets more than he does). Upon declaration of the contest, he said I won for volume, but his won for topping variety.

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Not the most photogenic of dishes….

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The Layers:

  • Greens: Mixed greens + romaine + spinach
  • Veg: Carrots, peas, broccoli, zucchini, green pepper, mushroom, cucumber, beets
  • Beans: Edamame + garbanzo (2 tbsp ea.)
  • Animal: Some egg, some bacon bits, some ham, cottage cheese
  • Crunch: Croutons, saltine crackers, sunflower seeds
  • Flavor: Black olives, blue cheese, 1 apple from a mayo-based fruit salad

It was bigger than it looks (although that’s about a 9″ plate) and I’m stuffed now! But contributing to that, I also had 2 more packets of saltines, a few sips of dad’s Red Oak, a bite of the husband’s bison burger, 2 french fries and a bite of mom’s quiche! We’re a sharing-kinda-family. Thanks for taking us M + D.

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To top it all off, I had another small oatmeal cookie x2. I hope these are as healthy as they taste! My stash is slowly shrinking :(

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I’m actually typing this on my laptop in the third lane of I-85 South, near exit 132! I’m excited to sleep in my own bed tonight and wake up tomorrow for some yoga, pumpkin oats (I’ve already planned my bowl!), and a good workout. Plus tons of studying and inauguration watching.

OH and we’re supposed to get SNOW tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not just flurries – 2-4″!!

I am SO ready to get back to 100% healthy eating!

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1 Oh She Glows January 19, 2009 at 9:08 pm

haha snow…crazy!
I remember one winter in Georgia we got a few inches…it was madness!

You can have some of our snow if you want some…hehe. We have about 2 feet!

Have a great night and fun morning with your oats and yoga :)



2 VeggieGirl January 19, 2009 at 9:10 pm

Cute cat :-)

**Don’t eat any PB Cookie Larabars or Jamfrakas bars – they were recalled!!:



3 Amanda January 19, 2009 at 9:13 pm

Welcome back!


4 Priyanka January 19, 2009 at 9:14 pm

Wow that’s one huge salad! my husband is in Charlotte right now!Wasn’t expecting snow there, so he is pretty surprised.

Have a great night!


5 Marissa January 19, 2009 at 9:18 pm

Great look salad!


6 BethT January 19, 2009 at 9:19 pm

haha, hope the husband was driving… :p I just love RT’s salad bar, and wish more restaurants had salad bars!


7 Meg January 19, 2009 at 9:20 pm

What a cute fur ball! That salad is awesome!


8 BethT January 19, 2009 at 9:20 pm

Also, an advisory to you and all KERF readers: Kashi has some new granola bars that are totally awesome. I just bought a box of Dark Chocolate Coconut ones (!) that truly taste like a decadent dessert.


9 Jen January 19, 2009 at 9:21 pm

YUMMY salad!! I LOVE Ruby Tuesdays bar!!

Have a great night, hope you enjoy the snow :)


10 Marianne January 19, 2009 at 9:25 pm

Wicked salad (sans beets), and cute kitty! Love the sleepy furball :)


11 brandi January 19, 2009 at 9:26 pm

I love Ruby Tuesday’s salad bar, too. They have such great choices!

Enjoy the snow!!!


12 Squill January 19, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Ooooh, I have total salad envy right now! Yum.


13 Nicole January 19, 2009 at 9:32 pm

I seriously love Ruby Tuesday’s salad bar! It always looks so fresh and delicious.


14 zestycook January 19, 2009 at 9:33 pm

Welcome Back Kath!! Holy Salad Plate:)


15 K January 19, 2009 at 9:40 pm

LOVE the salad bar!


16 Lori January 19, 2009 at 9:40 pm

What a sweet kitty!

I had pumpkin oats this morning topped with a bit of cranberry sauce. Yum!


17 Victoria January 19, 2009 at 9:43 pm

I love salad bars! Looks great. Whoa, good luck with the snow!


18 Mel January 19, 2009 at 9:44 pm

I love salad bars! Your plate looks absolutely amazing.


19 Blondie January 19, 2009 at 9:55 pm

Yay! I work at RT and LOVE the salad bar, too! I’m glad you enjoyed it.


20 Kate January 19, 2009 at 10:03 pm

I dont know if I could finish that massive salad! Looks great.


21 Mara January 19, 2009 at 10:04 pm

OK so I seriously said “AW KITTY!” when i saw your picture!


22 Red Head, Yellow Dog January 19, 2009 at 10:08 pm

Bring on the snow! I want to snuggle in bed and watch the inauguration tomorrow! Perk of living in the South: the world shuts down over 2-4″ !


23 Sharon January 19, 2009 at 10:09 pm

Wow, that salad looks amazing!


24 Sara January 19, 2009 at 10:12 pm

Your salad looks amazing! Bundle up in that snow! :)


25 theoddbod January 19, 2009 at 10:17 pm

ouch! gotta watch out for those bars!


26 theoddbod January 19, 2009 at 10:18 pm

ps. cute kitty


27 Shelby January 19, 2009 at 10:19 pm

Cute title and same goes for the kitty =)


28 sarahH January 19, 2009 at 10:57 pm

Who here eats edamame whole and who eats just the insides?


29 Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) January 19, 2009 at 11:11 pm

Now, that’s a salad. Safe travels back home…and enjoy your pumpkin oats in the AM. Hope you get that snow!


30 Kristie January 19, 2009 at 11:14 pm

Any salad bar with cottage cheese has my heart. I haven’t been to a salad bar in ages, I need to seek one out!


31 Melissa January 19, 2009 at 11:48 pm

Ruby Tuesdays has the best salad bar!!!


32 Alison January 19, 2009 at 11:51 pm

Ah, I was really excited about the salad I made for lunch today, and then I saw your post and your salad gave my salad an inferiority complext :)

Also, totally wishing we were in the states for inauguration!!!


33 Elizabeth (thelongweigh) January 19, 2009 at 11:57 pm

That salad looks awesome and that cat is so cute!


34 Beth January 20, 2009 at 12:00 am

Have you ever heard of Sweet Tomatoes/Souplantation?

Talk about salad bars and heaven.


35 Raspberry Runner January 20, 2009 at 12:30 am

love the ruby tuesday’s salad bar!!

I-85 S?? are you from around atlanta, too??!


36 Raspberry Runner January 20, 2009 at 12:32 am

totally typed the url wrong in that last one…


37 seelee live (for the love of peanut butter) January 20, 2009 at 12:36 am

hey kath-isn’t it fun getting back to normal scheduled eating–what is that pattern you call it?? there are certain times of year we eat more than usual…. i can’t remember it now. but anyways..!

salad looks beautiful, didnt know ruby’s had a Salad Bar. i like the title, too. so creative!!

yummy pumpkin oats i can already smell them!!!!!


38 Denise January 20, 2009 at 12:50 am

Awwww, Cute kitty!

What a salad! Wow!


39 Sarah (lovINmytummy) January 20, 2009 at 12:56 am

I respectfully disagree with you…that is a very photogenic salad! Nice work!

Love the planning of the oats the night before (I’m the same way).


40 Ansley (The VD) January 20, 2009 at 5:41 am

I used to work at Ruby Tuesday, and I feel like it’s only fair if I let people in on a few things – especially about the crutons. They’re delicious, I know, I’ve scarfed my fair share.
Then I was asked to make them…

They’re actually deep fried. The cubes of buttered bread are taken out of their boxes, and dumped straight into the frier. Just like a french fry. In the same grease as fries and onion rings.

Thought I’d let you know, I don’t know if that changes anything.


41 smilesara January 20, 2009 at 6:28 am

hi all –
on the subject of salad bars can someone fill me in on some other chain restaurants that have good salad bars other than ruby tuesdays?


42 SH January 20, 2009 at 7:14 am

Yum, that salad looks great! The cookie container looks huge – at first I thought it was Raisin Bran at the bottom!


43 Beth January 20, 2009 at 8:29 am


They have limited locations, but Sweet Tomatoes/Souplantation does a really great spread. They also have bread, pasta, soup, dessert; while it’s easy to go un-healthy, they have many options for vegetarians and low-fat. When you walk in it’s about a 20 foot long bar of just vegetables, it’s wonderful.


44 rhodeygirl January 20, 2009 at 8:46 am

yay for the inauguration! the salad looks yummy.


45 Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday January 20, 2009 at 8:48 am

That salad looks great!!!!

Welcome home!


46 caitlin (see bride run) January 20, 2009 at 9:05 am

hey! i like the coffee maker. the only trouble is that the water tank doesnt have a large mouth so its difficult to get the water in without spilling when you are half asleep. otherwise, its awesome :) i would get it again!


47 Kath January 20, 2009 at 9:06 am

sarahH ,
I just eat the inside – I didn’t know you could eat the outside! I’ll have to try it.

seelee live,
The Squiggly Line Effect!?

Ansley ,
Good to know, but it doesn’t change anything! I only eat about 5 croutons per salad anyways.

caitlin ,
Awesome! What’s the model number if you don’t mind sharing?



48 skinnyrunner January 20, 2009 at 9:47 am

salad bars are my fav bc you can put all the weird stuff you like on them, i love tons of pickle slices, and the healthy stuff you want instead of fried bacon, cheese and a side of lard.


49 runjess January 20, 2009 at 12:08 pm

Wow, I actually want to go to Ruby Tuesday now.

And you’re still eating healthy–don’t worry!


50 sarah January 20, 2009 at 6:11 pm

I LOVE ruby tuesdays salad bar!!!!! yum!!!!!!!


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