Best Whole Foods Salad Bar!
Posted on 01 / 27 / 2012
I've been to so many Whole Foods in so many states (around 8 or 9 states), I've lost track. This one has the healthiest and largest selection for vegans I've ever seen. Most of the salad bar items are organic, unlike at many WFs. Vegan items are labelled vegan, and vegetarian items are labeled vegetarian. In addition to the usual salad fixin's they offer 3 different hummus's, 2 of which are vegan, pita bread, excellent dolmas (stuffed grape leaves), and more. There's a regular hot foods section and a McDougall healthy-vegan-low fat hot foods section serving various bean and grain dishes, including a chick pea dish and curried lentils. The McDougall section also offered a potato dish. During one visit I counted 17 salad dressings and another time, 19 salad dressings, some of which are Follow Your Heart Brand and vegan. My favorite was the vegan "honey" mustard. The soup section offered a delicious curried chickpea soup both times I was there.
The sandwich prep station offered 4 vegan sandwiches, along with a list of which breads were vegan. I had the roasted vegetables and pesto sandwich on panini. Delicious but could have used more pesto. Several the prepared pizzas were vegan as well.
They also offer WF-made vegan cookies (I tried the chocolate chip which was average and the peanut butter which was excellent.) Toward the back of the store they offer vegan chocolates, of which I tried several varieties (pineapple, cherry cordials, blueberry, butterscotch) and found the cherry cordials to be the best.
For those who like Alive & Radiant brand Kale Krunch, you're in luck because they carry it here and at cheaper prices than Maryland where I live. It was on sale $1.00 off, and I bought as many as I could fit in my suitcase.
Overall, this is one of my favorite WF stores in the country and has hands down the best salad bar for vegans and for anyone who wants to eat healthfully.
Large, organic salad bar., Very vegan-friendly store + salad bar., Vegan sandwiches & baked goods.