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Salad for a Large Group

Most people can assemble a salad.  But when it comes to a large group, the question is more HOW MUCH than how to make it.  Allow me to help. People like salad more than you might realize.  The amount they eat will depend on whether it is one of your main dishes (think soup and salad) or one of many options on a buffet.

As a Side Dish

Average Salad Serving Size if it’s a Side Dish = 1.5 ounces as a side dish or a component of a buffet.

This means a 2 pound bag of lettuce will serve about 21 people as a side dish or component of a buffet.

This is 1.5 ounces of lettuce.

As a Main Dish

Average Salad Serving Size as one of two Main Courses (Soup & Salad) = about 2.5 ounces – IF you have veggie add-ins.

This means a 2 pound bag of lettuce will serve about 12 people as one of the main dishes.

This is 2.5 ounces of lettuce.

Croutons

You can plan on about 1 ounce of croutons per person.  That’s about this many.

Dressing

Ranch dressing right out of the container is difficult to pour.  More comes out than is often intended.  Your best option is to thin it out a bit with some milk.  It can then be more easily spooned up from a bowl or better dispensed from a plastic squeeze bottle.

A typical serving of dressing is 2 tablespoons which equals 1 ounce.

These two 40 ounce bottles (80 ounces total) thinned with milk will serve about 80 – 100 people.

Mixed Green Salad Side Dish for 21

1 (2 pound) bag lettuce

2 (10.5 ounces) cartons cherry tomatoes (approximate amount)

1 bell pepper – orange, cut in 1/2 inch strips

1 bell pepper – yellow, cut in 1/2 inch strips

1 red onion – sliced thin (soak slices in sugar water if too hot), optional

20 ounces salad dressing

 

Enjoy!  Your guests will surprise you with the amount of salad they’ll eat.  The above amounts will ensure they all have enough.

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