Salad Restaurant

1. What is a sustainable salad restaurant?

A recent trend in the restaurant industry is the emergence of restaurants that serve only salads.  It’s a pseudo deli style restaurant serving big, delicious salads as a main dish.  Customers choose the ingredients they want in their salads, and employees mix the pre-prepared ingredients (organic chopped veggies, dressing, nuts, seeds, diced and grilled tofu or free range chicken, etc.) in a large mixing bowl before serving it on a plate or in a take-out container.  These types of meals are healthy and tend to have lower carbon footprints, since they are mostly veggies and have small or no meat portions.  An alternative business model would be to allow customers to create their own salads from your prepared ingredients and pay by weight or by the size of plate.

Demand for healthy food continues to grow, and sustainable salad restaurants constitute a fantastic outlet for health-seeking patrons who want ‘fast’ meals that are full of whole, unprocessed foods, relatively light on calories and fats, available for take-out, and costing between $7 and $15.  One possibility, if you don’t want to buy a business planning document from us and start this business on your own, is to purchase a franchise from Salad Creations, a growing franchise chain in this industry.

2. What required knowledge or skills are necessary?

There are no formal educational or training requirements for this job.  However, the work is strenuous and requires that the worker be able to be on their feet for extended periods of time, be well-organized, a good ‘people person’, and be able to lift up to 25 pounds.

3. How much money is required to start?

$$   (on a scale of $ to $$$$$)

4. What is the income potential?

$$$-$$$$   (on a scale of $ to $$$$$)

5. What is the best location for a Sustainable Salad Restaurant?

Urban (best), semi-urban (very good), suburbs (very good), rural (fair/poor).

6.  Three best questions to ask yourself to find out if this business is right for you (if you can answer yes to all three, this business might be for you):

Do you enjoy serving people?
Do you have a passion for healthy food?
Are there a lot of health-conscious consumers in your area?


Interested in starting one in your community? Where do you begin?  What permits do you need?  Who is your target customer?  How do you find them?  What is the best use of your limited advertising dollars?  What’s the best way to attract a great employee or volunteer?  What does an average day look like?  What strategic tips do veteran eco-entrepreneurs suggest for startups like you?

There’s a lot to think about.  Rest easy.  Our mission is to help you succeed, so drop us a line (  We’ll get you a business planning document to get you on your way for ONLY $199!  We also guarantee our work, so if you are not satisfied, you get your money back!*

Take a look at a sample table of contents and a few sample excerpts from similar plans here.   In essence, we’ll provide you the What, When, Where, and How…you provide the Who!

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