Salads are favorite foods among Americans for many reasons. These can be made with just about anything available in the refrigerator – meats including shredded chicken, vegetables from cubed potatoes to leafy greens, and fruits from apples to peaches. Even the dressings can be as simple as a vinaigrette or as complex as a Thousand Island.
With salads being considered as staple food on the table, the food industry has risen to the occasion, thus, the popularity of salad-centric restaurants. The Chopt Creative Salad Company is among the fastest-rising stars in the competitive industry – and you will understand why when you eat in one of its restaurants.
Below are the latest Chopt menu prices.
|Kale Caesar Salad (Plain)||$7.99|
|Kale Caesar Salad (Grilled Chicken)||$9.69|
|Mexicali Vegan Salad||$9.99|
|Palm Beach Salad (Plain)||$9.29|
|Palm Beach Salad (Grilled Chicken)||$10.99|
|Palm Beach Salad (Shrimp)||$12.99|
|Santa Fe Salad||$8.99|
|Classic Cobb Salad||$11.99|
|California Steakhouse Salad||$11.49|
|Mexican Caesar Salad (Plain)||$8.19|
|Mexican Caesar Salad (Grilled Chicken)||$9.89|
|Kebab Cobb Salad (Plain)||$9.29|
|Kebab Cobb Salad (Grilled Chicken)||$10.99|
|Spicy Cashew Soba Noodle Bowl||$9.49|
|Texas Po'Boy Salad||$10.49|
|Mendocino Market Grain Salad||$8.99|
|Smoky Santa Cruz Grain Salad||$9.29|
|Spicy Shanghai "Noodle Bowl"||$9.99|
Destination Salads & Sandwiches
|Shrimp Summer Roll Salad or Sandwich||$10.99|
|Nashville Hot Chicken Caesar Salad or Sandwich||$10.49|
|Cape Cod Shrimp Roll Salad or Sandwich||$10.99|
|Key West Jerk Chicken Salad or Sandwich||$10.99|
|Mexican Caesar Salad Sandwich (Plain)||$8.19|
|Mexican Caesar Salad Sandwich (Grilled Chicken)||$9.89|
|Kebab Cobb Salad Sandwich (Plain)||$9.29|
|Kebab Cobb Salad Sandwich (Grilled Chicken)||$10.99|
|Kebab Cobb Salad Sandwich (Falafel)||$9.99|
|Santa Fe Salad Sandwich||$8.99|
|California Steakhouse Salad Sandwich||$11.49|
|Palm Beach Salad Sandwich (Plain)||$9.29|
|Palm Beach Salad Sandwich (Grilled Chicken)||$10.99|
|Palm Beach Salad Sandwich (Shrimp)||$12.99|
|Mexicali Vegan Sandwich||$9.99|
|Kale Caesar Salad Sandwich||$7.99|
|Classic Cobb Salad Sandwich||$11.99|
|Texas Po'Boy Salad Sandwich||$10.49|
|Customer Craft Salad||$8.49|
|Customer Craft Sandwich||$8.49|
|Chopt Blend (Baby Kale, Lacinato Kale, Spinach, Wild Arugula, Napa Cabbage)||$0.79|
|Romaine, Kale, Spinach or Kale, Broccoleaf & Purple Cabbage Blend||$0.00|
|FreeBird Grilled Chicken, Panko Fried Chicken or Chipotle Chicken||$2.99|
|BN Ranch Grass-Fed Steak||$3.99|
|Sea to Table Wild Shrimp||$4.49|
|Niman Ranch Smoked Bacon||$1.99|
|Premium Vegetables (Hearts of Palm, Roasted Seasonal Squash or Mama Lil's Spicy Peppers)||$0.99|
|Grains & Beans (Quinoa Cauliflower "Rice", Tri-Color Quinoa, Quinoa, Lentil & Millet Blend or Soba Noodles)||$0.99|
|Local Goat, Blue Cheese, Local Feta, Cotija Cheese or Parmesan||$0.99|
|Cage-Free Egg Whites||$0.99|
|Crunch (Sonoma Creamery Parmesan & Quinoa Crisps, Fried Onions, California Walnuts, Dried Cranberries or Sliced Almonds)||$0.99|
|Saratoga Springs Natural Spring Water||$1.79|
|Saratoga Sparkling Water||$2.29|
|Spindrift Seltzer Water||$2.29|
|La Colombe Cold Brew||$3.99|
Sweets and Snacks
|Chocolate Chip Cookie||$1.29|
|Mini Dark Chocolate Brownie||$1.29|
|Sea Salt Caramel (1 Pc.)||$0.69|
|Sea Salt Caramel (2 Pc.)||$0.99|
|Way Better Chips||$1.99|
|Boulder Canyon Chips||$1.49|
In the 1990s, Tony Shure and Colin McCabe developed the idea for Chopt while they were studying at the University of Wisconsin. The duo eventually founded Chopt Creative Salad Company in 2001 with the vision of providing people with farm-fresh delicious salads. The salads weren’t just your run-of-the-mill salads since most of the ingredients were chopped to ensure the delectable tastes and textures were experienced with every bite.
Today, the chain has several restaurants in New York City, Washington D.C. and Charlotte, North Carolina. The owners, which include Shure and McCabe as well as several investors, has expansion plans in the Eastern Seaboard.
What They’re Famous For
At every Chopt restaurant, the menu focuses on salads and salad dressings although there are also several wrap varieties available. The wraps, known as salad sandwiches, are basically salads wrapped in fresh tortillas for customers who want an on-the-go option. Diners receive their salads with the ingredients chopped smaller than in other salad-centric restaurants.
The chain is also known for its dedication to using healthy substitutes. Sugar, for example, isn’t used as a sweetener in the salad dressings since honey and agave nectar are used instead. The substitution translates to lower sugar content without sacrificing the sweet component, not to mention that honey and agave nectar adds more subtle flavors to the dressings.
Why Eat Here
The Chopt prices are higher than in comparable salad bars and restaurants. But this is to be expected as the salad-centric restaurant chain offers upscale products and services, which diners say are among the best in the industry. When you consider the quick service, beautiful food presentation, and delicious salads, you will be more than willing to pay for them, too.
During the peak hours, usually at lunchtime, the lines can be long with many restaurants actually having lines snaking down the street. But the wait doesn’t last long since the chain’s owners consider waits longer than 10 minutes to be unacceptable. The chain’s assemblers, choppers and cashiers are trained for 20-30 hours in their jobs before they are even allowed to take their front-line positions.
You will also appreciate that each of the assemblers are familiar with every ingredient on the menu. You have a knowledgeable person who can take you through the 24 homemade dressings, 55 ingredients, and six lettuces for a great salad every time. Your choices in ingredients include roasted beets, peppadew peppers, FreeBird grilled chicken, and gigante beans.
You also have the option of creating your own salads, grain salads, and salad sandwiches. Your repertoire of salads will not be limited to what’s on the regular menu either. Every 60 days, you can order one or all of the three seasonal salads, which has more offbeat items like tasso ham and roasted butternut squash.
Getting your favorite salads should be easy with the arrangement in each restaurant. You will line up at a long bar with three stations – the assembler station where the orders are assembled (i.e., ingredients are combined); the chopper station where the salad ingredients are chopped into a finer consistency fit to be eaten with a spoon; and the cashier station where you pay for your orders.
Diners can also choose the pre-set salads on the menu. These include the Mexican Caesar, a favorite among first-time diners, consisting of grilled chicken, jalapeno peppers, romaine lettuce, and local feat; the Kebab Cobb with spicy peppers, pita chips, and charred red onion; and Santa Fe with grape tomatoes, avocado, pepperjack, corn, and fried onions.
The chain also offers grain and noodle bowls. These are also salads in a bowl with grains and/or noodles added, such as tri-color quinoa, lentil and millet mix, and other grains.
Unlike many salad bars, the dressings are made from scratch and in small batches each day. This ensures the freshness of the dressings, which enhance the freshness of the salad’s fruit, vegetable and meat ingredients.
The proof the salad, salad sandwiches, and bowls are in the eating. You will find that, indeed, Chopt chops its competition into small pieces with the freshly-made, delicious-to-the-last bite quality of its salads including their salad dressings.
The fast casual nature ambiance of the restaurants is part of its appeal among the young crowd including students, young professionals, and businessmen as well as groups of families and friends. The 10-minute wait is such an efficient way of getting healthy meals on busy days.
To learn more about Chopt or to find a location near you, visit their website at choptsalad.com.