Have you ever decided to go grocery shopping on an empty stomach and found yourself eyeing the salad bar and salivating? The only thing that stopped you from diving headfirst into the leafy iceberg lettuces and plump sliced tomatoes is the fact that you know you’ll have to walk your plate full of goodies to an awaiting deli clerk who will drop your box on the scale, and this might get you reeling at the thought of the sticker price.

By the time you finally make it to the checkout line, you realize the $10 in your pocket surely won’t pay for the chicken breast and sliced eggs you topped off your spinach greens with. At this stage, what can you do to alleviate the situation? Relax, now your stressful weight-versus-portion game is over. Commence your salad eating days without the carnival-type guessing game with your selections.

The Salad Bowl Café in Beverly Hills exists as an awesome and guilt-free way to enjoy your favorite salad at your own discretion without any scales or measurements required. At the Salad Bowl Café, you are given creative license to put together whatever salad fits your mood, outfit, wild personality or dietary restrictions.

You will fall head over heels in love when walking in, for humans are very visual creatures, and the Salad Bowl Café prominently displays all of the delicious items you can add to your salad through a looking glass. Your options are simple: Choose eight or 12 items, depending on how much food you think you can eat. You have the option of choosing from a master crafted salad compliments of the Salad Bowl Chef, or you can create your own tasty salad with all the toppings and dressings of your choosing.

You’re give the opportunity to pick your most desired items from the bottom up, starting with either one or more varieties of lettuces like iceberg, romaine, spring mix and spinach. From there, more than 40 different toppings can be added to your salad: tomatoes, apples, baby corn, green onions, carrots, peaches, red onions, radishes, strawberries, beets, black and green olives, zucchini, pineapple, celery and mushrooms.

Not to be overlooked are toppings like chick peas, water chestnuts, raisins, craisins, hominy, pepperoncini, mandarin oranges and artichoke hearts. A bevy of cheeses also comes into play: cottage cheese, mozzarella, cheddar, parmesan, feta, blue and colby-jack. Our carnivorous friends are able to add some of their favorite meats, such as ham, bacon turkey, pepperoni and chicken.

Thank the plexiglass between you and your private salad-concocting chef for properly displaying the yummy contents you mix into your salad, because there’d be no way to write all of the delectable items on one wall!

Before fully dressing your salad, you can add in traditional dazzlers like peanuts, almonds, walnuts, croutons and sunflower seeds. Dressings like creamy Italian, balsamic vinaigrette, champagne vinaigrette, chipotle and homestyle ranch as well as Greek, olive oil, vinegar and fresh salsa come in a variety of options that can be drizzled on top of your marvelous creation.

The Salad Bowl Café also boasts homemade soups that vary by day and as well as three to five topping-stuffable potatoes. With locations opening up soon in Westwood Village and Mid-City to join the Beverly Hills location, people should be running, not walking, to their nearest Salad Bowl Café. The exercise might make you a bit hungrier when you get there, but you and your stomach will be satisfied when you leave – with leftovers!

For more information, call (310) 858-8432 or visit saladbowlcafe.com.