One benefit of the health craze of the ’80’s was the fact that many of the biggest fast food chains started selling all kinds of pre-packaged salads. I don’t just mean an Altoids-sized box of lettuce with a lonely tomato on top. I mean a real salad. Some restaurants event went as far as to have full-blown salad bars (e.g. Burger King & Carl’s Jr.)
Alas, it seems the days of an easy break from the usual fried fare are slipping away. Burger King has discontinued salads at most of their locations. McDonald’s is down to a multi-purpose salad shaker you can get with or without chicken, and even smaller chains are dropping salads and adding more burgers. Not that there’s anything wrong with burgers. But even a burger-lover like me needs a break now and then.
I have been contemplating this loss ever since I visited my local Burger King, where they use the remains of their once extensive salad bar to store extra napkins, salt packets, and condiments. Like the sneeze-guard is really fulfilling it’s purpose in live protecting the ketchup pump from drooling patrons.