I was at one of my friend's home when she was preparing a buffet for a large crowd of people. She sent her husband to a local fast-food restaurant to get containers of already prepared salads. She put them in a bowl of her own and served the large salad to her guests.
I thought that was a fabulous idea. The salads are not that expensive. There is more lettuce and goodies in one of those plastic containers than it looks like there is. The convenience is fantastic. What is one of the things that becomes so hard when entertaining - the preparing of all the food. Why not find some quick and easy steps to lighten the load? You really could use any near-by fast-food restaurant that carries salads. My friend used a fast-food pizza restaurant for her salads. Please go to the one you feel has the tastiest salads.
I go to our near-by Jack-In-The-Box for my salads. I like all of them - The Southwestern, The Club, The Oriental, etc. Each salad costs around $4.95. When you figure up the amount of goodies you would have to buy to make that same salad, the amount of time it will take to chop up everything, and the shopping involved at the grocery store to find all the ingredients, I thing $4.95 sounds like a great buy. Not only that, they give you a nice sized single serving of dressing which will top off the salads of your choice.
I know the next time I have the Super Bowl Party at my house I'm going to Jack-In-The-Box for the lettuce.