although I am a big fan of consistency and food cost control I did not find it worthwhile with salad catering…there is such a markup that I was more concerned to get the business regularly and make them look great…prices range from $20 for a half tray of tossed salad to $55 for a full tray of grilled chicken caesar salad
what I can tell you is that presentation is almost as important as the food itself…we use the full and 1/2 aluminum trays & covers, 16oz plastic containers for dressing, plastic salad spoons for serving, and prepackaged plasticware and heavy duty plates
Thanks for your help…I have question about catering to 270 people, how many trys will I need to feed them, how much should I charge for the order of hand tost salad per try or per order. Should I buy it redy bag of salad from Sams or costco or make it from scratch. What are my cost in doing so. Please let me know…Thanks
a Half Tray serves approximately 8-10 people. a full, 16-20.
So if 270 people, i would guestimate like 13 full trays of salad. Not everyone will eat it, but you don’t want to run out. If your making it on your own, you’ll need: 26 Heads of Lettuce, 36 Tomatoes, 6 Onions, Dressing.
I go to the grocery store and get an aluminum turkey roasting pan ($2). We fill it with either spring mix and fresh veggies or with ceasar salad. We supply a pair of plastic tongs ($2) also from the grocery store. The price is $40 and it serves 20 very nicely as a side for pizza. We use about 1.5 pounds of greens.