Sally the salad-making robot
New from Chowbotics, is a robotic vending machine named Sally who makes salads on demand.
Design & Innovation
chef Charlie Ayers
Sally the Salad Robot
If you can wait just one minute, Sally the Salad Robot will make a salad for you with your choice of 21 seasonal ingredients.
Fresh from the Redwood, California-based food robotics company Chowbotics, Sally the Salad Robot is a modern take on a vending machine that will produce individual green salads in literally thousands of combinations of ingredients in under a minute.
Measuring 31.7 by 33.2 in (80.5 by 84.3 cm), Sally is essentially a smart vending machine that houses multiple plastic canisters of fresh salad ingredients, such as: seared chicken breast, romaine lettuce, cabbage, kale, spinach, cherry or plum tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, sun-dried cranberries, mixed bell peppers, Kalamata olives, California walnuts, crunchy wonton chips, Parmesan cheese, chopped onions, tomatoes, croutons, feta cheese, salt, garlic and parsley, and multiple types of toppings and salad dressing such as black peppercorn ranch and honey mustard vinaigrette—of course, the proprietor has the option of choosing their own 21 ingredients for use within .
The canister system helps keep the ingredients both fresh and sanitary.
Precise calorie counts are also maintained, so the consumer can build a salad to their own dimensions.
Sally is no sous chef, however, so it does not chop or dice the fresh ingredients to size. For a pre-order price of US$30,000, owners will still have to prep the ingredients themselves or purchase the prepared ingredients from another source.
To get Sally The Salad Robot to work, a bowl is placed in the exit slot. Customers have the option of either building their own bowl based on the 21 ingredients, where the canister release the ingredients down into or choosing one of the pre-set salads created by Chowbotics executive chef Charlie Ayers.
Sally the Salad Robot has been installed at the Galvanize shared workspace in San Francisco, California, and is aimed, according to Chowbiotics at cafeterias, restaurants, hotels and other commercial venues.