IF your idea of making a summer salad is chopping up a bit of cos and cucumber, then think again. A new independent salad bar called Mixed has just opened its doors in Westover Road, opposite Bournemouth Pavilion, with a choice of 48 different items.

Owner Martin Smith, a trained chef, told Taste: “We have a passion for using fresh, local produce sourced from the surrounding areas.

“Our aim is to deliver wholesome, tasty food with great customer service There are 48 items and over 22 dressings available to create a personalised, bespoke salad for everyone.

“It can be suitable for all dietary requirements. We always provide salads which are freshly chopped, healthy and most of all mixed with love. We aim to be healthy as much as possible, as I believe that has benefits to all aspects of your life, but we don’t push it onto people.

“We cater for vegans and vegetarians, but everyone is welcome, we aren’t just vegan or vegetarian based.

“We have just started using a local woman who bakes vegan and gluten dairy free cakes.”

Martin added: “I have worked at Dorset’s only Michelin starred restaurant to retain its star, so therefore I have a good understanding and love for good, fresh and local produce as much as possible.”

Other options like porridge in the morning, smoothies, soups, hot and cold drinks are also available.