Ever craved a salad for lunch but just can’t be bothered with chopping up all the vegetables to make one? Aptly-named Chowbotics has developed a robot that can significantly speed up the time it takes to prepare your vegfest.

Although designed for salad bars and restaurants that need to make hundreds of salads a day, there’s no reason why salad obsessives can’t benefit too, although you will need to invest a fairly substantial chunk of money to buy one.

Sally the Salad Robot has the space for 21 different salad ingredients and can make a seven-ingredient salad in less than a minute.

She’ll keep the ingredients fresh and in a hygienic atmosphere, with the capacity to make 40 salads without the need to refill. Each canister is monitored, giving business the opportunity to track the condition of the ingredients and how much is left at any time.

For business that want to encourage self-service, Sally can be integrated with a card reader to take payments on the spot.

Although Chowbotics has partnered up with ex-Google chef Charlie Ayres and assistant Kelly Olazar to come up with a hearty and healthy menu of different salads, customers and venues can come up with their own combinations too.

“Having spent my career in Silicon Valley, the intersection of food and technology has always fascinated and inspired me,” Ayers explained. “I am proud to collaborate with the Chowbotics team to bring robotics to food service. This is the future.”

Sally the Salad Robot is the perfect solution for busy restaurants, university and work canteens, hotels, airports and shopping centres that want to boost their income without employing more staff.

“We are committed to investing in technology and education that is accessible to anyone with the determination and drive, ability and aptitude to learn the skills they need to not only transform their lives but also their communities,” Chowbotics customer and investor Galvanize said. “This innovative technology is creating additional options for people to access nutrition and enhance productivity while they learn, work and grow.”