I often shop at Aldi so I've been buying spinach, kale and the red and green mix in the container, which does need to be rinsed. Rather than making individual salads, I mix up a big batch of "base" salad. I use all of the above and then pulse carrots, celery and red peppers in the food processor and toss it all. I don't put in anything with lots of water (tomatoes, cukes) or spoils quickly (mushrooms). This big batch of base salad stays fresh four to five days. Then I add whatever I want for individual salads or wraps. I eat way more salad with this no-fuss way and it's cheaper than the smaller bags.
I just bought a container of organic spinach. I make my salads at home the night before work. I use spinach when I have it and then I'll use romaine when I don't have spinach. I'll cut up hot house cucumbers, cherry or grape tomatoes, baby bella mushrooms and sometimes I'll sprinkle a little feta. Top with a balsamic vinegar and I'm good and full.
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I shop at kroger too! They have kroger specific Simple Truth Organic that come in plastic boxes. They come in a variety of types (Baby Spinach, Power Greens, Spring Mix, etc.) and the boxes are huge!!! You can easily get 8 side salads out of each box, so if you're doing a complete meal, maybe two per box? Plus, the box works as tupperware, so half the time you wont need to bring a container home. I've also noticed they stay fresh longer then bag salads seem to. They're usually something like 3.50 each, but often they're on sale 2 for 6 bucks! not a bad deal!
There is this salad in a bag- I can't remember what brand. They come in like oriental salad, southwest salad, italian, etc. It's based mostly on cabbage, but then comes with a little packet of extras and even salad dressing. They are great. I always add things to it - like cut up oranges to the oriental one.
Another thing I do which has helped me immensely is - I got a package of small containers from the store. In them I cut up salad veggy's. Cucumbers, red onion, bell peppers, mushrooms, carrots, radishes, etc. Then, always have prewashed greens and some cherry tomatoes. Making a salad to bring with me or at home is so easy. The "work" of building a salad is already done.
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At Kroger, I always buy the Fresh Selection baby spring mix... my kids love it, and I like all the multicolored greens it has. Plus they frequently have coupons for it if you're on their mailing list with the coupons.
I agree with Zorbs on the Dole chopped salads. I tried a bag for the first time last week (had a coupon LOL) and it was really crunchy and delicious. I think I got the Southwest mix, and I added more low fat ranch to the package that was already in the bag (since I was feeding 3 people with it), and it was really tasty.
I also buy Mann's Rainbow Salad--it's a mix of julienned broccoli, cabbage and carrots. I put low fat coleslaw dressing on it with some pecans and craisins. Not too "diet" friendly, but a delicious side dish.
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I always buy baby spinach for salad- Wegman's store brand. The best part about spinach is you don't have to toss it if it doesn't all get used for salad. When it starts to wilt, sauté it with a little oil and serve it as a side or scramble eggs into it for breakfast.
I usually use whatever Walmart sells, or our local Hy-Vee. I prefer spring mix or baby spinach, but will eat others. I buy organic most of the time, but not always. I usually buy the kind in the tubs--it seems to last longer. I also think spinach lasts longer.
I usually add peppers and/or tomatoes and sometimes other veggies. If I have lots of calories left I love adding raisins or dried cranberries and nuts, like walnuts or almonds.
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It's been my absolute favorite packaged salad blend since the first time I picked up a bag. I don't know if they sell this at your preferred stores, though - I get mine at Safeway. We don't have a Kroger in my area, and I don't shop at Wal-Mart for ethical reasons.
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I like Publix spring mix and romaine mixed together the most, but I'll use just romaine if spring mix isn't on sale.
I tend to like spinach as it tends to last a little longer than regular lettuce (I will only eat iceburg in a mix or if it's on something). Sam's carries a nice organic brand that comes in a tub, but Fresh Express works, too. I usually just buy the store brand, as my local grocer where I tend to get my produce from has pretty good quality stuff.
If you can make it work for you at some point, romaine is cheaper to buy uncut and is pretty easy to chop up (and lasts longer that way if you wash just before use). I'll rinse, drain (I'll usually let it sit for a bit), blot with a towel and then chop. Sometimes, I'll pack it with a paper towel to soak up excess moisture if it seems really wet and pack toppings separately.
3/12/14 3:20 P
I used to do the salad-in-a-bag, but for a while now I've been buying organic spring mix, in one of those tubs. It's a variety of greens, no iceberg or romaine. Sometimes I'll augment it with a little romaine, if I've got some I need to use up. Whatever else I add, depends on how much time I've got (cucumbers, tomatoes, kale if I've got it, shredded cabbage, bell peppers). But it's already washed and ready to eat-- just dig a bunch out of the tub.
if i buy them, i stick with the organic brands. I don't do iceberg either-- complete waste of money since there is virtually no nutrition in it. I also look at the big plastic containers. I mix spinach, baby romaine, sometimes arugula comes in those, spring mixes come in those containers. But again, if i am going to do the packaged greens, it is ALWAYS organic.
I'm trying to eat more salads, but I'm unsure as to what the best pre-packaged brand is. (I know it would be best to put together my own.) I dislike iceburg lettuce; love romaine. What brand do you purchase? I usually shop at Kroger, but Wal-Mart would work too. Thanks in advance!
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