Copycat Homemade Salad Kits
We’ve all purchased the pre-made salads from our grocery store. Either the bagged salad kits, or a pre-made container of salad in the deli section. We do this not because it tastes better than making a salad ourselves, but because it’s convenient!
Here’s the segment I recorded for our local TV station, Studio 5!
If your goal is to eat more veggies, pre-made salad kits are the way to make it happen. When we prep food to make it easy and convenient, we are more likely to eat healthier!
So, I headed to the grocery store, and I took a photo of every single salad kit they had. I wanted to see the ingredients and copy them at home. These are some of the salads I copied:
- Caesar Salad: Lettuce, Chicken, Parmesan cheese, Bacon, Croutons, Caesar dressing
- BLT Salad: Grape tomatoes, chicken, bacon, cheddar cheese, greens, cabbage, carrots.
- Apple walnut salad: Greens, apples, chicken, blue cheese, glazed walnuts, cranberries, carrots. sweet dressing.
- Southwest: lettuce, chicken, tortilla strips, cheese, ranch.
- Farmhouse ranch: Greens, chicken, sunflower seeds, crouton, bacon, and ranch.
- Cranberry walnut salad: Greens, feta, candied walnuts, dried cranberries, raspberry vinaigrette
- Chef salad: Greens, hard boiled egg, chicken, ham, Swiss cheese, croutons, ranch.
- Cobb salad: Greens, Turkey breast, hard boiled eggs, bacon, blue cheese.
- Maple Bourbon Bacon: Romaine, shredded broccoli, cabbage, green onions, carrots, bacon, almonds.
- Asian Salad: Greens, cabbage, carrot, celery, wonton strips, sliced almonds, green onion.
- Poppyseed Salad: Greens, Greens, chicken, dried cranberries, sliced almonds, poppyseed dressing.
For more salad ideas, check out these 9 Grilled chicken salads or here for low calorie salad dressing recipes
Then, I decided to copy the salads I saw at the store and portion all the salad toppings in their own containers. Then, keep on hand an extra large container of greens. That way, eating a salad every day can be super convenient. Plus, they are packaged perfectly for taking on the go!
The salad prep
The only prep I did beyond chopping food was pre-cooked about 15 chicken tenderloins, boiled 4 hard boiled eggs, and candied some almonds! I used the chicken for a few different salads.
For a local TV segment, I made 5 of the salad kits from my personal favorites. I used Ziploc divided containers for the kits.
For the Caesar I included parmesan, precooked chicken, bacon bits, croutons, and a creamy caesar dressing.
The Southwest Salad
For the southwest salad I kept it simple, but there are so many more toppings you could include! I used Tortilla strips (that you can now find at the grocery store in the salad aisle and the walmart brand is very inexpensive), pre-cooked chicken, shredded cheese, grape tomatoes, and corn. I would also add beans next time!
The chef salad
For the chef salad I made hard boiled eggs, precooked chicken, cubed ham, cubed swiss cheese, croutons, cucumbers, and carrots.
The Asian salad
For the Asian salad I used Wonton strips (available on the salad aisle at the grocery store), green onions, carrots, celery, an sliced almonds.
The Poppyseed salad
And finally, the best for last… the Poppyseed salad! I candied some sliced almonds because they are soooo good. All I did was used 1/4 cup butter, 1/4 brown sugar, and about 1/3 cup almonds (maybe 1/2). Then, I cooked it all on a skillet stirring constantly for about 3-4 minutes. Then, I let the nuts cool on parchment paper.
With the almonds, I also had craisins, chicken, and Brianna’s creamy poppyseed dressing. And although I don’t add it to a kit because they would go brown, I almost always include some chopped apples to this one!
Keep the kits in the fridge until you are ready to eat!
For the greens, rinse and dry your greens. Use ANY greens, but spinach, baby kale, and romaine are my favorites. Use any airtight container and line it with paper towels. The greens should stay fresh for at least 5-7 days.
PRINT THE LIST OF SALADS HERE!
And those are my favorite salad combos for these copycat homemade salad kits. What salads would you add?
Do you have any homemade dressing recipes? The store-bought stuff is loaded with sugar.
Have you tried the bolthouse brands? There isn’t any sugar in the ingredient list for the Bolthouse ranch!
What are the portion measured amount of everything you put in the salads?
This is really terrific. Thanks for sharing your efforts. What dressing do you like with the BLT salad?
I love the Bolthouse ranch for the BLT!
Did you really mean to store the toppings in the freezer? That is genius, if so! I love the idea of keeping toppings on the side and adding when you eat them. I hope to use this for my teen eaters who need quick meals.
Oh no!! I definitely meant fridge! I’ll fix it!
The kits (not the greens) go in the freezer?? How well do the fresh veggies and hard boiled eggs , etc. survive?
Oh no!! I definitely meant fridge! I’ll fix it!
Where did you get the containers for salad items? I looked and they did not carry at Walmart. Thanks
I did get them at Walmart! They are just Ziploc brand, and I’ve seen them in two places.. one, by the other ziploc bags, like gallon bags and paper plates. And then also I’ve seen them in the kitchen aisle by rubbermaid containers!