Aldi sells several great salad kits, including some impressive Asian-style and southwest-style chopped salads, and we like their individual ready-to-eat Caesar salad bowls, but one of my family’s favorites is the bagged Caesar salad kit.
We eat this Caesar salad kit several times a week. The dressing is what makes it so good, and we wish Aldi would bottle up the dressing in this bagged salad kit and sell it on its own because it’s much better than any of the current bottled Caesar options at Aldi.
Little Salad Bar Caesar Salad Kits cost $2.29 at the time of publication for a 10.5-oz. bag containing a 2.5-oz. dressing pouch.
This is a Regular Buy, which means it’s sold at Aldi year round.
The kit contains iceberg lettuce, green leaf lettuce, Caesar dressing, shredded cheese, and croutons. Some fine print on the front of the bag states that this kit does not contain Romaine lettuce. The kit is a product of the U.S. and Mexico.
The lettuce is in the main bag, and buried within the lettuce is a smaller bag that contains three more plastic bags containing dressing, cheese, and croutons. The salad is already washed and ready to eat.
It’s fine to assemble this entire kit and eat it as it is. I also have seen people who use the lettuce as toppings for a sandwich or whatever they may need lettuce for, and they save the dressing and toppings to use later in another salad.
As with any bagged salad, you’ll want to be mindful of the use-by date printed on the bag. Longevity can vary; I’ve bought some of these kits and had only three or four days to use them before they hit their best-by date, and I’ve bought others that had a best-by date that was two weeks out.
The package states this salad is packed in a breathable bag to allow proper oxygen flow for a fresh taste. The bag also states that to ensure freshness after opening, you should keep the salad refrigerated in its original bag and keep it tightly closed. This salad never lasts that long in my house, as my family easily eats the entire bag in one meal.
One bag contains about three 2.5-cup (100-gram) servings. There are three of us in my family who like to eat this salad, and when we evenly divide it among the three of us, it’s a good amount of salad to accompany a meal and mostly fills a standard Corelle soup/cereal bowl.
One serving nets you 160 calories, 14 grams of total fat (18% DV), 2 grams of saturated fat (10% DV), 300 mg of sodium (13% DV), 6 grams of total carbohydrates (2% DV), 1 gram of dietary fiber (4% DV), 1 gram of total sugars, 0 grams of added sugars, and 4 grams of protein.
The kit has a lengthy ingredients list because of everything that goes into the dressing, cheese, and croutons. Primary dressing ingredients include canola oil, water, Romano cheese, egg yolk, distilled vinegar, and more. The first few ingredients in the cheese include pasteurized cow’s milk, salt, and cheese culture. Finally, the first few ingredients in the croutons include enriched flour, high oleic canola oil, sugar, and a seasoning blend.
If you’re avoiding allergens, this kit contains egg, anchovy, milk, and wheat.
Again, my family loves this salad kit. I routinely pick up a bag — or two or three — during my weekly shopping trips. It never lasts long in my house. The lettuce is crisp. The dressing is creamy with just the right amount of saltiness. It contains a generous amount of shredded Parmesan cheese, and the croutons add the perfect crunch to it all.
The Little Salad Bar Caesar Salad Kit is my family’s favorite bagged salad kit at Aldi. The dressing in this kit tastes far superior to any of the bottled Caesar options Aldi sells. We can’t recommend this salad kit enough.