I enjoy a good salad for lunch or as a side for dinner, and I was intrigued when I saw Aldi selling Asian Chopped Salad Kits and Southwest Chopped Salad Kits. These kits come with everything you need to make a complete salad: washed and ready-to-eat lettuce, dressing, and toppings.
I sometimes buy similar salad kits in traditional grocery stores, but they can be a little expensive. The Aldi kits were $2.49 for a 12-ounce bag at my local store. The kits don’t make huge salads, but they are plenty for two or three people, depending on whether you want them to be main courses or sides. The bags state these serve 3.5 people, but those servings are small at 90 to 110 calories per serving.
There are no directions on either of these salad kit bags. It is assumed that you simply dump everything into a serving bowl, mix, and serve. Because these salads are mixed together right before serving, they may taste best when eaten right away. Leftovers won’t be quite the same quality.
Little Salad Bar Asian Chopped Salad Kit
This kit consists of a bag with green cabbage, romaine lettuce, red cabbage, carrots, and green onions. Tucked inside the main bag are separate small bags: one containing wonton strips, one with sliced almonds, and one with orange sesame dressing.
The dressing has a nice sweet flavor, and the bag indicates one serving of this salad comes with 7 grams of sugar. You also get 6 grams of fat and 340 mg of sodium. My husband and I liked this salad, while our kids liked the crispy wonton strips but thought the rest of the salad was just meh.
Little Salad Bar Southwest Chopped Salad Kit
This kit consists of a bag with green cabbage, romaine lettuce, red cabbage, carrots, and green onions. Tucked inside the main bag are separate small bags: one containing tortilla strips, one containing a 4-cheese Mexican blend, and one with Greek yogurt jalapeno dressing.
One serving contains 5 grams of fat, 260 mg of sodium, and 3 grams of sugar. The dressing has some spiciness, but it’s not overwhelming if you don’t like spicy foods. While this is a good salad, my husband and I prefer more of a southwest Ranch or spicy Ranch dressing rather than the Greek yogurt jalapeno dressing.
Aldi’s chopped salad kits taste pretty good and are cheaper than similar kits sold at traditional grocery stores. Recommended.