Variety is the spice of life with 11 salad
choices. Photo courtesy Dole.com.
If you’re a fan of bagged salad mixes—and even if you aren’t—there are a whopping 11 varieties of the Dole Salad Kit, an all-natural combination of salad greens, dressing and mix-ins.
The three we had were absolutely delicious.
Here’s the skinny: Normally we avoid bagged salads. It takes us just minutes to tear up our own lettuce, carrots, radishes and whatever. And we don’t buy bottled dressing—making vinaigrettes is a snap. Why pay a premium for what we can make quickly for a fraction of the cost?
Because the three complete Dole Salad Kit choices we tried—Asian Island Crunch, Autumn Splendor and Southwest salads—were as good as any restaurant salad. They were a treat. And they were ready to eat within 90 seconds of opening the bag.
Dole Salad Kits saved us from making far less healthy lunch choices, and served as a really satisfying snack when the brownies beckoned.
The salad kits are available in Asian Island Crunch Salad Kit, Autumn Splendor Kit, Hearty Italian Salad Kit, Perfect Harvest Salad Kit, Southwest Salad Kit, Spring Fling Kit, Winter Jubilee Kit and four Caesars: Caesar Salad Kit, Garlic Caesar Salad Kit, Light Caesar Salad Kit and Ultimate Caesar Salad Kit.
The salads are perfectly appointed: Each bag has a packet of excellent dressing and a packet of mix-ins.
In the case of Asian Island Crunch, it was sliced almonds, dried pineapple, Chinese noodles and snow peas with sesame ginger dressing.
For Perfect Harvest it was dried cranberries and sliced almonds with an apple cider Dijon vinaigrette.
For Southwest Salad it was tortilla strips, Cheddar cheese and sour cream with a spicy ranch dressing.
The base for the salads varies according to the theme, but can include a mixture of romaine, iceberg lettuce, butter lettuce, red leaf lettuce, radicchio, red and white cabbage, carrots and radishes. The mix-ins range from dried fruits and nuts to cheese to croutons and other crunchies (like the tortilla strips).
The salad kit varieties we tried provided a very fast and very good salad lunch or dinner. You can add proteins—leftover chicken or beef, for example, or grilled tofu.