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Make Restaurant Quality Salads at Home #BYOL

My love of veggies started at an early age.  If my baby book is any indication, then indeed I was started on the likes of creamed corn and collard greens before I was even six months old.

But my mom insists she encouraged my love of salads early on too. Childhood memories of memories of eating out confirm that she’s right as I have always gravitated to salads when dining out.  Even now, when we dine out I’ve at a minimum ordered a side salad at almost all of the restaurants we frequent.

No matter where I go, where I go or what salad I order my general expectations remain the same.  In a nutshell, I want quality ingredients that taste good for a price that doesn’t break the bank.  Sadly things like salads, especially healthier ones that aren’t mingled with processed foods and doused in excessive amounts of fatty dressing, are pricier than other items on the menu especially when at casual dining restaurants.

A few days ago while browsing at Walmart I located a product I never would have imagined existed.  Nestle’s Lean Cuisine Salad Additions includes frozen chicken and veggies already portioned out along with salad dressing ready to toss by in a container that can be ready in minutes – you only need to add lettuce for a complete salad.  There are several varieties available of the salad but I ended up slightly disappointed by the selection at my local store as there was only one variety to choose from.  To view photos of my entire shopping trip, check out my Google+ album here.

I purchased the Bistro Chicken that was available which included grilled white meat chicken, asparagus, yellow carrots, red peppers, crispy onion straws, and a sweet and tangy vinaigrette dressing.  With frozen ingredients I’m never quite sure what to expect.  Even with things I’ve frozen myself I worry about ingredients losing their texture and flavor but the Lean Cuisine Salad Additions surprised me.  The grilled chicken was moist and flavorful, the asparagus was a surprising and delightful addition, the dressing included bacon (what’s not to love about bacon in anything?!), but my favorite part was the crispy onion straws.  The salad was very competitive with casual dining restaurants with similar offerings in regards to taste, price, and flavor.  I’ll be on the lookout for an expanded section of the Lean Cuisine Salad Additions next time I’m at Walmart.

If you’d like to try out Nestle Lean Cuisine Salad Additions for yourself, there will be a nationwide magazine ad with a coupon going out on 1/6/13 and in-store demos (in select Walmart stores) with coupons on 1/13/13.

To learn more about Nestle Lean Cuisine Salad Additions, visit the Lean Cuisine website or connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.

 

I am a member of the Collective Bias Social Fabric Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias® and NESTLE #CBias #SocialFabric As always, all opinions are my own.

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Comments

  1. I haven’t heard of these but I love salads so much I’m going to look for them. Thanks!

  2. I’m really picky about salads (mostly because I hate iceberg lettuce!), but this sounds interesting…

  3. I’ve never even heard of these – I will have to be on the lookout!

  4. These look very easy to use!

  5. I can’t wait to try the Bistro version. I’ve tried the Asian and loved it! Great post.. thanks for sharing!

  6. I love salads. Eat at lease one a day! Saw these at the market but shied away from them. May have to give them a go if there’s a coupon.

  7. I’ll have to check this out, I love salads!

  8. I haven’t seen these yet they look great. I love fancy salads I just don’t have the patience to make them at home. Now I can!

  9. I’ll have to look for these, so much easier than cutting the veggies and preparing chicken!

  10. I haven’t seen these at any stores near me, but I am definitley keeping my eye out for them the next time I go grocery shopping.

  11. I always need help making a truly yummy salad. There is one at a local restaurant that I adore but I can’t recreate it at home, yet!

  12. this is the first I am hearing of these!! I am definitely going to get some though! I love salads but hate cooking chicken and all the other fixin’s for it

  13. I’m known as the salad girl, I love a good salad and can eat one three times a day…thanks for this info, another way to try my favorite food!

  14. Love these salads. Lots of dressing so i use about half a bag of greens and tomatos… filling AND tasty.

  15. I love a really good salad but am too lazy to make anything but a simple one at home. This looks like a good solution!

  16. I love salads!! I’m checking these out!

  17. I have never heard of these, but we eat salad about 3-5 times a week either just salad or as a side to our meal. Will have to check these out.

  18. I will look out for this!!!

  19. Jennifer The Quirky Momma says:

    This looks really cool!

  20. I will have to look for these the next time I”m out shopping.

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  1. [...] Is it possible for a salad to have quality ingredients at a price that doesn’t break the bank?  Kelly from Texas Type A Mom found out that she could have a salad that met all of her expectations when she tried the Lean Cuisine Salad Additions.  Find out why she was pleasantly surprised about the quality of the frozen ingredients in the Lean Cuisine Salad Additions here. [...]

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