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Ranking the 10 Best Trader Joe’s Salad Kits

April 6, 2024
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If you haven’t already tried Trader Joe’s salad kits, it’s time to lean into these easy and creative pre-made salads. When you’re in a rush to get dinner on the table, salad kits offer the perfect solution — with all the ingredients prepped and ready in one bag, you can mix and serve in minutes. 

From classic Caesar to unique flavors like elote, Trader Joe’s ready-to-serve salad kits offer a wide selection of flavors. But how do they taste? We ranked our favorites in order to inspire your next Trader Joe’s run. 

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1. Lemony Arugula Basil Salad Kit

trader joes salad: Lemony Arugula Basil Salad Kit

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A lemon basil vinaigrette is the ideal zesty topping for this Trader Joe’s salad kit. This refreshing, light salad starts with a bed of arugula and includes shaved parmesan cheese, carrot ribbons, and roasted almonds as toppings. The peppery arugula pairs perfectly with the tart cheese and signature salad dressing. Tip: Top with grilled chicken for a healthy, filling dinner.

2. Broccoli & Kale Slaw

Trader Joe's salad kits: Kale and Broccoli Slaw Kit

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The Trader Joe’s Broccoli and Kale Slaw is rich in fiber and perfect for anyone who loves a crunchy salad. In the base, you’ll find shredded broccoli stalks, kale, and radicchio. Rich in cruciferous veggies, this salad resembles a traditional slaw, but offers a subtly sweet bite with dried sour cherries and blueberries. Before serving, toss with the creamy slaw dressing and sprinkle with the included roasted sunflower seeds and slivered almonds.

3. Veggies & Greens Salad Kit

trader joes salad: Veggies and Greens salad kit

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If you enjoy Asian-inspired flavors, like soy sauce and ginger, grab a bag with this salad. The robust mix of greens makes it one of the best Trader Joe’s salad kits available — including shaved cauliflower, broccoli stalks, brussels sprouts, radicchio, green cabbage, and kale. Pistachios and dried pear crumbles add variety to the flavors and textures. Serve this salad on its own or topped with a lean protein like pork tenderloin or salmon. 

4. Avocado Ranch Salad Kit

Trader Joe's salad kits: Avocado ranch salad kit

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Ranch is always a crowd favorite, and this salad kit elevates it by adding creamy avocado to the dressing. The base is a pleasingly colorful mix of veggies like green and red cabbage, green leaf lettuce, carrots, and kale. Salty corn chip pieces to sprinkle on top add extra crunch (and fun). The corn chips, one of Trader Joe’s most popular products, make a perfect swap for traditional croutons. This one would also be delicious with chicken or shrimp on top.

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5. Tahini, Pepita & Apricot Slaw Kit

trader joes salad: Tahini Pepita Apricot Slaw kit

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A nutty tahini dressing balances the sweet sun-dried apricots and citrus in this Tahini, Pepita & Apricot Slaw Kit. If you like the crunch and texture of a slaw salad, this is another great option full of rainbow carrots, broccoli stalks, green cabbage, and kale. Tip: Pair with grilled salmon or ground turkey and spoon into hard taco shells for a cool spin on Taco Tuesday.  

6. BBQ & Black Pepper Toscano Chopped Salad

Trader Joe's salad kits: BBQ and Black Pepper Toscano salad kit

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Here’s a BBQ salad that wakes up your weeknight dinner with bold flavors. It’s full of shredded carrots, cabbage, broccoli, and kale — and channels traditional BBQ flavors with savory cornbread croutons, black pepper, and Toscano cheese. Toss with the sweet onion dressing that offers a tang and touch of heat that will remind you of BBQ sauce. Grilled steak or a smoky veggie burger patty would go nicely on top.

7. Mediterranean Style Salad Kit

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Chickpeas and feta are classic ingredients in this Mediterranean salad. The romaine lettuce, broccoli stalks, and radicchio mix well with sundried tomatoes and celery. Seasoned flatbread strips offer crunch that harkens to another popular Trader Joe’s staple: baked pita chips. Top it all with a basil and oregano red wine vinaigrette that brings the whole thing together. 

8. Southwest Chopped Salad

Trader Joe's salad kits: Southwestern Chopped salad

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The Southwest Chopped Salad is a huge hit thanks to its spicy bite and fresh ingredients. Mix the green cabbage, romaine, and carrots with crispy tortilla strips, scallions, cilantro, and cotija cheese. Poblano chilies in the spicy-creamy avocado dressing give the salad authentic Tex-Mex flavor. Tip: For added protein, mix in Trader Joe’s black beans. Top it with more fresh avocado for an extra shot of fiber and nutrients.

9. Elote Chopped Salad Kit

trader joes salad: Elote Chopped Salad Kit

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Bring a classic Mexican street food to the table in minutes with this pre-made Elote salad kit. In the mix with green and red cabbage, green leaf lettuce, carrots, kale, scallions you’ll find crisp dried sweet corn kernels — after all, you can’t have a Mexican street corn salad without corn. And if that’s not enough to convince you to try this salad kit, the unique, tart-sweet elote-inspired dressing brings everything together.  

10. Trader Joe’s Caesar Salad Kit

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You can’t go wrong with a classic Caesar — and luckily, Trader Joe’s offers a simple yet spot-on version that’s ready to plate at home. The dressing is familiar, creamy, rich, and garlicky, balanced out by the crisp, fresh romaine lettuce. Spiced pepper in the croutons add a touch of heat. Top it with grilled chicken or shrimp for a heartier dinner.  

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