How to Make a Superfood Salad Mix

I’m beginning to love kale, Napa cabbage, and Brussels sprouts more and more!

My daughter and I shop Costco together. We try to stick to the outside aisles and buy only the necessary things. :) Sometimes we get distracted, but mostly we’re in and out of the store quickly.

How to Make a Superfood Salad Mix

We tried a brand new salad mix that we really liked, but when we went back, they were out of stock. So, my lovely Abigail said, “Mom, why don’t we make our own superfood salad mix?”

Brilliant girl. And more cost effective. AND … she did the chopping and got us organized for the week to enjoy healthy salads! :)

What greens did we use?

-Kale
-Brussels sprouts
-Napa cabbage

What is the mixture to a superfood salad?

Our version is:
-Kale
-Napa cabbage
-Brussels sprouts
-Grated carrots
-Red onion
-Bluberries
-Seeds or nuts
-Edamame soybeans, shelled
-Grape tomatoes
-Blueberries

The secret to healthy salads is to be prepared. Buy the right ingredients, chop up ahead of time what you can (what will stay fresh, i.e. onions, peppers, etc.) Things like tomatoes, cucumbers, avocados … you don’t want to pre-chop those.

How to make your own superfood salad mix:

1. Chop up kale, Napa cabbage, and Brussels sprouts.

2. Mix together in a large bowl.

3. Place the greens in Ziploc bags. Squeeze the air out and seal.

4. For large quantities, mark the bags with a date. The mix lasts up to a week in your fridge!

Having the bag of greens ready to go makes salad making EASY!

In our household, were all trying to reach for salads FIRST, for lunch or dinner.

Do you buy salad mix in bags or do you make our own?

More healthy salad recipes from some of my favorite blogs:

Iowa Girls Eats: Superfood Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
Betsy Life: Kale Superfood Salad
Three Many Cooks: Quinoa-Kale Salad with Kefir-Cumin Dressing
Ingredients, INC: High Antioxidant Superfoods Salad
Haute Apple Pie: Superfood Salad with Clementine Vinaigrette
Oh She Glows: Weekend Glow Kale Salad
Skinny Taste: Spinach and Quinoa Salad with Grapefruit and Avocado

23 comments

  1. I used to buy salad in a bag but I found it didn’t say fresh very long and it was usually super expensive. Now I do like you and make up my own. I pre-wash everything and get it as dry as possible in a salad spinner (one of my best purchases) and bag it up. I find that putting a paper towel in the bag helps to keep everything dry. BTW I’ve never thought to use Brussels sprouts raw in a salad. Thanks for the tip!

  2. Love this post, Sandy! What kind of dressing works with this salad? New thought, putting raw brussels in a salad mix. hmmmm.

    I have found massaging kale to be the key to making it tolerable for raw eating. Here’s a delicious sounding salad on my menu this week:

    http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2012/08/toms-kitchen-raw-kale-salad

  3. I usually cheat and buy a bag or container at the store. I like your idea though and thought making this up would be a great addition to the spring mix I typically buy.

  4. Great idea Sandy!! I need to be better about chopping ahead of time. Sure would make life a lot easier.

  5. I love that you put brussels sprout in your salad mix–fabulous idea!

  6. I make my own. I have never acquired an appreciation of store salad mix. It has a flavor or aftertaste that is off-putting to me. But it just may be my own taste buds. I like this combo and will give it a twirly whirl. :-D

  7. That is definitely one super salad mix!

  8. I love this mix for a salad- and even more that you made the mix yourself. Great idea, friend!

  9. Oooo I have never thought to do Brussels raw in my salad, I will have to do that.

  10. This is such a great idea, so handy!

  11. I bought that same kale superfood salad mix from Costco literally today! Love it! Such a nice change from boring romaine. I have two little kids so the bagged mix is handy; if they ever run out, though, I’ll make my own like you!

  12. Sandy I wanted to share my Mom’s tip for storing lettuce and greens that I have been using for years and years. Place a paper towl in with your bag of greens. The paper towel absorbs any moisture, keeping your greens fresher longer! It really works. I use it with celery and chives too! Have a great day! Lisa

  13. This is such a smart idea, and one I WILL be using!

  14. I make salads fresh each time, but keeping the greens fresh is always a problem. Always experimenting with different ingredients, and found the combo of cabbage & romaine is super tasty! This is a great idea and I love the addition of brussel sprouts! Definitely doing this, thanks for the fresh tip, Sandy~

  15. I love the idea of making your own salad mix–I bet it is so much cheaper!

  16. You know this is right up my alley – I love salads and this one looks amazing. I can’t wait to give this a try!

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  19. I usually buy a bag of “Superfood” salad. It has all the ingredients above + cranberries and poppy seed dressing. It is fantastic! Making your own is a good idea too, but does involve meal planning so your prepared salads dont go bad!

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