A Vegetarian Salad in a Bag Hack is a stretched bagged salad mixture with added nuts, cheese, and favorite toppings to make it your own!

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Friends, I hope you’re inspired by my Vegetarian Salad in a Bag Hack today. It’s nothing new, but a great reminder of how to stretch a “chopped salad kit” (company is stopping by?), or to just jazz up a salad.  Maybe you tried My Favorite Strawberry Spinach Salad that I served last weekend (so good), but today’s post is super easy!

Vegetarian Salad in a Bag Hack

You can watch this post on Instagram to see how easy it is!

But first, our favorite meal while we were in the desert last month was at FARM. FARM is in Palm Springs. It was there that Abby, Paul, and I ate the most wonderful dinner and salad. We were celebrating getting the first round of book edits completed. If you haven’t preordered my book yet, Big Boards for Families, I would be forever grateful (plus you can WIN a big board!)

outside FARM Palm Springs

The experience at FARM is like being transported to the South of France. Let’s just say it’s an extraordinary sensory experience, with beautiful floral landscaping, to our incredible authentic menu comprised of the freshest ingredients, using locally sourced foods. Get onto Open Table early to make your reservation if you’re in the Palm Springs area!

salad in a bag with avocado and glass of wine

On a “salad in a bag” kick

Ever since we enjoyed those salads, we’ve been on a salad kick, which is why I want to share my Salad in a Bag Hack with you. It’s a way to dress up a salad in a bag quickly, and make it tasty and good enough for company!

a vegetarian salad with avocado

Stretch and improve the salad

I think sometimes we forget that a salad in a bag can be a complete meal – containing, not only fresh greens, but also different components of a great salad, such as cheese, croutons, and dressing. Take all the ingredients, toss them in a bowl, and your salad is ready to be served!

But take it a step further! My hack is to stretch the salad to feed more, and add a lot more nutrition.

It can be used as a main course for lunch or as a perfect side salad during dinner.

2 salads with toasts

How do I get salad in a bag to last longer?

Did you know all you have to do is open the bagged salad and place a paper towel inside? The paper towel absorbs moisture, meaning your lettuce leaves don’t.

This simple trick keeps your stored greens crisp and fresh for (usually) over a week.

I’ve used a paper towel in a bag with the big heads of romaine lettuce and kept the leaves fresh for almost three weeks.

salad with avocado in a bowl with a fork

Ingredients for stretching a Vegetarian Salad in a Bag

For my salad today, all you need are these ingredients:

  • Salad in a bag
  • Lemon (Meyer Lemon is the best!)
  • Red onion
  • Spinach
  • Toasted pecans
  • Avocado
  • Cracked black pepper
  • Serve with Trader Joe’s Parmesan toasts

salad in a bag with avocado and toast

Bagged Salad Kit

My bagged salad is this Sunflower Crisp Chopped Salad Kit by Fresh Express.

It’s refreshing, with roasted edamame, roasted sunflower seeds, and toasted quinoa, crisp kale, romaine and cabbage, with delicious sweet onion dressing.

The secret for me in making this for a meal for my husband and me is to add the “extras” and then protein (optional), like rotisserie chicken or leftover steak.

Add a half squeezed lemon–this really makes the salad.

Then add fresh avocado, with cracked black pepper —so good!

Voila! You’re done. Wasn’t that easy? Which chopped salad kits are your favorites? Share your salad hack with me on @reluctantentertainer on Instagram. I’d love to see your creations! You can watch mine, here!

More delicious salads:

Avocado Pine Nut Salad

Skinny Pink Salmon Green Salad Recipe

Cucumber and Chickpea Salad

Marinated Chickpea Tuna Salad

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Vegetarian Salad in a Bag Hack

Feeds 2 for lunch or dinner
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 2
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  • 1 bag Sunflower Crisp Chopped Salad Kit by Fresh Express
  • ½ Meyer lemon, juiced
  • Thin slices red onion
  • 2-4 handfuls of fresh spinach
  • ½ cup toasted pecans
  • 1 avocado
  • Cracked black pepper


  • Place the salad kit ingredients in a large bowl, including the dressing.
  • Add ½ fresh squeezed lemon.
  • Add the red onions, spinach, toasted pecans, and toss.
  • Lastly, add the cubed avocado and fresh cracked pepper. Serve and enjoy!
Cuisine: American
Course: Salad
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vegetarian salad in a bag salad in round bowl witih toast