With all this HOT weather my household has been eating more and more salad. It’s easy to put together, it’s fresh, it’s crisp and everyone gets to choose what they want to add to it.
I started buying “mixed” salads and slaws at first but then I realized that I could make my own salad blend for way less expensive.
I bought a two pound bag of Romaine hearts from Sam’s Club, red cabbage and a bag of matchstick carrots from HEB.
The Romaine lettuce was already washed and cut up so I didn’t need to worry about that. Then I took the head of red cabbage and sliced it thinly and I opened up my bad of matchstick carrots.
In a large bowl I mixed half the bag lettuce, two handfuls of red cabbage and a handful of matchstick carrots and then tossed it all together.
Then I put it all in two large gallon size Ziploc bags and stored them in the refrigerator. This is week two and we are still eating out of these bags AND get this, they are still fresh and crisp!
Even the cabbage that I didn’t used right away but stored in Ziplocs is still super crisp and ready to be used.
Here’s my breakdown on the cost:
- 2lbs Romaine hearts = $2.98
- 1 head Red Cabbage (.64 per lb) = $1.68
- 1 head Green Cabbage (.42 per lb) = $1.44
- 1 bag Matchstick Carrots = $1.98
Total: $ 8.08
I don’t know if you’ve noticed the price on blended salads lately. They are about $3 a bag and they are only really good for one meal. Plus, once they are opened, they quickly start wilt. This blend makes enough salad to last you all week and then some!
The Mister and I love having these bags in the refrigerator because when it’s time to prepare lunch for work or for when dinner time rolls around the salad is ready to go and then we can add whatever we want to it without having to argue about what each of us feels like having in our salads.
It’s a win for the whole family!