Sweet Kale Chopped Salad

Is there anything lazier than eating salad out of a bag? The answer is, “Yes!” The lazier course would be not eating salad at all. I can go to Costco and pick up a bag of this delightful Taylor Farms Sweet Kale Chopped Salad, and I’m good to go for something like six servings. The nutritional facts say that the bag has about three servings, but our experience has seen us getting plenty for four bowls. Toss in the dressing and you’ll only be doing 130 calories worth of damage to your daily count. What a deal.

I like to throw in a few ounces of grilled chicken. Even then, I’m still under 200 calories. Sunday, Penny realized that our ever-helpful son had eaten part of the leftover chicken she had planned to throw on our lunch. She let me have the remaining chicken and cut up a bit of tilapia that we’d grilled the night before. Both versions of this salad were completely satisfactory.

So back to my original question. Is salad-in-a-bag lazy? Obviously it is a lot less work than cutting up all of the various vegetables we find in the Taylor Farms bag. But realistically, are you going to buy  broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, and chicory. Are you going to have all of those in your fridge at the same time and in edible condition? Will you have the dried cranberries, roasted pumpkin seeds, and poppyseed dressing that the bag includes? Even if you have all of those ingredients, let’s be honest, you’ll probably think about all that chopping and instead opt for a couple of frozen burritos instead.

This package will run you about $5, so if you are, like us, getting six servings from it, then it’s a pretty reasonable $.85. The meat will add a little bit to the price, but you’ll certainly get a very healthy lunch on the plate for well under $2.

I tend to agree with Michael Pollan who warns us away from foods that have a health claim on the package. This package boasts about containing “5 Superfoods.” I’m not entirely sure that I believe that kale or anything else is a great deal more than a fad. Good for you? Yes. Superfood? What does that even mean.

Here’s what I know. For $8, I can make six salads that don’t carry a lot negative nutritional baggage and have some good stuff about them as well. Just as important, this thing requires enough chewing that I feel like I’ve really eaten something. That means I’m not inclined to be sticking my hand in a cracker box in half an hour. Finally, it’s easy enough to prepare that I won’t wimp out and drive through Burger King instead.

Is salad-in-a-bag lazy? Maybe. But if it works, then it’s good enough for me.