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Kalyn’s Power Salad Mix (for Weekend Food Prep)

Kalyn’s Power Salad Mix is something make on the weekend and eat regularly, and having a salad mix like this in the fridge can really help you eat more vegetables! Click here to see more Salad Recipes!

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For a few months I’ve been having regular talks with myself about maintaining my weight.  You might remember that when 2012 started, I confessed I had gained some weight, and I’m happy to report that I lost about 12 pounds in the new year.  But for the last few months my weight has been doing that up/down thing again, and lately I’m being honest with myself and admitting that at least half the time I weight about ten pounds more than I really want to. In addition to losing those ten pounds and keeping them off, I’m also working on a goal of eating more vegetables, including a big nutrient-rich salad every day.

I’ve always washed lettuce in advance and kept it in the fridge, but I think it was Kelly’s Do It Yourself Organic Salad Mix at Mountain Mama Cooks that started me experimenting with a nutritious ready-to-eat salad mix that would entice me to eat salad more often.  It took a few tries to find a mix that would appeal to me, be extra nutrient dense, and stay good in the fridge for more than a day or two, and after some experimenting this blend that I’m calling Kalyn’s Power Salad Mix is starting to become a staple in my fridge.

If I’m having lunch at home I eat a big bowl of this, usually with a something like a handful of nuts, some cubes of cheese, or extra veggies added. On days I go out for lunch I have this salad for dinner. I like this blend with all types of dressing (see suggestions after the recipe) but currently I am partial to another recipe from Mountain Mama Cooks for Lemon Parmesan Vinaigrette (aka The Best Dressing Ever).

Kalyn's Power Salad Mix (and the quest to eat more vegetables) found on KalynsKitchen.com

You’re probably not surprised that Kalyn’s Power Salad Mix starts with kale, since I’m so crazy about it and kale is so nutritious.  You could use Earthbound Farm Ready-to-use Organic Mixed Baby Kales, but I have kale in my garden this time of year so I start by giving it a good wash in the salad spinner. If you’re using bigger kale leaves you may need to cut away the ribs, but for my garden kale I just snip off the stems, lay the leaves on top of each other in a stack, and cut them into ribbons. Then I usually cut through the kale once or twice going the other way so I have short strips of kale.

Next is romaine hearts, which I break into pieces into the salad spinner and then crisp in very cold water and spin dry.  The greens need to be quite dry or they won’t last as long in the fridge. The third ingredient that makes up my salad mix is red cabbage. This adds a nice crunch factor to the salad, and cabbage is loaded with nutrients.  I cut the cabbage in half, cut away the core from one of the halves, and then thinly slice the cabbage.  (If the pieces are long, I chop them in half the other way like I did with the kale.) I use a large metal bowl to get the salad ingredients well mixed.

Kalyn's Power Salad Mix (and the quest to eat more vegetables) found on KalynsKitchen.com

This amount of salad will fit in a gallon size plastic zip-seal bag if you pack it in. To make sure it stays good in the fridge, seal the bag part-way, press on it to remove all the air, and then finish sealing. And just to show how well this will keep, here’s a batch of salad that’s been in the fridge for several days. Put a couple of handfuls of salad into a bowl, toss with a flavorful dressing, add anything else you’d like such as nuts, cheese, tomatoes, avocado, carrots, fruit, canned beans, or croutons, and lunch is served!

Kalyn's Power Salad Mix (and the quest to eat more vegetables) found on KalynsKitchen.com

Salad Dressings and Ideas for Power Salad Mix:

Lemon Parmesan Vinaigrette (aka The Best Dressing Ever) from Mountain Mama Cooks (This is my current favorite with walnuts and extra parmesan or Feta!)
Green Goddess Salad Dressing from Kalyn’s Kitchen (With cucumbers, tomatoes, and Feta)
Cafe Rio Style Creamy Tomatillo Dressing from Kalyn’s Kitchen (With chopped avocado and black beans)
Low-Fat Buttermilk Ranch Dressing from Skinnytaste (With chopped avocado and grated cheese)
Our Everyday Salad Dressing from The Nourishing Gourmet (With carrots, cucumbers, and tomatoes.)

Weekend Food Prep:

This recipe has been added to a new category called Weekend Food Prep  to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!

Kalyn's Power Salad Mix (for Weekend Food Prep)

Kalyn’s Power Salad Mix is great to eat for a meatless meal and it is handy to have salad mix already prepared for the next day you want a salad.

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 oz. kale or baby kale mix (about 4 cups chopped kale)
  • 2-3 heads romaine lettuce (about 4 cups torn lettuce)
  • 1/2 small head red cabbage (about 2 cups thinly sliced and chopped red cabbage)

Directions:

  1. If using kale leaves, cut off the stems and cut away the inner ribs if they’re large.
  2. Wash kale in the salad spinner and spin dry or dry with paper towels.
  3. Stack up the kale leaves and cut them into ribbons about 3/8 inch thick.
  4. Then slice through the leaves once or twice going the other way so you have short strips of kale.  (Baby kale mix can be used just as it is from the package.)
  5. Put kale into large metal bowl big enough to hold all the salad ingredients.
  6. Break off and discard the outer damages leaves on each romaine head, making sure you remove any leaves that have rust spots.
  7. Cut off the root end of each head, then break the romaine heads into bite sized pieces into the salad spinner.
  8. Wash romaine in very cold water and spin until it’s as dry as you can get it.
  9. Add romaine to the kale in the salad bowl.
  10.  Cut a small head of red cabbage in half, wrapping one half and putting it back in the fridge for another time.
  11.  Cut away the core and remove the damaged outer leaves of the other half; then slice the cabbage into very thin strips.
  12.  When all the cabbage is sliced, give it a few chops going the other way so you have short, thin strips of cabbage.
  13.  Add the red cabbage to the kale and romaine in the bowl.
  14.  Toss the salad together so it’s well-combined.
  15.  Then open a gallon size plastic bag that will zip tightly shut, and use your hands to tightly pack the salad into the bag.
  16.  Zip the end partly closed, then press on the bag to remove the air and finish zipping it shut.

Notes:

The salad will stay good in the fridge for 3-5 days, depending on how dry the lettuce is and how much air you manage to squeeze out.

To assemble a salad, toss several handfuls of the salad mix with enough dressing to coat.  Add other ingredients like nuts, cheese, tomatoes, avocado, carrots, fruit, canned beans, or croutons as desired.

Recipe inspired by Kelly’s Do It Yourself Organic Salad Mix at Mountain Mama Cooks.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
If you’re making this salad for the South Beach Diet, choose salad dressings with not more than 2 or 3 grams of fat per serving. Many bottled dressings will fit this requirement, so read the labels until you find one you like if you don’t want to make your own dressing. With that caution, this low-carb salad mix is a great choice for any phase of the diet and should work for most other low-carb diet plans. And for Keto, choose any full fat dressing you’d like!

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    29 Comments on “Kalyn’s Power Salad Mix (for Weekend Food Prep)”

  1. Just brilliant, Kalyn. You always come up with good ideas and perfect combinations of my favorite foods. thanks!

    Doren

    (Sorry I accidentally deleted the original comment!)

  2. Perfect for the summer, Kalyn. I don't feel like cooking so much during this 100degree heat in SLC. I make the salad the feature of our meal and Jim grills one piece of fish or meat on the barbecue to share.

  3. SuAnn, that's great! Way to go.

  4. I found a hint on line I now use for my salad. After cleaning & getting ready, I put a towel or paper towel in the vegetable keeper and place the lettuce, veggies on it. These stay quite nice for about a week for me & I get them used up. This way they are always ready when I am. You have kept me on track and I am within 10 pounds of my goal weight, having lost 50 in the last 4 years!

  5. Sandi, glad you like it.

    Marc, I agree that the purchased mixes are often not that great (and I hate buying the plastic containers too.) Here's to getting rid of the extra ten pounds for good!

  6. I'm in the same boat as you with the weight yoyoing +-10 pounds. Love the idea of making a mix of greens and storing as the store bought ones are so expensive (and often of questionable freshness).

  7. This does look great… I am always trying to eat more salads.
    Especially in the summer!

  8. Susiet, so glad you like it.

    Sara, if you eat it regularly, it does stay good plenty long enough in the plastic bag with the air squeezed out!

    Jessica, I think the smaller leaves of the curly kale are good, and it helps to cut it into smallish strips, but there's no doubt that the darker green kale is a little stronger flavored. I love Red Russian Kale in the salad if you can find that.

  9. Yum, this looks so good. I love anything that uses cabbage! I bet it would be really yummy with feta cheese.

    Does regular curly Kale taste good raw in salads, or is it too tough? I've only cooked with it, never had it raw, but baby kale is harder to come by at the grocery store.