As the weather warms, we’re trading soups and stews for light, fresh and crunchy salads. Making your own salad is often preferred, sometimes we don’t have time for meal prep and need a quick and convenient meal. But who wants to pay $15 for a restaurant salad when you can get a delicious, high-quality salad with all the fixings for just a few dollars? Case in point: Trader Joe’s salad.
TJ’s makes a variety of amazing and healthy salads, made with fresh ingredients and spices and herbs. While salad dressings can be delicious, many of them are full of added sugar. A good rule of thumb with store-bought salads is to go light on the dressing, choose a salad dressing with minimal added sugar, or make your own healthy version!
Because taste and ingredient choices are subjective, we’ve based our list on the overall healthfulness of the salad base (with a focus on low amounts of saturated fat and added sugars). Here are 13 of the healthiest and tastiest Trader Joe’s salads for your next run to the market!
And heads-up: Most of these salads don’t include a protein source. It’s okay if they are side dishes. But if you’re planning to eat one of these salads as a meal, add protein for a more complete main meal and to keep you full longer.
1. Super Spinach Salad
Filled with quinoa, carrots, chickpeas, edamame, pumpkin seeds and cranberries, the Vegan Super Spinach Salad is as healthy as it is colorful! It’s packaged with a delicious carrot ginger miso dressing and has 10 grams of fiber and only 400 calories per serving. (ie with the whole amount of dressing.)
2. Legume and spinach salad palette
Getting its plant protein from green lentils, this spinach, garbanzo bean, roasted cauliflower, apple and pecan salad is dressed with a red wine shallot vinaigrette that tastes incredible. A one-cup serving is 150 calories, but the entire container has 530 calories.
3. Lemony Arugula Basil Salad Kit
Isn’t she beautiful? With peppery arugula, rainbow carrots, Parmesan cheese, chopped roasted almonds, and a lemon-basil vinaigrette, this summer salad kit is like a farmer’s market in a bowl.
4. Mexican Style Corn and Quinoa Salad
With 4 servings per container, this Mexican-style salad has only 140 calories, 1.5 grams of saturated fat and no added sugar per serving. It’s filled with zesty fire-roasted corn, brown rice, cabbage and grated Cotija cheese with a delicious roasted poblano cilantro dressing.
This salad is definitely more than one side, so toss in some grilled chicken, tofu, or the perennial favorite TJ’s Just Chicken.
5. Peanut and Crispy Noodle Salad Kit
This 4-serving Peanut and Crispy Noodle Salad Kit features a hearty base of romaine lettuce, cabbage, carrots, celery, green onions, and cilantro. Plus, it has packages of crunchy vermicelli noodles and peanuts for that classic Pad Thai feel! If you decide to drizzle on some refreshing peanut and lime dressing, it’s only 140 calories and 1.5 grams of saturated fat per serving.
Make this side salad a main course by topping it with a protein like some juicy shrimp or tofu!
6. Broccoli and Kale Slaw
This slaw mix is packed with roasted sunflower seeds, dried red sour cherries, dried blueberries and blanched dry roasted slivered almonds. It is crunchy, sweet and full of flavor. Here’s a sweet and smoky slaw recipe from TJ that uses broccoli and kale slaw as a healthy base!
7. Mediterranean Style Salad Kit
This versatile salad base is packed with all the fixings you need for a meal-sized salad (but only 110 calories and 2 grams of added sugar per serving). It’s topped with yummy, Greek-inspired ingredients like feta cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted chickpeas, and a lovely red wine vinaigrette!
8. Za’atar Tango Salad Kit
The cucumber yogurt dressing on this salad is divine! Sweetened with dates, sprinkled with toasted sesame and pistachio pieces, and tied with some strips of seasoned flatbread, this salad kit is a bowl of Middle Eastern-inspired yum!
9. Vegetable and green salad kit
A mix of crunchy cruciferous vegetables makes this salad kit a nutritious explosion of goodness! It’s got cauliflower, brussels sprout shavings, kale and carrots, dried pear chunks and pistachios to add! There are only 120 calories per cup, but the honey ginger dressing is quite sweet, so use it sparingly!
10. Southwest Chopped Salad Kit
Not only is this Southwestern Chopped Salad spicy, juicy, and flavorful, it’s packed with nutrients from green cabbage, carrots, pepitas, green onions, cilantro, and radishes! Topped with tortilla strips, cotija cheese, and a spicy avocado dressing, you’ve got 160 calories and only one gram of added sugar per serving!
11. Mediterranean Style Orzo Pasta Salad
Trader Joe’s Orzo Pasta Salad is a Greek bowl of Yum! Enjoy Mediterranean flavors with orzo pasta, crumbled feta cheese, diced red onion, chopped spinach, Kalamata olives and sun-dried tomatoes with balsamic dressing and basil pesto. Plus, there’s less than a gram of added sugar and just 1.5 grams of saturated fat per serving.
12. Organic Caesar Salad Kit
We love a Caesar salad, but it’s not always the healthiest salad because it’s not exactly nutritious. This organic Caesar from TJ’s is made with fresh, organic ingredients that are great to make. Swap out the croutons with some lean protein like chicken or shrimp, and add more veggies to make this salad even healthier!
13. Vegan Ranch Crunch Salad Kit
This vegan crunchy delight is full of texture and flavor. Red and green cabbage, romaine lettuce, kale, crispy fried onions, roasted sunflower kernels, carrots and green onions – all topped with a vegan creamy ranch – this salad is only 150 calories per serving! The best part? It contains less than one gram of sugar.