Costco salad kits have become a beacon of freshness and simplicity for modern consumers seeking convenient and wholesome meal options. Salad kits have revolutionized how we approach quick and nutritious dining by offering a combination of vibrant greens, vegetables, crunch toppings, and tasty dressings in a simple package.
Read on as we review every Costco salad kit we find, exploring their diverse flavors, nutritional benefits, and the unparalleled convenience they bring to busy lives. Whether health-conscious or simply seeking a hassle-free way to enjoy delicious salads, join us as we uncover the best Costco salad kits to put on your dinner table.
What Is A Salad Kit?
For those unfamiliar, salad kits contain everything you need to make a salad: greens, toppings, and dressing. An excellent salad contains a balanced combination of tenderness and crunch, salty and sweet or tangy. These kits take the guesswork out of salad making.
We have seen nine salad kits in the warehouse. Right now, there are eight sold, and we tried them all. Some were excellent, while others were not so much. Let’s dive in.
What Salad Kits Does Costco Carry?
Costco carries seven types of salad kits. Here are the specifics.
- Earthbound Organic Caesar Salad Kit — One 24-ounce bag
The Costco Caesar Salad kit contains romaine lettuce, Caesar dressing, croutons, shredded parmesan cheese, and herbs. Caesar salad is one of only two Costco salad kits with only one bag.
- Superfood Selections Sweet Kale Salad Kit —Two 14-ounce bags
Inside the two bags, you will find broccoli slaw, cabbage, kale, chicory, shredded Brussels sprouts, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, and poppy seed dressing.
- Taylor Farms Green Goddess Chopped Salad — Two 12.75-ounce bags
The Green Goddess Chopped Salad Kit is the only Costco Salad Kit with a plant-based dressing. This salad includes romaine lettuce, green and red cabbage, shredded broccoli, vegan butter garlic crouton crumbles, crispy lentils, carrots, and dressing.
- Taylor Farms Organic Mediterranean Crunch Chopped Salad Kit — One 23.92-ounce bag
This bag contains romaine lettuce, chicory, broccoli, cauliflower, flatbread strips, red cabbage, feta cheese, carrots, and an organic basil balsamic vinaigrette.
- Taylor Farms Creamy Italian Salad — Two 11-ounce bags
Creamy Italian Salad includes cabbage, romaine, carrot, kale, carrot, crouton crumbles, parmesan, asiago, and romano cheese.
- Taylor Farms Apple Pecan Salad Kit — Two 11-ounce bags
This salad includes spinach, spring mix, feta cheese, spiced apple chips, and candied pecans with a white balsamic shallot vinaigrette.
- Taylor Farms Creamy Dill Pickle Salad Kit — Two 12.42-ounce bags
Creamy Dill Pickle Salad includes green cabbage, red cabbage, cauliflower, green leaf lettuce, kale, dill pickles, pickle seasoning, brioche croutons, and a creamy vinaigrette.
8. Taylor Farms Asian Cashew Salad Kit — Two 12.7-ounce bags
There are six vegetables (savoy cabbage, green cabbage, romaine lettuce, carrots, celery, and cilantro) in this chopped salad, and the toppings, wonton strips, sesame seeds, almonds, and cashews, provide some crunch. It’s topped with a dairy-free Asian Sesame Dressing.
9. Taylor Farms Mexican Street Corn Chopped Salad Kit — Two 11.62 ounce bags
Mexican Street Corn Salad has green leaf lettuce, broccoli stalk, red and savoy cabbage, carrots, smoked paprika cornbread crumbles, crispy corn, and parmesan cheese all topped with a creamy elote dressing.
Costco Salad Kits Review
A good salad contains three things: greens that aren’t soggy or dry, a balanced dressing, and toppings that add crunch and flavor. Using that criteria, Costco salad kits had some hits and misses. Here’s our honest review.
Costco Mediterranean Salad Kit Review
We are huge proponents of the Mediterranean Diet and often make recipes that fit the bill. This salad is similar to one that I would make; that being said, I’m not sure I would purchase this again.
Despite consisting of romaine chicory, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and carrots, you don’t taste all of the ingredients. The lettuce overpowers the other ingredients. It’s more like a green salad than a Mediterranean one.
We like the tangy basil balsamic vinaigrette; it coats the greens well. But that’s really where most of the flavor comes from. We wound up using it to fill wraps for lunch.
Creamy Italian Salad Kit
We went to review this kit, but it was gone from the warehouse before we could try it. When and if it reappears, we will buy it and review it.
Costco Apple Pecan Salad Kit Review
The Apple Pecan kit is hands down our favorite Costco Salad Kit. The greens were fresh, and the components added complexity.
Consisting of dried apples, pecans, feta cheese, and a shallot vinaigrette, the Apple Pecan Salad Kit easily rivals one we make at home. The light greens, the sweetness from the apple, the saltiness from the cheese, and the tanginess from the dressing are the perfect combination. Our little gripe is that the feta lacks a little bit of saltiness. But again, this is so minor.
The Apple Pecan Salad Kit contains two 12-ounce bags. This salad lasts in the fridge unopened for about a week and a half to two weeks. Once opened and dressed, it’s good for about three days.
Costco Caesar Salad Kit Review
We liked this Caesar Salad Kit from Costco. Unlike the other salads at the warehouse, this is only one package, but it’s enough to feed about 6-8 hungry adults as a side salad.
The kit includes croutons, shredded parmesan, romaine lettuce, and Caesar dressing. The lettuce is the perfect size and moisture level, and the parmesan isn’t too dry despite being packaged. The dressing has a solid flavor that’s great for a crowd.
If you have leftovers, keep the croutons separate, or they will get soggy; we love to serve them on the side. To make it a complete meal, add some rotisserie chicken.
Costco Green Goddess Salad Kit Review
The only labeled plant-based option in the bunch, we wanted to like this salad, but it fell flat for us. We would NOT repurchase the Costco Green Goddess Salad Kit.
This Costco salad kit includes romaine lettuce, cabbage, shredded broccoli, carrots, crouton crumbles, and crispy lentils. The greens were dehydrated and lacked flavor, and the Green Goddess dressing had an odd aftertaste.
One thing we loved about this salad was the crispy lentils. We’ve never had them before, and they added an excellent crunch. But there’s no need to buy the salad just for the lentils when they are easy to make. Check out The Pesky Vegan’s recipe; it produces delicious results.
Costco Kale Salad Kit Review
Costco Kale Salad Kit is like a salad we would make at home, so we had high hopes. Unfortunately, it was very dry. We would not rebuy this one.
Despite containing broccoli, cabbage, kale, chicory, and Brussels sprouts, there wasn’t much flavor from the greens. The dried cranberries added some extra zing, but the rest fell flat. There’s not much more to say besides it was just…blah.
Dill Pickle Salad Kit Costco Review
So this is the last one we tried because I couldn’t wrap my brain around pickles in a salad. It wasn’t at all what I expected. If you like lots of flavor, this is worth a try.
Thanks to the cabbage and cauliflower, it reminds me more of a cole slaw than a garden salad. There wasn’t much kale, and you could barely taste the feta cheese. Another gripe is that there simply isn’t enough dressing. It’s pretty good, and you want more since the salad is a bit dry.
On the plus side, the pickle seasoning adds lots of flavor and is unique. I served it as a main course salad with grilled chicken, but it would be much better as a side salad.
Asian Cashew Salad Kit Costco Review
We’ve made several Asian-style salads similar to this and always found the flavor monotonous after a few bites. That’s not the case with Taylor Farms Asian Cashew Chopped Salad Kit. It’s great.
Even though it contains some low-moisture vegetables like savoy cabbage and regular cabbage, it’s not at all dry. The combination of the cabbages, romaine lettuce, carrots, and celery is excellent, and the toppings (wonton strips, cashews, almonds, and sesame seeds) add textural interest. The Asian Sesame dressing is dairy-free and provides some great tanginess.
This salad is great the day after opening and assembling, but the wontons get a little soggy. It’s a minor complaint, but if that’s a concern, add the toppings as you eat.
This was a new flavor for us and we loved it! It has the perfect amount of flavor and crunch. This is one of our favorite Costco Salad kits. Its delicious!
While it says it contains cornbread crumbles, you can’t really taste them. The flavor of corn comes through and the included elote dressing has the perfect amount of heat.
We could easily envision making this salad into a full meal by adding some shrimp or chicken.
How Long Do Salad Kits Last In The Fridge?
Each salad kit has a date on the package approximately one to two weeks after purchase. If left unopened, most kits were fresh for a few days afterward. Opened salad kits are best within a day or two.
You want to avoid moisture and air to keep salad kits fresh longer.
Here’s how to keep Costco Salad Kits fresh:
- Add a folded paper towel to open packages to absorb extra water.
- Keep components separate to store.
- Use air-tight containers for storage and overfill—more greens in a container equals less air.
Best Costco Salad Kits
Choosing a favorite was an easy decision. The best Costco salad kits are Apple Pecan and Caesar Salad. Both have flavors that are crowd-pleasers and manage to remain moist despite being bagged.
These salads didn’t last long in our house because we gobbled up them in one meal. But if you have leftovers, store the toppings separately.
Costco Salad Kits Price
Earthbound Organic Caesar Salad Kit One 24-ounce bag — $8.99
Superfood Selections Sweet Kale Salad Kit Two 14-ounce bags — $6.99
Taylor Farms Green Goddess Chopped Salad Two 12.75 ounce bags — $7.99
Taylor Farms Organic Mediterranean Crunch Chopped Salad Kit One 23.92 ounce bag — $8.49
*Taylor Farms Creamy Italian Salad Two 11-ounce bags — $6.99
Taylor Farms Apple Pecan Salad Kit Two 11-ounce bags — $8.99
Taylor Farms Creamy Dill Pickle Salad Kit Two 12.42 ounce bags — $5.99
Taylor Farms Asian Cashew Chopped Salad Kit Two 12.7 ounce bags — $6.99
Taylor Farms Mexican Street Corn Chopped Salad Kit Two 11.62 ounce bags — $7.99
*Not available in the warehouse as of August 2023
Are Costco Salad Kits Healthy?
Costco salad kits are a convenient way to eat more vegetables. The toppings are where added sugar and saturated fats add up.
Dried cranberries in the sweet kale salad are high in sugar. There aren’t many in the salad, but if you are concerned about sugar intake, you may want to omit them. Also, croutons are primarily baked in butter, which imparts an excellent flavor but increases fat and calories.
If you are concerned about sugar or fat intake, check the toppings and omit them if needed.
How Many People Does The Costco Salad Kit Feed?
The serving size for a dinner salad is one cup, but it’s not a simple measurement. Leafy greens leave a lot of space when measured. To get a proper amount, use two cups of salad. If you prefer not to measure, eyeball two baseball-sized portions per plate.
Based on the package sizes and a one-cup serving size, here are estimates of how many people Costco salad kits will feed.
|Salad||Size||# of Main Course Servings||# of Side SaladServings|
|Earthbound Organic Caesar Salad Kit||24 ounces||3||8|
|Superfood Selections Sweet Kale Salad Kit||(2) 14-ounce bags||3.5||9|
|Taylor Farms Green Goddess Chopped Salad||Two 12.75-ounce bags||3||8.5|
|Taylor Farms Creamy Italian Salad||Two 11-ounce bags||2.75||7|
|Taylor Farms Apple Pecan Salad Kit||Two 11-ounce bags||2.75||7|
|Taylor Farms Creamy Dill Pickle Salad Kit||Two 12.42-ounce bags||3||8|
|Taylor Farms Mexican Street Corn Salad Kit||Two 11.62 ounce bags||3||7|
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