Review - Fresh Express Salad Kits

Last month, I had the opportunity to sample the Fresh Express Salad Kits, as a promotion of their “30 Day Salad Swap.” I shared a few coupons with friends and tried out two kits for myself.

My first challenge was finding the kits. Since I don’t shop at Safeway or Albertsons, and only very rarely make a Target run, I had to go out of my way to find them. When I did find them at Target, I was disappointed to find that they stocked only one organic option. Leafy greens are some things I always try to buy organic, but I made the concession because of the coupons I’d been given.

I chose the American Mix (iceberg, romaine, carrots, red cabbage, and radishes), and the 50/50 Mix (spring mix and baby spinach).

The American Mix was definitely my favorite. While I don’t typically buy radishes, I do enjoy them in salads, and it was nice to have them already added in. The mix was crunchy and fresh, and made a great base for a bunch of additional ingredients (leftover garlicky green beans, sugar snap peas, salad beans, sliced almonds, hemp seeds, avocado, and boiled egg, to name a few) and my delicious homemade ranch dressing. I would definitely purchase this again, if it was available as an organic option.

The 50/50 Mix was very disappointing. Despite being 3 days prior to the expiration date stamped on the bag, the baby red oak lettuce and baby red romaine were already getting a little slimy. The whole bag had that “seaweed” smell to it. I ended up having to throw away about 1/3 of the lettuce due to slime contamination. The rest required a strong vinaigrette to cover the “off” flavor caused by the wilting lettuce. It was definitely not a do over.

All in all, it was nice to get free lettuce. We eat a lot of it anyway, and the 30 Day Salad Swap was kind of lost on us. I would have liked to have more organic options available, and unless Fresh Express becomes more readily available in my town, I won’t be going out of my way to buy a bag.

That said, free stuff is free, and you can get coupons from the “30 Day Salad Swap” website if you want to try Fresh Express for yourself. You’ll have to create an account and you’ll immediately receive an emailed coupon for $1 off 2 bags of Fresh Express salad. For further savings, according to their website: “For every 2 bag codes you enter (up to 14 bags in 30 days), you’ll receive a money-saving coupon.” Also, “Enter a total of 15 bag codes within 30 days of signing up, and get $50 in coupons to use all year!”

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