Continuing my “I love salads but hate making them at home” theme, here’s a salad I pine for: Trader Joe’s Kale and Edamame Bistro Salad.
Now, for the most part (like 90% of the time) I bring lunch to work everyday.
On days when I forget to bring lunch and need to go to Trader Joe’s to pick up groceries anyway, this is my go to selection.
Kale is a nutritional powerhouse, as well as edamame. Cranberries are thrown in for a little sweetness, almonds for additional protein and crunch, tomatoes because duh, they’re yummy, and the tangy lemon dressing balances everything out.
The Trader Joe’s salad is great, BUT okay, #1 it costs $4. #2 there’s too much dressing, which, no surprise, is loaded with calories. Ain’tnobodygottimeforthat. Make your own at home for a fraction of the price and calories.
If you’re just starting to build up your pantry, you may need to buy quite a few of these ingredients, which of course is going to add up to way more than $4. Here’s the great part: nearly ALL of the ingredients are shelf-stable, so once you have everything, all you’ll need to buy if you want to make this salad again in a few weeks is some fresh kale and a tomato!
Oh, and P.S.! This salad, including dressing is only about 300 calories!!
knockoff trader joe’s kale and edamame salad
makes 1 salad
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 tsp water
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 3/4 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 tsp mayo
- 1/2 tsp yellow mustard
- 1 pinch each dried parsley, thyme, oregano, and basil OR 2 pinches Italian seasoning
- 1 pinch salt
- 2 cups finely chopped kale
- 1/2 cup frozen shelled edamame beans, thawed
- 1 tbsp sliced almonds
- 1/2 tbsp dried cranberries
- 1 Roma tomato, seeded and chopped
Add all the dressing ingredients to a medium-sized bowl and whisk together.
Add all the salad ingredients to the same bowl and toss until kale is coated with the dressing. Eat immediately.
Excellent recipe to recreate Trader Joe’s Kale and Edamame Bistro Salad at home for a fraction of the cost and calories.
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