Here's the thing: I really don't like chopping, washing, and drying lettuce—to the point that I rarely eat salads at home. And yet there's a little guilt involved with paying $4 or $5 for the ready-to-eat bags. This one, however, is worth it. This salad hardly needs toppings.
It's the Fresh Herb Salad from Earthbound Farm Organics, a mix of baby lettuces, arugula, and frisee, plus parsley, cilantro, and dill. You think it would be weird to have all of those herbs in one bite, wouldn't you? But it's not. It is delicious.
Of course, if you hate cilantro, this isn't the salad mix for you. And clearly you could make a fresh herb salad with whatever lettuce you prefer and some leftover herbs in your refrigerator. Maybe this will simply provide inspiration.
But I for one am hooked on the ease of this (recycled!) plastic container. The greens are so complex and surprising, I could eat them with nothing but a basic vinaigrette. It's munch, munch, boom! Cilantro! Munch, munch, dill...mmm. I love it.
It seems to come and go at the Whole Foods I frequent. Anyone else out there a fan? How do you feel in general about pre-bagged lettuces?
(Images: Elizabeth Passarella)