This Is the Single Best Salad Kit You Can Get at Costco

updated May 24, 2019
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For a store that averages 144,500 square feet, Costco stocks surprisingly few salad kits. You’ve probably heard the idea before: A typical Costco only carries about 4,000 different items, while the average grocery store has 50,000. So, instead of a dozen different brands of, say, ketchup, Costco carries just one or two (a few at most!). And this is true in the salad kit department, as well.

When we went to Costco to stock up on salad kits for this massive salad kit taste test we were doing, we only found three different bags to choose from. (We found a similarly sized selection at Sam’s Club, too.) Which one should you buy during your next visit? Keep reading to find out.

The Best Salad Kit at Costco

There was a spinach kit, but we skipped it because it already looked like it was going bad in the bag. That left us with the Asian Chopped Salad Kit and Sweet Kale Chou Frise Doux.

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If we had to pick a favorite, which we do, for the sake of research, we’d vote for the Asian Chopped Salad Kit.

The base is made of cabbage, celery, and cilantro. The mix-ins include lots of crunch — cashews, sesame seeds, almonds, and wonton strips. And you toss it all with an Asian Sesame dressing. Of all the “Asian Salad Kits” we tried during this project, this was the only one to include cashews and had the most flavorful dressing. Actually, it was the most flavorful — full stop. Mostly because of the cilantro, sesame seeds, and that sweet-but-not-too-sweet dressing.

That said, both kits really were very good and although they were larger than most of the other bags we bought (this is Costco, after all), that didn’t end up to be a detriment. “I was hesitant to buy any salad kits at Costco because I was worried that my small family wouldn’t eat through them fast enough,” says Associate Food Editor, Meghan Splawn. “But because both of these salads use hearty greens and cabbage as a base. I found that we could eat them one night as part of dinner and then pack up the leftovers for lunches and the salads held up really well. Even once they were dressed!”

Does your Costco carry more salad kits? Do you have a favorite kit you like to pick up at the warehouse store? Tell us in the comments below.