March 16, 2013

Super Spinach Salad {Trader Joe's}

When traveling, I love buying prepared salads from grocery stores, but when I'm home they just serve as inspiration.  I was shopping at Trader Joe's the other day and liked the look of their Super Spinach Salad, so I quickly pulled out my phone to snap a photo of the ingredient list so I could recreate it.

From the Fearless Flyer - "Trader Joe’s Super Spinach Salad is a super-delicious, super-nutritious blend of fresh baby spinach, shredded carrots, dried cranberries, quinoa, shelled edamame, grape tomatoes, chickpeas and pumpkin seeds."

The components of this salad are fairly standard, but it's one of those things where I wouldn't necessarily think to combine them. 

I find that I'm more likely to eat salads when all the ingredients are prepped and ready in my fridge.  I like using Ziploc glass containers for that purpose, in fact I often find myself wishing I had more because they're handy little containers.  I bought mine at Woodman's, if you're looking to get some.

I like leaf lettuce salads, but I'm not a huge fan of spinach salads, so for round two I tried the salad sans spinach and it was great!


  1. What kind of dressing did you make/use? The carrot ginger miso they used sounds delicious, so I was curious!

    1. That's a good question, I meant to mention that. First, I tried the orange ginger dressing from Oh She Glows, which I love on a different salad, but didn't care for on this one. Then I tried my standard balsamic vinaigrette and that was good, so I stuck with it. I agree that the carrot ginger miso sounds great and I should really look up a recipe to try and recreate that aspect of the salad too!

  2. What would we do without Trader Joe's!

  3. I just added the ingredients for this salad to my grocery list for our lunches this week. Going to make your balsamic dressing too.

  4. This looks delicious! I do the same thing--take a pic or take notes of ingredients to try and re-create.

  5. Carrot ginger dressing from Whole Foods is very similar to the one TJ's adds to this salad, and is quite light. Check the refrigerated section at Whole Foods, it's in a glass bottle and is quite delicious.

    For my variation of the salad, I like to add sunflower seeds for some crunch, and skip pumpkin seeds and cranberries.