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My love of veggies started at an early age. If my baby book is any indication, then indeed I was started on the likes of creamed corn and collard greens before I was even six months old.
But my mom insists she encouraged my love of salads early on too. Childhood memories of memories of eating out confirm that she’s right as I have always gravitated to salads when dining out. Even now, when we dine out I’ve at a minimum ordered a side salad at almost all of the restaurants we frequent.
No matter where I go, where I go or what salad I order my general expectations remain the same. In a nutshell, I want quality ingredients that taste good for a price that doesn’t break the bank. Sadly things like salads, especially healthier ones that aren’t mingled with processed foods and doused in excessive amounts of fatty dressing, are pricier than other items on the menu especially when at casual dining restaurants.
A few days ago while browsing at Walmart I located a product I never would have imagined existed. Nestle’s Lean Cuisine Salad Additions includes frozen chicken and veggies already portioned out along with salad dressing ready to toss by in a container that can be ready in minutes – you only need to add lettuce for a complete salad. There are several varieties available of the salad but I ended up slightly disappointed by the selection at my local store as there was only one variety to choose from. To view photos of my entire shopping trip, check out my Google+ album here.
I purchased the Bistro Chicken that was available which included grilled white meat chicken, asparagus, yellow carrots, red peppers, crispy onion straws, and a sweet and tangy vinaigrette dressing. With frozen ingredients I’m never quite sure what to expect. Even with things I’ve frozen myself I worry about ingredients losing their texture and flavor but the Lean Cuisine Salad Additions surprised me. The grilled chicken was moist and flavorful, the asparagus was a surprising and delightful addition, the dressing included bacon (what’s not to love about bacon in anything?!), but my favorite part was the crispy onion straws. The salad was very competitive with casual dining restaurants with similar offerings in regards to taste, price, and flavor. I’ll be on the lookout for an expanded section of the Lean Cuisine Salad Additions next time I’m at Walmart.
If you’d like to try out Nestle Lean Cuisine Salad Additions for yourself, there will be a nationwide magazine ad with a coupon going out on 1/6/13 and in-store demos (in select Walmart stores) with coupons on 1/13/13.
To learn more about Nestle Lean Cuisine Salad Additions, visit the Lean Cuisine website or connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.