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My 2 in 1 Salad To Go

August 8th, 2009

What do you do when you want to take a large salad on a weekend camping trip? How do you deal with the extras like the dressing, the blue cheese, the Walla Walla onions? Which lettuce variety will transport best and survive a couple days in the cooler?

These are the questions I asked myself a few days ago as I packed for my husband’s annual salmon fishing trip to British Columbia. This wasn’t a fancy pants trip. The boys were heading to Ucluelet with a tent, sleeping bags, and a couple coolers.  The main mission was to catch salmon. But, healthy eating had to be a priority as well. 

Salad was high on the menu list, and I needed to figure out how to pack it successfully. The ready to go bagged salads seemed too boring. The large salads of mixed greens, nuts, and cheese from Whole Foods were WAY too pricey at nearly $18 a container.

So, on went my thinking cap and off I went to  the thrift store. First things first, I needed to find a suitable container. I normally use Lock and Lock containers when we camp, but the largest one I own was already holding cut up watermelon.  My other Lock and Locks weren’t really big enough.

Funnily enough, I zeroed in on an old fashioned Tupperware Cake container. It was large. It was round. It had a secure lid. It was $1.39.  Turned upside down, it was the perfect vessel for my campground salad.

 At home, I loaded the large cake lid with sliced and cleaned Romaine lettuce, which is heartier and holds up better to transport and temperature changes. I then used separate sandwich baggies to hold the blue cheese, the onions, and bell peppers. Balsamic vinaigrette went into a small Rubbermaid container. Caesar went into a different container. All of this fit into the Tupperware lid. I then locked on the container’s base, which was now my lid.

Voila. Caesar Salad one night.  Mixed salad with Blue Cheese and Balsamic Vinaigrette another.

 A 2 in 1 Salad To Go for probably less than $6, cost of container included!

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