This post is sponsored by Rubbermaid FreshWorks
Salads are my go-to lunch all summer long. And you guys know I tend to get a little crazy with toppings! No two salads of mine are ever the same. I usually include a base of greens, some kind of homemade dressing, a few vegetables, a crunchy topping, and a cheese. And most of the time I’ll add a protein on top – salmon or chicken leftover from dinner, a fried egg, a No Bull Burger, or whatever I have on hand to make it a meal.
I’ve partnered with Rubbermaid FreshWorks just in time for National Salad Month (May) to showcase a week’s worth of lunch salads. Their FreshWorks Produce Savers are designed to keep produce fresher longer than when stored in original store packaging or open in your fridge. The FreshVent in the lid regulates airflow to create the optimal environment for produce, and the CrispTray at the bottom keeps your produce from sitting in moisture and also increases airflow to help reduce spoilage. FreshWorks comes in a variety of sizes – even a long one designed for asparagus! And the collection is dishwasher safe (score).
I did a little experiment to test out the technology and split asparagus, green beans, raspberries, and arugula between FreshWorks and original packaging. Here they were on day 1 looking nice and vibrant!
I did a check in at the 4-day mark and everything still seemed to be doing OK. But by 7 days there was a noticeable difference between the original packages and the produce in FreshWorks. The main difference was the firmness of the produce. Nothing went rotten on me, but the asparagus that was loose in my fridge was totally floppy compared to the crisp and straight FreshWorks stalks. The green beans in a bag were floppy and getting slimy, but the ones stored in the FreshWorks were still firm and dry. Same with the arugula – it hadn’t spoiled in the bag yet, but the FreshWorks arugula was crisper. The raspberries seemed to be about the same to me.
I am certain had I given these all another week the bagged ones would have spoiled first.
Aside from the produce longevity, the produce savers are also great to keep your fridge organized! Having all of my produce in matching see-through containers reminded me of the fruit bowl effect – you will eat what you can see. And I definitely ate a lot of salad last week!
So what kinds of salads did I make? Here they are! Unless otherwise noted, I used my basic homemade dressing (olive oil, white wine vinegar, dijon, honey, lemon, salt and pepper). And often I added some leftover protein on top or had a Greek yogurt on the side, but for simplicity’s sake, I photographed them only as the base salads.
Arugula, green beans, asparagus, tomatoes, strawberries, walnuts, feta
Arugula, strawberries, raspberries, goat cheese, almonds
Kale, sesame soy dressing, avocado, tomatoes
Romaine, cucumber, tomato, olives, feta
Tomatoes, basil, goat cheese, balsamic, olive oil served with toasted sourdough
Arugula, dill, basil, strawberries, olives, avocado
Clean Out The Fridge (Obviously #7!)
Every ingredient you have left on hand!
Thanks to Rubbermaid FreshWorks for inspiring this post. #LongLiveProduce