Thursday, July 28, 2016
Trader Joe's Shaved Brussels Sprouts
One of my favorite salads has become any of a number of primarily lettuce-based Trader Joe's bagged salads combined with a bag of TJ's Cruciferous Crunch Collection. However, the latter has big hunks of raw Brussels sprouts, which I don't mind, but Nina doesn't care for.
Today I was reaching for the CCC again when I spotted this sitting next to it. It's just Brussels sprouts--unlike the CCC, which also has kale, broccoli, green cabbage, and red cabbage. However, the sprouts are chopped much more finely. I thought that might make them go down better. So I grabbed it plus TJ's Organics Herb Salad Mix.
I thought the texture was a hit. The chopped sprouts added little bits of chewy-crunchiness throughout what is otherwise a uniformly soft salad. So a success on that point. However, it was too much of the Brussels sprouts taste. It dominated and made a not particularly pleasant clash with the herbs of the other salad bag.
What TJ's needs is the blend that is in the CCC, but with the sprouts component shaved down like this, instead of in the big chunks. That would be perfect. Are you listening, Trader Joe's?
Will I buy it again?
No. It didn't solve my problem, just exchanged a texture problem for a taste problem.