Here at Kitchn we’re big fans of what Editor-in-Chief Faith Durand calls “salad swag.” When you’re making a salad for lunch, you typically always have greens and maybe a dressing — but the fun stuff, the “swag,” is where things actually get interesting. Maybe you add some shrimp, avocado, and corn (like here). Or maybe it’s chicken, cherry tomatoes, and avocado slices (like here).Whatever you choose for “swag”, there’s no wrong answer, but playing around in the kitchen is always encouraged.
Today Trader Joe’s came out with its Fearless Flyer for May and I was so excited to see that the grocer is making this swag concept so much easier with a new Seedy Salad Almond Topper. In fact, it might just be the most exciting product I’ve seen at Trader Joe’s in some time.
As Trader Joe’s explained in its description of the product, the salad topper is a mix of a bunch of nuts and seeds (sliced almonds, pepitas, sesame seeds, and nigella seeds) with a touch of crushed red pepper flakes for heat. It’s the perfect thing to add a little crunch and heat to plain salads, or on top of a savory breakfast in the morning. Trader Joe’s is selling eight-ounce bags (that’s eight mini-bags per bag) for $3.99.
The Trader Joe’s sleuths behind @traderjoeslist spotted the seedy salad topper on Instagram over the weekend. They thought that it might eclipse the everything bagel salt in popularity, and judging by the excitement in the 273 comments on the post, it’s definitely a possibility.
“It’s SO good, perfect addition to a simple salad!” exclaimed @amy_krikorian. “This is amazing! I always throw most of this stuff on my salad but have to buy separately!” said @rl76. Many of the commenters pointed out that the seedy topping is also Whole30-compliant.
I can see this being an instant hit in the coming months, and won’t be surprised when it takes over Instagram just like everything bagel spice has recently (I mean, did you see these nails?!). Any grocery product that can help my lunch salads be a little more interesting is worth trying out.