3 Favorite Salad Toppers

These three ingredients are my current favorite salad toppers from Trader Joe’s! A little crunch, a little chew and a hearty bed of kale underneath. 

Base Salad + Toppers

I like to keep some kind of base salad in my fridge so that I can add toppings and proteins based on what I’m craving. Sometimes I massage kale in olive oil and sea salt or a simple dressing or I have a homemade dressing and fresh greens ready to go. Other times it’s a full-on prepared salad or a jar of something good from Plenty, like the Citrus Curry Farro Salad!

I massaged this kale salad in a white balsamic dressing. The recipe is below! I love how neutral it is so that it works well with any toppers I add last minute. Additionally, here are three more homemade dressings I love.

Favorite Salad Toppers

I love a salad with a great combo of flavors and textures: a little cheese, something crunchy, something chewy. These three are all from Trader Joe’s – the king of yummy packaged real foods.

  • Chewy dried mandarin oranges (I’m hooked!)
  • Roasted and salted truffle marcona almonds (can’t get enough!)
  • Parmesan crisps (the best “croutons” imaginable)

We enjoyed this as a side salad with dinner, and it will make a great lunch with any kind of protein on top!

White Balsamic Dressing

This simple homemade dressing is great for all kinds of salads.

Keyword olive oil, salad dressing


  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp honey
  • Big pinch salt
  • 3 grinds black pepper
  • 1 pinch garlic powder or 1 clove fresh garlic, minced


Makes about 6 ounces of dressing. 

More salady things: