Yes. And at the same time, no. Generally speaking, you can freeze bagged salad. However, I would never advise you to do so. Once lettuce is frozen and defrosted, its crunchy leaves will lose its freshness and will turn into a soggy mess because of its high water content.
So if you are freezing your bagged salad to later on eat it as such, then I would recommend you not to freeze it. But, if you are freezing it to make a smoothie or planning to cook the vegetables into a soup, then go right ahead. It won’t make much of a difference if you are going to blend it anyways.
Keep in mind, though, that spinach leaves can be cooked and frozen easily and successfully, so pick them out of the bagged salad and freeze them separately.
How to make bagged salad leaves last longer
If you often find yourself with some leftover bagged salad leaves that you aren’t going to eat fresh, then the fridge can be your primary option for preserving them for a bit.
Bagged salad leaves can stand in the fridge for 3 to 5 days. If your fridge is on the cool side, then it might not withstand the cold for that long.
To stop it from deteriorating fast, it is better to remove the salad from their bag, place it in a glass bowl and then cover the leaves with a dry towel. It should help by absorbing all the excess surrounding moisture.
It is always better to wash your salad leaves right before eating it instead of ahead of time, as washing them can help decrease their shelf life!
How to freeze bagged salad leaves
Just in case you still want to take the risk and try to freeze your fresh lettuce despite all the previous warnings, then you won’t have to do anything except:
- Place your lettuce in a zip-lock bag or freezer-friendly plastic bag.
- Tightly close the bag.
- Label it with the date and the contents of the bag to easily distinguish it from the other food placed in the freezer.
- Transfer the bag to the freezer.
How to defrost bagged salad leaves
If you are planning to use your lettuce leaves in a soup or even a smoothie, then go right ahead and mix them with the other ingredients, no need to thaw them first!
How to use up bagged salad (before freezing or instead of freezing)
Here are some tips and recipe names that bagged salad leaves are a main ingredient in that doesn’t require fresh-out-of-the-market leaves. Meaning that you can use your refrigerated leaves in.
If your bagged salad contains other vegetables such as carrots or zucchini, it is okay to add them to these recipes as well.
- Creamy lettuce soup: served hot or cold
- Rocket pesto: Perfect as a pizza topping
- Salad leaf pesto: usually made as a delicious pasta topping
- Green smoothie with lettuce and lime
- Lettuce and apple juice
- Three ingredient lettuce soup!