These come in various types and are pre-washed in packets; crisp iceberg lettuce leaves (which I prefer), rocket, plain leaves which look like things cows would chew, plus more exciting mixtures including other vegetables, shredded carrot, nuts etc.

These seem to be replacing the purchase of whole lettuces in some households.

What I am interested to know is what do people call them?

What do you write on the shopping list; packet-salad; bag of leaves; packet lettuce; bag of greens; or what? We have not reached any settled nomenclature in our household, which sometimes leads to confusion.

I am interested in how they are known generically?


I would call it bagged salad. And it seems like the usage is common:

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Some rudimentary research reveals...

Tesco — Salad Bag:

Tesco website

Sainsbury — Prepared Salad:

Sainsbury website

Asda — Prepared Salad:

Asda website

Morrisons — Salad Bag:

Morrisons website

So there doesn't appear to be much of a consensus amongst major British supermarkets. Salad bag or bagged salad is probably more descriptive than "prepared" for a shopping list, though.

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  • I am not happy with the term 'salad'. The latter is usually a term which includes other ingredients not normally found in 'bagged salad' e.g. cucumber, tomatoes, spring onions etc. I'm prepared to recognise it as 'salad' if it contains a range of ingredients, nuts, carrot etc., but if it is simply comprised of leaves it seems presumptuous to call it 'salad'. – WS2 Sep 26 '14 at 12:43
  • @WS2 wouldn't the more precise term be "mixed salad" for a salad that contains other ingredients than salad leaves? Green salad suggests only the leafed variety, no room for Treviso salad or chicory here. But salad embraces all varieties without prejudice. It's a very politically correct term :) – Mari-Lou A Feb 22 '16 at 15:17

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