Woman's 'brilliant' homemade salad hack divides Facebook group: 'I don't think so'

It's like having a Subway store in your own house.

A simple snap of a homemade salad bar has been praised on Facebook – and it’s something you can recreate at home. Samantha Dobrow shared a photo of the salad bar she created in her fridge, using Rubbermaid containers and an array of aesthetically pleasing ingredients.

She popped the containers into one of her fridge drawers, filling them with a leafy green salad mix, artichokes, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, cheese, capsicum, green onions, red onions, olives, radishes, grated carrot, cucumber and legumes.

“I’d like to share my actual fridge drawer. A few weeks ago I set up this ‘salad bar’. It is sustainable and very convenient. I can eat salad for nine days or so,” she wrote.

Samantha continued: “This is my real fridge and it works for me. I have very good luck [with] my veggies staying fresh. Yes, I may have to get a bag of lettuce occasionally, but at least everything else is ready. I can’t take credit for the idea but I can take credit for implementing the idea.”

Homemade salad bar goes viral: ‘Brilliant’

Samatha’s post stunned many Facebook users, racking up over 72,000 reactions and 6,000 comments. One person said that having a salad drawer like this could possibly help them cut down food waste, while another said the “brilliant” idea was like having a “Subway store” in the fridge.


“As a salad lover I feel like I would literally eat salad for breakfast, lunch and dinner if I had this setup,” a user commented.

“Okay look, this is just perfect. I feel emotionally connected to this picture and now I want to do the same in my fridge,” another wrote.

“That’s unbelievable, I never thought I’d have a dream fridge drawer. Now I NEED one,” a person remarked.

“I’d definitely eat more salads if I did that! But not like, a whole one. I’d just eat the equivalent of a few salads by eating a few handfuls of every ingredient every time I came to the fridge wondering what to eat,” another joked.

L: Six clear containers holding salad bar ingredients. R: Six plastic containers holding salad bar ingredients with a lid on top.
Other savvy shoppers shared snaps of their smaller salad bars. Photo: Facebook/Dull Women's Club

'Won't be fresh'

While the post received plenty of praise there were also, naturally, a fair few comments casting doubt on how long the veggies could actually stay fresh for as long as nine days.

"What a great idea," someone wrote. "But nine days seems a little long for cut veggies to last without spoiling."

"Salad does not stay fresh for 9 days," another added.

Many group members were sceptical that veggies could last for nine days once cut and diced. Credit: Getty Images
Many group members were sceptical that veggies could last for nine days once cut and diced. Credit: Getty Images

Someone else wrote, "9days??? Maximum would be 5/6 days … fab idea though."

"I'm not sure I would eat prepped veg and cooked beans that had been nine days in a chiller," mused another member of the group. "Bacterial growth? Fermentation? And I'm really relaxed about use-by dates."

"That... won't be fresh in 9 days," another person simply said.

"9 Days??! I don't think so!", chimed in another.

Other shoppers share their homemade salad bar tips

Despite the scattered scepticism, lots of people were fans of the homemade salad bar hack, with some commenting on the post about their own experiences.

“I’ve done this before in the past using an extra large shallow container with a lid. Then I put all the salad bar contents in (divided) like in the pic, then put the main container’s lid on. Since it was all airtight in the main container I didn’t use lids on the individual things inside. And it was easy to pull out the whole ‘salad bar’ and set out to use,” one person wrote.


“If you would like [the veggies] to last a little longer you can put a dry paper towel in the bottom of each container to absorb moisture,” another added.

“I’ve used the small glass containers from IKEA and placed them inside the bigger one. Stays fresh all week and [I] keep the lettuce on the side to stay fresher,” a third chimed in.

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