The ALDI Nerd Report Card

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Welcome to The ALDI Nerd Report Card!

Ever wonder how that product you see on the shelves at ALDI tastes? Or wonder how it works or what to do with it?  If so, I’ve got you covered!

Join me each week as I review a handful of items that I pick up on my shopping trip. Each item will be “graded” by the following scale:

Grading Scale

  • A = Excellent! I LOVE this product!
  • B = Good! I really like this!
  • C = This is just okay. I like it, but it’s nothing new or exciting.
  • D = Not Great. I’ll keep it, but probably won’t buy another.
  • F = BUMMER! I’ll probably return this to the store.


This week we will be featuring:

  • Little Salad Bar Asian Chopped Salad
  • Select Cuts Uncured Chicken Hot Dogs
  • liveGfree Gluten Free Deluxe Rice Shells & Cheese


Little Salad Bar Asian Chopped Salad

I love these “all-in-one” bagged salads, because they are so simple to open the packages, mix up and voila! You have a veggie to serve with dinner! This Little Salad Bar Asian Chopped Salad Kit did not disappoint!

It is packed full of green and red cabbage, romaine, kale, carrots, and green onion mixed with crunchy sliced almonds and wonton strips.  The sesame dressing inside is delicious too! We ate this along side some hot dogs, (kind of random, I know ha!), but this would be excellent with some chopped up chicken or steak to make it a full meal.

I’d say this bag serves about 3 people, and because my kids won’t eat anything in their salads besides lettuce and cucumber, this allowed generous portions for my husband and I. You may want to pick up an extra bag if you have more salad eaters in the house.


This was my first time seeing this in-store, so I’m hoping it’s a new item and not just an ALDI Find, which are only around for a limited time. Find this for $2.49 a bag in the produce coolers.

The ALDI Nerd Grade: A




Select Cuts Uncured Chicken Hot Dogs

Grill some hot dogs you can feel good about this summer! Select Cuts Uncured Chicken Hot Dogs will do just that. These contain no added nitrates or nitrites, by-products or fillers, or artificial flavors and colors. They are gluten-free, and I love that these have approximately HALF the fat (7 grams) of your typical beef hot dog.


The ingredients are simple and easy to pronounce, and these taste great. We typically tend to buy all-beef hot dogs and these chicken dogs are a lot less greasy. I’m sure these are only around for grilling season, so be sure to try them out ($2.49  for a 7 ct. package)

The ALDI Nerd Grade: B



liveGfree Gluten Free Deluxe Rice Shells & Cheese

We do not have any gluten sensitivities in our family, but I’m always curious to try out gluten-free items to see how they compare to the “gluten-filled” ones. This cooks like your typical box of shells and cheese:

  1. Boil the noodles
  2. Drain.
  3. Mix with cheese from a pouch.

The box specifically states not to over cook the noodles (10-12 minutes) and I can see why. I could see the water I was boiling the noodles in was starting to look starchy about 9 1/2 minutes in, so I checked the noodles and they were plenty cooked.

I could taste no difference between this and eating a wheat based shells & cheese. The kids couldn’t tell either! I might even say it was slightly BETTER because it seemed to taste extra creamy.

This is a regular item at ALDI that you can pick up by the rest of the pasta and sauces for only $1.99.

The ALDI Nerd Grade: B

Have you tried any of this week’s featured items before? What did you think?

3 thoughts on “The ALDI Nerd Report Card”

  1. I have bought the all in one salad (with the poppy seed dressing) for over 2 years at various sites. Love it. So that one is not new…

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