Costco naturSource Salad Topper Review

With a combination of sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and sweetened dried cranberries, this Costco naturSource Salad Topper seems like it would work well for adding taste and texture to a lot of different things. However, the fact that it uses soy sauce for seasoning makes it a bit tricky to pair with sweeter things like yogurt or baked goods. If you’re a salad lover like me, this product may have you wondering: does it deliver on taste? Read on to find out!

Image of the Costco naturSource Salad Topper sitting on a table.
Costco naturSource Salad Topper.

Sean and I eat a lot of salad, we eat salad for dinner two to three times a week and if it’s not our main entree that night we’re having it as a side! Despite all of our salad eating I’ve never bought this naturSource Salad Topper because most of the salad kits I buy already contain some kind of topping. I’ve recently decided to start making my own salads and stop buying the kits so I picked this up to try.

My favorite salads from Costco are the Stonemill Kitchens Homestyle Red Potato Salad, Taylor Farms Dill Pickle Salad, Kirkland Signature Quinoa Salad, Eat Smart Sweet Kale Salad Kit, Kirkland Signature Goat Cheese, Pecan and Mixed Greens Salad, Kirkland Signature Kale & Ancient Grains Salad and Kirkland Signature Caesar Salad.

Image of the Costco naturSource Salad Topper product information from the back of the bag.
No artificial colors, flavors and no preservatives in the salad topper.

Location in Store

This salad topper is located in the aisle that has olive oil, salad dressings and dried fruit. The item number is 387546.


This salad topper isn’t anything special. It consists of sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and sweetened dried cranberries. I find the cranberries are very dry and tough despite tasting them from a freshly opened bag which is disappointing.

Top down image of a prepared garden salad in a white bowl. The salad topper is on the top of a bed of greens and there is a drizzle of creamy dressing.
Ready to eat!

When I bought the bag I also thought it would be pretty versatile and I could use it on my yogurt or even some baking but there’s a salty, umami taste coming from the soy sauce. I don’t think the flavor will pair well with sweeter things like yogurt or muffins. I actually don’t even really like the flavor of the soy, I think it’s an odd choice for a salad topper that has sweet cranberries.


The one-kilogram bag costs $10.99 Canadian at Costco which isn’t bad for such a large bag of pumpkin, sunflower and dried cranberries. It will last you forever!

Top down image of the salad topper poured into a white bowl so you can see pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and dried cranberries.
I find the cranberries quite dry and tough.


The bag reseals which helps keep it fresh and the best-before date is seven months from when I purchased it. The bag recommends storing the bag in the refrigerator after opening or at least in a cool-dry place.

Image of the storage instructions from the back of the bag stating to refrigerate after opening.
Store the salad topper in the refrigerator after opening if you have room!

I recommend using this for more savory foods rather than sweet ones! Things like salads, stir fry, baked potatoes and roasted vegetables.



A 1/4 cup serving contains 140 calories, 10 grams of fat, 10 grams of carbohydrates, two grams of fibre, seven grams of sugar, five grams of protein and 70 milligrams of sodium.

I don’t think a lot of people would be consuming this much topper, a quarter cup is probably what you’d use on an entire salad, if not less so. A person probably eats one to two tablespoons of the topper.

Image of the nutrition facts label from the back of the bag.
Nutrition facts.


The ingredients list is short and sweet and the only unhealthy ingredient is a bit of sugar on the cranberries! Sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds are both full of vitamins and healthy fats.

The topper contains soy and may contain tree nuts and sesame. It’s gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan.

Image of the ingredients label from the back of the bag.


Taste: 6/10

Cost: 7/10

Convenience: 10/10

Nutrition: 8.5/10


Walk on by!

I wanted to love this but I just can’t see myself using up the entire one-kilogram bag. I wish they just salted the pumpkin and sunflower seeds instead of using soy sauce.

If you

If you’ve tried this salad topper, what did you think of it?

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10 thoughts on “Costco naturSource Salad Topper Review”

  1. I buy this salad topper and eat it regularly on my salads. My daughter daughter will eat it plain as a snack. I sometimes have the individual ingredients of this salad topper and use those, but I prefer this mixture because of the soy/umami flavor, and its convenience.

  2. A few weeks ago I purchased a ready to eat, pre-packaged salad mix, from my local Utah Costco. It had an amazing topper that I had never had. I went back to buy more and cannot find the salad and have no idea what the topper was. At first I thought it may have been some sort of dried, cooked, lentils. It was light and airy. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  3. I purchased this for daily (lunch) salads and found it a nice addition. Having said that, I doubt I’ll be purchasing it again as I agree that there is little taste or crunch which is what I adore in my salads.

  4. This strikes me as a rather odd product. Why not just buy the ingredients individually in one’s bulk section then it can be customized to one’s own taste. I’ve never been a big fan of dried cranberries so might try dried blueberries instead. Such an easy thing to make!
    Thanks Natalie.

    • Hey @Jan in Waterdown,

      You must have missed the memo on food pairings. Blueberries are a big no-no in salads, unless you’re making a fruit salad.

      Bear in mind that the majority of Costco customers are privileged and their focus is about convenience and processed foods.. They probably wouldn’t know a fresh ingredient if it bit them in the face, lol

  5. Natalie, I certainly enjoy your information. I have been on the list for quite a while.
    I love Costco and I enjoy your opinion as to what to skip over or what is a sure purchase.

    Thank you!


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