as bulk


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This is an extract of Going Dutch by Katie Fforde.

Making salad was soothing. She chopped celery into translucent half-moons, leeks into rings that wouldn't have looked out of place as jewellery, and cucumber into tiny cubes. The carrots and courgettes she grated finely. Lettuce and tomato would only be added as bulk, at the last minute, but she had committed herself to filling the huge old French bowl she used to make bread in, so would need the Little Gems.

Please give me the meaning of "as bulk" in this case. Thanks.
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