Make Ahead Salads

Introducing 14 low-maintenance salads with high-class taste -- from classic potato salad to lime-squeezed, chicken pasta salad. Whether you're out picnicking with the fam or hosting a party for friends, these make-ahead salads are an easy way to set the table in style.

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    Chopped Green Salad

    Mix up edamame, cucumber, green beans, and green grapes for an easy (and color-coordinated!) salad. Serve with homemade herb dressing and sour lemon slices.

     

    Time-saving Tip: Chop and cook the produce the day before you dine to help cut down on prep time -- make the salad dressing, too!

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    Basil Quinoa Salad

    A quick spin in your food processor is all it takes to make this salad's cool citrus dressing. Wait to drizzle the delicious stuff until just before serving -- this keeps your greens nice and fresh.

     

    Time-saving Tip: Pop the quinoa and chop the veggies up to 4 days ahead of time.

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    Stacked Vegetable Salad

    Make any party plate instantly prettier with a Pinterest-worthy veggie salad. The festive, make-ahead salad is layered with a rainbow of goods: zucchini, carrots, red onion, and dill. 

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    Farro and Pine Nut Tabbouleh

    Tabbouleh (tah-boo-lay) is a popular Middle Eastern salad starring tomatoes, mint, onions, and bulgar. Here, we swap their go-to grain for some farro and toasty pine nuts. 

     

    PS: Cheeses add flavor and protein to salads, but they don't hold well over time. If you're making a salad more than four hours ahead, toss in the cheese just before serving.

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    Red Quinoa Salad with Red Chile Vinaigrette

    The secret to keeping lettuce crisp in this raspberry-decked make-ahead salad? Drying the leaves! You'll want to wait to drizzle the pink chile dressing until dinnertime.

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    Caramelized Veggie Lentil Salad

    Boil lentils in garlic and chicken broth for your savoriest salad yet. Dijon and honey shake things up, giving the veggies a sassy-sweet finish. 

     

    Time-saving Tip: Substitute precooked store-bought lentils for the dry lentils. 

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    Tangy Broccoli Salad

    Cashews turn boring broccoli into an enticing global side. Fan of spicy things? You're in luck! Sliced serrano peppers bring red hot heat to this chilled, apricot-studded salad. 

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    Italian Pesto Pasta Salad

    Pasta salad gets an indulgent Italian makeover with the help of jarred pesto, pine nuts, and shaved Parmesan. Chill the gorgeous green salad up to 6 hours before eating. 

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    The Secret to 7-Layer Salad

    Did you know that 7-layer salad gets better overnight? Chilling actually crisps-up the lettuce leaves. Here's our recipe.

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    Spring Salad

    Two minutes on the stove is all these spring greens need. Toss them in homemade dressing -- starring chopped berries and tarragon -- then chill in the fridge for up to 4 hours. Blushing radishes add a fabulous final touch. 

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    Cilantro-Lime Pasta Salad

    Eat colorfully! A squeeze of lime brings lip-smacking goodness to fresh pasta salad. Make prep time on this salad extra speedy with precooked or leftover chicken.

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    Shrimp-and-Rice Noodle Salad

    Break out your chopsticks and twist up oodles of Asian-tossed noodles for dinner. Shrimp, snow pea pods, and serrano peppers, make this salad as good as takeout.

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    Classic Potato Salad

    You can't go wrong with the classics. This creamy potato salad -- coated in mayo, pickle relish, and mustard -- brings sweet nostalgia with every tangy bite. Chill up to 24 hours before eating.

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    Raw Beet Slaw with Fennel, Tart Apple, and Parsley

    Crisp and stylish, this raw slaw features the freshest of ingredients: red beet, tart apple, orange zest, and fennel. Lemon juice in the dressing keeps the apples from browning.

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    Warm Eggplant and Kale Panzanella

    Salad in a slow cooker? You got it! Fill yours with eggplant, tomatoes, sweet pepper, kale, and red onion for a fantastic low-maintenance side. Toast bread crumbs up to a day before. 

  • Next Slideshow Grain Salads

    Grain Salads

    Quinoa, couscous, barley, bulgur, and other grains are the perfect base for a salad that is packed full of flavor and nutrients. Our grain salads capture the essence of each grain and capitalize on their health benefits to ensure a well-rounded dish. Try one of our grain salad recipes for dinner tonight!
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