Make Ahead Salads

Warm Eggplant and Kale Panzanella
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.

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!

 

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

To make a tasty seven-layer salad recipe, ensure that your lettuce is dry before you place your salad in the trifle bowl or serving dish. We'€™ll show you a simple way to get the moisture out.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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