These 30+ Delicious Meal Prep Salad Recipes are perfect to make ahead for summer or all year long – they're great for lunches or potlucks!
Summer Salad Recipes
Now that the good weather is finally here, I'm ALL about summer salads! My fave kind of summer salad recipe is one that blends marinated proteins with a variety of greens and veggies – throw in some avocado, add some bomb dressing and a few out of the box toppings like crunchy tortilla strips, fresh herbs and hot peppers, and you've got me sold on salad for lunch or dinner!
The great thing about these summer salad recipes is that you can switch up the ingredients and customize them to whatever you've got on hand. It's all about nailing the dressing and then improvising from there. Really, there's no magic formula, so that's another reason why I love salad meal prep. You really can just go with your cravings and take it from there.
How to meal prep salads
When it comes to meal prepping salads, mason jars are the way to go. They help keep your salads fresh for days so you can make a big batch on the weekend and enjoy them throughout the week.
Layering is key when it comes to storing your salads in mason jars. Make sure you add everything to your jars in the following order:
- Dressing on the very bottom (you can also store it separately on the side).
- Grains like quinoa, brown rice, couscous, etc.
- Protein like chicken, tofu, ground beef, etc.
- Other veggies like bell peppers, onions, sweet potatoes, etc.
- Lettuce or leafy greens on top.
If you’re including any nuts or tortilla strips, I suggest storing those on the side in a little container or Ziploc baggie to keep their texture.
Meal prepping salads in jars is a total game changer! These recipes were developed and designed to be stored in jars so they stay fresh and tasty.
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Green Salads (Romaine, Kale, Arugula & More)
The salads all have a leafy base, ranging from crunch romaine to peppery arugula. You can follow the recipes as instructed or swap out the greens for your favourite! The choice is yours.
Quinoa, Couscous & Bean Salads
Don't like lettuce? No problem! These salads have different bases, including quinoa, couscous, beans and legumes. They're all excellent for prepping ahead.
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Broccoli, Pasta & Potato Salads
If you're looking for a filling salad to bring to a potluck, look no further than these recipes! They're popular options that'll hold up in the fridge for several days.
Homemade Salad Dressings
Looking for a healthy salad dressing? These homemade dressings will last in the fridge for up to 2 months!
Make the following variations with pantry staples:
- Honey Dijon
- Ginger Sesame
Frequently Asked Questions
The secret to meal prepping salads is to store all your ingredients properly to minimize sogginess. I typically will store all my salad ingredients (including any dressings) separately until it's time to eat. If I'm planning on packing my salad for lunch, I like layering ingredients in a mason jar to ensure my greens stay nice and crisp.
Yes, you can! Most of these meal prep salads can last up to 5 days in the fridge if stored correctly.
If your salad has dressing made out of mayonnaise, it shouldn't be kept at room temperature for more than an hour or two. Any longer, you'll risk bacteria growth and getting a food-borne illness. So keep that in mind next time you're serving potato salad at a picnic or potluck.
After you wash lettuce, I recommend you use a salad spinner to ensure it's dry before packing it away in the fridge. Store it in a Ziploc bag or meal prep container with a sheet or two of paper towel on top to ensure it stays fresh.
30+ Delicious Meal Prep Salad Recipes
- 1 lb extra-lean ground beef
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 yellow onion diced
- 1/2 cup dill pickles chopped
- 2 plum tomatoes diced
- 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 cups romaine lettuce chopped
Big Mac sauce
- 1/2 cup light mayo
- 2 tbsp ketchup
- 1 tsp relish
- Cook ground beef with salt in a medium-sized skillet over med-high heat until fat has absorbed and beef is fully cooked, about 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, mix Big Mac sauce ingredients together. Divide sauce among 4 mason jars. Top with ground beef, then layer with onions, pickles, tomatoes, cheese and lettuce.
- Store in the fridge up to 5 days – serve by dumping into a large bowl and enjoy!
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