10 Salads That Will Last in the Fridge — Recipes from The Kitchn

10 Salads That Will Last in the Fridge — Recipes from The Kitchn

A salad that can hold up in the fridge for a few days is a beautiful thing. Not only does it make weekday lunches easier (because you can make one big bowl and dig into it until it runs out), but it also makes things like potlucks and barbecues easier too, as these salads can be made the night before the party and they’ll be ready to go when you need them. In fact, in some cases they’ll even be better with a rest in the fridge.

1. Minty Snap Pea Salad

Bite-sized fresh mozzarella balls add just a bit more substance to this crisp snap pea salad and turn it into something that makes a perfect potluck side salad, or a light lunch.

2. Mediterranean Cauliflower Couscous Salad

While the roasted chickpeas won’t stay crisp once this salad goes into the fridge, it’s so packed with color and flavor that you’ll hardly notice what’s missing.

3. Chopped Kale, Farro & Chickpea Salad

Nutty farro and chickpeas add bulk to this salad without weighing it down. Since kale is such a hearty green, it can last dressed in the fridge for days without wilting.

4. Esquites (Mexican Corn Salad)

You can use either fresh or frozen corn for this Mexican salad, which means you can enjoy it all year long. You’ll definitely want to too, since it’s smoky, spicy, tangy, and easy to make.

5. The Easiest Tangy Cucumber Salad

This quick-pickled cucumber salad is one that actually gets better with age. When the cucumbers have time to rest in the fridge overnight, they soak up all the tangy flavor and become extra flavorful.

6. Kale & Quinoa Salad with Dates, Almonds & Citrus Dressing

Here’s another salad that celebrates the durability of kale. A sweet and tart maple orange dressing brings life to this wholesome salad that’s perfect to pack up for lunch.

7. The Ultimate Grilled Zucchini Salad

Dress the zucchini with the vinaigrette right when it comes off the grill so that it has a chance to be absorbed, although the vegetable will keep soaking in the vinaigrette as it sits in the fridge.

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8. Tomato Chickpea Salad

A few cans of chickpeas and a few pints of cherry tomatoes are all it really takes to pull together this satisfying salad that’s picnic- and potluck-ready.

9. Cold Lentil Salad with Cucumbers and Olives

Both feta and ricotta cheese work great in this salad, so feel free to use whichever you prefer or happen to have on hand. Just hold off on adding the mint until just before serving so it stays green and fresh.

10. Chickpea Waldorf Salad

The base of this Waldorf salad twist will keep in the fridge for up to five days. Just wait to pile it onto fresh spinach until just before serving so the greens don’t wilt.