Make Ahead Salad – Really?

July 01, 2024 | Christine Hradek

Club Salad

I love to cook and I prefer to eat homemade food most of the time, but I do not want to cook every day. For me, this means that when I do cook, it has to lead to multiple meals. This can be challenging when it comes to salads because a lot of salads just don’t hold up very well for leftovers. This month’s recipe is a solution to that problem! Club Salad combines a chopped vegetable salad and a pasta salad into a hearty meal that you can eat over a couple of days.

Here are some tips to follow if you want to eat this salad over two to three days.

  • Choose a sturdy salad green that does not wilt easily. My favorite is kale.
  • Wait to dress the salad one portion at a time as you eat it. This will save the salad from getting soggy in the refrigerator.
  • Choose chopped veggies that are not super watery. I would choose things like carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower. I would avoid vegetables like cucumbers and tomatoes.
  • Make an amount you can eat within 2-3 days. This recipe is very easy to adjust up and down depending on your needs.

Whether you are planning for leftovers for yourself or need to make a salad ahead for a get-together, Club Salad is a great one. Check out the recipe on Spend Smart. Eat Smart. today.

Christine Hradek

Christine Hradek is a State Nutrition Specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. She coordinates ISU’s programs which help families with low income make healthy choices with limited food budgets. Christine loves helping families learn to prepare healthy foods, have fun in the kitchen and save money. In her spare time, Christine enjoys cooking, entertaining and cheering on her favorite college football teams with her family and friends.

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