These make ahead salads will keep well in the fridge overnight. They're great for entertaining because your can make them the day before and simply garnish before serving. Follow these recipes and tips and tricks for salads that you can make ahead.
Summer entertaining for many is the highlight of the season. Friends and family, a bounty of food and drink and (with some planning) a stress-free host!
If you’re a host, or you’ve been asked to bring a salad to an event, these make ahead salads that keep can help you be prepared ahead of time so you can focus on the good stuff.
Salads made with mostly grains, legumes and hardier vegetables (such as potatoes, carrot, cabbage, broccoli and kale) are great for making ahead of time. These will keep much better than salads with soft leafy greens like lettuce and spinach, especially once dressed.
Potato and pasta salads keep well but tend to absorb the dressing overnight. This makes them extra flavourful, but can also make them a little dry. Reserve some dressing and refresh the salad if needed before serving.
Crunchy elements like croutons, toasted nuts and seeds, or delicate herbs for garnish should be kept separate and added at the last minute.
Here are lots of salad recipes that can be made the day before, with tips for the best results:
Want to prepare a leafy salad ahead of time? The basics of keeping a leafy salad fresh include keeping the salad cool and dry as much as possible. Here are some tips for packing a leafy salad the night before to keep it fresh:
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Get the recipe: Pesto Pasta Salad with Mozzarella Cubes
These creamy mozzarella cubes keep better in this pasta salad because they're not as wet as fresh bocconcini or mozzarella. If needed, refresh this salad with extra pesto before serving.
Get the recipe: Quinoa Pilaf with Broccoli, Black Beans, Corn & Herbs
This pilaf is packed with vegetables, making it a great side or extra hearty salad. It can be served warm or cold, stir in the spinach and herbs just before serving.