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Salad Meal Prep: 29 Salads You Can Prep Once and Eat All Week

Make one of these hearty, meal prep salads once and then enjoy it for days! These salads are delicious and hold up well in the fridge.

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DIY Salad in a Jar

This farm-fresh salad is layered with gorgeous garden vegetables. To keep the greens from wilting, layer the ingredients in Mason jars. If you’d like, store the homemade dressing separately in a mini container. Then, when you’re ready to eat lunch, pour the dressing over your salad and shake to coat.

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Thai Chicken Coleslaw SaladTaste of Home

Thai Chicken Coleslaw Salad

Forget soggy coleslaw leftovers! This crunchy salad can be prepped ahead of time with a store-bought coleslaw mix and rotisserie chicken. Keep the dressing in a separate container and toss to coat your tangy salad when it’s time for lunch. Save the extra rotisserie chicken for an easy weeknight dinner.

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Greek Brown and Wild Rice BowlsTaste of Home

Greek Brown and Wild Rice Bowls

These salad bowls are loaded with fill-you-up fiber and nutrients. To save time during the week, prepare a large pot of rice over the weekend. Then, layer it with your favorite veggies and feta cheese at lunch. To save the leftover avocado, cover it with a stretch pod, and store it in the refrigerator.

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Flat Iron Steak SaladTaste of Home

Flat Iron Steak Salad

This hearty dinner salad is bursting with flavor and bright colors perfect for guests. To prep ahead of time, buy a bag of prewashed lettuce. You can also cook your steak and keep it in the refrigerator for a few days (or in the freezer for a few months.)

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Turkey and Apple Arugula Salad in a JarTaste of Home

Turkey and Apple Arugula Salad in a Jar

Get ready to smile each time you open your refrigerator to see this vibrant salad waiting for you. Whisk up the salad dressing and pour it into your Mason jars. Then, layer the lettuce and fresh veggies. Finally, add the chopped turkey and apple slices when you’re ready to eat.

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Sesame Ramen SaladTaste of Home

Sesame Ramen Salad

Give your old college ramen habit a major upgrade with this make-ahead salad. Prepare the ramen and pork sausage ahead of time and store them in sealed containers. Mix the salad dressing and store in a Mason jar; give it a shake before drizzling it over your salad.

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Mediterranean Bulgur Salad BowlTaste of Home

Mediterranean Bulgur Salad Bowl

This stick-to-your-ribs salad bowl will satisfy any hunger and can be completely made ahead of time. Prepare a large pot of bulgur, then stir in the spinach leaves, tomatoes, onion and seasoning. Zap it in the microwave when you’re ready to eat or enjoy it cold.

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Grilled Pork Noodle SaladTaste of Home

Grilled Pork Noodle Salad

This fresh, Asian-inspired salad is perfect for quick work lunches or dinners outside. To save time, buy precut lettuce and carrots and give them a spin in a salad spinner to dry them and help them last longer. Prep the noodles and pork ahead of time and store them in sealed containers.

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Turkey and Pasta Ranch SaladTaste of Home

Turkey and Pasta Ranch Salad

Cool and crisp with just the right amount of tangy flavor, this salad has the perfect amount of crunch and creaminess. Prep your whole wheat pasta and cooked chicken, then add in the colorful veggies. When you’re ready to enjoy, mix in the dressing and toss to coat.

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Tarragon Tuna SaladTaste of Home

Tarragon Tuna Salad

It doesn’t get much simpler (or tastier) than a quick tuna salad over fresh lettuce leaves. Start by preparing your tuna salad with canned tuna and fresh herbs. Keep it in a sealed container all week, then serve over Bibb lettuce for a crunchy lettuce wrap or add kale for a nutrient-packed bite.

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Vibrant Black-Eyed Pea SaladTaste of Home

Vibrant Black-Eyed Pea Salad

Take a trip to the heart of the South without leaving home. This filling salad is perfect for quick weekday lunches or your office potluck. Chop the vegetables and stir together the ingredients to prep. This salad will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to a week.

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Reuben Salad in a JarTaste of Home

Reuben Salad in a Jar

Get the satisfying bite you crave from a Reuben sandwich in a healthier, more portable dish. Pour your Thousand Island dressing into the bottom of the jar or invest in a few salad jars with separate dressing compartments in the lids. Then layer the veggies, and save the rye bread cubes for last.

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Slow-Cooker Chicken Taco SaladTaste of Home

Slow-Cooker Chicken Taco Salad

Save last night’s leftover slow-cooker chicken to create a quick and delicious lunch salad. For the ultimate easy meal prep, toss all of your ingredients into this salad cutter bowl to prep and store in one easy step.

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Grilled Asian Chicken Pasta SaladTaste of Home

Grilled Asian Chicken Pasta Salad

Healthy pasta anyone? Mix everyone’s favorite carb into a bowl of fresh veggies and grilled chicken for your new go-to salad. To keep the pasta from sticking, rinse it with cold water before stirring it into your salad, and store the dressing in a separate container.

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Avocado & Artichoke Pasta SaladTaste of Home

Avocado & Artichoke Pasta Salad

This colorful pasta salad can be prepared on Sunday and then kept for easy lunches all week long. Boil the pasta and mix in the chopped veggies and cheese. Fold in the fresh dressing and cover in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to eat, top your dish with some diced avocado and enjoy.

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Brussels Sprouts & Quinoa SaladTaste of Home

Brussels Sprouts & Quinoa Salad

This beautiful fall salad combines tender Brussels sprouts, dried cranberries and chopped walnuts with hearty quinoa. It can double as an easy make-ahead side dish for company or a quick dinner salad for one. Prepare the quinoa and toppings ahead of time, then mix in the dressing and store.

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Mediterranean Shrimp Salad in a JarTaste of Home

Mediterranean Shrimp Salad in a Jar

Brighten up your day with this fresh Greek salad. Season the cooked orzo with Greek vinaigrette and fresh herbs and pour it into the bottom of the Mason jars. Then layer the shrimp, veggies and feta cheese. Give the jar a good shake and enjoy your masterpiece.

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Chickpea Mint TabboulehTaste of Home

Chickpea Mint Tabbouleh

Fresh herbs and tasty sun-dried tomatoes combine in this tabbouleh salad perfect for an outdoor cookout or easy lunch on-the-go. Cook the bulgur ahead of time and chop the herbs. A vegetable chopper could save you time. Whisk the dressing together and store it in a sealed container for days.

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Balsamic Steak SaladTaste of Home

Balsamic Steak Salad

Up your salad game with tender, juicy steak and vibrant veggies. Save a step with prewashed lettuce and pre-chopped veggies. Mix the dressing and pour it over your salad at lunchtime. Storing each component separately in this handy Rubbermaid container will keep your produce extra crunchy.

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Almond-Apricot Chicken SaladTaste of Home

Almond-Apricot Chicken Salad

This filling salad is the perfect lunch break on a long day. During your meal prep time, boil the pasta and cook chicken. Feel free to mix the salad and even add the dressing ahead of time. The pasta soaks up the flavor and keeps it from becoming too soggy.

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Summertime Slaw SaladTaste of Home

Summertime Slaw Salad

Looking for a lighter take on your favorite summer side dish? This slaw salad has all the crunch without the extra calories. Start with a bag of prepped coleslaw cabbage and prepare the dressing ahead of time. You can also chop all the veggies at once—look for a great salad knife like this one.

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Ham and Swiss Salad in a JarTaste of Home

Ham and Swiss Salad in a Jar

This lunchbox-friendly salad can be prepped in individual mason jars or a large bowl for a crowd. In each jar, layer in the mayonnaise mixture, ham, peas, onion, eggs, bacon, cheese and lettuce. To keep the lettuce from wilting, be sure to pat it dry with a clean paper towel first.

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Easy Asian-Style Chicken Slaw SaladTaste of Home

Easy Asian-Style Chicken Slaw Salad

This 5-ingredient salad (yep, just 5) will quickly become a family favorite. To whip it up, combine ramen noodles, rotisserie chicken, coleslaw mix, green onions and an Asian vinaigrette. To prep ahead of time, just save the vinaigrette until it’s time to sit down.

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Cashew-Curry Chicken SaladTaste of Home

Cashew-Curry Chicken Salad

Serve this lightened up chicken salad on whole grain bread or over peppery arugula for even more flavor. Greek yogurt serves as a creamy, protein-packed base for the curry dressing, then toss with cooked chicken, crunchy celery, golden raisins and cashews. Wrap in lettuce leaves for an even quicker meal.

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Chopped Greek Salad in a JarTaste of Home

Chopped Greek Salad in a Jar

This savory Mediterranean-style salad is loaded with healthy veggies and creamy feta cheese. Layer the lettuce, veggies and garbanzo beans in a jar, and top them with feta and seasonings. Try storing it in this lettuce bin to keep your produce fresher longer.

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Pesto Corn Salad with ShrimpTaste of Home

Pesto Corn Salad with Shrimp

Clean out your summer garden with this corn, tomato and basil salad. The shrimp adds good-for-you protein and major flavor. Store the shrimp separately and place it on top of your salad when you’re ready to eat. Then add the sliced avocado and enjoy!

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Chicken and Spinach Pasta SaladTaste of Home

Chicken and Spinach Pasta Salad

Pack yourself a hearty dose of healthy nutrients with this spinach pasta salad. Cook the pasta ahead of time, then rinse it in cold water to prevent clumping. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and chill. The pasta may soak up some of the dressing, so reserve a little extra just in case.

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Cool Beans SaladTaste of Home

Cool Beans Salad

Full of yummy protein and fiber, this salad is quick, inexpensive and will satisfy any hunger. Cook the rice and mix in the beans, corn, onions and bell pepper. Prepare the dressing and store it in a sealed container for up to five days.

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Southwestern Pork SaladTaste of Home

Southwestern Pork Salad

Bursting with bright Southwestern flavor, this salad is delicious served warm or cold and keeps well for days. Chop the veggies and cooked pork ahead of time, and mix in the dressing later. If you’d like to add fresh greens, this leak-proof salad container is perfect for keeping ingredients separate until you’re ready to eat.

Carrie Madormo, RN
Now a freelance health and food writer, Carrie worked as a nurse for over a decade. When she isn't hunched over her laptop with a baby in hand, you will find her cooking her grandmother’s recipes, lacing up her running shoes or sipping coffee in the bathroom to hide from her three young children.