Now that the weather is warming up, I’m craving s-a-l-a-d-s like crazy. The only problem with salads? They’re not always easy to pack for lunch. Some salads end up sad and wilted after they’re prepared, which can make it tricky if you’re trying to plan ahead. Whether you need a salad that can stand up to a picnic or you just want to pack a healthy lunch, all of these salads can be made ahead of time!

If you haven’t tried shredded Brussels sprouts in your salad, you’re missing out. I love the crunch they add to this kale salad recipe. Chickpea croutons are an added bonus.

This black bean and corn salad is actually better the next day. Just wait to add the avocado until you’re ready to serve!

This Israeli couscous salad from Our Happy Mess makes a great side dish but it’s filling enough to be an easy lunch option!

make ahead salad

If you love meal prepping, you’ve gotta try these chickpea and lentil taco salad bowls which can be made in one big batch. Get the recipe from She Likes Food!

lentil salad

I know you all love easy recipes which is why this simple chickpea salad is always a hit. It’s SO EASY.


Greek salads are my favorite and this Greek salad with chickpeas just happens to be vegan. Yummy Mummy Kitchen has the recipe for this make ahead gem!

greek salad


This hearty lentil salad literally takes 5 minutes to assemble once your lentils are cooked. It can be made up to 2 days in advance!

Step up your fruit salad game with an orange dijon vinaigrette! This dish from What a Girl Eats would be perfect for brunch!

Fruit salad

Not only does this pomegranate couscous salad sound delicious, but it would instantly make your dinner table 10x as gorgeous. Recipes from a Pantry has you covered.

couscous salad

There’s a reason this Mexican street corn salad is one of the most popular recipes on my blog. It makes an amazing side dish for tacos but it’s also delicious scooped up with a fork. You can make this up to a day in advance!

One of the reasons I love kale is that it can stand up to dressing without getting soggy. This picnic-perfect kale and quinoa salad is no exception. Find the recipe at Pass Me Some Tasty.

picnic salad

Honestly, this chopped asparagus salad with chickpeas and olives is almost too pretty to eat. ALMOST. This gorgeous recipe comes from The View from Great Island.

Speaking of asparagus in salads, this farro and asparagus salad is one of my favorites. I made it for Thanksgiving this past year! Next-day leftovers are just as delicious as the first!

Don’t forget to pin these so you can make them later!

All of the delicious salad recipes can make ahead of time so they're perfect for meal prep or a packed lunch! #salad #recipe

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