20+ Delicious Summer Salads that Keep Well for Days!

by Robin

I LOVE me a salad that keeps for days - and I adore how often these recipes get better with time!  Some kind of magic happens in the fridge - that turns a great tasting salad into something even more wonderful with some time for the ingredients to get to know each other.

Why I also love lettuce-free salads for summer is their sheer convenience.  I am a faithful meal planner during the school year - it keeps us on track for time and budget!  But, for some reason, when school's out I slack off almost completely.

We have this blind spot when planning our summer meals: Summertime meal planning sounds like, "We'll just barbecue something. No problem."  And then Ed fires up the BBQ and grills something wonderful.  Problem is 5 minutes before supper he pops his head inside and says, "Oh yeah, we'll need a vegetable."  And then we scramble.

We don't ever forget vegetables during the school year!  What happens to our brains in summer?!  If we're lucky there's something we can harvest from our driveway vegetable garden, but sometimes we're a bit stuck.

This is where salads that keep well show their quality: they can happily be waiting in the fridge for when we forget to plan something.  They're also wonderful for potlucks and parties - make them days ahead and there's no frantic prep right before.

I created this 3-Minute Broccoli Coleslaw with this in mind.  It was inspired by an absolutely delicious coleslaw that my mother-in-law often makes.  As usual with my recipes - I took her's and figured out how to make it in the laziest way possible.  The results are fast, easy and pretty healthy.

What follows is 20+ more ideas for great make-ahead salad recipes that keep well - and get better!

1. Tri Color Pasta Salad from Courtney's Sweets

3. Creamy Salad with Bacon from The Forked Spoon

4. Orzo with Everything from Sheri Silver

6. Raw Beet Salad from Bacon is Magic

7. Broccoli Salad with Bacon from I Heart Naptime

8. Asparagus Potato Salad from Allergy Girl Eats

9. Honey Roasted Carrot Lentil Salad from Allergy Girl Eats

10. Butternut Squash Wild Rice with Cranberries and Fennel from Caroline's Cooking

11. Primavera Pasta Salad from It Bakes Me Happy

12. Avocado Tuna Salad from Real Balanced

13. Rainbow Buckwheat Salad from Strength and Sunshine

14. Asian Cucumber Salad from Dinner at the Zoo

15. Ramen Noodle Salad from Confessions of a Fit Foodie

16. Lemon Orzo Pasta Salad from Sunday Supper Movement

17. Forbidden Black Rice Mango Salad from Healthy Helper

18. Grilled Veggie & Quinoa Salad from The Mommy Mix

19. Mediterranean Lentil Quinoa Rice Salad from Garden in the Kitchen

20. Spaghetti Salad from Dinner at the Zoo

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