Make Ahead Salads For Any Occasion

Everybody is busy these days. That’s why it’s often easier to put together a make ahead salad so you don’t feel rushed when it’s time to dine.

I’ve found different varieties of make ahead salads in case you’re celebrating with friends or family on Labor Day or for any meal.

Here’s a Caprese Orzo Salad from the blog Kylee Cooks. Looks delicious!

The Kylee Cooks blog began in 2008. Her blog was born as a way to connect her with family and friends who always wanted the recipe for whatever she was cooking.

Caprese Orzo Salad:

this caprese orzo salad is the first recipe in this post about salads made long before a meal
Caprese Orzo Salad

Pesto Potato Salad:

this pesto potato salad looks great for lunch or dinner
Pesto Potato Salad

How about this Pesto Potato Salad from the blog Dishing Out Health.

Jamie Vespa is the blogger behind this recipe. She writes the blog Dishing Out Health, a health-centric food blog focusing on all things delicious.

Jamie is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist.

Easy Broccoli Salad:

A broccoli salad for a make ahead salad
Easy Broccoli Salad

An Easy Broccoli Salad Recipe (gluten-free) from the blog Apples For CJ.

Stephanie is the writer behind the blog, Apples For CJ. She is a certified personal trainer and former Accounting professional.

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad:

This Mediterranean Chickpea salad will feed a family for lunch or dinner
Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

A Mediterranean Chickpea Salad from Stephanie Kay Nutrition.

Steph is the blogger behind Stephanie Kay Nutrition. She believes in eating well and cooking well. Her philosophy is simply about making a commitment to yourself that you deserve better.

Lemony Artichoke Salad:

This lemony artichoke salad is perfect as 
a dinner salad for later
Lemony Artichoke Pasta Salad

Gimme Some Oven has this delightful Lemony Artichoke Salad.

Ali is the blogger behind Gimme Some Oven. She’s a born-and-raised Kansas girl who’s currently living the expat life for awhile in Barcelona, Spain.

Fresh Corn Salad:

A corn salad for dining later
Fresh Corn Salad

The husband and wife team, Scott and Chris, of the Cafe Sucre Farine blog, has this Fresh Corn Salad.

Chris is the cook, recipe developer and food stylist, while Scott handles photography, editing and a zillion other behind the scene tasks (including lots of taste-testing).

I hope you enjoy one or all of these make ahead salad recipes. These salads would be great for an impromptu get together.


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  1. All look good. Trying the garbanzo, feta cheese one this evening. Thank you for the great recipes ! ,😊

  2. I printed out some new to me recipes to try. Thanks for sharing. Always looking for new ideas to eat since we are ones who have chosen to stay home more with this virus.

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