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Yummy salads that keep well (and how to store them)

post #1 of 5
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I need some ideas. 

At the moment, I usually just chuck some baby spinach, tomato, maybe some avo and shallots on my plate each night.  But, I'd like to have some go-to salad in the fridge to just serve as a side with dinner every night. The problem is, every time I make up a big one, it doesn't seem to last long before going yucky, and then it is just a waste.

 

I'm not sure if I could be storing it better?  I normally just whack it in a tupperware container.

 

Does anyone else do this - what types of salads do you make, and what do you use to store them?  Not necessarily "garden" salad - anything!

post #2 of 5

My sweetie stores salads for his lunch throughout the week.  He usually uses romaine lettuce, chopped onion, red pepper, cherry tomatoes and puts in pepperoncini before eating.  I think chopped tomatoes, avocados and olives can make a salad get kind of weird when stored. 

 

Some fruit salads seem to do well with storage.  Pineapple, oranges, grapefruits and melons seem to store well mixed up.  Apples, pears and berries mush out.

 

 

 

 

 

post #3 of 5

This one will last for at least a few days

 

1 capsicum, sliced

2 zucchini, sliced

1 large onion, cut into wedges

a couple of handfuls of spinach, roughly chopped

(you can use other veges too. Mushrooms would probably be good. Roast pumpkin and sweet potato is delicious. Some toasted nuts are also nice - pecans, pine nuts or almonds are my favourites)

1/2 cup dried cous cous

olive oil

lime juice or balsamic vinegar

salt and pepper

 

Toss all veges except spinach in oil, salt and pepper. Spread in a single layer on a baking tray and bake at 200C for 20-30 minutes until the edges are starting to caramelise. Cook the cous cous according to the directions on the packet. 

 

Make a dressing with olive oil, salt and pepper, lime juice/vinegar. Put veges, spinach, cous cous and dressing in a large bowl. Toss to combine. Serve warm or cold. You could also toss some halved cherry tomatoes through as well but I wouldn't store it with the tomatoes added.

post #4 of 5

Great question.  I love salads that can sit in the fridge.

 

This one has been a big hit:

http://www.theperfectpantry.com/2011/05/recipe-for-vegan-broccoli-salad-with-spicy-sesame-peanut-dressing.html

Here's another broccoli salad that my husband and I love, though what I love about it (the garlic!) makes it a mixed success at parties:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/broccoli-with-garlic-and-soy-sauce-recipe3/index.html

 

Here are some salads that are mostly make-ahead.  I've only tried the rice one, which is simple and good:

http://www.veganfamily.co.uk/salads.html

 

This is delicious:

 

http://www.honeywhatscooking.com/2010/05/healthy-avocado-black-bean-salad-before.html

I also do massaged kale salads, though I'm still searching for the absolutely perfect recipe.  I made a very simple one and packed it alongside the rice salad for one road trip, and it was a great combination.

 

 

post #5 of 5

The most delicious Kale Salad ever!  Keeps really well and seems to get better over time!

 

 

Dressing:

 

 

 

¼ c apple cider vinegar.

½ c olive oil

2 tsps honey or agave

½ tsp salt

½ tsp  pepper

½ tsp dried oregano

 

Shake well and pour over kale. Add dried cranberries and toasted walnuts.  You can also add feta if you do cheese.

 

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