I like to work smarter not harder in the kitchen and I am always trying to figure out where I can cut corners and save time. Not wanting to get out all the ingredients to make fresh salads every day I started batch prepping them years ago. Over time I have changed and modified that process. Now I am making them even easier! Yes, you can batch prep salads and have them last for days in the fridge. We made a video to show you exactly how it works in our kitchen.
You don’t have to use the exact same ingredients that I use. Choose your favorite greens and raw vegetables to create your favorite salad base. As I share with you in the video, be sure your greens are dry – if there is too much moisture, that makes them get soggy. If you start with the freshest ingredients you can, the salads will last longer.
This is what I use for my base salad mix. If I want to add more moist ingredients like cut celery, bell peppers, cucumbers, sprouts and fresh fruit those get added the day I eat the salad. I just haven’t had great luck adding them when I batch prep the salads. Experiment and see what ingredients work best for you.
Edited 9/03/21 I am now using organic pre-washed arugula in place of the romaine lettuce. I buy 3 bags of arugula and divide it among the salads with all the other ingredients and I am now making 14 salads instead of 12 with these same ingredients. The salads are a little bit smaller but still just as satisfying when we add our starch and fruit to them.
These salads will last a week no problem in our fridge. We have even eaten them 10 days later and they were fine.
This is how they fit in our refrigerator.
This is what it looks like 7 days later.
The romaine lettuce will oxidize a little on the edges after a few days.
We will take the batch prepped salads, chop them in our Holland Wood Bowl with a mezzaluna knife and top them with delicious ingredients and they become the most delightful salad meal! See my Chopped Salad blog posts. I alsopost about my salads all the time on the Nutmeg Notebook Instagram and Facebook pages.
I have been eating a salad a day as one of my main meals since adopting a whole food plant based lifestyle in 2013. It is one of the healthy habits that I learned from Dr. Joel Fuhrman. It helped me lose weight and it has helped me maintain my weight loss for 6 years!
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