A Salad Bar (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Make Ahead)

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There are times in life when you come across an idea and you say to yourself, “Why haven’t I been doing this all along?” They are usually simple ideas that make your life even simpler. And that alone makes them brilliant.

Those who know me know how much I love salad, especially for lunch. I feel so much better filling up on veggies and protein midday. But, truth be told, I can get kinda lazy. It takes awhile to prep my own lunch in addition to the kids’ meal. I’m sure that I spend a good half hour getting my plate ready.

My friend Sheila told me years ago that she filled a divided Tupperware tray with salad fixings, but I guess it went in one ear and out the other. Reading Amy’s post this morning was a great reminder of how easy it is to make a real “salad bar” to slide in and out of the fridge. Amy was able to use her crisper drawer, but I just grabbed a large rimmed cookie sheet and spent about half an hour, chopping, slicing, and dicing and assembling all the different toppings I enjoy on a salad. I don’t know how long it will last, but I have a feeling it will make mealtime a lot easier.

Finding great make-ahead meal ideas is a key to saving your time and increasing your home comforts. What recipes do you make ahead?

Share them with us! Leave your link in Mr Linky or in the comments. Guidelines are here. Please stick to topic — or you will chopped.

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About Jessica Fisher

I believe you can get great meals on the table -- and still keep that pretty smile on your face.

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  1. Phyllis Sommer says

    that is a supergorgeous salad. i'm stopping by for lunch:-)

  2. Amy @ Finer Things says

    Even I like salads when they are that pretty. 🙂

  3. What a fantastic idea. It's so simple, yet I can see how it would save lots of prep and cleanup time. Makes the whole idea of a lunchtime salad that much more do-able.

  4. GREAT idea!

  5. Amy@ MomsToolbox says

    Yum! Your salad bar is making me hungry… and in a good way! I think I might give your idea a try, too. 🙂

  6. Great idea!! I love salads but never take the time at lunch either.

  7. Is it OK to add posts that are a couple days old? I did a feature on my blog for make-ahead baby/toddler food on Tuesday, and I went ahead and added it to the list here. HOpe it's OK!

  8. FishMama says

    Yes, that is fine! Thanks for asking.

  9. Thanks for this reminder! I am always out of energy after feeding lunch to at least half a dozen kids to make what I really want, which is usually something lighter…like a salad. I even have one of those divided Tupperware things so I'm going to dig it out today! I even got some salad topping ideas from your picture!

  10. Trixie says

    I love all the great recipes and meal ideas shared here on the recipe swap. It is so great to see recipes used by real families — not something cooked up by a magazine food editor.



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