Summer is the time for BBQs and cookouts and relaxation. In fact, the only thing that stresses me out during the summer is figuring out what to bring to parties and get-togethers we are invited to. Do you ever have the same issue? I have found that often, the easiest thing to bring is a salad. But not just any salad. Not a salad in a bag that you’d get at the warehouse club. I’m taking about hearty and delicious salads that will have your friends begging for the recipe. I am going to be sharing 20 Make Ahead Salads that can be prepared ahead of time and taken on the go this summer.
20 Make Ahead Salads
Click on the links below to grab the recipes for these delicious make ahead salads to take-along with you anywhere you choose! Take them with you to Sunday dinner, your neighbor’s barbecue, or toss them into your cooler during your next beach trip! Before you enjoy all of these amazing salads, make sure you leave a comment on the posts letting my blog friends know that you found them at Mess for Less!
Apple Grape Salad by My Gluten Free Kitchen – This crunchy salad is sure to be a favorite. It is a great way to get kids to eat more fruit.
Cucumber Caprese Salad by Ann’s Entitled Life – If you are a fan of the traditional Caprese salad, you will love this. The cucumber gives it an extra zing!
Healthy Potato Salad by I Was Born To Cook – Do you love potato salad, but not all the calories that go with it? Try this lighter option that doesn’t sacrifice taste.
Creole Potato Salad by Sincerely Mindy – This potato salad has a bit of a spicy kick to it and would be great served with burgers.
Red White & Blue Fruit Salad by Eating Richly – You won’t believe how simple this is to make! A must for a 4th of July BBQ.
Cauliflower Potato Salad by Wholesome Yum – Are you following a keto lifestyle, but still crave potato salad? This one uses cauliflower in place of potatoes.
Roasted Beet and Sweet Potato Salad by Homemade for Elle – Possibly the most colorful make ahead salad you’ll find. Love how vibrant this looks!
Greek Orzo Summer Salad by Cooking on the Front Burner – This salad is so refreshing on a hot summer day. You can find many of the ingredients for this in your garden.
Sweet and Savory Broccoli Salad by Mama to 6 Blessings – In my opinion there is no better way to eat broccoli than in this broccoli salad. Crisp with a hint of sweetness.
Mom’s Best Potato Salad by Sunny Simple Life – This potato salad recipe uses dill pickle juice which really helps set it apart.
Creamy Pea Salad with Bacon by The Forked Spoon – Bacon just makes everything better and this salad is no exception.
Instant Pot Potato Salad by Southern Family Lifestyle – I never thought of making potato salad in a pressure cooker, but it could not be easier.
Pistachio Pudding Cool Whip Salad by Happy Deal Happy Day – This salad makes a great dessert and kids will love the green color.
Cauliflower Mock Potato Salad by The kitchen is My Playground – Sweet pickle relish takes this mock potato salad to the next level.
Favorite Southern Potato Salad by To Simply Inspire – A Southern staple to serve at your next cookout.
Colorful Green Bean Salad by Having Fun Saving & Cooking – This make ahead salad is a wonderful lighter option.
Bean Salad Recipe – My MIL’s Famous Galena Caviar by A Magical Mess – Making this ahead of time will really help the flavors meld.
Watermelon Salad with Feta Cheese & Mint by April Golightly – Watermelon and mint is a delightful combination and this salad adds tasty feta cheese.
Watermelon, Cucumber & Jicama Salad with Coconut Lime Dressing by The Rising Spoon – This hydrating and filling salad is perfect for a hot day.
Broccoli Slaw Salad with Creamy No Mayo Dressing by Flavor The Moments – This will become your new go-to salad. It is so pretty and I love that it has no mayo.
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