Salads To Go

make ahead salads

Come on, admit it guys, these are basically the cutest Salads To Go you’ve ever seen in your whole life! Last year we made a recipe where we put our salads in plastic tumblers, which was great because it’s always nice to prep your lunch in advance. But then we thought what if you’re having a party? Or going to a picnic? What if you want to take a salads to go but can’t wash dishes later? Our answer was recyclable plastic cups and forks and a great recipe for kale and chicken salad. Consider our salads to go as the next great addition to your summer diet!

how to make salads for lunch

Combine the kale and broccoli slaw together in a large bowl. 

salads on the go

Add in the remaining ingredients. You can decide what you’d like to add. We’re using chicken (rotisserie from the store), sunflower seeds, and dried cranberries!

salad in a large bowl

Once you’ve combined everything together, divide the salad among 6 or 8 plastic cups with lids.

how to make lunch ahead

Seal each with their lid and then stick a plastic fork through the top where the straws usually go.

simple lunches with no hassle

Place them in the fridge and just grab and go whenever you need a quick and healthy lunch!

kitchen tricks and tips

These are perfect for backyard parties or outdoor picnics because they keep well and are convenient because of the forks! Consider making salads to go at the beginning of the week and then having them in the fridge for lunch at work! 

healthy lunches
Salad To Go
Serves 8
Our Salad To Go is the easiest and healthiest lunch possible for during the work week. Make a big batch and keep them in the fridge for you and the family!
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
  1. 4 cups fresh kale, shredded
  2. 2 cups broccoli slaw
  3. 1 cup shredded rotisserie chicken
  4. 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  5. 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  6. 4 to 8 tablespoons balsamic dressing
  7. 6 to 8 plastic cups with lids
  8. 6 to 8 plastic forks
  1. Toss all of the salad ingredients together in a large bowl. Divide among 6 to 8 plastic cups and seal with lids. Stick the forks through the straw openings at the top. Keep in fridge until ready to eat.
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18 Responses to “Salads To Go”

  1. Toni

    I LOVE this idea… you wouldnt have any thoughts on cold to go pasta salads like this would you 🙂

  2. Sarah

    I would rather you NOT use throw away cups, tops and forks. Convert this thought process to reusable items PLEASE. All of this stuff you promote here will go in the garbage! Can we no longer wash our containers and forks? I can and do.

    • Rachel Hollis

      Hi Sarah,

      As I mentioned in the post you can absolutely use reusable cups and forks, or wash the plastic items or use recyclable items. No need to bring out the shouty capitals.

  3. rachael

    Love the recipe, and the idea, but for sanitary reasons (and I’m a little ocd) I would put the forks tines down then put the lid on, leaving the handle of the for being the part that sticks out of the lid.

  4. Lisa Luke

    What a fantastic idea! One of my biggest hurdles in eating healthy is the preparation and having items that are grab & go. Keep them coming!

  5. Theresa Campbell

    Love this idea!!
    I also thought the fork part should be inside because of the dressing getting all over it!
    For people who are environmentally conscience as Sarah is…why not get small sippy cups with lids that have a hole for straws? They will also make a nice parting gift that people can take home! For small gatherings that would be great! For large gatherings, I like the
    So many uses for this!!!

  6. Noémie

    Hello Rachel. I love your blog. Thx for sharing all with us.
    Could you tell me after how many days is the salad to go expired?

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