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This Thanksgiving salad is the perfect potluck side dish! It’s packed with flavor and freshness. This salad is also super hearty and satisfying, but super healthy! Meal prep this salad ahead of your next holiday party, then wow your friends and family with how delicious it is.

Thanksgiving salad meal prepped and stacked into a large jar.

The large glass jar I used to store my Thanksgiving salad is linked HERE.

What You’ll Need to Make Thanksgiving Salad

Farro: The hearty base that brings a chewy texture and nutty flavor. It’s like a Thanksgiving hug for your taste buds.

Roasted Butternut Squash: Because it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a bit of squash magic. Roasted to perfection, it adds sweetness and a touch of autumn warmth. Or, if you’d like, you can roast sweet potato instead.

Maple Dijon Dressing: A blend of sweet and tangy, this dressing is the secret sauce that ties all the flavors together. Say goodbye to boring salads!

Soft White Cheese (like Feta): Creamy, crumbly, and just the right amount of decadent. The cheese brings that perfect savory balance to the dish.

close-up image of Thanksgiving salad in a bowl with a fork.

Tips and Tricks

  • Make It Ahead: Thanksgiving can be a whirlwind, so make life easier by prepping this salad ahead of time. Stack the ingredients in a large jar starting with the farro and kale at the bottom, then all other ingredients on top. When it’s time to serve, just empty the jar into a large bowl, and toss to combine – it’s that easy!
  • Don’t Forget the Crunch: Toss in some toasted nuts or seeds for that satisfying crunch. Pecans or pumpkin seeds are particularly Thanksgiving-worthy additions that elevate the texture and taste.
  • Mix Up Your Greens: While we love the classic mix of greens, feel free to experiment! Arugula adds a peppery kick, spinach brings a delicate texture, or even kale for a heartier feel. Mix and match to suit your taste.
Thanksgiving salad in a bowl with a fork and spoon.

Adjust This Recipe To Your Dietary Needs

Make it Gluten-Free: Farro contains gluten, so to make this recipe gluten-free, use either brown rice or quinoa instead.

Make it Vegan: Either leave out the cheese, or use your favorite vegan feta in this Thanksgiving salad recipe!

Perfect Potluck Thanksgiving Salad

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Samantha Course: SidesDifficulty: Easy
Servings

10

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

30

minutes
Total time

45

minutes

This Thanksgiving salad is the perfect potluck side dish! It’s packed with flavor and freshness. This salad is also super hearty and satisfying, but still super healthy! Meal prep this salad ahead of your next holiday party, then wow your friends and family with how delicious it is.

Ingredients

  • For the salad:
  • 3 cups cooked farro, or barley, wild rice, or quinoa

  • 1 butternut squash or 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • salt and black pepper, to taste

  • 1 shallot, peeled and thinly sliced

  • 1 head kale, thinly sliced or shredded

  • 1 cup soft cheese, such as feta or goat cheese

  • 2 apples, chopped

  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

  • 1/2 cup unsalted pumpkin seeds, or chopped pecans

  • For the maple Dijon dressing:
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • 1 teaspoon salt

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400° Fahrenheit.
  • Place the cubed butternut squash on a large baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, then season with salt and black pepper.
  • Toss squash to coat in oil then bake for 25-30 minutes, tossing halfway through.
  • While squash is roasting, make the maple Dijon dressing by adding all dressing ingredients to a small bowl and whisking to combine.
  • Once squash is tender, remove from the oven and set aside to cool slightly.
  • If making salad ahead of time, stack in large jar with the farro at the bottom and the chopped kale on top of the farro.
  • Pour maple Dijon dressing over the kale and farro, then stack in the roasted butternut squash, shallots, soft cheese (such as feta), apples, pumpkin seeds, and dried cranberries.
  • If preparing the salad to eat immediately, then simply add all ingredients to a large bowl and toss to combine.

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There you have it – a Thanksgiving Salad that’s as easy to prepare as it is delightful to eat. Whether it’s a colorful side or a standalone star at your Thanksgiving table, this salad is ready to impress. So, gather your ingredients, stack that jar, and let the Thanksgiving feast begin!

Hey there, lunch lovers! Are you tired of sad desk lunches or last-minute takeout decisions? We’ve got the solution – a scrumptious, healthy Meal Prep Chicken Salad Lunch Box that’ll have your coworkers drooling and your taste buds doing the happy dance. So, dust off those meal prep containers and let’s dive into lunchtime bliss!

meal prep chicken salad lunch boxes with crackers on the side.

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What You’ll Need to Make Chicken Salad

Chicken Breast: The star of the show! Opt for boneless, skinless chicken breasts for a lean and protein-packed salad.

Mayonnaise: Go light or use a healthier mayo option if you’re watching your calories. It’s the creamy base that ties everything together. I used Sir Kensington’s Avocado Oil Mayonnaise in my chicken salad.

Pecans or Walnuts: These crunchy nuts add a delightful texture and a hint of nutty flavor to your chicken salad. Choose your favorite!

Fresh Tarragon: Don’t skip this herbaceous gem! Fresh tarragon elevates the flavors to a whole new level.

Lemon Juice: A squeeze of fresh lemon juice provides that zesty kick that makes your taste buds sing.

chicken salad being scooped up with a cracker.

Click HERE for a link to the meal prep lunch boxes I use in this recipe!

Tips and Tricks

  • The Perfect Chicken: Start with perfectly cooked chicken. You can poach it, grill it, or even use rotisserie chicken if you’re short on time. The key is to make sure it’s cooked through but still juicy. Overcooked chicken makes for a dry salad, and we don’t want that!
  • Balance is Key: Play around with the mayo-to-chicken ratio to suit your taste. Some like it creamy, while others prefer a lighter touch. You’re the boss of your lunchbox, so adjust to your heart’s content.
  • Prep for Success: This chicken salad is an MVP in meal prep. Make a big batch on Sunday and portion it into containers for the week. It stays fresh in the fridge, making lunchtime a breeze. Just be sure to keep the nuts separate until you’re ready to dive in to maintain that satisfying crunch.

Meal Prep Chicken Salad Lunch Boxes

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Samantha Course: LunchDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

10

minutes
Total time

25

minutes

Hey there, lunch lovers! Are you tired of sad desk lunches or last-minute takeout decisions? We’ve got the solution – a scrumptious, healthy Meal Prep Chicken Salad Lunch Box that’ll have your coworkers drooling and your taste buds doing the happy dance. So, dust off those meal prep containers and let’s dive into lunchtime bliss!

Ingredients

  • For the chicken salad:
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless and skinless chicken breast

  • 1 cup mayonnaise

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • 2 celery stalks, diced

  • 1/2 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped

  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped

  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, chopped

  • 1 lemon, juiced

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

  • For the lunch boxes:
  • crackers, I used gluten-free crackers

  • cucumbers or carrots, sliced

  • fruit, such as grapes or berries

  • nuts, such as almonds

Directions

  • Place chicken breasts in a wide pot or deep skillet, then pour in enough water until chicken is completely submerged in water.
  • Bring pot to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cover with a lid. Cook for 10-12 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
  • Remove chicken from the water, then place on a cutting board and either chop the chicken into cubes or shred the chicken with two forks.
  • Place chopped or shredded chicken into a large bowl and let cool completely.
  • Once cool, add in all remaining chicken salad ingredients. Mix everything together until well combined.
  • For the lunch boxes:
  • Add the chicken salad to the lunch boxes along with the veggies, fruit, and nuts. Then, store the crackers separately.
  • Store the chicken salad lunch boxes in the fridge for up to 4 days, and store the crackers separately at room temperature.

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Say goodbye to boring lunches and hello to lunchtime bliss with our Meal Prep Chicken Salad Lunch Boxes! It’s the perfect blend of protein, flavor, and convenience. Plus, with our handy tips and tricks, you’ll be the lunchtime hero of your office.

So, go ahead, whip up a batch, and let your taste buds savor the deliciousness. Your coworkers will be envious, and your taste buds will be thanking you. Happy meal prepping!

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Fresh and flavorful mediterranean quinoa salad! This simple salad recipe is loaded with healthy veggies and tossed in a simple lemon dressing. Quinoa, chickpeas, olives, sundried tomatoes, basil, and feta – what’s not to love?!

close-up image of mediterranean quinoa salad in a bowl.

What You’ll Need to Make Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Quinoa – Start with 2 cups of cooked red or white quinoa (I used white quinoa) for this recipe. To cook quinoa, simply rinse 1 cup of dry quinoa, then add to a small saucepan with 2 cups of water and a pinch of salt. Bring the quinoa to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cover with a lid. Simmer quinoa for about 15 minutes, or until all liquid has been absorbed. Once cooked, let cool to room temperature before adding to this salad!

Chickpeas – A can of chickpeas adds some extra protein to this grain salad. However, if you don’t like chickpeas, you can leave them out. Or, feel free to swap out the chickpeas with your favorite white bean – canneloni beans or navy beans would also taste great!

Kalamata Olives – This classic mediterranean ingredient adds tons of delicious flavor to this quinoa salad! Either buy pitted kalamata olives, or slice and pit them yourself for this recipe.

Feta – Another staple ingredient in many mediterranean recipes! Feta cheese is deliciously creamy and salty, and takes this salad recipe to the next level. Though if feta’s not your thing, you can leave it out or replace if with your favorite soft white cheese.

mediterranean quinoa salad ingredients separated in a bowl.

Tips and Tricks

  • This salad is great for meal prep! You can fully prep and store this salad in the fridge for up to 4 days. The flavors will only intensify as it sits.
  • Feel free to change up this salad however you’d like! Not a fan of one of the ingredients? Either leave it out or replace it with whatever you prefer. This mediterranean quinoa salad is super easy to customize and make your own.
  • Love this recipe? Try this very similar Jennifer Aniston salad next!
mediterranean quinoa salad in a bowl with a glass of water on the side.

Adjust This Recipe to Your Dietary Needs

Make it Gluten-Free: Surprise! This mediterranean quinoa salad is already gluten-free! Quinoa is a naturally gluten-free grain.

Make it Vegan/Dairy-Free: Simply leave out the feta, or swap it out for your favorite non-dairy feta – I love this Violife Vegan Feta.

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Samantha Course: MainCuisine: MediterraneanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

0

minutes
Total time

15

minutes

Fresh and flavorful mediterranean quinoa salad! This simple salad recipe is loaded with healthy veggies and tossed in a simple lemon dressing. Quinoa, chickpeas, olives, sundried tomatoes, basil, and feta – what’s not to love?!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa

  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

  • 1/2 English cucumber, chopped

  • 1 bell pepper, chopped

  • 1/2 red onion, chopped

  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives, pitted and sliced in half

  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, finely chopped

  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, finely chopped

  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta

  • For the lemon dressing:
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

  • Add the quinoa, chickpeas, cucumber, bell pepper, red onion, kalamata olive, sun-dried tomatoes, basil, and feta to a large bowl.
  • In a separate small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, dried oregano, salt, and black pepper until combined.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine. Enjoy immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

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I found myself in a salad rut recently. While I LOVE my buffalo chicken salad, it was getting kinda old. So I switched things up this week and added this La Scala chopped salad into the rotation, along with another reader fave, the Jennifer Aniston salad. I simply assemble the salad, portion it into four containers, then store the dressing separately – and it’s been awesome having a quick and easy lunch ready to go every day of the week!

If it’s good enough for a Kardashian, then it’s good enough for me! That’s my motto when it comes to this salad. While I haven’t personally been able to try the original La Scala chopped salad, I scoured the internet for the exact ingredients and recipe to bring you this incredibly delicious replica. It’s fresh, crunchy, full of flavor, and super easy to make. I just know you’re going to love it!

overhead image of la scala chopped salad in a bowl with parmesan cheese on the side.

What You’ll Need to Make the La Scala Chopped Salad

Lettuce – Any crunchy lettuce will work! La Scala uses iceberg lettuce, but I prefer romaine (it has more flavor, in my opinion). Whatever lettuce you use, chop it into small pieces – just like La Scala does!

Chickpeas – Drain and rinse a can of chickpeas, then add to your salad. Chickpeas offer a nice bit of protein to this easy lunch recipe. However, if you don’t have chickpeas, feel free to use any white bean you’d like. Navy beans or cannelloni beans would also taste great!

Italian Salami – Chopped Italian salami adds so much flavor to La Scala’s chopped salad. I recommend using deli salami, and slicing it into strips. Or, you can buy a whole salami, then fully slice it yourself! For a vegetarian/meatless salad, simply leave the salami out.

Mozzarella Cheese – Fresh shredded mozzarella is best, but pre-shredded works as well!

dressing being poured over la scala chopped salad.

Tips and Tricks

  • To meal prep this salad, simply make the salad and divide it between four containers. Then, whisk together the dressing and store separately. When ready to eat, pour dressing over your salad and enjoy!
  • This La Scala chopped salad is gluten-free! However, if you want a little extra crunch, a small handful of croutons makes a delicious addition to this salad.
  • This “Kardashian” salad recipe is also great for a crowd! Toss together in a big bowl, then bring it to your next potluck or dinner party. Everyone will go crazy for this hearty and oh-so satisfying side dish!
la scala chopped salad in a bowl with a fork.

Adjust This Recipe to Your Dietary Needs

Make it Vegan: For a completely plant-based La Scala salad, simply leave out the salami and swap the cheeses for your favorite vegan cheeses. I love Myoko’s Cashew Milk Mozzarella and Violife’s Vegan Parmesan Cheese!

Make it Dairy-Free: Similar to the vegan options, either swap out the cheeses for your favorite non-dairy cheeses, or leave them out of this salad recipe altogether.

La Scala Chopped Salad aka “The Kardashian Salad”

3 from 66 votes
Recipe by Samantha Course: MainDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

0

minutes
Total time

10

minutes

The La Scala chopped salad is widely known as a Kardashian favorite – and it’ll quickly become your favorite, too! Super quick and easy to make, with only a handful of simple ingredients. Make this famous Los Angeles salad at home in just 5 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1 head lettuce, finely chopped (iceberg, romaine, etc.)

  • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

  • 1/2 pound Italian salami, chopped

  • 1 cup freshly shredded mozzarella cheese

  • For the dressing:
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

Directions

  • Add all salad ingredients to a large bowl and toss.
  • Add all dressing ingredients to a small bowl and whisk to combine.
  • Drizzle dressing over salad right before serving.

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Surprisingly simple, but totally delicious buffalo chicken salad! Complete with a homemade ranch dressing, this healthy recipe is FULL of delicious flavor. Quick and easy to make, it’s perfect for meal prep!

overhead image of buffalo chicken salad in a bowl with homemade ranch dressing and buffalo sauce on the side.

What You’ll Need to Make Buffalo Chicken Salad

Chicken – Start by either slicing and pounding chicken breasts until thin, or make your life super easy and buy pre-cut chicken cutlets! Or, if you’re not up for the extra step and can’t find chicken cutlets, then simply cook whole chicken breasts for your salad. If taking this option, you’ll likely need to cook the chicken for 4-5 additional minutes each side. To check if your chicken is fully cooked, insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of a breast. Once the thermometer reads 165° Fahrenheit, then you’re chicken is cooked through and ready for this salad recipe!

Buffalo Sauce – I make my own buffalo sauce for this buffalo chicken salad because it’s truly so easy. However, you can totally buy pre-made buffalo sauce instead, if you’d like. For the homemade buffalo sauce, all you’ll need is hot sauce, melted butter, and honey – that’s it!

Ranch Dressing – Again, I made my own ranch dressing for this salad. But you can buy bottled ranch instead, if that’s more your thing. If I’m short on time or looking for a short cut, I use this Primal Kitchen Vegan Ranch Dressing – it’s lighter and healthier than most other ranch dressings on the market!

Blue Cheese – Salty, tangy blue cheese crumbles are the cherry-on-top of this buffalo chicken salad! Though you can totally add any kind of cheese you’d like to this meal. Or, for a non-dairy salad, leave the blue cheese out altogether.

homemade ranch dressing being poured over a buffalo chicken salad.

Tips and Tricks

  • Meal prep this buffalo chicken salad ahead of a busy week! It’s the perfect grab-and-go lunch recipe. To do this, prepare the salads, then store the buffalo sauce and ranch dressing separately. When ready to eat, dress the salads and enjoy!
  • Feel free to switch out/swap in any ingredients you’d like! This salad is super simple, and easy to customize – so have fun with it and don’t be afraid to make it your own.
  • I always recommend dressing this salad right before serving! Leftover salad (without dressing) will stay fresh in the fridge for up to four days.
buffalo chicken salad in a bowl with a fork.

Adjust This Recipe to Your Dietary Needs

Make it Dairy-Free: For a dairy-free salad, leave out the blue cheese and make the homemade ranch dressing with mayonnaise, instead of Greek yogurt.

Make it Vegan/Vegetarian: Make some simple plant-based swaps to turn this into a vegan buffalo salad recipe! Replace the chicken with chickpeas – toss them in the chicken seasoning, then roast them in the oven at 350° Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes, or until crispy. Also, leave out the blue cheese and use a vegan mayo or plain vegan Greek yogurt to make the ranch dressing.

Buffalo Chicken Salad with Homemade Ranch Dressing

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Samantha Course: MainDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

10

minutes
Total time

15

minutes

Surprisingly simple, but totally delicious buffalo chicken salad! Complete with a homemade ranch dressing, this healthy recipe is FULL of delicious flavor. Quick and easy to make, it’s perfect for meal prep!

Ingredients

  • For the chicken:
  • 1-2 pounds chicken breasts, cut or pounded thin (or chicken cutlets)

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • salt and black pepper, to taste

  • 1 tablespoon oil

  • For the buffalo sauce:
  • 1/2 cup Frank’s hot sauce

  • 1/4 cup melted butter

  • 3 tablespoons honey

  • For the ranch dressing:
  • 1 cup mayo or plain Greek yogurt

  • 2-3 tablespoons milk

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  • For the salad:
  • 1 bunch romaine, chopped

  • 2 celery stalks, chopped

  • 1 avocado, sliced

  • 1/2 English cucumber, chopped

  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots

  • 1/2 cup tomatoes, chopped

  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese

Directions

  • Pat chicken breasts dry with a paper towel, then season on both sides with garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, then sear chicken breasts 4-5 minutes per side or until cooked through.
  • Make the buffalo sauce by whisking together the hot sauce, melted butter, and honey in a small bowl.
  • Make the ranch dressing my whisking together all dressing ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Assemble the salad with romaine, celery, avocado, cucumber, carrots, blue cheese, and the cooked chicken, then top with a drizzle of buffalo sauce and ranch dressing.

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