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make ahead salad recipe idea

30 Second Salad Recipe

  • Author: Sweetpea
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: salad
  • Method: no-cook
  • Cuisine: american




  • 1 TBS Sugar
  • 1 TBS Vinegar
  • 1/2 TBS Dijon Mustard
  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper


  • 16 ounces Cole Slaw Mix
  • Half a 5 ounce box of Baby Spinach
  • 1/4 cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/8 cup Walnuts
  • 1/8 cup Dried Cranberries


  1. In a large salad bowl, add in your sugar and vinegar and whisk until sugar dissolves.
  2. Add in mustard, and whisk again until well combined.
  3. Slowly stream in olive oil, while whisking vigorously to emulsify the dressing.
  4. Add salt and pepper, whisk it up, and give it a taste!
  5. With the emulsified dressing on the bottom of the bowl, add the coleslaw mix on top, followed by the baby spinach, cheese, nuts, and dried fruit.
  6. Don’t mix it, until you are ready to serve! If you’re waiting, just cover and let it sit in the fridge.
  7. When you are ready to serve, using salad tongs/spoons, toss the salad for a FULL 30-SECONDS. Seriously! Set a timer!
  8. Enjoy this salad with any protein or by itself!


If you make the dressing separate, this makes an amazing meal prep salad! Just store in a container with a lid, and scoop some salad out when you need it.

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