Toni’s Chopped Salad

Toni’s Chopped Salad is the everyday salad you want to meal prep with all kinds of veggies! Use this sneaky hack to keep everything crisp and not soggy!

Toni's Chopped Salad

My darling grandmother has been making this salad for as long as I can remember.

She would lovingly stand at the counter for over an hour, slicing, dicing, and chopping all the vegetables for this delightful salad.

The best part of the whole recipe? You make this on Sunday and enjoy it all week long, or until it’s gone.

Toni's Chopped Salad

How to make Toni’s Chopped Salad

First, you’ll start by gathering all the ingredients!

Chopped Salad Ingredients:

Lettuce – she used iceberg and romaine, sometimes I just use romaine. Either way, wash your lettuce really well and dry it even better with a lettuce spinner.

chopped up carrots for a salad

Carrots – deliciously hearty, a chopped salad of Toni’s is incomplete without this bright orange and crunchy vegetable!

Celery – another very crunchy vegetable, it’s a must-have in this meal prep salad recipe.

chopped cauliflower for a salad

Cauliflower – while unusual, this salad is a vehicle for getting in as many vegetables as possible in one sitting.

Onion – a sweet onion, and if it’s in season, it has to be a Vidalia! I’ve started using green onions because I always have them on hand, and they’re just so bright green and tasty!

meal prep salad for the week

Optional: chopped broccoli florets, olives, tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell peppers. She includes all of these, but I have a different method for them… Keep reading!

Chopping it all up!

When making this salad, you want every vegetable to be “spoonable” — diced so you need to eat the salad with a spoon rather than a fork.

chopped up salad for meal prep

Invest in a nice chef’s knife, like this one. And while it looks intimidating, I promise it’s safer than a dull knife!

A good wooden cutting board helps with the chopping, too!

As you chop the ingredients wipe your board between each one. You want to reduce the amount of moisture you add to your storage container.

Dice all the vegetables as close to the same size as possible.

As I chop everything, I dump it into the container I store my salad in.

storing salad so it doesn't get soggy

Tips for Storing Salad

I use the same OLD Tupperware she stored her salad in for years. It’s tall, hefty, and fits really well in a fridge. Here’s a 12-cup storage container that would do well.

paper towel to keep salad crisp

Once I’ve mixed everything up in the container, either by shaking it over and over with the lid on or just reaching my clean hands in, I’ll plop a paper towel on the top, before adding the lid.

Then, when I store the container in my fridge, I store it UPSIDE DOWN. So the paper towel ends up on the bottom.

storing salad upside down

Every couple of days, after I’ve portioned out my salad, I’ll replace the damp paper towel with a fresh, dry one.

This helps keeps the salad crisp with no soggy pieces! After 8 days I didn’t have a soggy piece of lettuce! Crazy!

Serving Your Salad

Now comes the fun part of serving your salad!

I eat on this all throughout the week.

For lunch, I’ll top it with Meal Prep Grilled Ranch Chicken.

At dinner time, I’ll eat the salad on the side with some Prosecco Vinaigrette.

Be sure to top your salad with extras like croutons and cheese!

When I make a portion for a meal, I’ll chop up fresh cucumbers and tomatoes to add to the salad. This helps keep the week-long salad crisp, and not let all the juices from the cucumber and tomatoes get on everything.

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toni's chopped salad

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Toni’s Chopped Salad

  • Author: Sweetpea


Toni’s Chopped Salad is the everyday salad you want to meal prep with all kinds of veggies! Use this sneaky hack to keep everything crisp and not soggy!


  • 1 head Iceberg, chopped
  • 4 Carrots, chopped
  • 4 Celery Stalks, chopped
  • 1.5 cups Chopped Cauliflower
  • 1 cup chopped Green Onions


Chop everything up, and store in a large airtight container for up to a week!

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