We select and review products independently. When you purchase through our links we may earn a commission. Learn more.

The Meal Prep Mistake You Didn’t Know You Were Making

Meal prepped food sits inside glass storage container.
Julia Mikhaylova/Shutterstock.com

Meal prepping can be a lifesaver, especially for busy people leading chaotic lives. However, not everyone is meal-prepping correctly. There is one thing that a lot of meal preppers are doing that is completely sabotaging salads.

Adding hot ingredients to the top of your salad greens is utterly ruining your meal prep.

We’ve all been there. You spend time carefully prepping your salads for the week, only to find them limp and lackluster by day two. The culprit? Hot ingredients like grilled chicken or roasted vegetables that are added directly to the greens.

Rubbermaid 5-Piece Brilliance Food Storage Containers for Meal Prep

Keep all your pre-prepped meals fresh with these glass containers.

If you want to keep your salads crisp and your meal prep predictably delicious, here’s the key: separate your hot and cold ingredients.

It’s that simple! When packing your salads, place the hot ingredients in a separate container and let them cool completely before adding them to the greens. This will prevent the heat from wilting the leaves and keep your salads fresh and crispy.

You also may want to pack your salad dressings separately if you don’t already. When you add your salad dressing ahead of time, it can also contribute to sogginess. Adding it just before eating is a great way to keep your salad fresh.

So there you have it! Now you can avoid soggy salads and reap all the health, cost, and convenience benefits of meal prep.

Abbey Ryan Abbey Ryan
Abbey Ryan is a storyteller, preferably of stories in written form. Across the 5 years of her professional writing career, her work has been featured in The Chicago Tribune, Amazon, The Medical News Today, and more. When she's not writing (which is rare), she's likely traveling, painting, or on the hunt for a good snack. Read Full Bio »
LifeSavvy is focused on a single goal: helping you make the most informed purchases possible. Want to know more?