What’s up everyone! I hope your weekend has been treating you well. I’ve been focusing on eating a little better lately, so I decided to do a salad based meal prep this week. I revisited one of my favorite salads from years ago to build this Apple Dijon Kale Salad Meal Prep. It’s a super delicious salad and quite filling, thanks to kale’s sturdy leaves. My original thought was to add grilled chicken breast to the meal, which would no doubt be awesome, but opted for cheddar cubes instead because of their low cost, ease of preparation, and my attempt to scale back my meat consumption.
I also paired the salad with my favorite Focaccia Rolls. They’re just so easy, yummy, and they go with just about everything! I made a half batch of the original recipe and then divided the dough into eight pieces (instead of six) for slightly smaller rolls that would fit in my container. Of course, you could always wrap the rolls separately in a sandwich bag.
For more information about meal prepping, how it works, and why I do it, check out Meal Prep 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Prepping and Portioning Meals, or check out my entire Budget-Friendly Meal Prep Archive.
This Meal Prep Includes:
Apple Dijon Kale Salad: $5.40
8 oz. Cheddar Cheese: $1.79*
1/2 recipe Focaccia Rolls: $0.60
Total Cost: $7.79
Cost per meal: $1.90
Cost of leftovers (4 small rolls): $0.20
*Aldi seriously has the best price on cheese!
You have a couple options for packing the dressing for this salad. Since kale is super sturdy and doesn’t wilt quickly, I think this salad would be perfectly fine in the refrigerator for a few days if pre-dressed. In fact, many people prefer kale that has been softened by the oil and vinegar of salad dressing, so it can definitely be a plus. If you want your kale to stay crunchy, simply pack the dressing on the side and add it just before you eat. I got these cute little mini salad dressing containers at Target one day, but there are several options available on Amazon as well.
- The salad recipe makes four BIG portions. If you try to use the containers that are in my photos (found here) you’ll really need to pack the salad in tight to the main compartment. Alternatively, you can use a one compartment dish and just add the cheese on top. The cheese is a great addition to the salad.
- As I mentioned above, you can either leave this salad undressed in the containers and pack the dressing separately, or pre-dress the salad to help soften the kale a bit. The kale holds up really well to dressing, so it will be fine for 3-4 days.
- If browning apples bother you, you can toss the apple slices in a 1/2 tsp lemon juice before adding them to the salad. This will slow, but not completely stop, the browning.
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