Meal prep is a great way to have all of your food ready for the week, enabling you to make healthy choices, and save money while you’re at it! Not only does it keep you on track with your fitness goals, but it saves a lot of time. Imagine coming home after a long day of work, your meal already planned and ready to assemble in mere minutes. Does it sound too good to be true? Don’t worry, that’s why we’re here to send you Weekly Meal Prep inspo every week to get you in the kitchen!

We’ll give you a set of ingredients to work with every week and include seasonal recommendations, when possible. The primary goal with our weekly meal prep guide below is to help you focus your meals predominately around a new set of ingredients or theme every week. We’ll give you a plethora of creative ways to prep these ingredients to create healthy, quick, easy and tasty recipes, so you’ll never be bored.

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This week we’re showcasing salads that use all the best winter produce!

1. Kale

Image Source: Winter Flowering Kale Salad With a Citrus-Dijon Vinaigrette

In the colder, darker season of winter, some may find it hard to get in their adequate amount of veggies on a day to day basis. The cold makes us want warm and cozy dishes, which can mean that we fall behind in the fresh produce department! However, winter vegetables are amazing, and should be used to their full potential. Salads are great to meal prep, since you can chop and wash all your veggies in advance, make your dressings, and either assemble and store in containers for later or just combine the ingredients together whenever you want them! To get started, make the base of your salad a well-loved winter veggie: Kale! This Winter Flowering Kale Salad With a Citrus-Dijon Vinaigrette from Elsa Brobbey is a refreshing, simple and satisfying salad with an awesome dressing.

This Kale and Pumpkin Salad from Maria Llamas pairs kale with another commonly used cold-weather piece of produce, pumpkin! This delicious combo will be your new favorite. Ally McLaughlin‘s Protein-Packed Chickpea and Kale Caesar Salad will satisfy your need for some fresh veggies while also giving you a boost of protein to keep you going all day long.

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2. Cauliflower

High Protein Roasted Cauliflower and Kale Salad With Curried Chickpeas [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

Image Source: High Protein Roasted Cauliflower and Kale Salad With Curried Chickpeas

Cauliflower is a very satisfying vegetable to incorporate into your winter menus. It’s a great healthy ingredient, and it is nourishing to keep you full! Ally McLaughlin brings us another high protein recipe with this amazing High Protein Roasted Cauliflower and Kale Salad With Curried Chickpeas.

If you prefer your salads not served over greens, we’ve got options for you too! Check out this twist on a traditional salad with this Crunchy Cashew Asian Cauliflower Rice Salad from Annabelle RandlesKimberly Espinel‘s Curried Potato, Broccoli, and Cauliflower Salad has amazing flavors and is paired with a creamy and delicious sauce.

3. Beets

Image Source: Kale, Beet, and Pecan Salad With Ginger Dressing

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Beets not only add a beautiful vivid color to salads, but they also add nutrients and a nice sweetness. They’re a very popular winter vegetable, and for good reason! Just look at this bright Kale, Beet, and Pecan Salad With Ginger Dressing from Jesse Lane Lee to see the beauty of beets! Speaking of vivid beets, check out this Bright Beet Salad With Quinoa In a Citrus Vinaigrette from Dana Sandonato.

Linda Wagner‘s Hearty Superfood Salad With Arugula, Kale, and Beets combines beets, kale and more to create a nutrient-rich and tasty salad that you’ll want again and again. Genevieve Yam‘s Chioggia Beet Arugula and Quinoa Salad has the added bonus of quinoa, which will keep you full for even longer while also adding nutrients to your meal.

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While all of those veggies are great stars for their dishes, you still might not want to eat a salad in the cold weather. What if we told you that you could make warm salads? Check out Elsa Brobbey‘s Warm Cauliflower, Chickpea, Kale, and Harissa Salad or Rachel Hanawalt‘s Warm Butternut, Red Cabbage, Quinoa and Almond Salad for some warm options!

Need more salad recipes? We highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 15,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!

Lead Image Source: Warm Cauliflower, Chickpea, Kale, and Harissa Salad

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