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How long does a prepared salad last in the fridge?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 23, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Sooo I'm at work, and I have a salad with me. It's a salad I prepared 4 days ago. Salad dressing is not on the salad of course. It's spinach, cut romaine, peppers, onions, little chopped vegetable bits. It LOOKS ok. Would you eat it? How long can you store a prepared salad like this for in the refrigerator? Do you think this 4 days is pushing it?

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on May 24, 2012
at 04:32 PM

I hate to toss food - drives me crazy! Glad your salad was saved :) Aren't bentos the best? Or dare I say.. BESTOS?? Yeah, I have a terrible sense of humor.

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on May 24, 2012
at 02:54 PM

I usually eat all my food, this was just leftover from a previous work trip, and I hadn't tossed it out yet. I also use bento boxes! They are so nice & compact (though I do have a few character & design ones).

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on May 24, 2012
at 03:21 AM

Oops - forgot to upvote you, OP. Done!

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Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on May 23, 2012
at 10:23 PM

It's probably fine, especially if it's not dressed, so take a sniff. Smells fresh? Great. Toss around with a fork to make sure nothing looks slimy - if yes just pick those bits out and eat away!

Note: I like to keep all my ingredients separate until I physically make the salad, just to not run into what you have, I'll keep apart until it's time to eat. I use a bento and it works awesome. Another thing that is great at absorbing moisture, if you have it all made up, is line the storage bowl with a paper towel then ingredients, seal.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on May 24, 2012
at 04:32 PM

I hate to toss food - drives me crazy! Glad your salad was saved :) Aren't bentos the best? Or dare I say.. BESTOS?? Yeah, I have a terrible sense of humor.

B04787f664abf9bebc28f71bf7825a3c

(877)

on May 24, 2012
at 02:54 PM

I usually eat all my food, this was just leftover from a previous work trip, and I hadn't tossed it out yet. I also use bento boxes! They are so nice & compact (though I do have a few character & design ones).

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on May 23, 2012
at 10:07 PM

Is it in a sealed container? That will make it keep longer. I've kept salad for longer than that and it's been fine. Not optimal in terms of taste/texture, but i don't think dangerous.

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on May 23, 2012
at 10:07 PM

It really depends on how dry the ingredients were when you put them in the bowl. If they salad isn't slimy or have a strange odor, it should be fine.

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Eea6a68f5a7190d13c60e1c72417a581

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on May 23, 2012
at 10:07 PM

Don't eat any black slimey parts and you're probably fine. It won't be the freshest salad....

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