Don't you love when you go to a nice grocery store and see all of the bountiful cold pastas and salads behind the deli counter? We found ourselves musing about that we wish our own refrigerators could look like that - just filled to the brim with cold bar favorites for us to enjoy all week. Our next thought: wait, we can totally do that!
You can take Sunday meal prep to the next level by creating your own DIY cold food bar for your own fridge - it'll make lunch and snacking a no-brainer for the entire week. Luckily, Giada has tons of recipes that lend themselves to sitting in the fridge overnight for the flavors to marry... so we've got options!
Soba Noodle Salad
The longer this salad sits in the fridge, the longer the flavors blend, the more the noodles soak up the dressing, and the better it all becomes. If you haven’t tried buckwheat, it’s a nutty whole grain that makes chewy noodles – and if you’re gluten free, just be certain to check the label that there’s no wheat!
Mango Black Bean Chicken Salad
This tropical spin on a chicken salad will bring a sunny energy to even the dreariest of days! Enjoy it on its own, over a bed of lettuce, or even in a charred corn tortilla.
Chicken and Arugula Pesto Pitas
Mix up the flavorful filling for these pitas ahead of time, and when it's time to eat, you can eat them as suggested in a pita - or in a regular sandwich, or just on a bed of arugula!
Orzo Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes, Feta & Mint
This pasta salad is so super flavorful! You can keep it in the fridge for a few days, and if it looks like the arugula needs to be brought back to life, usually a fresh drizzle of olive oil and a quick toss will revive it.
Classic Italian Turkey Meatballs
What can't you make with meatballs? These are one of our favorite meal-prep staples, and you you can heat them up to enjoy on pasta, with bread, or with vegetables for a protein-packed lunch.
Orecchiette Pasta With Almond Pesto
This pasta dish is almost no-cook. Really, the only cooking required is the boiling of the pasta. Once that’s done, simply whip up a quick almond pesto and toss it with sweet cherry tomatoes and mozzarella cheese – mix in the orecchiette pasta, and that's it! It’s just as delicious warm as it is as cold.
Italian Chicken Salad
This chicken salad is loaded with fresh flavors. Cover and refrigerate the salad, and assemble lettuce cups when it's time to eat!