I love my mason jars for just about everything! Decorating my house, crafting, storing freshly picked flowers, homemade sauce storage, etc. but my new obsession is mason jar salads! Seriously, I wish I would have learned about this sooner because my days of packing salads that ended up mushy and having to pack along a tupperware of dressing that ended up spilling in my bag would have been long gone! With these mason jar salads, you will never have to eat a soggy lunch again…and the best part is that they stay fresh in the fridge all week. They stay fresh with the concept of packing the heaviest, least absorbent ingredients in the bottom on top of the dressing, working your way up to the salad greens. Unless the salad gets shaken up in your bag or car, the dressing stays neatly in the bottom and leaves your veggies fresh and crisp.
What you’ll need:
- 2 tablespoons dressing
- salad greens of your choice
- veggies of your choice
- protein of your choice (grilled chicken, hard boiled eggs, chick peas, etc.)
- cheese of your choice (feta, cheddar, mozzarella, etc.)
- nuts or seeds (optional)
- Start by pouring your salad dressing into your mason jar first.
- Add the protein of choice next, whether it be salad, chick peas, beans etc. because they are likely to be the heaviest ingredient. If you’re using carrots, cucumbers, peppers or other hard vegetables, you can add those first also. If you’re using boiled eggs, I like to add those after the hard veggies because they’re a little lighter.
- Add your cheese, seeds and/or nuts.
- Add the heaviest veggies (carrots, cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes). Continue adding veggies until you’ve used up all of your ingredients.
- End your salad with your greens of choice. (kale, spinach, romaine, etc.)
- Screw the lid on tightly and store in your fridge for up to 5 days. If you’re using proteins that go bad quicker, you can leave them out and add them to the top of your salad the day of.
- When you’re ready to eat your salad, shake the jar vigorously until mixed well. Pour into a bowl
and give it a store if it still needs to be mixed a little. If you’re jar is very tightly packed, the dressing may not coat it as well. Voila!
You can make any variety of salad you like and as long as you follow these steps, your salad will be crisp and delicious! Enjoy!