Mason Jar Salads

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Jar SaladHere is an easy way to pre-prepare healthy salads to take to work!

Begin by pouring some low fat salad dressing in the bottom of a large Mason jar. Then add your desired vegetables. Start with the firmest ones and end with the most fragile. I suggest making several so you have salads ready to go! Assemble, cover with the lid, refrigerate and pull one out to take to work with you.

You can use an alternative container. It is safer to use glass instead of plastics so I like these glass, leakproof food containers.

The secret to the perfect mason jar salad? It’s all about how you layer it to keep the delicate ingredients from getting crushed or soggy.

  • Layer 1: dressing
  • Layer 2: beans/protein
  • Layer 3: chopped veggies
  • Layer 4: grains/nuts/seeds
  • Layer 5: delicate greens or avocado

Can you just see the possibilities here? Here are some ideas:

  • Layer 1: dressing such as this Miso Lime Dressing
  • Layer 2: beans/protein (Chickpeas, black beans, pinto beans, edamame, chicken,  salmon, tuna, shrimp, extra firm tofu)
  • Layer 3: chopped veggies (Cucumber, tomato, radish, sliced or shredded carrots, chopped celery, shredded cabbage, raw or cooked cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, snow or snap peas, roasted brussels sprouts)
  • Layer 4: grains/nuts/seeds (Quinoa, farro, bulgur, whole wheat couscous, cooked sweet potato, cooked corn, walnuts, almonds, pecans, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds)
  • Layer 5: delicate greens (spring mix, spinach, arugula, romaine, watercress, parsley, cilantro. Avocado goes on last if using)

Looking for other ideas: go here for some salad inspiration.

When you are ready to eat it, give the jar a good shake and empty the salad into a bowl or a plate.

Have you tried mason jar salads yet? What are you favorite recipes? If you end up making your own mason jar salad, I want to see what you come up with ❤

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