Healthy eating seems to always be a popular subject. More often than not, a busy schedule seems to be the culprit to an unhealthy lifestyle. With meetings, long work days and chauffeuring kids to extra circulars taking the priority, we find ourselves pulling up to McDonalds spending money we should be saving ordering Big Mac’s!
What are Mason Jar Salads? Good question! Mason Jar Salads are a quick, easy, and healthy way to ensure a fresh salad every time. Mason Jar Salads stay fresh up to seven days thanks to the tight seal of the mason jar.*
*Putting the salad in any other container than a mason jar will not guarantee the same freshness. Plan accordingly.
There is an art to assembling these beautiful salads, and the best part is, you can use whatever your favorite salad ingredients are. Just be sure to follow these simple guidelines and this will easily become your new favorite way to eat your salads!
In a clean and dried wide mouthed quart sized mason jar, begin your fresh salad by pouring your desired amount of salad dressing into the bottom. This is about a half cup of dressing. In a clean and dried wide mouthed quart sized mason jar, start by pouring your desired amount of salad dressing into the bottom.
Add a hearty vegetable(s) like cucumbers to soak the dressing and allow for the remaining ingredients to stay fresh and crisp.Add a hearty vegetable(s) like cucumbers to soak the dressing and allow for the remaining ingredients to stay fresh and crisp. Other heart vegetables to use are tomatoes and peppers. This is a little less than a cup of quartered cucumbers.
Next comes the more delicate beans, sprouts, or fruit; in this case halved red grapes. Next comes the more delicate vegetable like beans and sprouts. Fruit can also be used here as well, in this case halved red grapes. A cup of grapes were used here.
If you desire a grain, now is the time to add it. Couscous, quinoa, tofu or rotini are a few options from many.
Now it’s time to add your cheese(s). This salad has feta cheese.
Then add all of your protein(s). Grilled chicken is used here.Then add all of your protein(s). From sliced deli meats to grilled or rotisserie chicken. Shrimp and tofu are a great addition as well. About a cup of grilled chicken is used here.
Lastly are your greens. This salad used a mix of spinach and baby romaine. Watercress is a nice green to use as well in these salads as well as arugula or a simple mesclun mix.Lastly are your greens. This salad used a mix of spinach and baby romaine. Watercress is a nice green to use as well.
Mason Jar Salads
Pack it all in tight, don’t be shy! The jar can handle a tight squeeze so make sure you put in enough to have a nice portion salad. Once you’re done, stand back to bask in all of your labor! Pack it all in tight and stand back to bask in all of your labor!
These salads stay fresh for up to seven days. When you are ready to eat, shake up your jar really well to get the dressing to evenly coat, pour onto plate to enjoy!