For a quick healthy grab and go lunch or snack nothing is easier than a mason jar salad. Here's how to make sure your salad is delicious every time.
It's all about layering the ingredients in the right order. Always remember this one rule and you'll never fail: Dry on the top wet on the bottom.
Dressing FIRST. Put just the right amount of dressing in the bottom of the jar.
Next add anything big and chunky like protien, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers to create a barrier between the upper layers of delicate dry ingredients like lettuces. Continue layering up to the dryer ingredients like nuts and seeds and last of all lettuce greens.
Some suggestions to make your salad spectacular: nuts and seeds, grains or pasta, dried fruits, thinly sliced fresh fruits or veggies and any cheeses. and don't forget those healthy leafy greens make sure they go in last.
Ready for lunch? Simply turn the Mason jar over and unload it all into a bowl. The greens go in first and will make a nice bed for the other other ingredients!
For the perfect mix be sure include something salty and crunchy, something sweet, something tangy, something creamy, a variety of flavors and textures will make for a lunch you look forward to.
Here are a few great recipes ideas layered in order from bottom to top:
dressing, diced cucumbers, green bell pepper diced, green apple diced, arugula + baby spinach, raw pistachios, golden raisins
dressing, sweet onion diced, bell peppers diced, cooked butter beans, arugula + baby chard, raw walnuts, quinoa (cooked), diced dried apricot
Asian Kale Crunch
dressing, radish diced, sweet onion diced, kale + shredded carrots + cabbage, chopped seedless tangerine segments, Asian sesame seed crackers
dressing, red onion, mango or pineapple chunks diced, quinoa or other cooked grain, kale + carrots, slivered almonds
Zucchini Noodle Salad
dressing, zucchini spiralized, quinoa (cooked), baby peas, aspargus chopped, feta cheese crumbled
Black Bean and Corn Tex Mex Salad
dressing, tomatoes diced, sweet onion diced, avocado, corn, black beans, romaine, cheddar shredded
Based on your choice of ingredients these can be vegetarian, vegan and gluten free. All of the above recipes are 100% plant based, not only re they really nutrient packed, they keep longer in your fridge. Make it your way and have a healthy meal on the go. Most sealed salads will stay fresh up to 1 week in your fridge.