Healthy Eats: Salad in a mason jar

Thanks to Pinterest this old school way of making to-go salads has enjoyed a rebirth. And why not? It’s a great way to make salads ahead of time without ending up with soggy lettuce. The ingredients aren’t as important as the technique here, which is most dense on the bottom to least dense on top.

jar ingredients

Salad Jar RecipeIngredients:

  • Walnuts
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Raspberries
  • Mushroom
  • Arugula
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Dressing

Recipe:

1. Place dressing on bottom (the liquids is what makes lettuce go faster).

2. Next add walnuts, sunflower seeds, mushrooms.

3. Add your cherry tomatoes and raspberries.

4. Top off with your greens. Remember your greens (in this case, arugula) should be washed and thoroughly dried before placing inside the mason jar.

So why make the salad in a mason jar? It’s not just about getting some hipster street cred. Stacking the salad ingredients in the jar keeps the greens from touching the dressing — or any liquid as the case might be. When lettuce or spinach gets wet it goes bad faster. If you made this salad the night before work and the greens got wet, you’d be met with a soggy disaster at lunch the next day.

Don’t worry, though. If you are fresh out of mason jars, you can use this same concept in any other vertically-shaped container. Or, you could use a normal square storage container, as long as you pack the dressing separate.

finished jar

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Jillian Campbell Scheibe, CHC, is the owner of Health Rebel and nutrition enthusiast. She is committed to developing ways for her readers to maintain their lifestyle without sacrificing their health. You can follow her on twitter at: @health_rebel


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