I’ve got salad-in-a-jar fever – and the only cure is MORE canning jars.
Are you looking for an easy, stress-free way to eat more fruits and vegetables during the week? Do you want to find fun ways to get your kids to eat their greens? Do you have a little extra time on the weekend you can carve out for food prep? Then read on.
If you store salads in a canning jar, you can eat them all week long. Yes, even on the last day of the week, your salad will taste as fresh as day one. It’s truly amazing. The secret is in the stacking. Stack your salad right, and it will stay fresh and crisp. Oh, and they’re beautiful. Bonus.
- Prep the vegetables and keep them separate.
- Pour your favorite dressing into the jar first.
- Add protein or a hearty vegetable like quinoa, faro, chickpeas, cooked chicken, cauliflower or broccoli.
- Add chopped vegetables.
- Add greens like spinach, iceberg, arugula, kale, etc.
- Top with treats like chopped apples, a little cheese, a sprinkling of walnuts, or even edible flowers.
- Close the jar and put it in the fridge.
For families – If you have kids, let them help you prep (if they’re old enough), and layer the ingredients. At dinner time, give everyone their own closed jar. Let each member of the family shake up their own salad and pour it out.
- balsamic vinaigrette
- rainbow quinoa
- thinly sliced fennel
- spinach leaves
- chopped Gala apples that have been sprayed with lemon juice
- chopped Gruyere cheese
- sherry vinaigrette
- whole wheat rotini
- chopped red peppers
- rough chopped spinach leaves
- sliced strawberries
- crumbled feta cheese
- balsamic vinaigrette with a touch of honey
- whole grain couscous
- chopped cucumber
- chopped figs
- chopped almonds
You could add tofu, chicken, tempeh, or roast turkey to these salads too. Use my ideas as a starting point for your own favorite combinations!
I’m also playing with the small canning jars – like this pint size. I stuck celery sticks in peanut butter and I’m calling it a celery forest. It’s a great snack for work!
Do you like canning jars? What are you going to make?
Can’t wait to hear!