I have such a busy schedule that I have to plan my meals if I’m going to have any dieting success. When I first came across the idea of putting salads into a mason jar, I was a bit skeptical. How could you put salad dressing in the jar with leafy greens and expect the salad not to get soggy or outright spoil? Well apparently, it does work! There is an exact way you should arrange all of your ingredients (there are three layers), and it goes a little something like this:
This is the layer where you should put your favorite salad dressing. I also have a favorite that I will share with you below.
Anything that is more of a dense ingredient belongs in this layer. Examples include tomatoes, mushrooms, broccoli, carrots, and other fruits and veggies. If you’re a person who has to have some meat on their salad (I’m right there with ya), then ingredients like steak, chicken, and bacon would go in this layer as well.
This is where the leafy greens go! Anything from kale, spinach, or mixed greens can be put in this layer. Once you put your favorite leafy green on top, place a paper towel over the top of the mason jar opening. Then place the lid on top and close.
Your salad should last for about four days! Now that you know how to make a mason jar salad…here’s a recipe to get you started. Enjoy!
- Bottom Layer
- 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
- ½ teaspoons of dried oregano
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Sprinkle some garlic powder in for extra kick
- Middle Layer
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Mozzarella (this can be any type…I personally prefer smoked mozzarella)
- Olives (optional)
- Top Layer
- Romaine salad mix
- 1. Combine all bottom layer ingredients together in a bowl. Then pour in the mason jar.
- 2. Then add the remaining layers and enjoy! Or refrigerate.
- Do not forget to put the paper towel over the opening of the jar before sealing it up! Absorbing moisture is key to keeping your salad fresh.
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