Last week, I shared how making salads in a jar has helped to simplify my mornings and ensure that I take a healthy and nutritious lunch with me when I leave for work in the morning. I really am in love with salads in a jar because the possibilities are endless. I grab the jar, a plate (or use a paper plate), and something to drink, and my lunch is packed in under 5 minutes.
I’ve been told that it’s possible to shake the jars to mix your salad, but I tend to overfill mine, so I have to pour them out into a bowl or on a plate in order to be able to experience the entire salad instead of one layer at a time.
This week, I thought I would share five of my favorite salad in a jar recipes. Each of these recipes has it’s own unique flavor, so I don’t become bored by eating the same thing every day. Click on the links and check out the salads. Let us know which ones are your favorite.
The first salad in a jar that I made was this Chinese chicken salad recipe. As I headed out the door, I grabbed a small container that I had packed with crispy chow mein noodles to sprinkle on top of this salad for some extra crunch. I really enjoy this salad and make it frequently.The next was this delicious taco salad in a jar. I love that this salad packs all the flavor of a taco salad without the need for meat. Again, I grabbed a baggie full of tortilla chips to sprinkle on top of the salad after I poured it out onto a plate. This salad is delicious. I love Italian food, so this antipasto salad in a jar was also very good. The down side to this salad is that unless you use low fat pepperoni and salami, the salad packs more fat than the others, but if you use a low fat or fat free Italian dressing, it helps to off set the extra fat in the meats. I don’t know about anyone else, but I really love salad bars, so this trip to a pizza parlor’s salad bar in a jar was great. I really loved the addition of the three bean salad.Last, but not least, is the spinach salad in a jar recipe. I was worried about the spinach wilting in the jar. Spinach leaves bruise easily, and then they begin to wilt. I didn’t want to take any chances, so I don’t leave this in the fridge for more than two days each time I make it. There you have it five of my favorite salad in a jar recipes. If you want to try making some salad creations of your own, here are the basic instructions for making a salad in a jar. Grab some wide mouthed mason jars and give them a try.
**Patti can also be found at PattyCakesPantry.com where she tries to limit her blogging to stocking a pantry, budgeting, and recipes. She isn’t always successful.