How many of you have seen pins on Pinterest about “salads in a jar”? I have seen quite a few, and we are loving them in our home! They make such quick, easy, filling, and healthy lunches…perfect for a lunch on-the-go or a fast lunch for a busy homeschooling mama. The possibilities are endless when it comes to creating new salads.
Ideally, you can make several “salads in a jar” at the beginning of the week and just grab one out of the refrigerator every day. It sure saves a lot of time cutting, slicing, and dividing everything at once instead of doing it each day! For my salads, I put the dressing in the bottom of the jar. My husband likes to add his dressing right before he eats:) Add the more wet ingredients at the bottom so they don’t get everything else slimy. Layer your ingredients, add the lettuce (or put that in a separate container…again, the preference of my husband!), close the jars, and you are done!
I have seen some people use vacuum sealing to keep it fresher for even longer, but we have done just fine without using a sealer. I don’t expect for the salads to stay in there for more than about 5 days anyway, so we haven’t found a need for that yet. Maybe if I can find one cheap somewhere or pick one up at a garage sale this summer we will give it a try:)
For all of you Trim Healthy Mamas out there I have created a printable list of ingredients for these salads based on each meal type. It makes for a nice reference when you are throwing a salad together, even if it isn’t in a jar! Just click the link below to print off one of your own.
Even during the cold winter months, these salads are perfect with a steaming cup of hot soup. I would love to see some of your salad creations! Do you have any other ingredients you enjoy on salads?