The easiest way for me to make sure I get a healthy, complete meal quickly is to make mason jar salads on Sunday night. Talk about a lifesaver when I come in from toting my little one’s around all morning and need food fast…but not fast food. :) I spend about 30 minutes Sunday night making six salads and I’m set for the week for all those last minute meals. I have them for lunch, dinner, or a snack to hold me over until dinner.
All you need to do is get large, wide mouth mason jars, start by adding the the salad toppings to the bottoms of the jar. Then I usually add a thin layer of broccoli sprouts for added nutrition and to separate the lettuce from any wet ingredients, and then stuff in as much lettuce as I can. Storing the lettuce in a mason jar will keep it super fresh! You could add the salad dressing at the bottom of the jar but I leave it separate until I’m ready to eat. I find my salads will stay good for up to five days!
You can alter any of these to match your needs, I just wanted to list some ideas. Make sure you squeeze lemon juice on apples and pears to keep them from browning, and lemon or lime juice on avocados.
Here are some great combinations:
- Mango, Avocado, Black Bean Salad
- Quinoa Greek Salad
- strawberry, feta or goat cheese, and pecans with spinach and Chef Amy’s Blackberry Dressing
- Cobb – egg, cherry tomato, onion, avocado, cheese with romaine
- green peas, corn, black beans, onion, tomato, avocado, cilantro, and fresh lime juice with romaine
- diced apple, cranberries, almonds, with spinach and a vinaigrette
- broccoli, onion, sunflower seeds, and raisins with mixed greens and creamy dressing
- garbanzo beans, cucumber, tomato, feta with mixed greens and a vinaigrette
- quinoa, onion, pepperoncini, olives, tomato, and feta with spinach and a greek dressing
- BLT – bacon, lettuce, tomato…or in my case bean, lettuce, tomato.
- beet, goat cheese, pecans with spinach and balsamic vinaigrette
- walnut, diced apple, grapes and chicken with spinach
You can use mason jars for many other things like storing leftovers, canning, candle holder with sand under the candle, to hold plasticware for a party, to store and drink smoothies and juices, or as a vase! You’ll find infinite ways to use mason jars of every size!