Mason jar salads are so easy and fun to make. It’s almost like a finished art piece once you’re done stuffing it with yummy goodness. If you’re into meal prepping, this is for you. If you’re always on the go, this is for you. If you wanna eat better, this is for you. Looking to save money, THIS IS FOR YOU! I started making these just for those who wanted to meal prep, but then I saw a need for others as well. The fun thing about mason jars is that you can put almost anything inside of them. They’re also great for keeping your food fresh for a longer period of time. The compact size of the jars make it easy to pack in small places. The downside to this is that if you drop your jar, you’ll be cleaning up more than food and can possibly cut yourself. It’s glass people!
To help you better prepare this lunch or dinner prep get all of your ingredients you would put in your salad. Leave out the dressing unless you want a soggy mess. I would put seasoning in the salad either as some can cause the lettuce and veggies to sweat then causing it to wilt. Eww, that’ll be nasty. The key to doing this salad in my opinion is placing the veggies and fruits in first at the bottom. You would add your lettuce next then follow with your meat choice. If I was using eggs or cheese, they would be at the top with the meat. As for your salad dressing you can make some or purchase and just pack in an separate container. Oh and don’t forget your fork!
Unless you’re allergic to shellfish, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like a little seafood. Let’s be honest, shrimp is like the go to if all go tos’ in the seafood world. Allow the shrimp to cool prior to placing them on top of your lettuce. In the meantime let’s start packing your jar. I added bell pepper, cucumber, cilantro, broccoli , and carrots at the bottom. I then placed my lettuce and shrimp. All of those ingredients combined made such a pleasant smell. There’s a lot of health benefits in this jar. There’s also enough protein and fiber to help you feel full.
This is a oldie but goodie as for the type of salad. I have been eating Chicken Salads since I was a little girl. It’s one of my grandmother’s favorite. The one thing I love about chicken salads is that you can cook your chicken any way you want for your salad. For this salad, I wanted the chicken tender and juicy so I used an indoor grill. I recommend a small indoor grill or a heavy duty grill pan that can be used on a stove. They can be purchased at your local Walmart. I layered the jar with some of my favs. I started with carrots, purple onion, a few green onion, baby tomatoes, cucumbers , and Kale. The only seasoning used was for the chicken during the cooking process.
Doesn’t this just make your mouth water? This is the big boy “Dundahda“. The flavors that hit your palate with this salad is enjoyable in every bite. Ok let’s see, we have some bell peppers, olives, cucumbers, carrots, cilantro, broccoli, lettuce, and BACON. I used Black Forest ham and hard salami. This salad does have cheese. I used Cheddar and Parmesan. You can use fresh Parmesan if you like.
You might know by now that cilantro is in high demand over here. Cilantro is small but the flavor is undeniable. If you’re not a fruit fan this may not be for you. To my fruit lovers, let’s get it on. The layering of this salad can be done any way. I placed pineapple at the bottom because it was the biggest of all the fruit used. Each layer I sprinkled a little cilantro on top of each layer. Fellas, if you make your significant other one of these for their lunch or to snack on , you’ll be sure to earn some points. My fruit cup also contains strawberries, blackberries, grapes, and kiwi. The mason jar will hold the fruit longer without the fruit getting soft.
Well there you have it. My top four salads made simple in a mason jar. Mason jars can hold other foods or liquids. You may even enjoy some other serious DIY with mason jars.
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