By Kate Safin, Marketing & Member Services Manager – East End Food Co-op
Mason Jar salads are an easy make ahead meal that are perfect for lunch or a light dinner. You can prepare several salads at once and store them in the fridge in a tightly sealed mason jar for 5-7 days! The key to keeping salads fresh and not soggy is layering ingredients in the proper order.
First add 1-2 tablespoons of dressing to a clean, dry Mason Jar (pint or quart size both work). Next, add vegetables like carrots, cherry tomatoes, celery, and onion. These veggies will absorb some of the dressing and create a barrier, keeping everything crisp and tasty! Cooked beans, pasta, quinoa, or grains such as barley create the third layer, followed by protein and cheese. Finally, fill your jar to the top with your favorite chopped greens. Ta-da! You’ve got a delicious, totally customized salad all prepped! When you’re ready to eat your salad, simply empty it from the Mason Jar into a bowl.
Here are a few inspirations to get you started:
Taco Salad: Lime Vinaigrette + tomatoes, avocado, red onion, olives + cooked black beans + ground turkey or tofu + cheddar cheese + chopped lettuce
Cobb Salad: Blue Cheese Dressing + tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, chopped hard-boiled egg, avocado + bacon, turkey, ham + chopped romaine
Greek Zucchini Pasta Salad: Greek Dressing + cherry tomatoes, onion, olives + feta cheese + chopped grilled chicken breast + spiralized zucchini noodles
Thai Salad: Peanut Dressing + shredded carrots, yellow and red bell peppers, green onions, bean sprouts + chicken or tofu + shredded green and purple cabbage + sesame sticks
There are endless options when it comes to Mason Jar salads. Experiment with adapting your own favorite salads and enjoy a fresh, healthy meal on-the-go!