“You are mad, bonkers, completely off your head. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.” Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
In another episode of “Let’s not cook today,” I bring you jar salads. In the past I was stuck with the idea that jars could only hold veggie salads to serve as sides. But through time and experienced I discovered the myriad of ingredients that could be added to make these salads into well-balanced meals. Let’s hear it for well-balanced, if only in our meals!
The trick to these amazing jar salads, is to layer the ingredients in the correct order, which will allow them to stay fresh and ready for days. That means you could prepare these only once or twice a week and be done with it. Unless, of course, you’re feeding a family of four or more. Then I suggest casserole ingredients at the ready in separate jars … or something. I am so past that stage in my life.
Back to my stage in life, which are manageable jar salads and their endless variety. But first some tips about the layers.
First, make sure you place the dressing or wettest ingredients in the bottom of the jar. Next, add the hard veggies, which would be things like carrots, cucumbers, red and green peppers, and/or cooked beets. On top of this you could add beans or cooked grains.
If you’re making your salad to take to work and eat that day, you could add protein and soft fruits and veggies at this point. Otherwise, if this is going to be eaten later in the week, keep protein items such as chicken, tuna, or egg, and soft veggies and fruits, such as avocados, tomatoes and strawberries, in separate containers for last minute additions.
Simple Salads of cucumbers, tomato and lettuce
Another layer could be sunflower seeds or other nuts, along with soft grains, like quinoa. And finally, top everything with salad greens. Pack firmly to keep out excess air and seal with a screw on lid. This should keep about 5 days in the fridge. Add the protein and soft items on the day you plan to eat your salad.
When you’re ready to eat, turn the jar upside-down and shake to distribute the dressing and coat the ingredients evenly. Transfer your creation to a lovely bowl and enjoy. Don’t forget to use a lovely bowl.
Loveya – The Grandma
Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.