Jar salads are fun, affordable, and healthy! Remember to keep the wet ingredients on the bottom and work your way up to keep the lettuce from wilting.
How to Pack a Salad in a Jar
- Start with the dressing as the base layer,.
- Then add: grains, beans or lentils, and harder vegetables like cooked beets, and carrots.
- Next, add proteins like cottage cheese, canned tuna, or chicken.
- Then add more delicate vegetables and fruits like tomatoes and grapes, or strawberries.
- Finally, add in greens like romaine, greens mix. Adding the greens last will keep them from getting soggy.
- When it’s time for lunch, shake the contents of the jar into a bowl and you have a tasty salad with crisp greens. Or just shake up the container and enjoy.
- With the lid sealed tightly, these salads can last for several days in the fridge — up to five days or so.
- If you’re making salads with soft ingredients or perishable proteins, like avocados, tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, or cooked chicken breast, wait to add those ingredients until the day you plan to eat the salad.