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Mason Jar Salads

Mason Jar SaladsI don’t know if you have ever seen a Mason Jar Salad, but I think it is genius.   Take 15-30 minutes in the beginning of the week to prep your Mason Jar Salads and now you have beautiful, tasty, healthy lunches for the week.

The Layering Process:

Here is a useful video that explains the process: http://allrecipes.com/video/858/mason-jar-salad/detail.aspx.  Overall, the idea is that you layer the ingredients in the Mason Jar, wettest ingredients first (dressing) up to the dry ingredients (lettuce) on top.  With this layering process and the tight seal of a Mason Jar, the salads will last all week.

Nutrition Tip:

Most people make salads with lots of veggies and protein but forget to add carbs.  Without a healthy carbohydrate a lunch, you are more likely to feel lethargic and have sweet cravings later.  Here are a ton of healthy balanced salad combos: http://www.sunshinewellnessinstitute.com/nutrition-tips/meal-snack-ideas/balanced-smoothies-and-salads/

 Mason Jar Salad Recipes:  My girlfriend shared these recipes with me.  They are fabulous!

Greek Salad in a Jar:  Layer in this order, beginning with the dressing.

  • Dressing: Greek Vinaigrette (or a good lemon vinaigrette)
  • Chicken (diced or shredded)
  • Garbanzo beans (chickpeas) or quinoa
  • Kalamata olives
  • Pepperoncinis
  • Tomato
  • Cucumber
  • Red onion (I mix the vegetables up together and also added a little basil or mint)
  • Feta cheese
  • Romaine lettuce

Cobb Salad in a Jar: Layer in this order, beginning with the dressing.

  • Dressing: Homemade Ranch Dressing
  • (Maybe add some cubed chicken)
  • Bacon
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Diced hard boiled eggs
  • Cheddar cheese (or blue)
  • Iceberg or romaine lettuce
  • (I would bring an avocado separate to add when time to eat)

Mexican Salad in a Jar:  Layer in this order, beginning with the dressing.

  • Dressing: Taco Salad Dressing (Other options are fresh salsa or lime and EVOO)
  • Taco Meat or shredded chicken
  • Salsa
  • Black beans
  • Corn
  • Tomatoes
  • Onion
  • (Add cheese)
  • Iceberg or romaine lettuce
  • (Again, bring an avocado and maybe tortilla chips to crumble on top)

Spinach/Chicken Salad in a Jar: Layer in this order, beginning with the dressing.

  • Dressing: Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Grilled chicken, sliced
  • Strawberries and/or blueberries
  • Nuts, sliced (choose almonds, walnuts, or pecans)
  • Feta or goat cheese
  • Spinach

Grilled Veggie Spinach Salad in a Jar:

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