Salads are one of my favorite things to eat. Shopping for them is fun, but it can be a real challenge utilizing all of your produce before it goes bad. Nothing is worse than throwing away what could have been perfectly enjoyable vegetables, but hey – it happens.
I have a few salad recipes I rotate regularly, and noticed some girls at the office bringing their salad stuff in jars to just shake and eat at work. Genius idea! A couple hours away I was buried in Pinterest looking for salad jars and/or new salad recipes using some of the veggies I like to keep handy.
In this case, I went for my favorite – garden salad with ranch. I threw a couple tablespoons of ranch in the bottom, and added [in order] carrots, red bell pepper, peas, corn, cucumber, tomato, cheddar cheese, and chopped hearts of romaine. When I brought it to work, I just emptied it in a bowl and gobbled it up (Beware! These pack a LOT, next time I will portion less]. There are two main reasons I love this idea. First, because cleaning a jar each night to refill it is so convenient and low maintenance. Second, bringing just a jar in is sooooo much less obnoxious and inconsiderate than hauling in a bag of produce from the grocery store. So next time you kill a jar of tomato sauce or are looking for a convertible item for the home [food storage, decorative storage, candle holder, craft organizer, spice or oil mixing jar, etc.], save your jar AND the lid and you will never waste a vegetable again.