Salad style points

salad jar

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.

prep all your ingredients

prep all your ingredients

start with a thin layer of dressing at the bottom

start with a thin layer of dressing at the bottom

layer your veggies in order of firmness with the firmest at the bottom

layer your veggies in order of firmness with the firmest at the bottom

layer your veggies in order of firmness with the firmest at the bottom

softer ingredients should stay towards the top so they don’t get mushy

top the ingredients with any dairy or nuts you want to keep dry before adding the lettuce

top the ingredients with any dairy or nuts you want to keep dry before adding the lettuce

and at the tippy top, cram as much lettuce as you can and voila!

and at the tippy top, cram as much lettuce as you can

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