I somehow had not seen this before but just loved it! The idea of making a salad or some other food in a jar has been around for a long time but I never make my food like this.
Instead I have a salad in one container, tops in a second container, and dressing in a third container.
The salad turns out well but the trouble is that I am stuck doing three dishes for one meal. I do lot of the dishes in our house, and I really don’t want any more dishes.
Anyway, here is a great idea for how to build a salad in a mason jar – everything is in one place. Buzzfeed shared this a long while back but since I just saw it today I think the idea is prime for a comeback
The secret to a perfect and tasty Mason jar salad is all in the order.
The dressing goes in first. This is so important! This guarantees that your salad ingredients don’t get soggy.
Then go with a grain or a protein, or anything else big and chunky. This protects your more delicate ingredients from getting wet.
Then the fixings. Little things like shaved nuts, raisins, cheeses. The ingredients that you want to stay dry until juuuust before you eat it.
And if you have any leafy greens, they go in last. That way when you turn the Mason jar over and unload it all into a bowl, the greens will make the salad bed. Genius!
Choosing a smart combo of ingredients is also key.
You want to mix textures and flavors. And ideally, you’ll have a filling protein, something salty and crunchy, and something sweet and tangy.
So read that article. But also tell me, what do you like having in your salad?