How to Layer a Mason Jar Salad!!!
The new trend in to-go lunches is definitely a mason jar salad. This is an easy and genius way to transport a healthy and delicious meal in one container with no mess. If these salads are layered correctly from bottom to top you can be assured to have a crisp salad that stays fresh and not soggy. :)
Step 1) The Dressing – On the Bottom
The trick to mason jar layering is the dressing on the bottom when making a salad. The amount really depends on they type of salad and the amount you prefer. If using Iceberg lettuce or Romaine you need to add a little more as opposed to Spinach or Spring Greens, but I usually add between 2-3 tablespoons.
Step 2) A Base Layer
The second step is to add some ingredients that won’t soak up the salad dressing too much. For example; cherry tomatoes, different kinds of hearty beans, thick cut radishes, carrots, or cauliflower.
Step 3) More Vegetable Layering
The next layer will be more vegetables like cucumbers, hearts of palm, tomatoes, asparagus, corn, peas, broccoli, and anything else you love. Also, make sure when layering to push down and pack the layers as tight as you can.
Step 4) Lettuce and Final Toppings
The last layer will be your choice of greens and toppings. Placing the lettuce at the top of the jar will help the whole salad from becoming soggy and keep everything fresh. Then on top of the greens you can choose to layer cheese, almonds, sunflower seeds, bacon bits or any other crunchy topping you love.
Step 5 ) Protein of Your Choice
If your like me, you might want to add a protein like a hard boil egg, chicken, shrimp, salmon or even a lean cut of steak. This will be the absolute last step on the top and then just twist the jar closed and place it in the refrigerator until you are ready to leave the house!
Step 6) Enjoying your Healthy Creation
The best part of this salad is when you are ready to eat it! Simply pour your salad into a bowl and toss the dressing into the salad and enjoy!
I hope this post has inspired you to grab a mason jar at your local craft or grocery store and create a healthy salad to take on the go! :)