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Salad in A Jar

Saturday, August 10, 2013

I know! It sounds like one of those things that's too good to be true. Who'd have thought? I had heard about this when a friend from the BLC team Azure Destinations came to visit the team I am on, the Ivory Falcons. This friend told everyone about how someone else made salads like this all the time, and provided a link. I took a look at it. I was curious. We've all had that horrible experience of going to get a bag of salad only to find that it has rotted. Ick.

So I got my jars out. I used quart sized Mason jars. Most grocery or hardware stores sell them by the case. Sometimes you can find them at house sales or flea markets. Washed them out and dried them.

Then I thought about what I was going to put in them. I love a crunchy salad! I want to feel as if I am eating something of substance! I put in:
1 cup chopped broccoli
1 cup shredded red cabbage
8 baby carrots, sliced
2 large radishes, sliced
1 mini cucumber with peel, sliced
1 Tbsp. sunflower seeds
1 Tbsp. pumpkin seeds

The jar was packed full of yumminess!!

Now, supposedly, these salads were to last a whole week. I initially made 5 of them. And you know what? They were as fresh at the end of the week as they were when I first made them!! I do not put salad dressing in the jar. Once I dump the salad into a bowl, then I add the dressing and whatever else I may want . I liked only having to do all of the prep work ONCE. I liked being able to reach into my refrigerator and grab a salad already to eat without a lot of fuss. This is going to come in really handy once school starts back up!! I liked it SO much....I made more of them for next week!!

These are wide mouth quart jars. That makes it easier to get things in, and get things out!!
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    Your salads look yummy! I think I might have to try this idea. We've been cleaning out our garage and I almost got rid of my Ball canning jars. Good thing I didn't get around to doing that yet. emoticon
    1153 days ago
    I'm from Azure and I posted the article with the link for the ladies in our newsletter. Yes, it works. I've been using my mason jars for LOTS of things. They are having a total resurgence in this their 100th year. I buy the plastic one piece screw on tops for ease. No need to use a vacuum sealer.

    Here is SOME links out of MANY and if, like me, you are a Pinterest fiend, you can find a bajillion there too. Variety of links gives you MANY ideas!


    This one DOES use a vacuum packer...



    This one has some of MY fav recipes and I DO put the dressing in the bottom and it truly doesn't get soggy! Strawberry Spinach Salad with Strawberry Line Vinaigrette - tres yummy!

    This one has quinoa and lots of variety.

    And last but not least...

    Have fun! School is starting soon and you can do oatmeal for breakfast, salads for lunch and have dinners prepped too and while your Sunday prep might be a bit crazy, just think of how much easier your weekdays will be!
    1167 days ago
  • DAS92687
    I LOVE this idea, too!!
    Honestly I am so big on batch cooking and prepping, I think this is going to be a great addition for me, too. Are you thinking about using this for work?
    1168 days ago
    Beautiful and healthy! What a great idea for BTS. I've seen this on Pinterest but wasn't sure about trying it, especially with the derssing in it. I'm guessing if you use lettuce it would need to be substantial like romaine. Thanks for testing it out and reporting on it. emoticon
    1168 days ago
    What a great idea emoticon and all those colors make you feel happy, so you want to eat a good looking yummie salad. Thx foe sharing this idea! emoticon
    1168 days ago
    Wow !! your salad in a jar is colorful and beautiful. I did blog about salad in a jar also but mine is only romaine lettuce. Did you vacuum sealed it?
    1170 days ago
    I have seen this and I love it. Did it actually work out and keep it fresh?
    1170 days ago
    Oh, this is so great - I have a couple of jars around but will definitely get some more. Thanks for sharing.
    1170 days ago
    They look yummy!! I've been threatening to do that and have gone as far as buying the jars, except I can't decide what to put in the jars! Thanks for sharing the picture.
    1170 days ago
    And they look beautiful too!

    Thanks for sharing! HUGS
    1171 days ago

    Sounds yummy! Want to look for the link. Curious how they would be with a little bit of olive oil to help seal on nutrients?
    1171 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/11/2013 10:42:00 AM
    I'm in for sure! I love the idea of prepping once. The fact that they stay fresh longer is great. I noticed no lettuce. Does it not work well? I have a box of canning jars I keep washing and putting away wondering what I will do with them. Now I know! Love the suggestion.
    1171 days ago
  • SEAGLASS1215
    I like this idea! Going to have to get some mason jars and try it.
    1171 days ago
    If you have a Vacuum sealer with a jar attachment, the will last even longer. I do that with a lot of different foods.
    1171 days ago
    1171 days ago
    i may have to try this. i like doing a 1 time prep and getting to eat several times.
    1171 days ago
    What a great idea! I'm going to have to try it.
    1171 days ago
    Great idea... and they sure look good!
    1171 days ago
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