This weekend, with no prompting from me, Alex decided to run to the grocery store and pick up all the stuff for salads in jars (including the jars!) I think this Summery weather has him in the mood for healthy, light food. I'm totally down, these guys were delicious!
These were really quick to whip up on Sunday, I think it took us about 20 minutes from start to finish. We set up a little salad station with beans, tempeh, dressings and veggies and tossed everything in a couple jars and were done!
Usually on Sundays we toss together a weeks worth of freezer breakfast burritos, this was sort of the same concept but with lunch food! (Plus I'm not a huge fan of freezer burritos; frozen eggs? Weird.)
This is a really easy "recipe" to change up, you can toss in anything you like! We stuck to a pretty basic system since this was our first time around but you could throw in quinoa, hard cheese (feta, goat, etc.) cooked pasta, fruit, lunch meat, corn, rice...the list goes on and on.
Before you get started you should give this post a look to hone your stacking skills so your toppings don't get soggy or squishy by the time you get to them.
Alex's Jar Salad
(Makes about 6 salad jars)
1 Cup Balsamic Vinaigrette
1 Chopped Green Bell Pepper
5 Chopped Radishes
1 Small Head Fresh Broccoli
1 Small package mixed Baby Carrots and Snap Peas
1 Chopped Cucumber
4oz Crumbled Tempeh
1 Chopped Tomato
1 14oz Can of Drained, Rinsed Cannellini Beans
1 bag Arugula
1 bag Mixed Greens
Add 3 TBSP dressing to each jar. Divide ingredients evenly in your 6 jars in the order listed above. Seal tightly. Don't shake until serving!
To serve; Shake, pour into a bowl and enjoy! These last up to 5-7 days in the refrigerator. If you have softer cheeses or fruits I would add them at the very end otherwise they might get soggy. I've been sending Alex to school with a side of crumbled cheddar cheese and a hard boiled egg.
I'm looking forward to trying this recipe with many different ingredients. I saw a bitchin' creamy Caesar Salad with fresh Parmesan and Fusilli Pasta that just looked magical. I'm sure I can translate it into a sweet jar recipe.
Give this a try! The possibilities are endless!
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