I’m sure that you’ve seen at least one craft or recipe using canning jars. These days mason jars are used for just about everything from candle holders to dessert jars to cocktail glasses. But one of the most interesting uses, in my opinion, is to hold a salad. When I worked in an office I loved bringing salad for lunch, but I couldn’t add the dressing until it was time to eat or the lettuce would get soggy so I had to bring my dressing bottle too. When you pack a salad in a mason jar, you can add the dressing without it even touching the lettuce! The key is to form layers that are packed in so the dressing never reaches the lettuce on top.
How do I make a salad in a jar?
Start with your dressing, add 1-4 tbsps to the bottom of the jar then add your veggies. Next, add your meat and cheeses. Last, add your lettuce. This layering will prevent your lettuce from getting soggy. When it’s time to eat you can turn the jar upside down and shake it to mix the dressing around, then pour the contents into a bowl. I have tried to eat the salad right out of the jar, but it’s little too jam packed for me. I like to pick out a few pieces at a time so pouring the salad into a bowl is a bit easier for me.
What type of jar should you use?
The jar used depends on the type of salad you make. If it’s just a small side salad you can use a pint size canning jar. But if it’s a larger salad for lunch or dinner I would recommend a quart size jar. If you can find a wide mouth jar, these work better to get the contents out once you’ve shaken it up.
How long do they last?
You can pre-pack these salads at the beginning of the week, they should last for up to 5 days in the fridge. However, if you have “fragile” ingredient such as avocado or hard boiled eggs, I would add those the day off. I chop veggies on Sunday and keep them each in their own containers in the fridge then assemble the salad the night before in the jar. I also like to use any leftover rice, quinoa or seasoned meats in salads the next day.
What kind of salad can I make?
Just about any! Aside from the usual lettuce and veggie salad, you can also make pasta salads or quinoa salads. Even fruit salad!
What do you think? These are so easy to make and can be a great time saver when preparing for your day. Which salad will you make first?