I love these simple salads in a jar!
As a busy college student, I often find that I don't have as much control over my meals as I would like. Cafeteria food gets really old really fast, but most days I simply don't have the time to prepare a meal myself, and going downstairs to use the dorm's communal kitchen is a real pain. Another option is fast food, but it gets pricey quickly - and even though fries every day seems like an awesome idea at the time, the freshman 15 would say otherwise. So, what's a girl to do?
Enter mason jar salads.
Suggestions for salads in a Jar:
When it comes time to layer your salads, you will want to add the toppings first, with the wettest ingredients at the bottom. Make sure to squirt lemon juice on diced apples or avocados to keep them from turning brown.
After you have added all of your toppings, with the driest on top (such as nuts or cheese), fill the rest of the jar with your greens. Keep an eye on how much space you're leaving when you're adding your toppings so that you have plenty of room. Lastly, you can either add dressing now, or wait until you are ready to eat your salad. I haven't experimented with this yet, but I feel that saving the dressing until I'm ready to eat will probably help to keep the salad fresher, so that's what I opt for.
And that's it! There are SO many different ways to change this up. Here's one I've tried so far:
Strawberry Avocado Chicken Salad in a Jar
See? Super easy! And if you want even more salad ideas, check out the post that inspired me!
I'm excited to be able to have healthy, easy lunches right at my fingertips this week. How about you? Will you try it, or have you already? If you have a favorite salad-in-a-jar recipe, be sure to leave it in the comments!