Farm Recipe: Salad in a Jar

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By titanoutlet March 6, 2013 12:36

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Salad in a Jar – Ingenious!

I’ve always loved salads, and especially love the salad bars where you can choose from a wide array of makings.  My biggest problem at home though, is actually putting the salad together once I have all of the fixings.  I don’t know why that is – perhaps my subconscious is telling me that digging in my refrigerator for the various ingredients is a lot more work than simply selecting them from choices already put in front of me at a restaurant.  Anyway, when I saw this idea that someone shared on Facebook I was quite excited, and I was determined to see if this method really works.  I added extra items based on my personal preferences, and spent most of an afternoon chopping red onions, green pepper, cucumber and carrots.  I also included one boiled egg per jar and added some bacon bits.   While this part of the preparation seemed rather time-consuming, once it was done the assembly process went quite quickly and it brought me great pleasure to see my refrigerator filled with premade salads.   The amount of dressing is up to you.  I started with ¼ cup and will see if that suits me.  I used the least expensive method of sealing, spending under $5 for the Zip-Loc hand vacuum.

I calculated an estimated calorie count for one of these salads, and was found that they were approximately 550 calories (the dressing and boiled egg carrying the majority).  I’m anxious to see how effective the vacuum process is.  If this works well, I hope to create a new habit towards eating healthier!

Salad in a Jar

THE ARRANGEMENT from BOTTOM to TOP:

Dressing

Shredded carrots

Cherry tomatoes

Sunflower seeds

Hard boiled eggs

Baby spinach

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Arrange ingredients in a large Mason jar
  2. Store in fridge for up to a week
  3. When ready to eat: shake jar, place on plate, and eat!

 

You can make any arrangement you want (add red onion, cucumbers, radishes, peppers, etc.).  Always remember to put the dressing at the bottom and the lettuce at the top – a MUST.

 

***NOTE*** If you’re making a few salads at a time for the week, you MUST remember to vacuum seal the Mason jars.  Mason jars can be bought at Wal-Mart, Fleet Farm and various grocery stores).  They must be vacuum sealed to remain fresh and crisp.  Here are two different ways to vacuum seal a mason jar:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhb1gfVSB9Y  (If you have a Foodsaver)

http://youtube.com/watch?v=NMDfyRjfBbc  (For a non-Foodsaver method)

 

 

 

 

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