If you’re tired of wasting time trying to figure out what to eat for lunch, or bring to work for lunch and ultimately you find yourself pathetically wasting your time waiting on some long line and end up just grabbing the same old boring thing from the cafeteria or local sandwich spot, then you might want to try out a jar salad!
You can make yourself a salad for lunch and just bring it in typical Tupperware, however, by the time you get to eat it will be soggy. If you buy a healthy salad at your local lunch establishment, quite often, it’s made up of ingredients you can easily get at any grocery store for a fraction of the price. If this is what you’ve been experiencing, then try a jar salad! The type of jars we’ve found work best for this type of lunch are 16oz. wide-mouth mason jars.
There are many pros to packing a jar salad for lunch and the first, and most important, is that you will save time… and your sanity. Think about it. All the time you spend searching and scourging your fridge for something to make, you could be preparing a whole week’s worth of meals!
Tip: Prepare all the ingredients you want for your salads. On Sunday afternoon prep a jar of salad for each day that week. You’ll save time on making your meals and you won’t have to worry about what you’ll be eating the next day.
- You know exactly what you are eating when you make your meals at home.
- You save time – Going out to eat not only takes away from your precious break time at work, but you may not end up consuming a very healthy, well-balanced meal.
- Stick to dietary needs – With a pre-prepped lunch, you can make a fresh and nutritious lunch at home and put whatever ingredients in it that meet your dietary needs.
With a homemade, ready-to-go jar salad, you can rest easy on your lunch break and enjoy that time as a refresher and not as a chaotic scramble to find something to eat.
I’m sure you’re convinced by now that you want to try it out! But you can’t just throw everything you want into a jar – there’s a certain technique… the perfect way to store salad to ensure will last all week without getting soggy.
Jar Salad Layer Guide:
- Bottom—Dressing or other wet ingredients.
- Second—Hard veggies like tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers etc.
- Third—Proteins and grains like chicken, eggs, beans, rice etc.
- Fourth—Lettuce or greens.
- Last—Nuts and seeds
For starters, try out these 2 recipes!
Remember to use the “layer guide” to put them together. It’s best to use wide mouth mason jars. When you’re ready to eat, it’s best to pour the ingredients out into a plate or bowl.Of course, you can also just eat straight from the jar.
- Grape tomatoes
- Mozzarella cheese balls
- Small red onion
- Fresh basil leaves
- Balsamic vinaigrette
- Salt and pepper
Chicken Taco Salad:
- Black beans
- Grape tomatoes
- Romaine lettuce
- Taco sauce mixed with plain Greek yogurt
- Mexican cheese