Lunch for the Parents: Salad in a Jar

salad in a jar
salad in a jar

If you regularly read food blogs on the internets and peruse Pinterest, you have probably encountered Salad in a Jar. I’m not sure of the exact provenance of Salad in a Jar, but I do know that it’s a genius idea for lunch. You start by mixing up a little dressing in the bottom of a tall jar. I use a pasta sauce jar, but you can use a large canning jar: a wider mouth makes it easier to fill. Then you add ingredients that won’t get soggy and gross if they sit in the dressing overnight—things like cooked grains, pasta, beans, or raw kale. I also like to put something protein-rich at the bottom, so that the salad is hearty enough to fill me up (I’m pretty hungry at lunch). Then you pile in more heavy ingredients, such as: cucumbers, tomatoes, cooked potato chunks, roasted beets, edamame, etc. Next, stuff in as much leafy, green stuff as you can fit in the jar. Once I’ve packed in the greens, I like to put a little handful of nuts or seeds in the neck of the jar. When it’s time to eat the salad, turn the jar upside down, shake it up, and then pour your beautiful, colorful, amazingly healthy salad onto a plate.

In a perfect world, I’d eat a big salad for lunch everyday. But, what with packing kid lunches, cooking meals, making snacks, and everything else, I sometimes neglect my own lunch. I’ve read that Salad in a Jar will stay fresh for up to 5 days, but I’ve never tried making several jarred salads in advance. Maybe next week.

2 Replies to “Lunch for the Parents: Salad in a Jar”

  1. I really want to remember to try this…mommy mode leaves time for canned tuna or some meat slices and perhaps a banana at lunch. Very sad. But this post motivates me.

    1. In spite of what I pack for the kids, sometimes I eat a pathetic lunch myself: a sandwich sadly lacking in condiments and veggies or a random assortment of leftovers (taquito and small bowl of miso soup, anyone?) or toast with peanut butter or peanut butter straight out of the jar with pretzels as a scoop. Oh, the shame!

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