How many times have you heard we should be eating five serves of veggies a day?
Eating healthy isn’t always easy. But veggies are essential part of a healthy diet as they are rich in vitamins and minerals. Most vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories. Due to our busy lifestyle we are likely to miss out on having veggies on daily basis.
We can incorporate veggies into our diet by simply making and consuming salads. Salads are easy and quick to make, convenient and healthy.
Why should you eat salad?
Salads are rich in vitamins and minerals, and are important for keeping our gut healthy and immune system strong. Salad in jar should be your grab and go on weekdays. It’s perfect meal for work, school lunch or a picnic.
The beauty of making salads is that you can use your creativity and explore different toppings and dressings. Use your creativity to make salads with different textures and aromas. Always put your dressing at the bottom of the jar. If you’re doing the meal prep for the whole working week, it is worth keeping dressing out of the jar so that salad is kept fresh for longer.
How to choose perfect jar for your salad?
To make layered salads in a jar you need wide mouth jars. There are many canning jars out there. I would recommend using quart wide mouth jars as they are practical, easy to place your veggies and dressings in, and there is enough room to move fork around.
Aladdin makes a great wide mouth jar which includes a dressing container. This jar is great for those that like to do food prep. The jar is made of plastic and is not microwave safe but it is very light.
If you prefer a glass jar, Le Parfait makes durable and versatile glass jars. Perfect for storing your salad as well as preserving food. These jars are microwave and dishwasher safe.
How to prepare salad in a jar?
Putting ingredients in the right order is essential to keeping the salad fresh and avoiding getting it soggy.
Dressing: First place dressing at the bottom of the jar. Keep in mind that salads with dressing can last for two days in the fridge while salads without dressing can last longer – a few days depending on the ingredients.
Hearty veggies. The next layer are hearty veggies like cucumbers, chickpeas, beans, carrots, red onion, edamame and others.
Soft veggies: The third layer is reserved for soft veggies like tomatoes, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, beets, artichoke and others.
Toppings: Proteins and cheese, and toppings like nuts and croutons go over the third layer.
Greens: Lastly, our salad jar is topped up with greens.
Packing: During the packing process pack the food in tight. The less air in the jar the fresher the food stays.
How to serve salad in a jar?
Serving salad from a jar is easy. All you need to do is flip over the jar and place the salad on a plate. You can use a fork to toss it. Enjoy!