A confession!! I hate chopping up veggies. I do not know why. It just seems like a tedious process I guess. We do eat a lot of salads for dinner but I keep them very simple, like good greens, dressing and maybe some cheese. Both hubby and I have been wanting to eat more salads for lunch but I know myself, it just will not happen. I came upon the idea of making salads ahead of time in a jar and thought it was rockin. You put the dressing on the bottom, add the hardier veggies first (over time, we have discoved the blocclie slaw holds the longest and is best as a base veggie) and the stuff that would slime out faster on top. They last a few days in the fridge, so you can make several at one time.
This is such a win-win idea for so many reasons.
1, if you are busy it is done. You just grab and eat.
2, you can please everyone because each person puts what they want in their jar. For example, I like to have a theme, an idea of what flavor I am going for but hubby just throws in what he likes. Which is fine, just not how I roll.
3, I think it is budget friendly. Well that is if you resist the expensive french cheese, which is hard for me to do :-)
4. lastly it is a healthy way to get nutrition into your system. It is not just the veggie. There is good fats, oils in dressing, protein (which is why this salad has a hard boiled egg) seeds, and so much more.
To keep me motivated (and hopefully inspire you) I plan on once a week or so to post a new salad for a while. This week's salad is a lemon Greek salad. Of course tweak it to what you want but I hope I motivate you to eat more salad because it is all in the jar!
Greek Jar Salad
thinly sliced fennel bulb
thinly sliced radish
romain lettuce torn into pieces
chopped kalamata olives
chopped hard boiled egg
Layer in jar starting with dressing and working your way down the list.
grated peel from the lemon
juice half small lemon
1/3 cup olive oil
finely chopped small garlic clove
1 tsp Dijon mustard
salt and pepper to taste
Mix all in a small jar and shake. Taste and adjust to your liking.