did it. She made salads in a jar. I'm so proud of her for being health conscious and thrifty! Here's how she did it and what she says about the recipe.
Many different salad ingredients fit in a jar. Choose your favorites! Sydnee mostly likes the common veggies. She used green pepper, grape tomatoes, red onion, iceberg lettuce, carrots and cheese. I'm not sure why she has chicken in this pic. She didn't put raw chicken or cooked chicken in the jar. Protein in addition to cheese, maybe a boiled egg would be nice but not necessary. Anyways, prepare your veggies by tearing, slicing or grating.
Next grab a pint jar with lids. Bigger salads uses quart jars and smaller salads use eight ounce jars. The medium size salad (16 oz.) was just right for Sydnee.The jar she choose sported an original paint job a la Sydnee! She calls it "Yellow Flower on a Jar". It gives the jar a rustic yet artsy feel. It has a kind of 3D-ish appeal to me.
Layer your favs however you wish leaving the green leafy stuff until last. Some recipes say to put the dressing in the bottom of the jar. Sydnee was afraid this would make the salad items soggy so she took dressing in a separate container. A different container benefits in two ways: no sogginess and you can dip your bites in your salad dressing the Weight Watcher way. You eat half the dressing by dipping instead of pouring over your salad reducing your overall calorie count! YAY!
SEAL & REFRIGERATE:
Fill to desired fullness. Screw on the lid. Place in the fridge. Put your dressing container on top of the salad jar or attach to jar with a rubber band. Grab your 'Salad in a Jar" on the way out the door the next morning! Makes a great snack too for anytime during the day. Look at that rainbow of color. Almost too pretty to eat!
Sydnee says...1 =save your time, 2 =try if you got the goods, 3 =just so-so, 4 =close to Mom's and 5 =grab a recipe card (just so you don't forget about 'salad in a jar')
Making it Meter = 1
1=kid proof, 2=easy, 3=worth the time, 4=difficult, 5=culinary degree required
When I asked Sydnee her opinion on "Salad in a Jar", she said "AWESOME! I will be definitely be making this again. I thought it might taste stale or droopy after a couple of days. It didn't! It was as good on Day 3 as the day I packed the jar."
Thanks Sydnee for this wonderful recipe review. I'm sure I'll be needing your skills again. Are you busy next Thursday? Aha! Winter Break! Maybe we'll do a mother-daughter review?
Jarred and sealed,
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