Looking for a quick lunch option? Spend 20 minutes prepping and you can have lunches ready and waiting in the fridge all week long. Try these 3 flavor combos or create your own!
It’s Monday and even though I’m still on vacation, I know most of you are kicking off another work week. Sorry about that 🙂 To try to ease your pain, I have my friend Lauren here today to share a fun lunch idea with you guys!
A few things about Lauren:
- She’s now a super busy lawyer. Despite being intimidated by the gym and workout classes, she started to really make an effort to make time in her schedule to work out while she was a law student. I’m SO proud of her and love reading about her workouts on her blog.
- I’m not sure when she finds the time, but she also whips up delicious eats in the kitchen. I want her to cook me dinner.
- Her photography skills are amazing!
- She’s excellent at remaining positive, even in stressful and difficult situations.
- She has a beautiful smile 🙂
Hey there green beans! I’m so happy to have the privilege of writing a post on Lindsay’s wonderful blog! Hers is one of my favorites and so I was thrilled that she asked me to guest post. My name is Lauren and I blog over at A Dash of Soul.
I’m a lawyer who loves my family and loves my food. My husband Jason was in law school with me, and he’s my permanent life partner, study buddy, and taste tester.
Between his already high cholesterol and some health problems I’ve been having, it’s become increasingly important to me that we both eat the foods to nourish our bodies the right way so that we can spend many more silly, happy years together.
Today I want to share with you my latest healthy food obsession!
Salad. In a jar! It’s super convenient, especially if you’re packing a lunch to take with you to work or school. With this method, you get your greens, your delicious toppings, and your dressing all in ONE easy container. I recently put my three favorite salads into jar form and couldn’t be more thrilled with how they came out. First up (and my very favorite) is Cobb salad.
The layers in this one are (from bottom to top): blue cheese dressing, carrots, hard-boiled egg, tomato, corn, ham, bacon, and a romaine lettuce blend. A bit indulgent for a salad but SO delicious! I made the blue cheese dressing myself by combining 2 T. greek yogurt, 2 T. olive oil mayo, 2 t. apple cider vinegar, 1 1/2 T. crumbled blue cheese, a splash of olive oil, and a little garlic salt and pepper. So tasty and way better for you than the stuff in the bottle. Remember to load those veggies in!
Next up is an Asian chicken salad!
The layers in this one are sesame vinaigrette, red bell pepper, snow peas, carrots, green onions, shredded Napa cabbage, roasted chicken, and shredded green cabbage. I made this dressing by combining about 2 t. sesame oil, T t. olive oil, 1 T. rice wine vinegar, 2 t. soy sauce, and a nice big squirt of honey. Again, squeeze as many veggies in as you can!
And last but not least… chicken Caesar salad. This one has a Caesar vinaigrette, tomatoes (I know that’s not traditional in Caesar but I love them), parmesan cheese, hearts of romaine, whole wheat croutons, and roasted chicken.
I didn’t make this dressing myself but I did make the croutons! Just cut a piece of whole wheat bread into chunks, tossed it in olive oil, sprinkled with garlic salt…
…and then put them right into a 375 degree oven for a few minutes (they burn easily so you have to watch them closely!). It’s a quick and easy way to up the nutrition by using these instead of white croutons. And they’re just as tasty.
When you’re ready to enjoy your salad, just give the jar a good shake and dump it out into a bowl. You could eat it straight out of the jar, but I am not coordinated enough for that. Into the bowl it goes.
The possibilities with jarred salads are endless. Use whatever greens, toppings, and dressing you like. As long as the dressing is at the bottom and not touching your greens, the jar will stay fresh in the fridge for several days. For a nice, big serving I recommend these quart jars, which can fit enough salad for a whole meal.
Some of you have probably already been using this idea in your own kitchens, but for those of you who don’t already, I hope you give it a try!
Thanks so much for reading and thank you Lindsay for having such an awesome blog and for letting me chat with your readers!
-Lauren, from A Dash of Soul
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I’ve been reading about salads in a jar forever but have never actually made one myself. This was just the motivation I needed to try it out when I get home! Plus, who doesn’t love mason jars?!
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I LOVE salads in a jar! I sometimes bring them to work because they’re so easy to assemble and so pretty when you put them on a plate. Thanks for the recipes! I can’t wait to try the Asian Chicken Salad!
ok I could play it off and pretend 🙂 but I wont.
IVE NEVER TRIED THIS!!!
Kristen @ notsodomesticated says
Very cool idea! Thanks for sharing!! 🙂
Gina (The Candid RD) says
I love this idea! We have about 4 mason jars in our house, which we typically fill with ice and drink from at night. However, the salad idea is brilliant and if I can find the lids…I’ll have to try this!
Linz @ Itz Linz says
I love everything in a jar, so this idea is definitely a winner! (and tasty!)
Linz @ Itz Linz says
And salsa is always a summer hit!
Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health says
Awesome idea! This would be great for when I am going to have to make lunches for my internship!
Ooh salad in a jar… Mason jars are so cute! Never tired this but I do love salad so I’m gonna give this a go sometime. Thanks Lauren & thanks & thank you Lindsay for having her guest post 🙂
Lindsay @ Lindsay's List says
love this idea – i’m always on the go – this would be great to take in the car!
Jessica, the_toned_teach says
What a great idea! I am a teacher, and packing my lunch every day is a doozie. This would be an awesome way to spice things up!
Jaren @ Kiwi Fit Blog says
What a great idea!
Kelly @ No Sugar Sweet Life says
What a great post! That asian salad looks really yummy. This would be a great meal to bring on a picnic at the park 🙂
Andrea @ Vegvacious says
This is so perfect for pre-planning meals! I’ve pinned tons of salad in jar combos, but never actually made them before — these look fabulous!
I love this idea! I don’t have to pack as much now that I’m at home with my daughter, but I am a huge fan of using mason jars for food storage over plastic containers. And these are so pretty, too!
Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic says
Hi Lauren & Lindsey, I’ve seen this in the blogosphere and I love Lauren’s salad creations. Awesome guest post!
Meghan @ After the Ivy League says
Awesome idea! I need to save some jars so I can do this!
Talia @ Bite Size Wellness says
I love salads! I have seen this idea floating around Pinterest, but have yet to make it happen. Thanks for the 3 recipes…now I just need to get some jars!
Do you use a vacuum sealer? And have you found that certain lettuce stays better. I never buy lettuce because it goes bad so fast. But the other post I read about salad in a jar required a vacuum sealer to maintain the freshness. Thanks for your input!
Elle @ nutritionella says
Love this idea! I bring milk in a jar to work and leave it in the fridge there in case I’m running late and need to eat a quick bowl of cereal at my desk! Salads are a great lunch idea!
Brittany @ Delights and Delectables says
What a great idea!! Love it!
Leonor @FoodFaithFitness says
Great idea and timesaver too.
Julie (@ROJRunning) says
I’ve heard of this many many times, but something about seeing it here has made it click for me! I am totally going to start doing this. I could have a salad every day without much effort at all other than shake and dump.
Do you have any issues with the croutons getting soggy in the Caesar salad version?
I haven’t tried that version myself so I couldn’t say. Sorry!
Put the croutons on top of the leaves near the lid. That way they don’t go soggy.
Love salad in a Jar. Been making these for three weeks now and in total I make 15 jars each sunday night. I take them to work and my two kids take them to school and Uni. Favourites are greek salad with BBQ Chicken, Ceasar Salad (I don’t chop up the egg leave it whole) and chicken Waldorf salad.
those all sound delish!
Staci Pope says
I’m definitely giving these recipes & directions to my husband (who does the cooking) and he can send me off to work with a nutritious and delicious lunch!
awesome! hope you enjoy them!