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Practical, Easy Recipes to Make in a Jar!

Practical, Easy Recipes to Make in a Jar!

Mason glass jars just may give Tupperware a run for its money. A wide-mouth glass jar, with a lid, provides a safe, reusable, and healthy way to eat salads without a lot of preparation work. Make one at a time, or make several one afternoon or evening for the week ahead. If done right, salad in a jar will stay fresh and tasty for up to 4 days. You don’t need any special sealers, as long as the jar has a lid and you keep the greens away from the dressing. Add the dressing to the jar first and your salad will stay crisp and appetizing.

Here’s a simple recipe to follow, but you can alter it and use any type of ingredients you like, including pasta, quinoa, or whatever type of salad fixings you prefer.

Basic Salad in a Jar
Start by putting 2 tablespoons of salad dressing* of your choice in the bottom of the jar.
Add some or all of the following (these ingredients do well sitting in/on top of the dressing): Carrots, cabbage, cucumbers, squash, mushrooms.

Top with tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, chick peas, meat, lettuce.
If you like, add croutons, cheese, dried cherries, cranberries, or nuts to the top.

Put the lid on the jar and then store until ready to use. Once ready, shake the jar with the lid on, and either eat out of the jar or pour it into a bowl or onto a plate.

If you remember, leave a little room on the top for shaking once ready to eat. If you fill it to the brim, just take a few bites then put the lid back on to shake.

*Tasty Balsamic Dressing Recipe
1/3 cup olive oil3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
Kosher salt and black pepper

In a small bowl or jar, whisk or shake together the oil, vinegar, mustard, then add 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

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6 comments

1 Mushir { 09.29.14 at 2:03 pm }

Excellent idea, we are trying it and labelled the bottle as ” farmer’s bottle”

2 kim { 08.31.13 at 9:47 pm }

I absolutely LOVE ideas like this. The apple pie/crumble is an excellent one for gift ideas. Keep more like this coming!!!

3 Kathy { 08.29.13 at 7:13 pm }

Love stuff like this!

4 Charlene { 08.29.13 at 4:47 pm }

Great ideas.

5 Tracey A { 08.28.13 at 10:36 am }

Can’t wait to try them both. Thanks for the great ideas!

6 Mary S { 08.28.13 at 9:11 am }

These two ideas for salad and apple pie in a jar are fantastic!! Thank you. Please post more ideas like this.

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