How to Make the Perfect Mason Jar Salad

how to make a mason jar salad

Is there anything more perfect in design than a delectable mason jar salad? The concept is ideal – a fresh and delicious salad, perfectly preserved in a strong container that won’t imprint on the food and is easily transportable – what’s not to love!?

While many people know what they want from a mason jar salad, constructing the perfect one is not quite as simple as simply filling a jar with whatever you want! Without careful planning, your delicious salad can quickly turn into a soggy mess. So, just how do you make the perfect, healthy mason jar salad?

The Secret to a Great Mason Jar Salad

First things first, of course! Before layering your salad ingredients in a jar, make sure that you choose a quart size mason jar with a wide mouth for easy packing.

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Regular mouthed jars are just too small to squeeze ingredients into when you pack the salad and too small to easily dump the salad into a bowl later on for your meal.

Choose your salad ingredients such as dressing, carrots, chick peas, chopped cabbage, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and anything else you love to eat.

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You may also want to add some protein such as chicken chunks, nuts or shredded cheese, so get that ready as well. You really don’t need a large amount of any ingredient, just enough to add a layer to your quart jar. After you prepare your ingredients, you’re ready to start making your salad.

The secret to a great mason jar salad is in how you layer and pack your salad ingredients.

An important key to making a great salad is in how well the ingredients are packed. Always try to pack each layer tightly. This helps maintain the freshness of the salad. The less tightly your jar is packed, the less time your salad will stay fresh. This is the core fundamental of a great Mason Jar Salad. Pack it tightly and layer it cleverly.

It doesn’t matter what type of salad you make, as long as you put the ingredients in an order that preserves them the best. Remember to layer the food in the reverse order that you would normally make salad in a bowl.

For jar salads, you should always start with the dressing. Whatever you like will work, so be creative and enjoy. Cover the bottom of the mason jar with the amount of dressing you prefer.

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Next, choose an ingredient for your salad that won’t soak up your dressing. Firm vegetables are best to layer on top of the dressing. Carrots, chickpeas, radishes, or celery are good choices. These will retain their own flavor without soaking up all of the dressing and will provide a stable base for further layers on top.

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Add another layer of firm ingredients such as chopped cabbage or cucumbers. You should now have a nice, solid foundation for the rest of the layers.

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Now’s the time to add sliced tomatoes or other similar food. You can also add protein such as chicken chunks, if you prefer.

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Then add your lettuce. Generally pack a bit more lettuce in comparison to other layers in the salad.

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The green lettuce leaves will form a barrier that helps to maintain freshness. This also allows you to place cheese, nuts or other healthy toppings on the lettuce without risking any sogginess. And that’s it! Screw your lid on tightly, keep the jar upright at all times and refrigerate until ready to eat.

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Mason jar salads are great for taking to work or for a quick meal at home. When you are ready to eat, simply open the jar, pour the contents into a bowl and toss as necessary.

If you took care to build your perfect mason jar salad, you will be rewarded with a crisp, fresh and delicious meal every single time.

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