Eating a salad a day is an effortless way to knock out several veggie servings all in one meal. Shake up the ordinary bed of greens with the latest trend in make-ahead meals—jar salads! Follow these tips to build a salad in a jar that will remain fresh and delicious for up to four days.
What’s a jar salad without an iconic Ball® Glass Mason Jar? While they are best known for fresh preserving and canning, these jars are growing increasingly popular for layering and storing make-ahead vegetable and pasta salads, overnight oats and yogurt parfaits. The first step in assembling a jar salad is selecting the right size jar. For large dinner or picnic salads, choose the 32-ounce wide mouth jar to fit an assortment of veggie, grain and protein ingredients. When making a side salad or fruit parfait, the eight-ounce jelly jar is the right fit. All Ball® Glass Mason Jars are equipped with a re-sealable band and lid that locks in flavor and makes transporting your salad creation easy and mess free.
The key to a crisp, not soggy, jar salad is in the order of ingredients from bottom to top. Salad dressing typically goes in first, followed by hearty fixings that can withstand moisture, ending with a final layer of delicate vegetables, soft cheese and proteins and leafy greens. Discover the secret of an irresistible salad with Cain’s® Salad Dressings in Balsamic Vinaigrette, Chipotle Ranch, French and Italian. They are bursting with flavor from the perfect blend of herbs, spices and seasonings in every pour. Give it a try in our Balsamic Rotini Salad in a Jar recipe.
Dress up jar salads by adding cooked whole grains like brown rice, farro, pasta and quinoa for added fiber, vitamins and minerals. The light, fluffy texture and mild flavor of Goya® Quinoa complements an array of traditional salad ingredients. As a superfood, quinoa is a good source of plant-based protein, B-vitamins, iron and magnesium. It’s also naturally gluten free and cooks as simply as rice in just 15 minutes using the ratio of one cup of dry quinoa to two cups of liquid.
Beans are a quick and affordable way to give salads a healthy protein boost. While all beans are nutritionally similar, they vary in the flavor and texture they contribute to a dish. The extensive collection of Goya® beans including Black, Cannellini and Chick Peas lets you get creative when layering salad ingredients and more so you can change it up every time. Use their rich Black Beans, tender and creamy Cannellini Beans and bold and nutty-tasting Chick Peas in jar salads, to stretch the portions of summer picnic salads or in no-cook meatless meals.
Leftover roasted or grilled chicken, cooked lean ground beef or turkey and premium deli meats are also healthy salad protein toppers. Premium Dietz & Watson® Gourmet Lite Turkey Breast is crafted from a family recipe using only the highest quality hand-trimmed lean turkey. It contains no artificial colors, flavors, nitrates or MSG and brims with an incredible, freshly-roasted flavor. You’ll find a Healthier Lifestyles seal on this and other varieties of Dietz & Watson® deli meats, signaling they are low in fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium and exceed the USDA and FDA standards for a healthy food.
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