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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Fresh Salad on the go

When it comes to salads, the key to keeping it interesting is variety. Although it is easy to get used to eating green salads, don't forget that there are other types of salad out there.

To make a Jar Salad, you will need a Mason jar, salad dressing and your favorite salad ingredients. Use a large wide-mouth litre jar, which will produce a large salad. For a smaller salad, used a half litre jar. This is fast and easy to do, and you can make enough dressing for many salads for less than the cost of a bottle of processed salad dressing.

1. Slice, dice and prep your favourite salad items. You can use a mix of fruits, vegetables, seeds, grains, croutons and more. Be creative!

2. Start by placing your salad dressing at the bottom of the jar.

3. Pour in as little or as much as you usually put in your salads.

4. The next layer should be comprised of heartier vegetables. These will hold up when submerged in the dressing, and depending on how long you leave it in the fridge, some may even come out with a light pickled effect. Carrots, beans, cucumbers and radishes are good choices.

5. Keep layering the heavier veggies. This will separate your leafy greens from the dressing, preventing them from getting soggy.

6. The next layer will be your lettuce, which take up most of the space in the jar. It's okay to stuff them in, just don't push down too hard, as leafy greens are delicate.

7. Your final layer should be the lighter items. Corn is a good option, but you can go with nuts, seeds, croutons or dried fruit.

8. Finally, twist the lid on tight. When you are ready to eat, simply pour out into a bowl and toss gently. You can store these salads for 4-5 days and they will stay as fresh as the day you made them.

I grew up thinking that salad dressings only came from a bottle that you purchase at the grocery store. But now that I have learned how to create scrumptious fresh healthy salad dressings at home. Yeah! Salad always healthy for you.