The Perfect Jar Lunch

The Perfect Jar Lunch

July 24, 2023

Packing a lunch can be an arduous process. Salads are a simple, healthy option, but can be a pain to keep fresh if you pack them the night before. So, what’s the solution?

Break out the mason jar for the perfect packed lunch! All you have to do is follow these easy steps.

Layer 1: The Dressing

Fill the bottom of the jar with 2–4 tablespoons of dressing or, if you prefer, plain old oil and vinegar. Keeping liquids toward the bottom will prevent your other toppings from getting soggy.

Layer 2: Hard Veggies

Chop up hard veggies or fruits, like cucumber, carrots, peppers, eggplant, and zucchini into ½-inch pieces.

Layer 3: Grains

Add in any cooked grains, pasta, and beans, such as quinoa, rice noodles, and penne.

Layer 4: Cheeses and Meat

If you will be eating the salad within 24 hours, add a thin layer of protein, in the form of chopped chicken, tuna, cheese, hardboiled egg, etc. If you’re making more than a day ahead, add these items on later.

Layer 5: Soft Veggies and Fruit

Top the protein with a layer of softer fruits and vegetables—avocado, tomatoes, blueberries, strawberries, and dried cranberries are great options.

Layer 6: Nuts and Seasoning

Throw in some crunchy bits, like sunflower seeds, slivered almonds, and pecans, as well as seasoning like salt and pepper and oregano.

Layer 7: Greens

Finish it off with your favorite salad greens—just be sure not to pack too tight so you’ll have room to mix it all together.

When you’re ready to eat, simply shake the jar, or pour the contents out into a bowl!

This article was prepared by ReminderMedia.

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