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Step-by-Step — How to make Mason jar salads, the easy way
These mason jar salads on the go are great for your health, both physically and financially. As I mentioned in a previous post: Recipe Blog Tasty Recipe - To Save Money Faster For Your House Down Payment., the average american spends between $8 and $9 per day on their lunch during the work week. For a couple that both work, based on 50 work weeks a year, that works out to $4250.00 just on workday lunches. Source for Lunch Cost Other Source Believe it or not I used a LOWER Average.
The best and easiest way to make Salads On The Go is to make similar salads for the whole week at one time, perhaps varying 1 or 2 ingredients each day and alternating between 2 dressings. This will speed your assembly time as well as allow you to save money (not always true but sometimes) by buying more of particular ingredients at once. Once you have purchased your ingredients for the week wash all your ingredients and assemble and prepare them for your Cleaned Mason Jars. You can alternatively use similarly sized plastic containers. (Be kind to our enviornment and select durable reusable containers.) Just make sure the containers can be sealed airtight both for freshness and for shaking up the dressing.
- Begin by washing your salad ingredients and cutting the vegetables or fruits as needed. When creating your own Salads-on-the-go be sure to include at least one or two firm veggies to go on the bottom of the jar, so they won't absorb all the dressing or become soggy. Some examples include: carrots, un-cut cherry tomatoes, sugar snap peas, or chickpeas.
- Always begin with the salad dressing on the bottom of the jar 2-4 T if your goal is to drop some weight make sure you use as little dressing as possible and the healtiest least caloric possible.
- What you put in the middle of the jar isn't important as far as order goes but pack the ingredients as tightly as possible without crushing them together. So place the items that pack loosely with pockets in them and then a smaller ingredient next, so it will naturally fit between the open pockets easily. For Example, if you are using broccoli flowerets and a grain such as quinoa, then put the broccoli in first followed by the quinoa and give a bit of a shake (not so much as to move the dressing off the bottom of the jar though).
- Top with your soft leafy greens and pack them, but loosely, so they don't bruse or wilt from the pressure.
- Secure the lids on your jars and place in your refrigerator until needed.
- Make sure you transport and store the jars in an upright position.
- When preparing to eat, shake jar thoroughly, open lid, plate and ENJOY!
Asian Cruchy Mason Jar Salad
For the Dressing
- 1 tablespoon organic no salt peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon organic soy sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon Sriracha hot sauce
SUBSTITUES: Peanut Butter — Can't eat peanut butter? Try this substitue. Use Sesame Tahinni. It has a similar flavor and will stay very true to the Asian influenced theme. Sesame Tahinni is thicker than peanut butter, so you may want to add a little water to the dressing for the right consistence.
Soy Sauce: Alergic, or avoiding soy or want a lower sodium (even lower than most reduced sodium soy sauces)? Try organic coconut aminos. The sodium content I have found in coconut aminos is about 300 mg. per T. This is at least 50% less sodium per T than I have seen in reduced sodium soy sauce. The flavor is not identical and does have a bit of a coconut background, as you might expect, but this does work well with the Asian theme.
The amounts listed are only enough for 1 salad, and is a very stable dressing. I have kept it for several months in the fridge with no problems, so do yourself a favor and multiply the recipe and make a batch at a time.
For the Salad
- Shredded nappa chinese cabbage
- Diced red bell pepper
- Chopped broccoli florets
- Shredded carrots
- Shelled edamame
- Chopped peanuts
- Sliced green onions
- Romaine lettuce
Edamame is SOY, so if you are avoiding soy try one of these substitues: Sugar Peas also called Snap Peas or Snow Peas.
Peanuts: Have a peanut allergy? Try raw no salt Cashews. If you can't find these, try to find no salt or very low salt versions.
A quart sized Mason Jar will hold 4 C by volume, and it is a SALAD, so you can easily decide how much of each ingredient you want to use. Since there are 8 total ingredients you may want to start with 1/2 C of each or use more of your favorite ingredients and slightly less of others. Hint: trying to lose weight use less rather than more of the Peanuts.
To pack this salad follow the Step-by-Step directions above. In the case, as with ALL Mason Jar Salads, start with laddeling in the dressing and finishing with the Romain lettuce or other soft leafy greens.
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