Salad Jars – Great for work and Picnic’s

I saw this idea in a magazine recently, and thought what a great idea… I’m always looking for something I can take to work for lunch, and this is a great way to eat a rainbow of colours! As an added benifit your recycling your old glass jars at the same time too!

Right, first pick your colours..

my salad jar

Choose a couple of greens: Kale, Spinach, green peppers, cucumbers, fennel, broccoli for instance.

Choose something red: Cabbage, beetroot, red pepper, radish, red onions even cooked red kidney beans!

Choose something orange/yellow: Squash, carrots, yellow or orange peppers, pumpkin, sweet potatoes.

Choose a dressing: Make your own using a favorite vinegar (raw cider vinegar prehaps?) and something creamy like avocado or tahinin and then add some spices. Or you may use a shop bought dressing, being mindful of the ingredients etc 🙂

Choose a Jar: I like big salads, so I reuse an old large kilner jar!. If this is too much for you use a smaller jar.

Putting it all together:

1. Place a thin bottom layer of salad dressing at the bottom of the jar.

2. Place your chopped hard vegetables in the jar on top of the salad dressing (Carrots, fennel, cucumber, broccoli, peppers, beetroot etc)

3. Add lentils, peas, beans, brown rice or even pasta. For kids new to eating veggies, add more beans and pasta than veggies.

4. Add avocados (squirt with lemon juice), tomatoes, or strawberries.

5. Add nuts or seeds that or even some sprouted grains like alfalfa.

6. Add your greens. Pack them in tightly. Screw the lid on and your done!

When ready to eat, pour onto a plate or bowl and stir together with a fork. These salads can last for a couple of days in the fridge. I can be difficult to eat straight out of the jar, so if you pack the jar for lunch don’t forget to pack a bowl or plate (paper will do) and fork!