Mason jars have become ubiquituous across the blogosphere, transporting everything from soup to cupcakes to oatmeal in practical, sensible style. This practicality means they won't fall out of favor any time soon, we predict. Look at the latest in-jar meal we're crazy about: Layered salads, beautiful and bright.
These salads were created by Kathy at Healthy. Happy. Life. as experiments in making layered vegan salads in jars. But, you ask, what's the point of using a jar, as opposed to a regular bowl or lunch container, other than looking pretty? Kathy explains how the jar lets you layer the salad, and keep ingredients separate until you eat. Firmer vegetables at the bottom of the jar marinate and even pickle a bit in the dressing underneath. Lighter, more fragile ingredients sit on top.
When you're ready to eat, just dump all the ingredients into a big bowl, and toss them gently.
Kathy even made a few of her vegan salads a few days ahead of time, to see if they would hold up through the week, or get soggy. Nope — the layering here kept the salads fresh and delicious even after four days in the fridge.
Kathy has tons of vibrant, creative ideas for these jarred salads on her blog — go take a look! You may be inspired to pack two, three, or even five days of salads for lunch. I know I was!
Salads in Jars from Healthy. Happy. Life.
• Vegan Salad in a Jar. Make-Ahead Bliss.
• Cobb Salad. Caesar Salad. In a Jar. +Results!
More Meals in Jars
• Oatmeal in Jars: Make a Week of Breakfast in 5 Minutes
• Make Your Own Fruit-on-the-Bottom Yogurt Cups
• Chili and Cornbread in Jars
• A Barbecue Lunch in a Jar
(Images: First two images: Kathy of Healthy. Happy. Life; Faith Durand)