Have you ever packed the perfect salad for lunch only to discover that once it’s time to devour it it is all soggy and wilted? Well you can erase that memory from your mind now that a new trend is on the scene: The Salad In A Jar!
Unlike traditional Tupperware, since you are layering the ingredients in order of moistness and weight, the ingredients wont mingle until it is time to eat them (as long as the jar sits upright). When you’re ready to dine all you have to do is shake the jar up and grab a fork or dump everything in a bowl to mix.
Ready to build your freshest salads yet? Check out these tips for getting the most out of your favorite salad ingredients and get ready to toss it up!
You know those jars your grandma used to make jelly? Those are the best ones. My personal preference is the Mason jars by Ball. The Ball® 1 Quart (32-oz.) Wide Mouth Jars are perfect since they are easy to drop ingredients in and out of. Plus the 32-oz. size is just the right amount of space for all the healthy layering that’s about to take place.
Jam It All In…Order That Is
The makings of a perfect salad has tons of greens, an assortment of veggies, a little fat, some protein and both crunchy and chewy textures. Sound like a lot? Well it is, which is why the order in which you load your jar totally matters. Here is how it should go down:
1. Dress For Success
Just a couple tablespoons of your favorite salad dressing should do. I also love a combo of olive oil and balsamic vinegar with most of my salad combos so give this easy dressing a try if a pre made option is unavailable.
2. The Hardest Veggies In The Batch
Think peppers, carrots, cucumbers, celery etc. This will guard that dressing from seeping to the top.
3. Beans Next
Black beans, chick peas any kind of beans are welcomed. And if you are using grains or pasta in your salad mix Miss Lady, then add those now too.
4. Protein Power
Stay full longer with a handful of protein. Chicken, tuna, hard boiled eggs and tofu are all excellent options. Also be sure to add your cheesy layer here too if you like. But be sure you are eating your salad by the next day – if not then save this layer for the day of.
5. Calling All Softies
Think avocado, dried or fresh fruit, tomatoes etc. These delicate items however should only be added if you are eating your salad by the next day. If not, you know the drill, add it the day of as a top layer.
6. Go Nuts
Nuts and seeds add a nice crunch and a good dose of healthy fat. So add your walnuts, almonds and pumpkin seeds right here Dear.
7. Go Get Greens
Finally you add the greens – your spring mix, romaine lettuce, kale etc. Make sure the pieces are not too large though (smaller is better in this case). Also don’t be afraid to pack them in there, doing so really seals the deal (pun intended).
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Celebs Tweet Their Thoughts About #JusticeForSandraBland
1. Jesse Williams
#SandraBland's treatment while attempting to travel freely on HER public roadways has been acknowledged as unlawful. She is already dead.
2. Taraji P. Henson
"SAY HER NAME #SandraBland"
3. Ava DuVernay
"'Why are you arresting me?' Because you know your rights. Because I can. Because no one'll believe you. #SandraBland"
4. Kim Kardashian
#WhatHappenedToSandraBland We need answers!!!! This is NOT ok! This is all shady! They need to own up to this & tell the truth!
5. Jussie Smollet
"A loss 4 words. #SandraBlandMatters #BlackLivesMatter 👈🏿tell me this should change once the nation shows that we do. "
6. Snoop Dogg
🙏🌹. Sandra. Rip. 🌹🌹
7. K. Michelle
R.I.P to this queen. This could've been any of us. My prayers go out to her family. #sandrabland https://instagram.com/p/5fvlO_AhCf/
8. Gabrielle Union
SAY HER NAME!!! #SandraBland #SandraBland #SandraBland #SayHerName
"We must get to the cause of #sandrabland death because this CANNOT happen again #deathorfreedom"
10. David Banner
"When will we fight back. A man's duty on earth is to protect women and children. Where are the gangsters? Preachers? We need you. Please."
11. Nicki Minaj
"Rest In Peace #SandraBland"
12. Talib Kweli
"We the people ask @LorettaLynch to investigate #SandraBland #KimberleeRandleKing RETWEET "
Signs. Signs. Signs all around us. The Message is Here. #SandraBland
14. Missy Elliot
"When I look at the #SandraBland traffic video it brings so many emotions😳😢😡😡😤!"
15. Jessie J
"God bless your soul Sandra | #sandrabland | Change needs to come |Justice needs to be served | Heart… https://instagram.com/p/5fV79mQ0aw/ "
16. Jackee Harry
"It's time y'all, it's time.." #SandraBland #BlackLivesMatter
"In memory of #SandraBland these things don't make no kinda sense "
18. Holly Robinson Peete
I really don't look forward to having ANOTHER difficult conversation w my kids tonight...but here we go again😧💔 #SandraBland #SayHerName 😢
19. Jeffrey White
Sadly, doesn't matter by whose hand she died. Unjustified arrested set the outcome in motion. The state murdered her. #JusticeForSandraBland
Sandra could have been your mother, sister, aunt, friend or if she wasn't killed the community outreach advisor A&M. #SandraBland
21. Joan Smalls
"My heart is broken. Sending my deepest condolence to her family and friends. May you find Strength, Peace and Justice. When will this stop? #EqualityForAll #RIP #Why #SayHerName
22. Gladys Knight
Sandra Bland.... #SayHerName #SandraBland
23. Cara Delevigne
Things need to change NOW #SANDRABLAND #Justice #Equality
24. Meek Mill
"Rip to that young lady that lost her life about a traffic stop! 🙏 ima make sure I pray for her and her family! 🙏😄😄😄"