Do you do any meal preps ahead for the week? I love to use mason jars for making meals ahead. The mason jars are perfect because they are made of glass with tight fitting lids, are washable and re-useable and they are so pretty to see on your refrigerator shelf!
It’s great how these salads keep so well for a few days in the fridge. The trick is to layer them properly. Always make sure that you put the wettest things on the bottom, like the dressing, and layer up to what needs to be kept dry, like the greens, on the top.
I know that setting aside time for meal preps for the week ahead can be difficult. If you can find the time, though, it’s a time saver on the other end! How great does it feel to be able to grab a mason jar out of your fridge and have your lunch to go or even to eat at home all ready – and a healthy one at that!
- 3 cups mixed romaine lettuce hearts and baby arugula
- 1 in Granny Smith apple thinly sliced and soaked for a minute salt water and drained
- 1 large radish thinly sliced
- 2-3 T celery chopped
- 2-3 T walnut pieces
- 1 slice red onion thinly sliced
- 2 T dried cranberries (or dried cherries dried blueberries or dried strawberries)
- 2 lemon wedges
- cup DRESSING: yields about 1/3
- 3 T roasted almond butter
- 2 T unseasoned brown rice vinegar
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1 -2 T agave or maple syrup
- 2 - 3 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1/2 tsp fine lemon zest
- 1 T fresh lemon juice
- 2 T water
Prepare all of you salad ingredients and place in separate bowls
Put all your dressing ingredients together in a bowl and whisk together or use an immersion blender
In a 1 quart wide-mouthed Mason jar, add your dressing first to the jar
Next add your sliced apples
Then the sliced radishes
Followed by the sliced red onion
Then the walnuts
Followed by the dried cranberries
And finally topped with the greens mixture and a couple lemon wedges
Remember: If you end up taking a Mason jar salad to go, make sure to bring along a bowl or plate and some eating utensils. Also, after you take off the lid of the jar, set aside the lemon wedges and then pour out your salad into your bowl or plate and mix all the ingredients together well and top with the juice of a couple lemon wedges. ENJOY!