My final year of my masters has started, and I will soon begin my apprenticeship. Needless to say things will be très chargé in a months time. In an effort to gain time and stay healthy (I've lost 30 pounds so far!), I've turned to making and storing salads in mason jars.
Why salads? You can make salads as you want! Sweet, sour, full of veggies, full of protein. it does not matter. If you are smart with the dressing, It's hard to make a salad unhealthy, especially when its in confinded portions like a Mason Jar. Which leads to the next question.
Why Mason jars? Why not?! They are sure better than plastic bowls and keep your ingredients fresh. Plus they are durable and perfectly reusable. Win-win all around.
This week, I've been obsessed with one recipe in particular - Black Bean Salad
Check out the recipe below:
5 wide mouth quart size mason jar salads
1 ¼ cup salsa
1 6 ounce container plain greek yogurt
1 quart cherry tomatoes, halved
1 red onion, chopped
2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1 12 ounce package frozen corn, thawed
2 avocados, peeled and chopped
5 ounce block pepper jack cheese, cut into small cubes
4-5 cups chopped romaine lettuce
¼ cup or more chopped cilantro (optional)
In each of the mason jars pour ¼ cup of salsa. Then divide the greek yogurt evenly among the jars. This will equal about 1 ½ tablespoons of greek yogurt per jar. Next divide and layer the rest of the ingredients evenly between the 5 mason jars starting with tomatoes then following with onions, black beans, corn, avocado, cheese, and ending with romaine and cilantro. When ready to eat pour into a bowl, mix together, and enjoy!
Make Ahead Instructions This can be made up to 5 days ahead of time.
When Making a salad remember: heavy on the bottom, light on top. So typically you will layering in the following order:
1.) pour in the dressing, if any
2.) add pre-cut veggies/fruits
3.) add in nuts, if any
4.) add in your leafy greens
You can shake the jar and eat straight from it or shake thye jar and pour the salad into a bowl. Because of the ordering, your salad will be perfectly mixed. Discover more salad jar recipes on Buzzfeed
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