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Dear Bob, Salad

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Dear Bob,

I love you dearly but I am taking the night off from making dinner.   I prepared a salad for you in the fridge (you know the big black object with doors in the kitchen?) Remove the jar from the fridge and dump it in a bowl (you can find a bowl in the lower cabinet of the island), toss with your favorite salad dressing (it’s on the second self, right side behind the date paste) and enjoy.

Your loving wife,  Amie Sue

P.S. the dish soap is under the sink on the left side. :)

Layering salads in jars isn’t anything new.  It’s been going on for some time now but I thought I would just share this simple approach for having salads ready to go in case you haven’t seen it before or it slipped your mind.

You can add salad dressings to the jars if you wish or add them later on when ready to eat.  When adding the dressing to the jar, you want to add it first thing so it sits in the bottom of the jar.  Then start layering the jar with hardier veggies (cauliflower, cucumbers, radishes, onion, etc) or other ingredients (quinoa, rice, etc).

Make sure that you start off with fresh ingredients.  Don’t use lettuce or greens that are on their last leg.      With fresh veggies, these salads will keep up to a week.   This makes quick meal planning a cinch.   On a wonderful Sunday afternoon, after a trip to the farmers market, wash, dry, slice, cut, mince all the veggies that you want to use in your salads.  If you wish to make up a weeks worth, mix them up and have fun creating different flavors and visuals.

Another quick tip is to fill those jars up to the rim so there isn’t a lot of air lurking around the top.  This will help with the freshness.   If you use veggies that are more on the wet side, lets say tomatoes or cucumbers, place them down towards the bottom of the jar.  That way the juices that leak from them won’t get on your lettuce causing it to wilt more quickly.

So remember:

  1. Dressings: Add dressings to the base of the jar.
  2. Hardy veggies:  Follow the dressings with hardier veggies; cauliflower, zucchini, carrots, celery, onions, ……
  3. Wet veggies:  Add in tomatoes, cucumber and other veggie that may release liquid over time towards the bottom of the layering process.
  4. Lettuce / greens: Use fresh greens only, cut or tear to bite size pieces and pack into the top of the jar.
  5. Super foods:  Add some extra nutrient boosting power to your salads by adding in; dried fruits, nuts, seeds, hemp seeds, and so forth.
  6. Ready to eat?  If you added the dressing into the jar ahead of time, give a good shake so the dressing coats the salad makings.  Then pour out into a bowl or on a plate.  Enjoy!

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12 thoughts on “Dear Bob, Salad

  1. Michèle says:

    Thanks for the post today. I have seen the salads in a jar but I needed your post to try them . Which size jar do you use?
    Also I have been making your sunflower seed cheese with agar. It is delicious and a great snack. I love the recipe because it does have expelled oil. It would be great if you included more oil-free recipes :-)
    Thank you for being fun, upbeat kind , talented and so willing to share. Have a great day!

    • amie-sue says:

      You could use any size jar Michele… all depending on how much salad you want. I use a quart jar for a nice healthy salad. Thanks for your sweet words. Have a great day! amie sue

  2. Elaine says:

    What a wonderful idea. Thank you, Amie Sue.

  3. Lyn says:

    LOL you crack me up….”P.S. The dish soap is under the sink…..love you subtle hint. :] But what a pretty way to serve a salad, and handy too and better then putting it in plastic (even if they say it has no bpa in it). You are so creative my friend!!!! Thanks for another great idea,
    Lyn :]

    • amie-sue says:

      Sometimes our sweethearts need a little nudging. hehe As you know I am a lover of jars so this was a no brainer. hehe So good to hear from you my friend. hugs,amie sue

  4. Ludia says:

    That note to Bob is sooo funny! That could be my house too! Haha. And I love jar salads! Kudos to you, amie sue

  5. Kathy says:

    Oh I love this! I am new to layered salads Thank you for sharing so many insightful tips to make this idea be a great success and to insure our layered salads will be tasty and fresh and not wilted. Thank you for including your sweet note to Bob. Always you made my day! Thank you.

    • amie-sue says:

      Layered salads are so beautiful to look at, let alone eat. I think you will have fun with this Kathy. :) Enjoy, amie sue

  6. aliyah says:

    Hi Amie sue
    Me and the honey had a great time on his bday totally raw he was very surprised and happy he hasn’t stopped talking about it .thank you so much for your delicious recipes I wouldn’t have been able to do it without you.what is the later above the peas in the jar salad?

    • amie-sue says:

      I am so glad that you had a great celebration Aliyah. Please extend my birthday wishes to him. :) Above the peas are diced carrots. :) I had to practice cutting them in tiny cubes for a culinary schooling that I am doing. They are sure fun to eat and present that way. Have a blessed evening, amie sue

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