Ok so, I came across several different sites featuring salads in a jar recipes. I am pretty sure no one really needs a recipe for a salad but, it’s nice to have the proper order to layer the ingredients. Here is my first attempt at them and I’m hoping they are as tasty 3 days from today as they are on day 1.
My oldest daughter Jessie, requested I try Taylor Farms BBQ Ranch Chopped Salad Kit. I bought it as a serving is 130 cals and that isn’t awful. I decided to add in a bit of protein and some extra veggies to bulk up the yummy factor a bit.
I layered the ingredients as follows; dressing in the bottom of a jar, red onion diced, shredded carrots, diced tomato, grilled cubed chicken breast, BBQ sauce (only used half of the packet provided), shredded cheese, cabbage/lettuce/veggie mixture, some torn romaine leaves and finally a small zip top bag with the bacon bits, and lime tortilla strips that came with the salad kit. I took the bag of toppings, sealed it and placed it into the top of each jar as I didn’t want it getting soggy.
Seal the jars with a lid and here is where sites vary. Some sites vacuum seal the jars and others say they will keep nicely just with the lid in place. I am trying it the non sealed way with just the lid screwed on. We will see how this works out. I must say the salads look tasty and adorable in the pretty canning jars. Shake it up to distribute the dressing and voila…you have your salad in a jar. Ok some of you are totally rolling your eyes at me thinking…ok crazy lady it’s just a salad in a jar. Why are you so excited?…Well, because, I can be! Because, I like the visual appeal of my jarred salad and the idea of grilling extra meat up at the beginning of the week and making these jars to enjoy all week. I will be even MORE excited if they actually stay crisp and lovely like they are now! Updates to come…
OH WHATEVER…you know you’re on pins and needles to see if they are crisp or not! You don’t fool me 🙂
Recipe for this salad jar (Yep a salad recipe, you knew it was coming!)
1- Taylor Farms BBQ Ranch Chopped Salad Kit
2- 2 cups romaine leaves rinsed, dried and torn
10 oz. grilled chicken breast cubed
1- tomato diced
1/4 red onion diced
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/3 cup Mexican Blend shredded cheese
Divide equally and Layer ingredients in your jar in the order detailed above (Not the order listed in the ingredients). Put lids on and refrigerate. Btw…I purchased 24 0z jars to use for these and they look about perfectly sized for a lunch or dinner. (I will probably only eat half at a time because of my limited capacity but, I intend to use the other half as a snack so it won’t waste.)
Makes 4 salads.
256 calories, 16 carbs, 12 fat, 22 protein and 8 sugar
I will probably skip the tortilla strips and bacon bit topping but, that’s just because, it doesn’t sound very good to me currently. The calories include everything that comes in the salad kit and all the extra ingredients I added. I also think next time I will use my own light salad dressings to save on the fat and calories a bit.
Next week I am thinking taco salad jars sound delish!
P.S. If you look really closely you will see that these salads look so good that a tiny yellow rescue helicopter flew in to get a closer look in the final picture! That doesn’t happen everyday now, does it?
P.S.S. The joys of a home with kids and running a day-care to boot!