Salads are so versatile and there’s so many creative ways to make them. I love that they can be a meal all in themselves, depending on what ingredients you add, and they are so healthy for you! Not only can you get creative with the salad, but you can also get creative (and practical) with how you store them.
It can be a daunting task prepping a salad full of a variety of yumminess, and sometimes that can deter one from eating them daily. There’s a very fun and convenient way to store your salads, that you can make ahead in batches – mason jars! You avoid using chemical-containing plastic containers, and you can conveniently layer the ingredients so your salad stays fresh and ready for you when you need it. Layer ingredients with the dressing on the bottom, and when it comes time for a salad, simply dump into a bowl and enjoy. You can even enjoy them right from the jars if you leave enough room to mix them.
Ice Berg lettuce, washed and torn into pieces
Red onion, halved and sliced into pieces
Cucumber, sliced into 1/4 pieces
Red Pepper, chopped
Chick Peas, rinsed and drained
Small Tomato – sliced into wedges
Feta Cheese, crumbled
Greek Dressing (recipe below)
Layer ingredients with the dressing at the bottom, then follow with the onion, chick peas, cucumber, and red pepper. Next are the olives, followed by the tomatoes, the lettuce and topped with the feta cheese.
The key is to layer the ingredients appropriately so that the dressing doesn’t make the rest of the ingredients soggy before you use the salad.
It’s fun to use a mason jar and seal with the lid, and it’s even more fun to use saran wrap underneath the topper so it beautifully showcases the feta cheese on top.
My Mom’s Homemade Greek Dressing
1 tsp. grainy mustard
1 clove garlic, minced
2 oz. rice vinegar
3-4 oz. extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp. red wine vinegar
1 oz. water
Pinch salt & pepper
Couple dashes Worcestershire
dash hot sauce
Shake ingredients together using a shaker or tightly closed container. Voila!
You can do this with any type of salad! Get creative…have fun…and enjoy!!