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Monday, January 09, 2012

Salad jar


Balsamic Vinaigrette
Recipe from Creative Kitchen Adventures

3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1-2 tbsp water (more or less depending on the consistency you want)
2 tbsp honey (can be replaced with agave or brown sugar)
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

Directions
Place all ingredients into a small jar (canning jar). Anything with a lid works well.
Shake to mix thoroughly. Stores in fridge for 1-2 weeks.

*Or use my blending method: throw everything in the blender, blend for about 30 seconds, then store in a jar for 1-2 weeks.

Salad
Makes 2 salads (Salads pictured were made in 32 oz mason jars)

1 cup cooked quinoa
2 big handfuls spinach
1 cup chopped mushrooms
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1/2 red onion, diced
4 tbsp balsamic vinagrette
(Really you can use any ingredients you like but watch the layering)

Layer the ingredients in the jar as follows:
dressing
onion
mushrooms
tomatoes
quinoa
spinach

The most important part of the layering is making sure the dressing and the spinach (or whatever 'leaf' you choose) don't touch. As long as they stay separate, these salads can be made up to 4 days in advance and will stay fresh in the fridge with a lid on. This is one of my tricks to eating salad everyday for lunch at work. I make a few jars on Sunday night and just grab one to bring to work everyday. When you're ready to eat, just shake it up. YUM

7 comments:

  1. How functional and delicious looking! Happy new year dear and I see you're making your way to a healthy one - yay!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  2. Hi Bella! What a great idea for salads! It would be great for work lunches like you said. I'll have to tell my daughter...she just started a new job last week and she's eating granola bars for lunch. Have a great week!

    Jeannie

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  3. What a brilliant idea. I really love this:) Hope you had a fantastic Christmas break, my dear. Happy New Year! xo

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  4. What a great idea! Never would have thought to store salad in a jar.

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  5. I love this idea. Too simple.

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  6. Oooh, don't they look wonderful? What a great idea! So pretty and, I bet, so yummy too!

    Sarahx

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  7. this is such a great idea. adore this post. thanks for sharing, hun. If you get a sec, I'd love to hear what you think of my Gossip Girl inspired look. xo

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