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101 Mason Jar Salad Ingredients for Recipes
This post is all about Mason Jar Salad and all the ingredients for recipes
Mason jar salads will have you licking your lips as they are so good!! Great for a snack, easy to prepare fir a lunch and if you’re eating light (or healthier) a perfect dinner. If you know what ingredients you want to use, it can save you money making mason jar salads for the week and popping them in the refrigerator.
Here are the reasons I love this idea:
Fast prep and ready to eat: Once your jars are set in the fridge, you grab and go. If I am making healthy choices, I can quickly prepare and make several portions for the week ahead.
My wallet thanks me: You save money buying for a week’s worth of salad and it tastes like you are at a restaurant.
It’s good for you: My mason jar salad choices are healthy and cater to me.
The earth likes it better: With minimal waste, I find that after a meal, I toss the jar (carefully) in the dishwasher and use it again later. No waste from those plastic salad containers.
My list of possible salad ingredient for your mason jars are all about composing what you love to eat. Chilies might be too hot for you, but sesame seeds are a perfect addition to your tastes. You can’t be too surprised to know that the reason mason jar salads are so popular is they can be individualized to cater to anyone.
Mason Jar Salad Questions:
Why Should I Make Mason Jar Salads Recipes?
Mason Jar Salad recipes combine good food with a portion-control amount of food. This helps you take control of your health and focus on quality food. You will save money and time eating Mason Jar Salads.
What if You Don’t Like An Ingredient In Your Mason Jar Salads?
The best thing about Mason Jar Salads is that you don’t need to cater to any particular foods. If you don’t like a particular type of food or it doesn’t fit into your diet, you can simply omit the ingredient.
How Do You Layer a Mason Jar Salad?
Rule of thumb, when it comes to layering is dressings at the bottom, followed by ingredients that might hold more liquid than others (tomatoes, radishes, etc.) and then your greens (lettuce, spinach, kale, etc.) The top should be any croutons or nuts. This will keep your vegetables from getting soggy and crushed by the weight of the liquids.
What Size Mason Jars Are Used For Salad Recipes?
A lot of people ask me what size mason jar should I use when making salads. The typical salad is found in a 16 ounce or 32 ounce mason jar. Again, looking at how this caters to you and your lifestyle, even if you made too much salad (perhaps you used the bigger jar) you can always put the remainder back in the jar and eat it at a different time. It’s so easy!
Here are 101 mason jar salad ingredients to try in your next recipe:
101 Mason Jar Salad Ingredients for Recipes
If you are loving Mason Jar salad recipes, you might be thinking about making your own version of a salad. The number one question about Mason Jar Salad recipes I am asked is if there is a list of ingredients to review. It's a good question! There are thousands of salad recipes, but no lists of ingredients where you could explore what combinations might sound good to you!
Take a peek at this fun list of mason jar salad ingredients to get started on your own creations!
Chives might not be your first thought with a mason jar salad recipe, but it does offer a flavor punch when you need it! I almost always sprinkle chives on top of my salads before putting the jars in the freezer.
Hearts of Palm aren't always understood, but they can be a great addition to a salad. Because they aren't known as well, it is a perfect ingredient to use as it definitely adds flavor and interest if you have guests over to try your recipes.
Cheese is a mainstay in almost every one of my mason jar salad recipes. I rarely use the same one twice and it's an ongoing (delightful) tasting ritual. Make sure you use cheeses in mason jar salad recipes as they do fit (and there are many that offer low fat alternatives.
Nobody would expect you to add dry beans as we are talking the category of beans. From pinto beans to white beans, the idea of beans add as an ingredient to a mason jar salad recipe is something to consider.
Dill is an amazing taste you should consider adding. Easy to prepare, any mason jar salad recipe will have added flavor with dill. The trick is to use it sparingly so it doesn't overpower the other flavors.
Jicama was a vegetable I knew nothing about until recently. It's a great, light ingredient for any mason jar salad recipe. Plus, it doesn't add too much flavor to your recipe, but it does offer a new texture to enjoy.
Ginger is one item you might not be thinking about when it comes to ingredients in a mason jar salad recipe. Used correctly it can bring together an amazing salad. Used incorrectly, the overpowering flavor will be your guests biggest complaint.
Depending on your mason jar salad recipe, you might find pork to be a great element to add. I always throw in leftover pork as an ingredient for my weekly salads. It tastes great and I avoid wasting food.
Whether you decide using flakes, meat or even a little coconut milk in the dressing, this is a great ingredient to use. I am never disappointed in my mason jar salad recipes when I add this fresh item.
In my opinion, pine nuts never get enough love. They taste wonderful, are found in many favorite food items, but still get left out of the ingredient list of a mason jar salad recipe. Next time you have a salad, think about how much better it would taste with a few pine nuts.
Pears are a fruit that paired correctly can bring music to your taste buds. The mason jar salad recipe ingredient is rather limited in which salads, but for those dishes it does fit, it tastes like heaven.
Shelled sunflower seeds are a great addition to a mason jar salad recipes. I prefer the salted version, but there are plenty of varieties to choose from. Keep in mind, you can use it as an ingredient, as a topping or part of a dressing.
Pickles are disguised cucumbers (or so I've been told by the kids) and yet, they are a perfect ingredient. The mason jar salad recipes with pickles are complimented by the taste and crunch in every bite.
There are so many delicious meats to put into a salad, it's impossible to name them all. Cut into small pieces, the mason jar salad recipes can benefit wish a small amount of salumi to create a magical flavor.
Bacon. We could talk about bacon for hours, but all I need to say is this meat in salads is a hit around the house. In mason jar salad recipes you will hear about the bacon first and then the rest of the ingredients.
Blueberries offer a splash of color and a unique flavor. For my mason jar salad recipes I don't cut the berries as it creates a mess. Five to seven whole berries, the smaller the better, seem to be perfect for a recipes.
I rarely use sweet potatoes in my mason jar salad recipes, but recently I had an amazing mason jar lunch at a pal's house and it opened my eyes. It's not about using this ingredient too much, but actually just enough!
I happen to be a banana pepper snob. I love them and try to include them in every mason jar salad recipe I make. You might think that's a bit much but definitely check out how this ingredient kicks up the flavor of a salad.
Ham offers a salty element to you mason jar salad recipes and it's a great way to use leftover meat. I cube the ham and add as an ingredient. I've even added honey ham to salads and it was scrumptious.
Pineapple is a show stealer, but it's perfect for any salad. For mason jar salad recipes I always use it in tropical salads or lighter, summer salads that I want to have a fresh taste. I've found small pieces offer more flavor and aren't as overpowering.
Yams are typically a side dish, but that shouldn't stop you from considering them as an ingredient. Cubed and added to mason jar salad recipes it's a great mouthful of delight!
One Mason Jar Story You need to Hear…
I always love sharing my mason jar salad story when I was working at the office. I worked a day-to-day secretary job and found that I was packing on the pounds. So I started bringing in mason jar salads. Which, shouldn’t have been a big issue, but the coworkers were jealous as the salads look amazing. (I made them, what can I tell you…LOL)
Anyway, one day I opened the fridge and all I had left for a lunch was an empty jar.
Someone ate my mason jar salad. It was marked with my name. Left in the door, it was out of the way of the bagged lunches.
I was really upset but said nothing. The fridge was out of my sightline. I was clueless on who was taking the salad and dropping off my jar.
The following day, I brought in lunch again. Again it was stolen. All that was left in the fridge was the jar. They didn’t even rinse it out…there was dressing on the sides still. Absolutely fuming by this point.
I had enough of this. I was bringing in another salad and I was going to have an alarm system on this one.
So the next day I brought in another mason jar salad, except this one I put food color on the outside of the ring. If you grabbed the jar it wouldn’t transfer, but start to unscrew the lid and you’d be covered in red food coloring.
Again at noon I headed to the ice box. The jar was half full and there was red food dye all over the top. Apparently the culprit was covered in it as it was messy.
That was when I took off and started looking at my coworkers hands. Lo and behold, I found the thief. It was my supervisor. I never said anything. I just stared at his hands. And from that day forward, nobody touched my mason jar salads again!