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Mason Jar Salads (Serves: 4)

Mason jars are useful for a lot more than just canning those summer vegetables. They are the perfect home for layered salads and help show off the beautiful colors of the ingredients. It’s like a beautiful summer garden in a glass!

All of the ingredients in the four Mason jar salads below are listed in layering order. Salad dressing suggestions are also given, but you can use any dressing you like! And the best part about creating Mason jar salads is that you can add any ingredients and create your favorite salad!

Tips for layered salads:

Put the salad dressing on the bottom, separate from the greens and lettuces, or just add the dressing right when you are going to eat it. Either way, shake that salad up and enjoy!

Put heavier items, such as tomatoes, on the bottom of the jars and end with the lightest item, such as lettuce or crumbled cheeses.

Caprese Mason jar salad   (Serves: 4)

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INGREDIENTS:

8 tablespoons balsamic vinaigrette or pesto

10 ounces small fresh mozzarella balls (*** You can use goat cheese for unprocessed and more natural option***)

1 cup fresh baby spinach and fresh basil leaves, torn

2 cups assorted colored sugar plum tomatoes (red, yellow, orange)

1 cup fresh baby spinach and fresh basil leaves, torn

HOW TO PREPARE:

Divide all of the ingredients evenly among four Mason jars.

Shake to coat salad items with dressing and enjoy!

 

 

Cobb Mason jar salad  (Serves: 4)

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INGREDIENTS:

8 tablespoons red wine vinaigrette, Ranch or French dressing

2 cups iceberg lettuce, chopped

2 cups chopped cooked chicken breast

2 cups chopped tomatoes

4 hard boiled eggs, sliced into circles

2 cups crumbled bacon

2 cups chopped avocado (tossed in lemon juice to prevent browning)

4 tablespoons green scallions, finely chopped

2 cups iceberg lettuce, chopped

    4 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese (*** You can use goat cheese for unprocessed and more natural option***)

HOW TO PREPARE:

Divide all of the ingredients evenly among four Mason jars.

Shake to coat salad items with dressing and enjoy!

 

 

Chunky Mediterranean Mason jar salad  (Serves: 4)

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 INGREDIENTS:

8 tablespoons red wine vinaigrette or Greek-inspired dressing

2 cups red sugar plum tomatoes

2 cups chopped English cucumber

2 cups pitted Kalamata olives

2 cups fired-roasted red and yellow peppers, thinly sliced

2 cups red onion, choppedr

2 cups crumbled feta cheese  (*** You can use goat cheese for unprocessed and more natural option***)

HOW TO PREPARE:

Divide all of the ingredients evenly among four Mason jars.

Shake to coat salad items with dressing and enjoy!

 

 

Taco Mason jar salad  (Serves: 4)

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INGREDIENTS:

4 cups romaine lettuce, chopped

2 cups tomatoes, chopped

2 cups black beans

2 cups corn

2 cups ground turkey meat

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

4 tablespoons green scallions, finely chopped

8 tablespoons fresh salsa

HOW TO PREPARE:

Divide all of the ingredients evenly among four Mason jars.

For this salad, add the salsa on top and shake prior to eating instead of adding to the bottom of the jar.

Shake to coat salad items with dressing and enjoy!

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Credit:

Recipe and photo from: http://www.allparenting.com/   By: RACHEL VOORHEES