My daughter gave me this fantastic idea for taking lunch to work. Her and her co-workers do this all the time. After she told me about it I thought what a brilliant idea. Here's the scoop...
You can make a salad in a mason jar. I used a pint sized jar. It is really cool once you think about how it is constructed. You can add any ingredients you want but you should start and finish with the same items. What you will be doing is making a salad upside down.
Here is what you need to do: For the bottom of the jar, add your favorite dressing. Next layer any and all ingredients you want. I added leftover tenderloin steak from the other night, cheese, dried cranberries, tomatoes and then end with lettuce.
You want the lettuce as the last thing that you add. I am told that you can make lunch for the whole week this way (so essentially you can make a week's worth of lunch on Sunday to last from Monday to Friday). It will keep and the lettuce won't wilt. I was very delighted to be able to reach in the refrigerator this morning and grab lunch. Once you are ready to have lunch, drop the ingredients out onto a plate. You can try so many different things to take for lunch this way. Also, you could easily use another size jar to make a larger salad or to have more room.
This post was shared on The Healthy Home Economist Monday Mania 2/27/2012