A healthy salad packed in a reusable mason jar makes a great lunch to take to work or school. It will stay fresh in the fridge a few days so it’s also perfect for planning ahead. This recipe is filled with vitamins, protein, and fiber. The dressing is sweet and tangy with less sodium than store-bought varieties.
Tip: You can add any variety of your favorite salad ingredients to your jar. Putting the dressing in the bottom of the jar and topping it with hearty chopped vegetables like carrots, cucumber, or broccoli will keep the salad from getting soggy in the fridge.
Yield: 1 serving
Preparation time: 15 minutes
¼ cup blueberries, defrosted if frozen
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
½ tbsp olive oil
Pinch of salt
Pinch of ground black pepper
¼ cup chopped carrots
1 tbsp fresh green peas
¼ cup low-sodium canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 tbsp dry roasted, unsalted sunflower seed kernels
½ cup chopped butter lettuce
¼ cup chopped arugula
½ cup chopped fresh spinach
Place the dressing ingredients in a small food processor. Pulse until smooth.
Pour the dressing into the bottom of a pint jar. Layer in the carrots, peas, chickpeas, and sunflower seeds.
Add the lettuce, arugula, and spinach. Seal with a lid and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To serve, pour ingredients into a bowl and toss to coat with the dressing.
Nutrition information: Calories 231; Total Fat 12.4 g; Saturated Fat 1.4 g; Trans Fat 0 g; Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 236 mg; Carbohydrate 27.1 g; Fiber 8 g; Sugar 10.5 g; Protein 7 g