Back in the day, my family had a huge garden. We would have a big fresh garden salad with dinner. Life changes, I am on my own now, and cannot seem to stomach what is sold in stores in terms of produce (although they say to have a salad with your meals every day).
All over social media now is talk of jar salads and small container salads that you build yourself ahead of your busy week. Well...
I have tons of jars.
I do not want to do this on my own. So, may I recruit you to do this with me? Are you picky also?
For example, I do not want big thick onions in my salad. I do not want black beans on my salad. I like the idea of building my own... Kind-of like going to the self-serve salad bar and shoving it into your jar or container!
Ready? Here we go...
Prep any of these vegetables and place in jars or serving size containers. Place in the refrigerator until ready to eat.
(these will keep nicely for several days in the refrigerator)
chopped greens: typically a mix of romaine, spring mix, spinach, arugula, or butter lettuce (rarely all of them, just whichever ones I have on hand at the time)
tomatoes: sliced or chopped
cucumber: sliced or chopped (I often remove the seeds, but it isn’t required)
corn: canned, frozen, or fresh
bell peppers: sliced thin or chopped small
WHEN READY TO EAT:
Warm the protein of your choice and chop bite-size, if needed. Add the protein to the pre-made salad greens and vegetables.
ground beef or ground turkey: cooked and seasoned generously with Mexican spices or taco seasoning
taco meat: with black beans and corn
cooked or roasted chicken: shredded or diced
canned tuna fish: drained well
cooked shrimp or fish
cheese: shredded, diced, or crumbled
fruits: diced apples or pears, orange slices, fresh berries
plenty of crunch: croutons, tortilla chips, or my personal favorite Fritos
salt and pepper
SALAD DRESSING OF YOUR CHOICE.
This does not seem too hard or too untasty. We know what we like. Think the Fritos sound weird? I use them with Acapulco Tuna Salad! The added crunch makes the salad delicious on a bed of lettuce... mayonnaise, salsa & tuna.
I hope you have been converted to having atleast 1 salad a day. Make ahead on a Saturday or Sunday and just pull that jar or container out of the fridge when you need it. Nuke the protein. Voila!