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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Amazing Mason Jar Salads!



SO....this is the beginning of week 3 on Weight Watchers and I am enjoying big success! 6lbs gone so far and I can already feel a big difference. Here's something that has saved me AND encouraged my husband (Mr. Honey Bun and Mountain Dew), and my kids (no tag names needed), to eat healthier without even realizing.

So, here is our take on Mason Jar Meals, specifically Mason Jar Salads:

Our first step: Hunting and Gathering. We have a lovely farm market here in Lansing, however, Lansing happens to be in MICHIGAN, therefore, fresh, locally produced foods are scarce, so please sub your own local, preferably organic produce if possible.


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Our next step: cleaning, cutting, chopping. (and sampling) We also boiled up some quinoa and some whole wheat rotini pasta.

Then, assembly.


Here are a few tips:

1. Dressing on the bottom, lettuce on the top. If the two are touching the lettuce will turn to slime.
2. So, dressing goes in first. On top of your dressing, use a rather "hearty" vegetable, such as shredded cabbage, pea pods, or julienne carrot matchsticks. They can withstand the acidity of the dressing, and actually get better!
3. Pack it in. Use a nice variety of colorful vegetables! Make it fun and involve the kids.

Here are some of our recipes:

Poppyseed: Layer, in this order:

-poppyseed dressing
-carrot shreds
-green peas
-pineapple
-blueberries
-raspberries
-lettuce

Asian:
-light asian ginger dressing
-peapods
-carrot shreds
-cabbage shreds
-water chestnuts
-green peas
-bean sprouts
-quinoa
-toasted sesame seeds
-lettuce

Seafood

(I make a light dressing with light mayo, skim milk, s and p, and parmesan
-dressing
-cabbage shreds
-cherry tomatoes (halved)
-black olives
-celery
-drained canned crab / drained canned salad shrimp
-lettuce

Caesar:

-light Caesar dressing
-carrot shreds
-diced grilled chicken
-celery
-cukes
-lettuce
-parmesan
(add croutons later) ...they get mooshy in the jar.

Here's what you will have when you're done. Aren't they gorgeous?


...and here's a closeup:


We also made rainbow fruit salads....layered in this order:

-blueberries
-honeydew
-cantaloupe
-pineapple
-strawberries
-raspberries
(we HAD kiwi, but forgot to add!)


Now, don't forget to label the lids! We use a Sharpie. The Sharpie ink can be removed easily with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser for your next use.
I normally will just buy my jars in a 12-pack, I find that the wide-mouth work the best!Link
 
 
 



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    1. Do you have any Mason jar soup ideas?! Salads n the summer soup in the winter?!

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    2. I love this idea. I'm trying to watch my weight because I just lost 30 pounds and 4 sizes and still have about 30 more pounds to go. I can't wait to start this great idea. Thanks you! for sharing your great idea

      Maryann

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    3. How long will they stay fresh....Is it sealed tight?

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    4. The mason jars provide a really nice seal to it (better than Tupperware!), and they can last about a week (sometimes more) although I wouldn't recommend any more then a week.

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    5. Does the cooked chicken last a week?

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  2. Do you make these fresh every morning?

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    1. I wish I had that kind of time! We usually take a few hours on Saturday or Sunday and prep for the week :)

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    2. How many days in advance can you make these up? What a great idea!!

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    3. I am getting ready to start WW. What a beautiful and great idea. About how many points do you plan per salad?

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    4. I made some on Sunday and had my second one today, they are such a great idea, I'm glad I saw your site

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    5. This reminds me of when McDonalds had the salad shakers in a cup. They were so good. I was disappointed when they discontinued them but I will definetely buy some mason jars and make colorful salads. I love this idea!

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  3. What a joy it must be to open your refrigerator and see this beautiful array of salads. No more wasted greens and veggies for me am going to adapt your wonderful and colorful method of pre preping salads. Thank you Thank you. And keep up the great results with Weight Watchers.
    barbie g

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  4. Love this idea!!!

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  5. OMG I have just started slimming world and struggle organising the weeks food. This may have just save me lbs (pounds) and £££'s (pounds). Fabulous idea...thanks for sharing :)

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  6. That's a great idea! About how long do they stay fresh?

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    1. They are always eaten within a week at this house so it's hard to say. I would guess 7-10 days but let me know if your results differ because I'm curious as well!

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  7. You should really try and get this idea on the dr. Oz show... Or something similar this is such a great idea! You could inspire more people to eat healthy :) I hope you have a great day and that you accomplish your weight loss goal soon!
    Christina
    christina_mcnamee@hotmail.com

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    1. Dr OZ would love this!!!!!!!!!!

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    2. I am starting a new way of eating and this will assist me in a weak moment Thank you

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  8. how many days do they last in the fridge?

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    1. Honestly they have never lasted more than a week before they are gone so it's hard to say! Maybe someone else who has tried will comment and let you know, I'm not not really sure.

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    2. martinmusico@gmail.comSeptember 2, 2012 at 9:36 PM

      do you put the lids on when you store them in the fridge or do you put the lids on when you take them out of the fridge?

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  9. Do you shake and eat in the jar? Or transfer into a bowl and toss? These look wonderful!

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    1. I tend to shake it up and eat it straight out of the jar :p that's why I try to buy the wide-mouth mason jars! The majority of people I have shown this to tend to just pour it into a bowl because that is what they are used to, either way works.

      I would definitely recommend doing the tossing just by shaking the jar though! Much less mess and a better mix overall in my opinion. Thank you for your thoughts!

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    2. I'm so glad that someone else asked this because I just bought the jars for this a couple days ago and was curious myself! :) I'm looking forward to having salads this week! Thanks for such an excellent post!

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    3. how well do these mix up? It looks like the heavy stuff would stay at the bottom and and the lettuce at the top. and only the dressing would really move around? Cute idea but I think I would have to plate it to get a proper mix!

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    4. These are great to eat on the go right from the jar! People at work are used to seeing me walk around with my salad in a jar now

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    5. If shaking doesn't work at first, I'd think just standing the jar on its lid for a minute or two -- perhaps while you're preparing your drink and getting out your fork -- would help. The salad dressing will run down into the veg and it will be easier to shake and mix.

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  10. This is a great, healthy idea for a busy family. Cool man!

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  11. GREAT .. cant wait to try this, i do something verymuch like this , i cook my meats for a few days and measure and put into sandwich bags. we love taco seasoned chicken for chicken tacos, roasted chicken for sandwiches, and the like. makes it really easy to stay on a plan. when its so easy to prepare a meal in a second i have made up salads but this is so much better. THANK YOU and hope you continue to do well with W.W.

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  12. Wow! Neat! I,m curios. Do you eat them right from the jar or do you pour out? I love the jar idea. Hate plastic!

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    1. I tend to just eat them out of the jar, that's why I always buy the wide-mouth tops! It really depends on personal preference though, for some people pouring it into a bowl might work better.

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    2. How do you eat them out of the jar but get the dressing to cover it? I'm so confused!

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    3. How many oz for jar? 16 or 32 oz?

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  13. We have a bunch of the large chinese soup containers with the lids-I wonder if that would work as well??? would give a little more room to shake the salad and not have to worry about glass breaking...hmmm...meanwhile-GREAT idea because I always have salad fixins that go bad before I can use them or I hate having to make salads over and over....cant wait to try this...I will try the soup containers...and if they don't work, I have PLENTY of jars from years of canning...thanks so much!!!

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    1. If you're worried about glass, how about the quart-size Ziploc screw top containers? I have a bunch of them because we have a soup day every December. I think they'd work great for these salads. I'm going to have to try these.

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  14. are these pint size?

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    1. The images are quart size but I recommend using pint size for individual servings. It really depends how much salad you want to eat though!

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  15. Hi, great idea! What size are the jars you use?

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    1. The pictures are quart size but I now prefer to use pint size for individual servings! Quart size is good if you will not be eating the entire salad at once :)

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    1. very clever and helpful too,specially summer times salads r the best,could people profit two in one and start looing weight,specially for busy fox and on the go.

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  17. Have you tried sealing them to last longer? I am actually doing the "salad in a jar" that requires the jar sealer with the FoodSaver that takes out all the air so it will last longer. But I would like to know if I could add some of the veggies I would like in my salad and if it will keep. It's just me so they would last a week or so. LOL!

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  18. great job with weight watchers I've lost 70 lbs a year and half ago its a great program, just get to lifetime then you'll be free! thats what kept me going :)

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    1. Great job Julia! I'm having a blast so far, can't wait to see how far I will go with it :)

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    2. Just wondering if you ever put yogut on the bottom for the fruit in a jar and if so, how did it work? Thanks for the great ideas! I'm definately going to experiment!

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    3. Very interesting idea Robyn! I have never tried that but I just might later tonight. Thank you!

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    4. We do fruit parfaits like this as well as the salads. Love my mason jars. For parfaits...yogurt on the bottom, then whatever fruit you want we add a drizzle of honey then granola on top. Usually make a batch Sunday night and again Wed. night since the granola we use doesn't last a week in the frig without getting a bit soggy.

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    5. When I make any of them that tend to get soggy (i.e. granola, croutons) As i'm making them, i use little ziploc snack baggies. that way, they are pre-portioned, and ready to just dump on. If i take them to work, I tend to just put the baggies in my lunch box ready to go so i don't forget.

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  19. How many times can you use the lids for resealing? I wondered can you reuse them or do you have to use a new one each time for it to seal.

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    1. I do a great deal of canning at my house and have found reusable one-piece plastic lids that fit the tops of jars. Great for once you open a jar of salsa, salad, etc. and don't want to mess with the 2-piece lid. I found mine at WalMart.

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    2. I don't think these jars are sealed. Just a jar with a lid. She said she uses them over and over.

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    3. Do you mean resealing with a FoodSaver? If so, the lids can be used over and over as long as they aren't damaged when taken off. Use a butter knife along the jar threads to take off the lid without bending it.

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  20. such a great idea. I'm a super on the go mom and these are perfect! I'm just wandering if they really do last and aren't soggy after a day or so. I have to try this.

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    1. As long as the dressing stays separated from the lettuce these easily last a week in our refrigerator without getting soggy. Just be sure not to tip them upside down!

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  21. I love this idea!!. I bought some jars just to try this.

    But I still don't understand how all the ingredients can be mixed inside the jar, even if you shake it a lot it looks the dressing will not reach the lettuce at the top...

    So how do you mix all?

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    1. Trust me, shaking is half the fun! As long as the jar isn't absolutely full the air space will allow the dressing and ingredients to bounce around and mix very well :)

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  22. I just started following your blog. Is there a way to follow you on Pinterest, too?

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  23. Great idea and looks so pretty! Just a thought though, if you are advocating buying local and/or organic on your blog, why would you use Kraft cheese? I'm sure there is a local cheese maker, or organic version available in your area. Kraft if big food, and that pre-shredded stuff is disgusting. So much better off buying a block of locally made cheese, or organic cheese with no rBST, and shredding it yourself.

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  24. I have lost about 30 pounds on weight watchers and was looking for something new. Love this idea!! Another thing at I have really loved and has helped a lot when I do have a bad lunch or something is the fat fighter pills from ItWorks. It blocks 30-70% of the carbs you take in!! It is amazing because I am a Carb girl!!! If you are interested they also have alot of other all natural products to help with weight loss. Email me at Kirsten.237@gmail.com or check out my website at www.kirstenrupp.ItWorks.net

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  25. This is such a great - healthy - and pretty idea!!

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  26. Great Idea! I too live/work in lansing and within walking distance to the farmers market downtown. That would be a great idea to walk there on my lunch durnig the week to get supplies and make these for the weeks ahead. I just started Weight Watchers last Thursday and these are a GREAT lunch idea. I can not wait to get home and dig out my mason jars! I struggle with making my lunches during the week, i usually just end up saying screw it and going out to Wendys or McD's so this will definitly help with the weight loss! THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!

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    1. Don't screw yourself over when you go to McD's! You can get a side salad and grilled chicken breast (you can order it by itself, ya know--and they WILL look at you like you're crazy, but that's the fun of life!). Ceasar dressing has the fewest carbs, but just use a little.

      Eating green & lean is about making BETTER choices. Packing an all organic salad in a GORGEOUS ball jar is the BEST. Avoiding the Quarter-Cheese/Lg Fry/Coke meal w/side salad-chicken-water is better.

      You can do it!

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  27. I LOVE this!! I am also on Weight Watchers (only on week 2) so I can add a label to the bottom of the jar telling how many points each jar is. Perfect!!!

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  28. I want one of those right now! I have a SUPER picky eater at home. We will be trying this today!!!

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  29. I love this idea! We're going on a long road trip in a few days and I plan on bringing some of these in a cooler for lunches on the go.

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    1. Great idea for traveling to weekend sporting events and avoiding the concession stands!

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  30. Love this! How I miss Horrocks!

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  31. what a great idea. So they really stay fresh for a week in the frig.? Soon as I get some jars I am going to try this for me and my hubby. Thanks

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  32. Any thoughts on if you could make the fruit salad and freeze it?

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    1. I'd say u could, as long as u use plastic jars.

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    2. Mason wide mouth pint jars can be used in the freezer. I don't know about any of the other sizes.

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  33. I love this idea! Wonderful!

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  34. Love this idea! I MUST try it!! Love the blog as well!! SO much we're your newest follower!!

    Check out Those Four Words we're talking about over on our end!!

    www.those4words.blogspot.com

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  35. Love the idea!!! I noticed it looks like some meat might be inside the jars also??? Was there meat inside and if so what kind did ya use??? Thanks again for this idea! ( my fav. WW treat was gram crackers with fav yogurt and whip cream then freeze it in sandwhich bags so ya can grab it when ya need something sweet it's way low in points!!) best of luck WW is great ! :)

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  36. Way cool! I'm going to try it. Thx!

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  37. What a great idea! For those with larger families, you can get half-gallon Ball jars too (I use them to brew tea in, or make enough counter-top yogurt to last a couple of days).

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  38. I love this! I had seen it on Pinterest before, but your recipes inspired me to finally make some! I'll have to get larger jars. I usually use the 12 oz size to freeze smoothies to keep on hand. Not as 'green', but I prefer the plastic Ball jar lids, since the others tend to rust in the freezer after awhile.

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  39. Have you ever used hard boiled eggs in the salad jars?

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  40. What a great idea! I can't wait to try this out. I love your recipes, I wouldn't have thought of the poppy seed dressing with fruit, but I just know my 4-year old will love that one! I'm thinking about trying a southwest version with salsa in the bottom and adding some grilled chicken and corn... Also, I would think adding a paper towels to the top of the jar before refrigerating would help the lettuce last the whole week. You could just remove it before shaking. Thanks for sharing!

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  41. Do your cucumbers ever make the lettuce/other items soggy? Whenever I make a salad the night before for lunch the next day it always makes the rest of it soggy.

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  42. Do your salad jars ever get soggy when using cucumbers? When I make up salads the night before for lunch the next day it always seems soggy with I have cucumbers in it.

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    1. Try deseeding your cucumbers first and NOT peeling them. Keep them away from the dressing and lettuce layers

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  43. These would be awesome to make ahead and take on camping trips... always a struggle to get in fruits and veggies when camping because its so hard to transport and keep fresh! This is genius!

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  44. This is such an awesome idea for my hubby to take to work or my two eldest to take to school for lunch! This is a very good answer to our dilemma of what to take for lunch! Thanks :)

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  45. What if you put the dressings in those little 2oz solo cups with lids (like you get dipping sauce for breadsticks from the pizza joint)- you could assemble the salad ingredients first, then insert a cup of dressing before sealing the jar...

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  46. I have to say, I am loving this idea and I am so glad I added it over to my Tasty Recipes List. You can see your featured post right here: http://www.skinnyscoop.com/list/claudia/tasty-recipes?listitem_id=20010#list-item

    You are definitely getting a lot of comments on this list, thats great!

    Would love to connect with you. Please email me at your convenience.

    Thanks so much,

    Claudia
    Claudia@theskinnyscoop.com

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  47. great idea! do you cut your own lettuce? (or pre-washed bagged variety) What types have you found work best? Thanks again, so excited to give it a try.

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  48. Love the idea of grab-and-go salads! I will have to try it out for myself. Thanks for the idea. I pinned it!

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  49. this is an amazing idea! Question do you bring a plate to mix the stuff up on?

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  50. If you didn't pack the jars to the top, leaving a bit of room...you could just shake the jar up and eat the salad right out of the jar! No extra mess!

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  51. I've seen this idea before on Pinterest but never thought you make them in advance. How great is that!

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  52. What a wonderful idea! I'm on WW, too, doing it slow but steady. I'm going to assemble some of these salads soon! I hate making salads, but love eating them, so if I get all the yucky washing/cutting done at once, it will be such a treat!

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  53. I love this concept too and saw a blog about using a food saver vacuum on the mason jar makes the lettuce (minus other veggies etc) allows the lettuce to last a long time- over 2 weeks. My mason jar vacuum just arrived today from amazon so I plan to do some experimenting.

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  54. Great Idea, I am going to try this today!!! Thank you!!

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  55. What a FANTASTIC idea !!!! I take my lunch to work every day and can't wait to give this a try. I'm also in Brooklyn, Mi and my daughter just moved to Lansing. Small world :). Thanks for SHARING. !!!!!

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  56. Great idea! Now I know another useful way that I can use the large peanut butter jars (plastic)that I have saved. That way I dont have to worry about the jar/s breaking when carrying them back and forth from work!

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  57. FANTASTIC IDEA! I tried doing this in ziploc bags but that didn't seem to work so well. I will be making some of these this weekend. And what a great idea the previous poster had about using plastic peanut butter jars! Thank you for this fabulous idea!!

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  58. They sell these at the Safeway store in my area, only instead of the nice glass jars, they have the tall deli containers. I've bought them a couple of times, their shelf life is supposedly 3 days. I'm going to try the jars though, they'd be great for lunch!

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  59. Are the mason jars a necessity or can I frugal-out and use regular plastic tupperware? :P

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  60. LOVE this concept!!! I'm going to try it. Also shared your blog on my blog, www.blessed-to-be-a-mommy.blogspot.com
    Thanks for sharing :)

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  61. what a great idea...perfect for taking something for lunch to work. thank you so much :)

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  62. Thanks for sharing ;) I've been making these for my husband (he's dieting) and due to his job is always on the go, and it was easier to stop at a restaurant. This way he just grabs the salad and goes in the morning. We mix it up grilled chicken salad, ham and cheese salad, different mixes of veggies everyday. I write the type and the calories on each one for him. Then he can plug it into his calorie counter on the go!!! Great Idea Thank You

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  63. This is a MUST HAVE! Will be getting canning jars @ next trip to the store. Can't wait!!

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  64. What a great idea! You can find the wide mouth jars, usually with the rings, at the Goodwill Store for 99 cents and then just buy a box of lids to go with them. So much cheaper. I have to try this! Thanks for the great idea!

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  65. This is such an awesome idea, so glad I found this... reminds me of the salad shakers that Mcdonalds had out for a while. I'm definately going to get started making them. This will be great for this summer I can just throw them in the cooler for outings!!

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  66. I'm SO trying this!! Thanks for the brilliant idea! :)

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  67. Just tried this combo:
    - light lime dressing
    - carrot shreds
    - red bell peppers
    - corn
    - black beans
    - optional: shredded cheddar
    - lettuce
    So good! Thank you for sharing this great idea for make-ahead salads!

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    1. yummmmm, I'm there! The lime dressing sounds wonderful.

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  68. Remember Salad Shakers at McDonalds...I was so mad when they discontinued them. I didn't think they would work either, but, a couple shakes and the dressing was covering EVERYTHING. Great, great idea!
    Jackie

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  69. Hi there,
    My name is Amy Greenberg and I am the co-founder of a website called The Grandparents Guide. You can check us out at www.thegrandparentsguide.com. I love the idea of the mason jar salads and would love to feature it on my site. We would create a direct link to your website, adding you to our FB page and possibly our newsletter, offering you the opportunity to get some exposure from our viewers.
    It would be fantastic if in return, you could let some of your viewers know about us by highlighting us in some way.

    Please let me know if this sounds interesting to you.
    Thanks,
    Amy Greenberg
    Co Founder
    The Grandparents Guide
    amy@thegrandparentsguide.com

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  70. WOW, I just made up three of these in the quart jars. I did use the jar sealer that attaches to my FoodSaver. I can't wait to see how they do! Thanks for this information!

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  71. A grab-and-go salad and veggie lover's treat, for sure. How about adding some nuts or bits of jerky for protein. Don't know about the hard boiled eggs, though. They tend to absorb moisture and get weird, UNLESS you eat the yoke for breakfast and just use the white part in the salad!! That will work.

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  72. What type of lettuce works best for this? I really cannot stomach iceberg lettuce, but I do eat any leaf lettuce(spring mix, romaine, spinach, etc)

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  73. These are gorgeous, but I do have one solitary complaint: Don't badmouth our home state! Michigan, like a lot of the Midwest, is all about farming. I have a great farmer's market 20 minutes from home in the suburbs of Detroit! Yep, farming is one of the few things we do okay nowadays.

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  74. This is an AMAZING Idea! I, recently, bought tons of Bertolli Pasta Sauce and I was trying to figure out how to recycle the jars since I didn't have the heart to throw them out, now I know what I can use them on. Thanks for this Great idea!

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  75. Very cool, but one question...why glass jars? Has anyone tried it with tupperware containers?

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  76. I love this idea! What size is the mason jar?

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  77. Awesome. I'm buying some mason jars today to try this AND your oatmeal idea -- with a pit stop at Whole Paycheck to pick up (and I can't believe I'm saying this) chia seeds.

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  78. This may be a really stupid question.. but how do you mix it around when the salads are packed in so tight?!

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  79. That is such a fab idea, having trouble sourcing the mason jars in the UK, but think I have found them on Ebay. Thanks for sharing!

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  80. My husband and I now eat salads every day for lunch (3 weeks and counting!!! YAY!!!) Thanks! We would always love new ideas on salads- I am making one type a week)

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  81. My husband and I have had salads for 3 weeks and counting- every day thanks to you! We would love to see new ideas as I make one type a week. Thank you!!!

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  82. do you vacuum pack these or just screw the lids on? I found a different salad in a jar website where they vacuum sealed the jars and my lettuce got really smelly!! Have you had any problems like this?

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  83. Can you do 7 layer salad this way?

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    1. Yes but becareful how long they sit. Make sure to keep in the refrigerator ASAP.

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  84. Thank you for these great ideas! I love mason jar salads and am always looking for new combinations to try!

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  85. We have Celiac disease and kids in competition dance. I am ALWAYS looking for Gluten Free, healthy alternatives that are quick and easy to grab and eat when we are going all over state for conventions and such. This might be THE best idea EVER!! It will sure get a lot of use this year~!~

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  86. what liquid do you preserve this in? it doesn't seem to say anywhere thank you

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  87. Just wanted to let you know that I featured this post on my Weekend Pics for 6/8/12. What an awesome idea!

    http://rebeccashearthandhome-proverbs31heart.blogspot.com/2012/06/weekend-picks-6812.html

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  88. I wish I had learned of this sooner!!! And I'm so glad I found it, I can't wait to try this for mine and my husband's lunches!!! :D

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  89. Has anyone ever tried vacuum sealing the jars?

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    1. How well do oil and vinegar based dressings work?

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  90. I made this one day after seeing it on Pinterest. It was horrible. I couldn't stir it, my fork didn't reach all the way to the bottom without getting stuff all over my hand, etc ... how do you do it without all the mess??

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  91. Great picnic idea. Also keeps the ants out.

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  92. Great idea! Another great idea in my life has been Overeaters Anonymous

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  93. Wow! Fabulous idea. Make the salad the night before and no rushing in the morning. I love it!

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  94. thanks for the idea i am going on a trip and will take this with me save on eating out and counting points great idea i will pass this to all my friends at ww thanks

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  95. Great idea!! Thanx!!

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  96. I have 22 minutes for lunch-school teacher- so I need something quick to eat. I'm going to make these on Sunday and grab one every morning as I go out the door--Thanks!!

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  97. It's an awesome idea. But to be really healthy- don't buy olives in a can. The Can is treated with BPA, a harmful chemical. Your trying to be healthy- don't ingest BPA. Which is a cause of breast cancer among other things.

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  98. What a great and time saving idea! I am going to have to try!

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  99. just curious...is there any reason yogurt couldn't be put in with the fruit salad, or even cottage cheese??

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  100. How long will it keep like this.longer than a plastic bowl?

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  101. I tried them and my family is loving them. I made a bunch for the week and so far have gotten rave reviews. We used dried cranberries, almond slivers, and crubled bleu cheese as toppers. Added grat flavor and nothing in the jar was soggy. Thanks for the idea.

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  102. Excellent idea! I'm formerly from Lansing myself and truly miss Horrocks and the selection. Very nice blog, I'm glad I found it on Pinterest. :)

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  103. For all those questioning the glass jars:

    Mason jars are environmental, economical, easily accessable, and safe for a plethora of recipes. If you have tupperware on hand you could obviously use that, but is it bpa free? Heat friendly? Stained?

    One of my favourite things about using mason jars is that they are so versatile, I can use them for salad, coffees, smoothes, and the list goes on and on.

    During canning/jam season grocery stores have unreal deals. I would honestly even ask around to see if your friends or family have any on hand as that is often the case.

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  104. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful idea! I do have one question, have you ever made any with hard boiled egg in it? Wondering if egg will hold up well in one of these salads. Thanks again.

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  105. I just put six with dressing and two without in my fridge. I wish I had bought more veggies! I would have done a full dozen. I also bought pint size jars and did up fruit salad!!! Although, I did mix that in a big bowl first and then put in the jars. THANK you for this fantastic idea! ;-)

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    1. If you are travelling and are using a cooler, what a healthy way to eat

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  107. Maybe someone has already said this but, I made these with romaine and spinach and when I opened the jar 2 or 3 days later it stunk so bad I couldn't get past the smell to eat it. Everything looked very well preserved not sure what the deal is. Has anyone else notices this?

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    1. I've worked in food prep & a fresh salad is never kept past the 3rd day for sale do to bacteria growth. We always tossed the pre-made salads after two days if the lettuce showed any sign of wilting. Not sure why your "greens" smelled, but I wouldn't touch it.

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  108. I've done these before but only with veggies. I found that anything with fat - eggs, avocado, cheese, bacon, nuts, sunflower seeds, dressing - will cause the veggies to wilt and get slimy faster, so I pack those salad essentials separately.

    Tip of the day: put lots of fats in your salad so you can absorb the nutrients. Low fat salad dressings are also higher in sugar. Remember, fat does not make you fat, sugar in all its forms does!

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  109. I was just wondering if anyone has ever used the Vacuum Sealer to get the air out of the jar. How much longer does the salad stay fresh if you do this?

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  110. Great post! I will definitely try it - also congratulations on the weight loss - keep up the good work!

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  111. Love this post and I made my own this week. In a blog I wrote, I posted my own recipe and the one I'm making my ten year old. Quick and easy dinner on the way!

    http://www.phit-n-phat.com/mason-jar-salads/

    I also quoted you so I hope that's OK. I linked back here so my readers can see your recipes, too!

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  112. Can you make a chef salad? If so what order would it be placed in?

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  113. Love this! I made 12 salads last Sunday. It is Friday and they are almost gone. I am eating two salads a day because they are delicious and really easy to grab for lunch or dinner. because of this I am eating a lot more vegetables and my digestive tract loves this. Thanks for the wonderful idea! I will be healthier and thinner because of it!!!

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  114. Cool idea.. I was wondering what other ingredients would work to go next to the dressing.. The reason I ask this is because I am alergic to carrots.. So my question is: What other ingredients would work to put next to the dressing?

    Thank-You~ Abrina

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  115. I'm curious which recipes or what kind of salads you add the pasta too? I saw it in pictures but not in the recipes and wouldn't normally think to put pasta in a salad.. thanks! great ideas!

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  116. Thanks for the great idea! I sent salad with my husband to work today and he loved it! :-)

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  117. Have you seen the Cuppow products? They now have a cup insert for mason jars

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  118. I bought a pack of silicone cupcake "wrappers", fill with 2 tbsp. of dressing and sit on top of the lettuce, then put the cover on. Can dump on when ready to eat and no worries about slimy lettuce! Love the great ideas for some different add-ins!

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  119. I'm going to try these - they look beautiful! But I am puzzled by your comment that you live in Michigan so local fresh produce is scarce. I'm a Michigander and there is no scarcity of locally produced fresh fruits and veggies. The Oakland County Farmer's Market, the Royal Oak Farmers Market, the Birmingham Farmers Market - all have local produce, and organic is available, too. Uhlanik's is a major producer, to name just one. And what about our local apples, sweet corn, sweet and sour cherries, and wonderful peaches?? And we are one of the largest blueberry producing states in the U.S. You do Michigan a disservice by saying that fresh produce is scarce. by Alis'NWonderland, Michigan resident for a life time!

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