Monday, August 20, 2012

Recipe: BLT Salad... in a Jar!

You may have seen this idea on other websites, even on Pinterest, but seriously... this is the BEST idea ever! 

Picture this... it's lunch time and you brought a salad to enjoy on your lunch break. Only to find out some idiot used the salad dressing you put in the fridge or even worse... you decided to add the dressing to your salad and it's SOGGY! Noooooooooooo!!!!!!

The solution... put it in a jar!

This seem like one of those solutions that should of been easy to figure out on your own. But lets face it, you saw it for the first time on here or some other website and went "duh!".

Now, salad in a jar is super simple to do and you can do it with ay type of salad os long as you follow this basic principle.

The key is layering! 
First, you want to put your wettest ingredient on the bottom. Which would be your dressing. Next you want to put in your moist ingredients. Such as tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, ect. After that you'd add in the heavy ingredients that aren't wet/moist. This could be grains, nuts, meat, ect. Lastly, your greens. Putting the greens in last is what keeps them fresh and crispy and not at all soggy!

As long as you take that simple principle you can make any salad into a salad in a jar. The other great thing... you can make this ahead of time and it keeps in your fridge for 5-7 days! 

Now, I love salad in a jar. So moving forward I'll share a salad in a jar recipe any time I remember to take pictures!

Today's recipe is for a BLT salad. (Recipe makes 2 Jar Salads)

6 Slices of Bacon (or however much bacon you want)
1 Large Head of Romaine, ripped into chunks with your hands (it stays fresher that way)
22 Cherry or Grape Tomatoes (or however many you want), halved
1 Small Onion, chopped
1 Clove Garlic, minced
3 Tablespoons Mayo
1 1/2 Tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper

1) Cook your bacon however you wish. I prefer to cook mine in the oven at 375 degrees for 15-17 minutes. Less messy that way and I can focus my time on getting everything else ready.

2) While your bacon is cooking (if cooking in the oven) put olive oil in a pan and sautee the garlic and onion together until soft & fragrant. 

3) Whisk together the mayo and the vinegar. Add the onion & garlic mixture and stir.

4) Once bacon is done chop it up!

Now to layer in the jar. First add the dressing, then the tomatoes, then the bacon, then the lettuce! And you're done. Now go, enjoy, and be the envy of your coworkers stuck eating their soggy salads!

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