Mason Jar Asian Salad

Mason jar salad
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  • 40 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving
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A mason jar salad can be a wonderful thing if you oftentimes are transporting salads to work or other events for a lunch from home. The great thing about making your salad in a mason jar is that your salad will not be wilted and soggy by the time you eat it, and you can make it ahead of time! This Asian salad recipe uses your favorite store-bought Asian style salad dressing. Any type of sesame or ginger type dressing will work well.

You can make this salad ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator up to 5 days in advance. To make prep even easier, we use a lot of pre-prepared ingredients such as pre-shredded carrots and roasted chicken breast.

What You'll Need

  • 1 tablespoon low-fat Asian style salad dressing
  • 1/4 cup pre-shredded carrots
  • 1/4 cup sliced green cabbage
  • 1/4 cup pea pods
  • 1/4 cup bean sprouts
  • 3 ounces skinless roasted chicken breast, diced
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 1/2 cup torn romaine lettuce

How to Make It

1. The trick to preparing mason jar salads is to always put the dressing on the bottom. Then, layer the hearty ingredients next (the ones that will not wilt when in contact with the dressing. Then continue to layer the more delicate layers towards the top. So, to start this mason jar salad, pour the dressing into the bottom of a clean 1 quart mason jar. Next, layer the shredded carrots which will hold up well next to the dressing.

Then, layer in the cabbage, and next the bean sprouts. After the bean sprouts add the pea pods. The next layer should be the diced chicken breast, and the chicken breast can be sprinkled with the toasted sesame seeds. Lastly, layer in the cup romaine lettuce. And do not be afraid to stuff the lettuce in there a little more tightly if you need to. Just be sure to leave it just loose enough that it will shake out of the jar come mealtime.

2. Cover the jar with a lid, and place in the refrigerator until you are ready to take it to work or wherever you plan to have lunch. If you are transporting it, just be sure that the jar does not tip over on the way!

Serves 1