Jar salads are handy picnic fare
If you're planning a fall picnic, glass jars make the perfect container for a to-go salad. These come together easily. You can use the lettuce of your choice. I like spinach with this combination of ingredients. On a hot day, you can bet these are more refreshing than mayo-based potato salad.
Save money and take one to work. It will beat one of those wilted store bought concoctions.
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APPLE HARVEST JAR SALAD Ingredients for the salad:
4 cups chopped romaine lettuce or other greens of choice
8 ounces cooked boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced into bite-sized pieces
2 apples diced
Juice from ½ of a lemon
1 cup dried cranberries
4 ounces crumbled blue cheese or feta cheese
1 cup pecans coarsely chopped and toasted
4 quart-size mason jars
Ingredients for the cider vinaigrette dressing
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon onion powder
4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
4 teaspoons maple syrup
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
1. Whisk together dressing ingredients in a small bowl or measuring cup until completely combined.
2. Place a few tablespoons of dressing at the bottom of each jar.
3. Place diced apple in a small bowl and squeeze lemon over the bowl. Toss apple in lemon juice to coat (this will prevent browning).
4. Divide salad ingredients among the jars, layering in the following: chicken, apple, cranberries, cheese, pecans. Twist on the top to seal your salads and refrigerate up to 3 or 4 days.
5. When ready to serve, empty containers of the jar onto a large plate or bowl – the dressing will be on top! Toss to coat, if desired!