Several times in the past I’ve written about making salads ahead and storing them in a jar and having them ready to serve. Here’s one of the blog posts. It’s just so simple and is probably one of the best time saving things I do in the kitchen. With this new healthy eating, we’re eating lots of salads.
Last week when Vince and I were at Kroger, I came across two of these marked down variety packs of lettuce. I love different types of lettuce and the ice storm pretty much ruined the lettuce in the garden. These both had January 1 as the “best used by” date and we were shopping on 12/31. Vince asked if we could use both of them before they went bad. Oh, yes . . it will be fine sealed in jars.
Tomatoes, black olives, cucumbers and carrots were added to the lettuce. Instant salad! It was so nice to be able to open a jar and use those without having to wash everything and make the salads. The two that were going to be used for lunch and dinner on the days I made them didn’t get sealed but the remaining ones were sealed.
We finished off the “use by 1/1” lettuce on 1/6 and it was fine. We had 5 salads (2 each so that’s 10 salads) from less than $4 in a variety of lettuces. That is hard to beat.
We have friends visiting from Kansas City so it was time to make more salads. Since four of us will be eating, I used half gallon jars.
Three salads for three nights. Jeanne and I were talking so much last night that I totally forgot to serve the salad so now they’re going to have to stay an extra night! 🙂
There are three jars of salad for tossed green salad and the jar with just lettuce and spinach will be the base onto which I add chicken salad for lunch today.
If you have a FoodSaver with a jar sealer attachment, you really must try the salads made ahead and sealed in jars.