Next week, I am going to have a friend over to my house to put together our Mason Jar Salads for the week. I starting thinking it might be fun to do it as a group sometime. If you decide to do it as a group, here are a few ways you can do it.
You could have each person bring ingredients to pitch in so each person is only responsible for parts of the salad. Or you could have each person bring ingredients for a complete salad and swap some of their salads, so every one gets a variety of combinations. Either way, here is a list of what you need to complete a salad.
First of all, you need to buy Mason Jars. I bought the wide mouth 1-quart jars. They are easy to find, but here are some places you can buy them. They usually come 12 to a pack, so you may want to go in with someone else.
Lite or low-calorie dressing (ideas: balsamic, raspberry vinaigrette, western, ranch)
Choice of beans – this is optional but adds protein and makes the salad more filling (black, kidney, or garbanzo are all good choices)
Two different choices of firm veggies (ideas: cucumbers, zucchini, shredded carrots, shredded broccoli, red or green pepper, yellow squash)
Two different choices of non-veggie toppings (ideas: cranberries, sunflower seeds, turkey bacon pieces, cheese such as feta, Parmesan or lowfat Mexican)
Choice of protein (cooked chicken breast or boiled eggs)
Choice of lettuce (romaine, spring mix, or spinach)
Choice of topping (ideas: pecans, sliced almonds, fruit such as strawberries, mandarin oranges, or blueberries)
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What other food or meal ideas would you find helpful?