Without further ado, I give you… salad in a jar.
No, I don’t have a jar fetish in case you’re wondering. There is, however, a very good reason for all the containing that has been going on here lately and it will all make sense very soon. Plus it’s, like, a scientific fact that food in a jar is infinitely better. For reals.
Portability is key– just pop on the lid and store in your fridge until you need to bring it with you. The homemade dressing is what makes this beauty the wonder it is.
Layered Portable Salad
Of course you can customize this to your liking, but what I used today for the layers, in order from bottom to top, is as follows:
1 sliced mushroom
apple cider vinegar- honey dressing (recipe below)
a few almonds
sliced red pepper
a few black olives
diced green onion
baby spinach leaves
That’s all. Just layer your ingredients always making sure the dressing stays at the very bottom and the green leaves stay at the very top. These two must not touch or your leaves will go rancid really fast. Great for travel and keeps well: Make several jars and have them ready in your fridge to bring with you to work during the week. Shake the jar right before eating, and it’s easier if you serve it on a plate. No more little containers of dressing popping open up and soaking the bag or cooler, yay!
Apple cider vinegar- honey dressing
This is so easy and so tasty.
1 Tbs honey
1 Tbs water
2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbs raw apple cider vinegar
salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste
Mix all the ingredients and blend them for half a minute in the blender. That’s it!
When it comes to choosing your ingredients opt for organic raw apple cider vinegar with Mother (and now my Spanish-speaking friends are laughing because in Mexico con madre means a very different thing). Mother is made up of living nutrients and bacteria, and you can tell if your apple vinegar has Mother because it looks like little pieces of debris settled at the bottom of the glass bottle. Shake your bottle before using to stir up the Mother, and enjoy its many benefits. MOTHER KNOWS BEST.
So how is your apple cider vinegar meant to be? Con madre! And how does this salad taste? Well, con madre.