Plan and prep: salad in a jar

Hi! How’s your day going?? I’m so glad that you’re excited about Summer Shape Up! Thank you to those of you who have already tried out the workout, too. I’m happy you liked it! Be sure to keep checking in by commenting on this page (<— click to comment) — our first giveaway from Reebok will be up tomorrow morning.

I think we’re doing pretty well at checking things off the summer bucket list.

Outdoor concert?

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Done, and I hope we can go to another one soon!!

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We met up with some friends on Coronado to enjoy the summer free concert in the park series. From what I’ve heard, the bands vary in the enjoyment department, but last night they had an Eagles cover band. A little secret: I LOVE me some Eagles. It screams summer and reminds me of when we’d go to the lake when I was a kiddo and my parents would blast “Hotel California” on their boat. It was a lot of fun hanging out on picnic blankets with our friends, drinking raspberry mojitos (yessssss), listening to the music, and dancing with Livi.

Today, I joined in the Summer Shape Up fun by doing the workout in our garage, and planned some eats for the week.

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The Pilot grills chicken to enjoy on salads and wraps, and I eat at least two eggs a day, so protein is usually bueno, but I’ve been slacking on produce lately. I think it tends to happen when I come back from vacation. The Stitch Fix trip was out of the ordinary -they hooked us up with amazing healthy snacks and I enjoyed quite a few glorious salads- but I realized it’s been a couple of days since I’ve had anything green 😉

I decided to put together some salads in jars, so I can easily shake and enjoy for quick lunch accompaniments. I kept them fairly basic, so I could add in leftovers from dinner (love mixing leftovers with salad), grilled chicken, quinoa, or… anchovies. I’ve been on an anchovy thing lately. No hatin.’

Here’s what went into each jar:

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Bottom to top: (be mindful of the order of ingredients so the lettuce stays crispy on top)

-Olives

-Red wine vinegar and olive oil

-Diced cucumber

-Sliced tomatoes

-Fresh mint

-Romaine

-Crumbled goat cheese

Shake and eat!

And now the wheels are turning for awesome combo ideas…. Let me know if you have any!

See ya in the morning <3

xoxo

Gina

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Comments

  1. I did a salad in a jar recipe demo at work recently — they’re great for 9-5 ers.

    The salad looks particularly yummy and nice ‘n’ salty; I haven’t had romaine in a while — mmm.

  2. Yum! I love a good salad, and this looks awesome!

  3. Yum nothing better than a good salad!

  4. I just wanted to tell you thank you. You have inspired me to grab a bottle of water & my iPod & get moving!!! I have lost 10 lbs since April with eating cleaner & 3 pants sizes. But I had no motivation to move. I came across your blog started from the beginning & kept reading, your ideas on food & snacks through out the day have helped me recently. I have decided to start one of your original summer shape ups. Thanks again!!!

  5. I just wanted to tell you thank you. You have inspired me to grab a bottle of water & my iPod & get moving!!! I have lost 10 lbs since April with eating cleaner & 3 pants sizes. But I had no motivation to move. I came across your blog started from the beginning & kept reading, your ideas on food & snacks through out the day have helped me recently. I have decided to start one of your original summer shape ups. Thanks again!!!

  6. I just wanted to tell you thank you. You have inspired me to grab a bottle of water & my iPod & get moving!!! I have lost 10 lbs since April with eating cleaner & 3 pants sizes. But I had no motivation to move. I came across your blog started from the beginning & kept reading, your ideas on food & snacks through out the day have helped me recently. I have decided to start one of your original summer shape ups. Thanks again!!!

  7. This looks so yummy and it is such a good idea!

  8. I’ve seen this, and it never occurred to me to actually do it. Especially since my salad at lunch today was a bit on the soggy side with all the lettuce under the toppin’s. I think I might have a rogue mason jar in the fridge somewhere to repurpose! I think it’s full of ancient homemade chicken stock, so I think the jar has already served its purpose on that front.

  9. I like salad shakers! They are so convenient!

    I want to go to a summer outdoor concert because it looks so fun!

  10. RachelG says:

    Berries in salad scream Summer to me! 🙂

  11. I bought some jars last month to do exactly this…and then forgot to prep them haha
    Thanks for the reminder! These look yummy 🙂

  12. Salad in a jar is an awesome idea! Pretty one too. I bring salads to work everyday. Why haven’t I thought of this?

  13. What a fantastic idea!

  14. Shaina Anderson says:

    This is going to be so money when the baby comes! I can prep a salad the night before when I’m making Patricks lunch. Thanks for the awesome idea!!

  15. I love your skirt!! WHere is it from? Outdoor concerts are the best. Switzerland is full of outdoor festivals in Summer. So much fun.

    Love the idea of salad in a jar! Looks so pretty! I need bigger jars – my salads are always huge! 🙂
    I love to add berries or melon and nuts in summer salads.

  16. Where’d you find your jars? Or did you just use ones you had? I’m kind of paranoid about things being food safe, if ya know what I mean? 😉

  17. I’ve never tried salad in a jar but I do enjoy packing salads in tupperware for lunch. I usually have two containers, one for dry ingredients and one for wet.

  18. I’ve been obsessed with spinach/spring mix with strawberries, blue cheese, craisins, and almond slivers. And if I have a ripe avocado on hand… out of this world! I enjoy it with a blush wine vinaigrette, yum 🙂

  19. I am loving berries on salad + my new favorite salad dressing – olive oil + balsamic + honey + dijon mustard = amazing!!

  20. Love the idea to put in jars. I usually have a few salads without dressing in bowls waiting in the frig for my husband and me, but jars would be much more convenient storage and could be dressed ahead more easily also. Yay and thanks for the tip!

    Thanks for the anchovy reminder, too! Love em in salad. Just added them to my grocery list 🙂

  21. Salads in a jar are so pretty! Gonna have to try this 🙂

  22. does it really not get soggy with the dressing on the bottom? i need to try it then, since mason jars would be more efficient space-wise because right now i use a big round tupperware (i keep the dressing separate in those little takeout plastic containers). and so i assume you always shake and dump right? it would be too difficult to eat out of the jar?

  23. I love the idea of salads in a jar 🙂

  24. Faye Holloway says:

    This is such a good idea – I always feel like everyone else’s salads look better than mine so thanks for the recipe!

  25. I’m totally making some of these soon because I need more raw greens in my life (I cook/saute a lot of greens, but not as much raw as I’d like). I think I need more mason jars though. I admit it: I’m a mason jar hoarder. I can never have too many–especially if I’m going to make these!

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