STEP UP YOUR SALAD! Simple steps to make the perfect salad!

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Hey you!  As I am getting blown away today from the extreme winds I definitely miss yesterday’s weather!  Yesterday was so much fun to sit outside and talk with neighbors as the kids played!  And I was super excited to get the grill out for the first time this year! I love a grilled hamburger, mauaaaa, yum!  We opened up the windows and smelled the fresh air, finally, aaahhh!  Pure bliss!  Well, aside from the weather, today I would like to share my tips in making the best, most perfect, delicious, super simple, just-like-a-restaurant, awesome, out-of-this-world salad! I may be just a little excited about this post but I finally figured out how to crave a salad by using this method/recipe!  I hope you enjoy (hugs)!

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I am using a glass baby food jar but you can use any jar you would like!  Right now I have a larger Mason jar in my frig because I really enjoy this recipe. With just FOUR ingredients, you can make an AMAZING homemade dressing that is low in sugar, low in sodium and made with real ingredients! Plus it is super cheap to make! I just pour this dressing over my salad and keep in the frig for next time. Plus this recipe is very versatile and you can use any type of vinegar.  You may also add a variety of seasoning as well, just like in my  previous posts: Asian Sesame Ginger Salad or Strawberry Spinach Salad.

Homemade Salad Dressing in a Jar   (Serving Size: 3)

Ingredients

4 tbsps canola/olive oil blend

2 tbsps (balsamic) vinegar

2 tsps stone ground mustard

2 packets raw stevia

Preparations

Using a small jar like a baby food jar or even chopped garlic jar; add oil, vinegar, mustard, and stevia in a jar with a lid and shake well. 

Here is another great way to have salads already prepped and perfect to grab in the morning and throw in your lunch bag (ok, may not want to throw a glass jar but you know what I mean)!  I save old spaghetti sauce jars and use them for make-ahead-salads!  There is a method to this wonderful method as I have listed below. 

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I like to add chunky vegetables such as mushrooms, chopped cauliflower or even onions to form a nice barrier from the dressing and the leafy greens.  Next, I add whatever I feel like, which could be chopped apples, strawberries, shredded chicken or my favorite some feta cheese!  Last step is to pile in the greens!  Stuff as much as you can in there, fill it up!  And sometimes I even sprinkle sunflower seeds on the very top for extra crunch. Lunch is ready!  I love this method because you save time by making salads in bulk instead of bringing out all the ingredients every day.  I will be honest, what usually happens when I do not prep a pretty salad like this one below,  I don’t eat a pretty salad for lunch.  I end up grabbing some chips and a sandwich.  I need something quick and ready to go!  So here is the solution to my busy-day madness.  And by the way, my salads will last a good 3 to 4 days in a jar!

Check out a previous post How to Make the Perfect Salad + Taco Salad in a Jar! This is my top pinner on pinterest, woohoo!

 

Happy Tuesday and have a wonderful day!

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