It seems as though I can’t throw a rock over on Pinterest without seeing an image of Salad in a Jar. So, I thought it would be the perfect next blog from Peeps Week. If I blog about vegetables as well as marshmallowy sugar treats, I must be a balanced human being, right?
I thought the first step would be an easy one. Buy Mason jars. I planned on buying two to test this idea before I committed any more cupboard space. If you are a canner, you are probably laughing at my naiveté. Apparently Mason Jars are like eggs, and you cannot purchase them one at a time. I am now the proud owner of 12 brand new Mason Jars, so I’m in, all in…
I bought the lettuce, carrots, peppers, chick peas and dressing to make the salad. I was careful to layer it in the order specified, from bottom to top, dressing, crunchy veggies, softer veggies and lettuce on the top. It seemed all too simple. I put it in the refrigerator overnight and it was fresh and ready when I went in for lunch.
Now here is where I found myself feeling a little silly. How do you eat this thing? I shook the salad dressing to cover the lettuce, so in theory, I could have eaten the salad from the jar. But my forks are not long enough–yes, I bought the large Mason jar–I thought you could never have enough vegetables.
So I ended up dumping the lettuce into a bowl, which just confused me further, because couldn’t I have just done the same thing in a plastic container. Certainly I would have missed the feeling of trendiness I had when I assembled it and saw it every time I opened the fridge, but is that enough? Is it fresher because it is in the Mason jar? It was a very good salad. But I don’t know.
For now, I have 12 Mason jars, and no plans of discarding them or using them for canning. And I will keep at this salad thing until I figure it out.