It has become quite a craze on Instagram lately (thanks to insta_salads) to create salads in a jar; ideal for portability, convenience and infusing all of the flavours together. I thought I would do my own take on this idea by creating a salad in a jug! I just want to point out right here that this salad was not all for me, however much I like my big salads! This Salad Jug would be an ideal centre piece for a family barbecue or party, or if you put it into a larger lidded jar, a picnic.
For my Salad Jug, I used the following ingredients:
- Dressing (placed in the bottom first): balsamic vinegar mixed with wholegrain mustard
- Shredded Chicken (use tofu, chickpeas or beans for vegan)
- Cooked Peas, Corn + Green Beans
- Finely Chopped Onion
- Grated Carrot
- Sliced Tomato
- Shredded Cabbage
- Chopped Red Pepper
- Sliced Cucumber
- Torn Spinach
- Mixed Lettuce Leaves
The ingredients used for your salad jar are entirely up to you, however you should abide by the following rules:
- The dressing should be placed in the bottom of the jug/ jar and the leaves at the top to ensure they stay fresh and don't wilt.
- After the dressing, the next element should be your protein (chicken, meat, chickpeas, beans, tofu, fish...) and/or your carbs (cous cous, bulgar wheat, pasta, rice, quinoa), all of which should soak up the flavour of the dressing.
- This should be topped with your other ingredients (carrot, cabbage, peas, corn, pepper, tomatoes, cucumber, nuts, seeds) and finally the leafy greens (spinach, lettuce, rocket, coriander)...the possibilities are endless!
- In this case, colour means flavour...and more colour looks far more effective! Get creative!
- Obviously for serving, the jug should be poured into a plate ensuring everyone has equal(ish) quantities of each ingredient.
Why don't you try this next time you have a barbecue...it's definitely a summer dish!
What would be in your creation?!