Sunday, April 19, 2015

Meal Prep: Mason Jar Asian Chicken Transportable Salads

Mason Jar Salad | Asian Chicken | Candyfloss & Persie
 Mason Jars may be everywhere you look but I have a hard time caring about that. Mainly because gosh dangit if they don't keep food fresher than anything else available. Their airtight seal far surpasses any array of plastic food storage containers one may have (just be careful transporting them!). And the mason jar salads are just about the best way to keep all the components fresh throughout the work week. So I thought I'd share a version I like to make: The Asian Chicken Mason Jar transportable salad.

First, as usual, grab your needed items from the grocery store:

Which includes gathering the fixins' for this insanely yummy homemade dressing:
^Gym protein shakers work great for homemade dressing. Sorry for the ugly pic.

And now you should have everything you need to begin:
Mason Jar Salad | Asian Chicken | Candyfloss & Persie

Now comes the fun part! Putting it all together. If you remember one thing about Mason Jar salads it's this: The fact that they work for an entire workweek is due to the fact that the wet stays at the bottom and the dry stays at the top. You begin with the wettest thing (the dressing most likely) and continue on up with drier ingredients. Greens should always be as close to the lid as possible and they should enter the jar only after being completely dried post washing. So let's build, shall we? Here's my salad.

Start with an empty mason jar ...

Add the dressing first ...

Then the chicken...

Then the green onions...

Then the baby corn, bamboo shoots & water chestnuts...

Then the cucumbers ...

Then the toasted sesame seeds ...

Then the peanuts ...

Then the romaine & green leaf lettuce  ... 

Then the crunchy chow mein noodles ...

Then seal those puppies up!

And admire that sheer beauty >>>
^Yum!! Note the layers from wet to dry.

Now the chow mein noodles & the greens will remain dry until I'm ready to eat.

Truly one of the easiest, tastiest & more convenient lunches you will make for yourself.
Mason Jar Salad | Asian Chicken | Candyfloss & Persie

Just be a wee bit careful carrying it!

12 comments:

Karrine Beasley said...

Yum!! They look delish!

Jax said...

That is such an amazingly great idea, especially since I make a salad every single day for lunch. Love the sound of that dressing too!!! But, my favorite part, is the lack of actually standing over the stove for hours. Haha

Erika Sorocco said...

Hello, this is totes Pinterest-worthy! I am obsessed with the colors. And it just looks so beyond yum {not to mention giftable!}!

xx

Pat Hatt said...

A perfect meal indeed. Never would have thought of using mason jars

Gracey Williams said...

That is a really good idea. Ahhh they look so good!

Breakfast at Gracey's

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

Great job! When you dump it on a plate, does the dressing get stuck or come out easily with the chicken?

PorkStar said...

Oh i love those types of jars... seriously!! But here they are kind of expensive... just the damn jar.

Also you've been MIA... actually me too. I hope you post pictures and comments about Boston :)

Michael G D'Agostino said...

That. Looked. Awesome. I want one.

Miss Caitlin S. said...

@Jax - yes the less work the better!

@Michael @Pat @Gracey @Rinniez- they are pretty good not gonna lie!

Miss Caitlin S. said...

@Porkstar- lol, not toooo MIA! I had to work a lot last week! And you find them expensive?? I find them everywhere for cheap!

Miss Caitlin S. said...

@Steph - obviously the more liquidy the dressing, the easier it will come out. I have no problem with a spoon tho if I have a thicker dressing. Most will come out on its own.

Miss Caitlin S. said...

@Erika - aw, thank you!!