Salad in a jar experiment
Posted by Jeanne on May 25, 2012
Why, hello there. Yes, I am still alive and yes, the child is doing well – she just makes it hard for me to post.
I found this salad in a jar post on Pinterest and was intrigued. I eat a lot of fruit, but I struggle to eat raw vegetables because I just don’t find salads that interesting most of the time. Also, who wants to assemble a salad at 7:15 in the morning on a Tuesday? Not I.
Anyway, I am forever buying “salad stuff” and then leaving it in the fridge to rot. I thought this might be a good way to pre-make lunch salads and then I would be able to just grab them from the fridge daily during the week. Winning at salad! Yay!
On Sunday, May 20th I assembled five salad jars with the following (listed first into the jar to last):
- Homemade vinaigrette
- Sliced yellow bell pepper
- Sliced scallions
- Slice cremini mushrooms
- Green peas (from frozen)
- Crumbled blue cheese
- Spring mix
- Baby spinach
Salad in a jar, hanging out in my office.
Then I sealed up my jars, put them in the refrigerator, and went on my merry way. Note that I do not have a vacuum sealer and when I say “sealed up” I mean “put the lids on and screwed shut.”
Monday: Looking very good, some of the peas discolored from touching the dressing. No decline in quality though. Everything was tasty and the texture was good.
Tuesday: Looks about the same as Monday. Mushrooms are starting to get a little soggy which concerns me, but are still fine.
Wednesday: Mushrooms looking quite weird and have shown a precipitos decline in quality. Quite soggy and I didn’t eat most of them. I am afraid for Friday. The rest of the veg holding strong and the spinach/greens were not soggy at all.
Thursday: Same as yesterday! I am less afraid for tomorrow. The decline in quality of mushrooms soaked in vinaigrette appears to progress in non-linear fashion.
I can’t believe I just wrote that sentence but I kind of love it.
Friday: A few of the greens were kind of soggy, but I am inclined to believe they would have been soggy anyway because most of them were fine. Mushrooms the same, everything else was great!
It works! I didn’t think it was possible but it works! I am definitely doing this again.
Happy Memorial Day weekend, everyone. Have fun!