Summer in Canada is a time to enjoy the great outdoors with friends and family so stay on track with your health goals by planning ahead. Mason jar salads are a great way to enjoy the bounty of the season and with the right protein you’ll feel light, strong and satisfied. Our go-to dressing is any one made with No Yolking™ – 100 % Egg White Protein Powder because we know we’ll be getting in a healthy amount of protein to fuel our muscles and feel energized.
Of course, these salad combinations can be prepared fresh to order but by spending some time assembling the jars in advance, you’ll have the perfect grab-and-go meal for lunch on the dock, park picnics or a quick dinner on busy evenings. Plus, they’re absolutely gorgeous!
Layer it up!
When making a Mason jar salad, it’s best to start with the dressing on the bottom and finish with the lettuce. This ensures the lettuce stays crisp because it’s not sitting in a wet dressing and when you turn it onto a plate the greens will create a beautiful bed for all the other ingredients with the dressing at the top.
Layer hearty, marinating-friendly veggies over the dressing, like tomatoes, broccoli or cauliflower so you’re not sacrificing the crunch from crisp veggies like cucumbers or radishes that may get soggy. Top with cooked grains, lean protein and flavour-boosters. Below are some of our favourite combinations but feel free to use your favourites and what you have on-hand.
Delicious Combinations to Build a Nourishing & Satisfying Summer Mason Jar Salad:
1. Greek Goddess
Dressing: No Yolking™ Greek Salad Dressing
Marinating Veggies/Fruit: Tomatoes
Crunchy Veggies/Fruit: Zucchini, Watermelon
Cooked Grains (Optional): Quinoa
Lean Protein: Chickpeas
Flavour Boosters: Red Onion, Feta, Olives
Greens: Romaine & Baby Spinach
2. Sweet & Savoury Chicken Salad
Dressing: No Yolking™ Creamy Apple Cider Vinaigrette
Marinating Veggies/Fruit: Broccoli, Beets (shredded, roasted or pickled)
Crunchy Veggies/Fruit: Peaches, Celery
Cooked Grains (Optional): Barley
Lean Protein: Grilled Chicken
Flavour Boosters: Almonds, Dried Cranberries
Greens: Mixed Greens
3. Creamy Sesame Shrimp Salad
Dressing: No Yolking™ Peanut Dipping Sauce (thin dip by adding 2 tbsp water to the recipe)
Marinating Veggies/Fruit: Red pepper, Purple Cabbage
Crunchy Veggies/Fruit: Carrots, Cucumber, Edamame, Pineapple or Mango
Cooked Grains (Optional): Brown Rice
Lean Protein: Cooked Shrimp
Flavour Boosters: Cilantro, Sesame Seeds, Peanuts
Greens: Shredded or Baby Kale
Tip: Mason jar salads are the ultimate make-ahead summer fare, but these salads are just as delicious and beautiful when prepared bowl-style and tossed together just before serving.