So I’ve already written about the Pinterest-inspired creation of pre-made salads in Mason jars (it’s at the end of my post, “Coming Home“), but since then…I’ve perfected the make up of these salads, and they’re SO much better than ever before. I absolutely have to share this. This afternoon I decided to put my healthy ambition to the test in order to keep eating well for the next week of lunches at work. That’s easier said than done when you leave it to a Monday – Friday at 6:30 a.m. to carefully produce your healthy lunch in the midst of getting ready for the day. Uh, nooooo thank you. So this afternoon was “healthy prep” time (while I actually HAD time) so that I won’t have to worry about it for the next few days.

Feeling pretty awesome and productive, I danced around our little kitchen making my lunches for the week. It’s the easiest “recipe”…if you even wanna call it that. I just grabbed all of the veggies and salad-favorites that I could and went from there:

  • Baby carrots
  • Arugula
  • Two good, fresh, large avocados
  • One small red onion (which I only used half of)
  • One zucchini
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Feta cheese
  • Mozzarella
  • A little tiny bit of garlic salt
  • As for fruit…to be stored separately for breakfast: one big bad boy of a watermelon, and a cantaloupe

Easy peazy…then just chop up the veggies. When that’s done, stuff whatever you can into a pre-washed Mason jar. Seal it really tight, and it’s CRAZY fresh for the whole week! I only had two jars available, so the remaining salad I just figured I’d use immediately tomorrow for lunch before moving to the super duper fresh salad jars later in the week. Meanwhile, the fruit that I chopped up: watermelon and cantaloupe will be perfect for part of my breakfast in the morning. LOVE IT!

And you’re probably like, “Yea, that’s great Kath…thanks for trying to tell me how to make a salad, but I already know how to make a salad.” But here’s why it’s awesome: I don’t add any dressing. I’ve never been big on adding dressing to begin with, but you especially don’t need to here. The avocados, the cherry tomatoes, the mozzarella, red onion, the feta, and even the hint of garlic salt all mesh together in these salads to make the TASTIEST combination that also happens to be healthy. And meanwhile, you didn’t spend $$$ on buying lunch for the week. YOU’RE WELCOME ; )

Happy chopping.

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