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Salad in a Jar

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Glass canning jars make salads beautiful and fun to take along. Let's kick off National Salad Month with this sweet little lunch salad — just layer a few fresh ingredients in a jar, screw on the lid and you’re ready to go!

Bonus points for the jar: it’s durable, versatile, inexpensive and Earth friendly — glass is so easy to reuse and recycle when the time is right. 

  • Spinach Salad in a Jar with Mozzarella, Orzo and Snap Peas

  • Prep Time: 20m | Makes 4 salads in a jar
  • Ingredients

  • 1 cup orzo
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh herbs (such as dill, tarragon, and chives)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 cup halved snap peas
  • 8 ounces fresh ciliegine mozzarella balls (the size of a little cherry, about 1/3 oz ea)
  • 1 package Earthbound Farm Organic Baby Spinach (5 ounces)
  • 4 quart-size canning jars, with lids
  • Directions

  • Cook the orzo according to the package directions. Drain and let cool.
  • Whisk together the oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, herbs, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Pour about 1 to 4 tablespoons of dressing into the bottom of each jar, to taste.
  • After the dressing, layer the salad ingredients into each jar in order: about 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes; then 1/4 cup cooked orzo; 1/4 cup snap peas; 2 oz mozzarella; and last, about 1-1/4 oz of baby spinach leaves, torn into bite-size pieces (or just fill the remaining space in each jar — it’s okay to pack it in fairly tight). Screw the lids onto the jars tightly and refrigerate immediately.
  • When you’re ready to eat, unscrew the lid and shake the salad out into a bowl. The action of shaking the salad into the bowl usually mixes the salad and dressing conveniently; if not, just toss the greens a bit with your fork to combine. Then enjoy!
  • Adapted from RealSimple.com’s Mozzarella, Orzo and Snap Pea Salad


this makes me happy :) 
By: nordstrom.stephanie

this makes me happy :) 

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