Ok, so the other day I was asked, “What are you doing to take care of yourself?” And I was all, “Oh, ya know, I wake up a little bit early and make oatmeal for breakfast, coffee in my french press, and prep a salad in a jar for lunch.”
In the summer, it made me really happy to get home from work, put a beer in my purse, bring Elliot out and have that minute to myself in the sun. Right now, this winter, these mornings, it’s that lil bit of time in the morning where I get my meals in order and sip out of vacation mugs and set my gold timer for oatmeal and coffee.
I’m a pro other-stuff in my salad than lettuce girl so I keep the extras on point and the greens to a minimum. Adding an entire avocado feels like an edible high-five, and if I’m feeling really crazy (in a good way) I might sip a kombucha along with it.
I just want you to know that this salad in a jar thing is kinda magic. It’s a little method of self-care even, maybe? For me anyway! And on top of it all, it’s just really tasty.
So take care of yourself! And if making this salad the night before work, or even in the morning for lunch makes you feel like you’re living right, then do it! It’s my favorite lunch at the moment, and you know lunch is the best thing ever besides breakfast and dinner so it means something!
My Favorite Stacked Salad Lunch (makes 1)
Recipe adapted from my favorite funfetti salad
- 1/4 t honey
- 2 T champagne vinegar
- 1 T olive oil
- 1/4 t sriracha
- 1/4 t grainy mustard
- 1 t capers
- salt + pepper
- 1/3 cup chick peas, kidney beans or any bean, drained and rinsed
- cherry tomatoes
- slivered almonds
- 1 avocado
- Whisk the dressing ingredients in the bottom of a pint jar. Layer beans, tomatoes, almonds, cucumbers and greens. Top with a lid and pop in the fridge.
- To serve, dump out on a plate. Cut up 1 avocado and add it to the mix. Enjoy!!
Please note: This dressing can be adapted to whatever you love. Add garlic, if you want! Use lemon juice instead of vinegar. Swap out the honey for a pinch of sugar to make it vegan. As far as the salad goes, live your life! Add a boiled egg, grilled chicken, or a hunk of feta. Use radish slices or add hummus, or quinoa. The main rule is just to put the greens on top and the things that won’t get soggy on the bottom: beans, nuts, grains, etc… NBD, though. You got this.
Yay! Click here for a printable pdf of the recipe above.