Picnics, Lunch Box and Barbecue Salad Idea:
Layered Picnic Salads in a Jar
You know those plastic containers of soggy salad leaves, limp cucumber slices, watery tomatoes and floppy onions that are often unpacked on a picnic or for a much anticipated lunch at work? Well, worry no more (if you were worrying of course!) and look at these little individual salads in a jam jar, what a great idea eh? I have an addiction for things in jars, such as salads, cakes and what have-you, and I have already shared a Chicken Salad recipe in a jar on Lavender and Lovage a year or so ago……..Poulet Nomade ~ Nomad’s Chicken (Herb Poached Chicken in a Jar) and that recipe has been made many times since I posted it, as well as receiving lots of traffic, so there MUST be other people out there that love a meal in a jam jar!
I also remember baking some cakes in Kilner jars, and I must look for that recipe and share it with you all soon…..but back to my little layered salads, these are SO easy to make and also rather fun to assemble, the sort of activity that the children can get involved in too. Each jar makes a generous portion of Mexican inspired salad, enough for a meal in its own right, perfect for lunch boxes, as well as an accompaniment for picnic fare and barbecues. And, it was at a barbecue last night that I made these little jars of salad, to accompany some spicy chicken kebabs and sausages……just right for each of us and no more soggy dressed lettuce leaves in a large bowl.
This salad recipe is based on a large seven-layer Mexican salad recipe that a friend of mine posted on an American site called RecipeZaar; I made it as posted many years ago and since then I have adapted and tweaked it a bit to suit me. I have also made other salads such as this in a jar, and I will be sharing them over the summer months, all layered but with different International cuisine themes such as Italian, Spanish and French, as well as an English layered salad idea too. I can also see this recipe being suitable for large summer gatherings, where the salads can be made ahead of time and assembled in smaller jars, so everyone just picks up their own salad!
Another serving idea I had for these jam jar salads, is for travel – they would be PERFECT for train, boat and car travel and you just need to take along a small bag of tortilla chips or crisps to “dunk” into the dip topping. The sun is still shining here, and I hope that it is wherever you are too – my daughter leaves today, so that will be a little sad but at least she has a new job to start on Monday! I have to dash off now to prepare an “al fresco! lunch, have a GREAT day and I will see you later with more recipes and a new giveaway, have fun! Karen