This is the concluding segment to a post I shared before.
So, having all your salad items ready , remember the golden rule- Make sure the leaves of the vegetables are dry by drying with a kitchen towel or serviette.
Then assemble in the empty mayonnaise jar.
The rule of thumb is wet items below and dry on top.
Dressing goes on the bottom, veggies and other salad goodies get piled on top.
1. Salad dressing: Pour 1 to 4 tablespoons of your favourite salad dressing in the bottom of the jar.
Adjust the amount of dressing depending on the size of the salad you are making and your personal preference.
2. Hard vegetables: Next, add any hard chopped vegetables you’re including in your salad, like carrots, cucumbers, red and green peppers.
3. Beans, grains, and pasta: Next, add any beans, grains, and/or pasta, like beans, cooked rice, and pasta.
4. Cheese and proteins (optional): If you’ll be eating the salad within the day, add a layer of diced or crumbled cheese and proteins like fish, diced (cooked) chicken, hard-boiled eggs, or cubed Nigerian awara.
If you’re making salads ahead to eat throughout the week, wait to add these ingredients until the day you’re planning to eat the salad and add them on top of the jar.
5. Softer vegetables and fruits (optional): Next, add any soft vegetables or fruits, like avocados, tomatoes.
If you’re making salads ahead to eat throughout the week, wait to add these ingredients until the day you’re planning to eat the salad and add them to the top of the jar.
6. Nuts, seeds, and lighter grains: Next, add any nuts or seeds, like almonds, walnuts.
If you’re making a salad with lighter, more absorbent grains like Nigerian acha or millet, add them in this layer instead of with the beans.
7. Salad greens: Last but not least, fill the rest of the jar with salad greens.
Use your hands to tear them into bite-sized pieces. It’s fine to pack them into the jar fairly compactly.
8. Storing the salad: Screw the lid on the jar and refrigerate for up to 5 days.
If you’re including any cheese, proteins, favourite fruits and vegetables, add these to the top of the jar the morning you plan to eat your salad.
9.Tossing and eating the salad: When ready to eat, unscrew the lid and shake the salad into the bowl and mix.
There you go.
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