Tacos aren’t just for Tuesday – I could easily eat them every day of the week! With this healthy taco salad in a jar, I can give into my cravings without sacrificing my health. It’s a win-win!
The key to making this taco salad is all about layering. Because a salad in a jar is meant to be eaten later, you want to layer your salad so that nothing gets squished or soggy – even after a few days in the fridge.
Greens Go on Top
This is the most important key for greens that stay fresh and crisp. Lettuce and other greens are easily crushed and get soggy if they’re exposed to liquid. That’s why it’s best to add your greens last.
Wet Ingredients on the Bottom
Dressing, salsa, and juicy veggies like tomatoes do best closer to the bottom of the jar. This prevents them from adding too much moisture to the rest of the salad. This is also why it’s important to add the crumbled tortilla chips right before the lettuce. Putting them near the top prevents them from getting soggy.
The main ingredients for this recipe are simple, but you can also get creative and customize your taco salad. Here are a few ideas:
How long can you store a salad in a jar?
The key is to start with really fresh produce. Then, in an airtight container in the refrigerator, your taco salad in a jar can easily last 4-5 days.
If you make a batch on Sunday evening, you can have a salad every weekday!
Should I add the dressing when I make the salad?
I wait until I’m ready to eat my salad to add the dressing. You can also add it at the bottom of the jar – just make sure it stays there! That means no shaking or tipping the jar until you’re ready to eat your salad. Otherwise, your other ingredients might get soggy.
What’s the best dressing for taco salad in a jar?
A simple fresh salsa makes an excellent dressing for a taco salad. You can also try a cilantro lime dressing or lime vinaigrette. Ranch also pairs nicely with the flavors in this salad.
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Divide the ingredients into half for two separate salad jars.
Place the following ingredients into the jar starting with lettuce, corn, black beans, tomatoes, cheese, chips and cilantro.
Put the lid on and store in refrigerator until ready to eat. Top with your favorite dressing and season with salt and pepper.
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