Do you find it difficult to stick to a healthy eating plan when you’re constantly on-the-go, or out of the house? Pack a delicious mason jar salad the next time you’re going on a picnic, long-car trip or even as a healthy lunch idea for the office. The best part about this is that you can completely customise the meal to your liking, and even add some delicious fruits to make the salad that much sweeter!

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To get the most out of your salad, there is a specific layering method which keeps the lettuce crisp, the avocado fresh, and even the entire meal from getting soggy.

1. Dressing

You can use any type of dressing such as vinaigrette, creamy ranch, red-wine vinegar and so on. Use between 2-3 tablespoons of the dressing and drop it into the bottom of the empty mason jar.

2. Hearty vegetables

Use vegetables that won’t let the lettuce from getting soggy from the rest of the vinaigrette. You could use vegetables such as tomatoes, red onion, broccoli, celery and carrots to block the shield.

3. Beans and other vegetables

This layer basically is just a second defense – just in case any of the dressing seeps out. Vegetables such as mushrooms, green bans, sprouts and even zucchini are a great way to block the dressing from the rest of the salad.

4. Pasta

Use your favourite pasta, couscous, quinoa, and rice to fill this layer. Don’t worry about the dressing making it soggy, it should be well-protected at this point!

5. Protein and cheese

This layer should be somewhat close to the top, so it’s best to fill it with cheese, chicken, tina and seafood. Pat it down firmly to make sure the lettuce fits at the top.

6. Lettuce, nuts and seeds

Now you can fill the rest of the jar with lettuce, seeds, nuts and anything else that would normally get soggy from the rest of the salad. Close the jar tightly to keep it fresh throughout the day.

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