This post is sponsored by Curate.

With spring in full swing, I’m doing my best to be a little bit more conscious about what I eat. I’m cutting back on the decadent treats and focusing more on fresh, natural, and wholesome things. While I’m certainly doing this to create a healthier lifestyle, I’m also craving these fresher ingredients this time of year. Bring on the fruits and vegetables.

To increase my success in healthy eating and snacking, I like to be prepared. I recently came across these new Curate Snack bars. (Available at retailers nationwide.) Having these bars on hand whenever my energy dips is great for a little pick-me-up. With their unique and creatively paired ingredients, they’ve become a favorite snack. I also love that they are non-GMO, gluten-free, and have no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. The texture of the bar is marvelous, too. It’s like they are homemade.

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Today, I’ve partnered with Curate Snacks to create some more healthy recipes. With busy work days, I sometimes forget to eat lunch or just grab something that’s quick (and most likely unhealthy.) To combat this, I thought I’d create delicious salads that were ready to-go. Made in mason jars, these salads are not only convenient, but they also travel well. Whether you’re at home or on the go, lunch (or dinner) is ready.

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Inspired by my favorite bars (Dark & Tempting, Harmonious Blend, Sweet & Tart), I created three unique mason jar salad recipes.

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You will notice that in each recipe below, I’ve listed the ingredients for all three salads, plus the recipes for each of the vinaigrettes I used. I didn’t include amounts for the ingredients in each of the salads. This is where you have freedom to add as much or as little as you like. Also, feel free to get creative with these recipes and use the vegetables you like best.

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For my first salad (inspired by the Dark & Tempting bar), I began with a balsamic fig vinaigrette. When creating your mason jar salads, you want to put the dressing on the bottom so the salad ingredients stay crisp. (No one likes a soggy salad.)

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Following the vinaigrette, I added black beans. When layering the salad, the ingredient directly above the dressing should be something that won’t absorb it. This will keep your salad as fresh as possible.

Mason Jar Salads. 3 Ways. | inspiredbycharm.com

Mason Jar Salads. 3 Ways. | inspiredbycharm.com

After that, I tossed in fresh veggies, including broccoli and red peppers. I like this combination, but as I said, get creative with your favorites. After that I added in red quinoa and then topped it with mixed greens.

Mason Jar Salads. 3 Ways. | inspiredbycharm.com

Mason Jar Salads. 3 Ways. | inspiredbycharm.com

Again, inspired by the unique flavors of the Dark & Tempting bar, I included mandarin oranges. For a little crunch. I sprinkled on chopped hazelnuts and sunflower kernels. Grilled chicken on top packs a protein punch.

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With that, my first salad is complete. To finish off the jar, I used a short length of twine to attach a fork to the side. How’s that for convenience?

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Dark & Tempting Salad

Makes one quart jar salad

Here's what you will need:
3- 4 tablespoons Balsamic Fig Vinaigrette*
Black beans
Broccoli
Red peppers, chopped
Red quinoa, prepared
Mixed greens (plus radicchio)
Mandarin oranges
Sunflower seeds
Hazelnuts, chopped
Grilled chicken, sliced or cubed

In a quart sized wide-mouth mason jar, layer ingredients in the order listed. Use as much of each ingredient as you like. Pack tightly and seal with the jar lid.

*Balsamic Fig Vinaigrette
2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
3 dried mission figs
Salt and pepper to taste

In a blender combine the extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mission figs, salt, and pepper. Pulse until smooth.

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That’s one salad complete! On to number two!

The Harmonious Salad is perfect for a bright and sunny day. Inspired by the clean, citrusy flavors of the Harmonious Blend bar, this salad is light and refreshing.

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Here, I started with a citrus vinaigrette and then layered in garbanzo beans, yellow peppers, and sugar snap peas.

Mason Jar Salads. 3 Ways. | inspiredbycharm.com

Mason Jar Salads. 3 Ways. | inspiredbycharm.com

With the veggies in place, I spooned in natural quinoa and then layered on dried apricots for a touch of sweetness.

Mason Jar Salads. 3 Ways. | inspiredbycharm.com

Mason Jar Salads. 3 Ways. | inspiredbycharm.com

For my greens, I opted for a blend of arugula and spinach. Then, to finish this salad off, I topped it with shaved Parmesan cheese and slivered almonds.

Mason Jar Salads. 3 Ways. | inspiredbycharm.com

Mason Jar Salads. 3 Ways. | inspiredbycharm.com

Voila! Another mason jar salad complete.

Mason Jar Salads. 3 Ways. | inspiredbycharm.com

To jazz up this jar, I tied on a Harmonious Blend bar so I could have a midday snack if needed. Yum!

Harmonious Salad

Makes one quart jar salad

Here's what you will need:
3- 4 tablespoons Citrus Vinaigrette*
Garbanzo beans
Yellow pepper, chopped
Sugar snap peas, halved
Quinoa, prepared
Dried apricots, chopped
Arugula
Parmesan cheese, shaved
Almond slivers

In a quart sized wide-mouth mason jar, layer ingredients in the order listed. Use as much of each ingredient as you like. Pack tightly and seal with the jar lid.

*Citrus Vinaigrette
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon honey
1 garlic clove
Salt and pepper to taste

In a blender, combine the extra virgin olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, orange juice, honey, garlic, salt, and pepper. Pulse until smooth.

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And that brings us to our last salad. Inspired by the berries in the Sweet & Tart bar, this mason jar salad is so “berry” good. (Pun intended.)

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Unlike the previous two recipes, we are going to save the dressing until the end because I want to show you a little trick.

Mason Jar Salads. 3 Ways. | inspiredbycharm.com

Mason Jar Salads. 3 Ways. | inspiredbycharm.com

Here, I started with a layer of strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries. I followed that with cucumber slices and then red quinoa.

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Spinach was my green of choice since it works nicely with the berries.

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To add a little creaminess to this salad, I tossed in crumbled goat cheese and finished it off with a sprinkle of chia seeds and flax seed.

Mason Jar Salads. 3 Ways. | inspiredbycharm.com

Since all of the ingredients would soak up the dressing, I saved the dressing for last. I just inserted a piece of parchment paper into the top of the jar and created a little well for the dressing. I spooned in the dressing and sealed it up with the lid.

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Once you’re ready to enjoy your salad, you can pour the dressing on and discard the parchment paper. It’s an easy way to prevent a soggy salad.

Mason Jar Salads. 3 Ways. | inspiredbycharm.com

Sweet & Tart Salad

Makes one quart jar salad

Here's what you will need:
Mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries)
Cucumber, sliced
Red quinoa, prepared
Spinach
goat cheese
Chia seeds
Flax seed
3-4 tablespoons Berry Vinaigrette*

In a quart sized wide-mouth mason jar, layer ingredients in the order listed minus the berry vinaigrette. Use as much of each ingredient as you like.

Once all the ingredients are in place, tuck a piece of parchment paper (about 8"x8") into the top of the jar. Make a well in the paper, leaving the edges of the paper hanging over the lip of the jar. Gently spoon the berry vinaigrette into the parchment paper well. Seal with the lid.

*Berry Vinaigrette
1/2 cup fresh berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries)
2 tablespoons cherry juice
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

In a blender, combine the fresh berries, extra virgin olive oil, cherry juice, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Pulse until smooth.

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And if all of that wasn’t enough, you might notice one unique detail about my mason jars. They have chalkboard lids! I thought this was a fun and functional touch.

Mason Jar Salads. 3 Ways. | inspiredbycharm.com

Mason Jar Salads. 3 Ways. | inspiredbycharm.com

You can use chalk on these lids to note the name of the salad or write your own name. The latter is perfect if you work in an office and don’t want anyone stealing your super delicious salad.

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The lids are simple to make. Just spray the top of each lid (this area doesn’t come in contact with the salad,) with a black primer and then with chalkboard paint. Allow the lids to dry and you’re good to go!

Mason Jar Salads. 3 Ways. | inspiredbycharm.com

Mason Jar Salads. 3 Ways. | inspiredbycharm.com

I hope you enjoyed these salad recipes. Be sure to give them a try and let me know what you think.

 

This post was created as part of my collaboration with Curate. The opinions, thoughts, and ideas in this post are my own.

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Comments

  • Jennifer Abplanalp at

    These look so good and also super convenient to carry around! I can’t wait to try them as well as those curate bars.

  • mary ann read at

    Home run, Michael! So creative!! I cant wait to try these jars of deliciousness…
    Thank You

  • Marigene at

    Your salads look delicious! I can’t wait to try the citrus vinaigrette.
    Your photos are magazine worthy.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You’re too sweet! Thank you so much!

      xo Michael

  • Rosey at

    I have made some mason jar salads before, but the dressing in parchment paper is genius! Thank you, Michael.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      That’s Rosey! It really works really well.

      xo Michael

      • Reenie at

        I agree ~ the parchment paper is a great idea. When I made them, and put the dressing at the bottom ~ I had way too much. Gonna get these salads made up Sunday for next week.

        Thx! 🙂

  • Julie Blanner at

    They all look so good! I’m not sure which to try first! I love the tips for keeping them fresh, which is exactly why I don’t usually pre-make salads. Game changer!

  • Karen at

    You have outdone yourself….amazing newsletter, from the italian rollups to the delicious looking antipasto kabobs…love that there is pasta on there…makes it more hearty…and then, the mason jar salads….how functional. Love it, love it, love it….chalkboard lids….so clever!

  • Janine at

    Hi… Silly question. When it’s time to eat, do you put in a different bowl to mix? With the layers, how do you get to the bottom? Thanks! Janine

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Janine, You can put it into a different bowl or just shake it up and it will mix in the jar. Super simple!

      xo Michael

  • Cornelia at

    You know Matt, maybe the Reinulpcabs should reverse the tables, uses these same documents to haul in these companies, and question them this new law will impact their bottom line and effect the insurance of their employees. I’m sure the companies would be more than happy to help. )Great post my friend.

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