Ranch Rotini Mason Jar Salad

Mason jar salads are quite possibly my newest BFF in my recipe arsenal. They make for an incredibly easy meal! With a little planning and prep work done ahead of time, of course. In one afternoon I was able to put together several mason jar salads, popped them in the fridge, and put my feet up. Simple meals; ready and waiting. A few tips when experimenting with mason jar salads:

  • Layering. Keep the heartier items at the bottom. Ingredients that can hold up directly on top of the dressing layer; i.e. meats, beans, pastas, etc.
  • Weighing. Perhaps it’s because I’m a bit OCD, but weighing out each ingredient helps when making bigger batches. Then I simply divided that ingredient into the proper portions for each pint. Voila!
  • Drying. Make sure your ingredients are as dry as possible. Spin your greens, towel off rinsed items, use grape tomatoes rather than chopped.
  • Packing. Be sure to pack your mason jar salad well. If you leave too much extra room, condensation from wetter ingredients may not play well with your greens.
  • Noshing. If you take them to-go for lunch, simply bring a fork and bowl. It may prove to be a messy lunch if you opt to stir the salad in the jar itself.

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Ranch Rotini Mason Jar SaladAuthor: Mrs. CoxRecipe type: Salad, EntreePrep time:  15 minsTotal time:  15 minsServes: 1 These Ranch Pasta Mason Jar Salads are perfect to pack on picnics, stow in the cooler for camping, or just pull out of the fridge for an easy meal.Ingredients

  • 2 TB organic ranch dressing
  • 1 cup al dente cooked organic rotini pasta, cooled
  • ¼ of one small bunch organic broccoli florets, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 TB diced organic red onion
  • ½ organic celery stalk, diced
  • 3 organic grape tomatoes
  • 1 ounce cubed smoked cheddar cheese

Instructions

Layer ingredients in a clean 16 ounce Mason Jar

  1. ranch
  2. pasta
  3. broccoli
  4. red onion
  5. celery
  6. grape tomatoes
  7. cheese

Place lid and ring on jar. Label and refrigerate. Best if used within one week.

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