Splash of balsamic vinegar or fat-free dressing of your choice
Chickpeas or kidney beans
Red cabbage or baby kale
Romaine or red leaf lettuce
Red or green pepper
Roasted or pickled beets
Mild pickled peppers
Olives or tofu (optional)
Chopped walnuts or almonds (optional)
Raisins or dried cranberries (optional)
1. Start with a clean 1-quart-size wide-mouth glass jar with a lid.
2. Pour vinegar or dressing into the bottom of the jar. Layer the most sturdy salad ingredients into your jar 1st. Next, add layers of lettuces. Top your salad with the lightest and most delicate ingredients. Close jar tightly with lid.
3. Keep jar refrigerated, or inside of an insulated bag until lunchtime.
4. To serve, pour the entire salad into a large bowl. Or, if preferred, simply turn jar upside down, shake vigorously until dressing is evenly distributed, and enjoy salad directly from the jar.