Forget the food-in-a-jar cool factor (circa 2013) because this recipe is totally cool all on its own.
[I still love food in jars FYI.]
This recipe being in a jar is actually about practicality. Think about it... easily transported, no soggy food, portion controlled - check, check, check!!
You could even make several of these salads in one go and simply grab from the fridge in the morning. In this post I talk about how eating lunch can help you maintain a healthy weight and this recipe helps you do exactly that - easily!
It also honours many of the healthy lunches made easy checklist that you'll find in this post and is delicious.
Feel the freedom to make this recipe your own by following the principles of loads of fresh vegetables, quality protein, satisfying carbohydrates and healthy fats.
For instance sometimes I keep mine vegetarian (with eggs, lentils and/or fetta cheese) and other times I like to include grilled chicken. To keep it interesting and seasonal, play around with the types of veggies you include too - maybe include some roast carrot, pumpkin or sweet potato from time to time.
Whatever you do, just make it. And enjoy the wide-reaching benefits that a healthy, prepared lunch provides to you!
- 2 tsp wholegrain mustard
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- ¼ cup red cabbage
- ½ small carrot
- ¼ cup broccoli (3 florets)
- 1 tbsp mixed fresh herbs (mint, parsley etc.)
- 3 small cherry tomatoes
- ¼ cup lentils (tinned is OK)
- ½ cup cooked brown rice
- Small handful mixed leaves
- 1 tbsp toasted nuts/seeds (pine nuts, almonds, pepitas etc.)
- 1-2 hard boiled eggs
- Combine all dressing ingredients together
- Whisk well to combine and set aside
- Finely shred/cut cabbage
- Wash and grate or spiralise carrot
- Roughly chop broccoli
- Roughly tear herbs
- Wash tomatoes
- Place 1-2 tbsp dressing in the bottom of a jar with airtight lid
- Layer cabbage, carrot, brown rice and lentils
- Top with broccoli, leaves, herbs and tomatoes
- Finish with egg(s) and store in the fridge in an airtight jar