8 Day Mason Jar Salads (tested and proven)

Side salads for days.

Side salads for days.

Hey everyone. I don't know how many of you have seen these Mason Jar Meals all over instagram, but I was so impressed with seeing so many people doing these huge meal preps I had to try this. I myself am not a meal prepper. I like to have plenty of veggies, proteins and fruits available in the fridge at any time, so I can open it up, scan my ingredients and boom..it hits me. So after checking out so many fantastic mason jar meals and salads, I was intrigued how people said they would make a weeks worth of these. I was like whaaaaaaat? I thought that there is no way any kind of fresh cut veggies or fruits would keep for a week in any jar. I was like shuh.. Maybe last a few days at best... but low and behold, it is true.. 8 days it lasted.

     Tester salad that lasted 8 days and stayed fresh

     Tester salad that lasted 8 days and stayed fresh

I tested out a jar of salad that I left in there for 8 days, and I couldn't believe what happened. I would check on it a few times a day to hopefully spot when a single drop of if any browning or rotting would begin to occur, and nothing. Not one single piece of anything browned or rotted. The onions didn't get slimy, the mushrooms never browned and wrinkled, the lettuce stayed fresh and bright green and the tomatoes, well the tomatoes I figured would definitely wrinkle and get nasty... nope, not one bit. I finally popped it open on the 8th day, and it was as fresh as the day when I put it in there. I poured dressing all over it and macked it like a beast. It was as fresh as if I had just made it. 

The prep was easy and simple. Chopped up the veggie toppings and then I was ready to fill. Now, when I tested the sample salad above, I put the lettuce on the bottom, and this time I put the veggies on the bottom. Either one was great either way, but i prefer the lettuce on top now.

Mix and match veggies and lettuces to change things up... Enjoy! 

My prep took about 20 mins, then filled them up.

My prep took about 20 mins, then filled them up.