How to Make the Perfect Mason Jar Salad

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The great thing about packing your lunch in a mason jar is that it not only looks cute, it also stays fresh and delicious. Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver tackled mason jar salads in a video on his YouTube channel in 2015, and the resulting meal was portable, adorable and nutritious.

Oliver suggests layering ingredients in your jar salad so that you're getting a balanced meal with a balance of textures and flavors.

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He also reccomends putting your crunchy elements at the top and your wet ingredients, like dressing, toward the bottom so they don't make your whole meal soggy. Oliver suggests a carb on the bottom — like rice, couscous or barley.

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A simple homemade dressing (Oliver's example has yogurt, olive oil, salt, horseradish and lemon juice) goes in below the greens so they don't get soggy.

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Choose a fruit, a leafy green and a crunchy thing, like your favorite nuts. Those all go up at the top. There you have it! The perfect jar salad is well within reach.

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For more jar salad tips and tricks, watch Oliver's entire video.

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