The way you layer your salad is important to maintain freshness. Always put the wettest ingredient on the bottom and the next wettest on top layering in this pattern until the jar is filled.
- Place salad dressing in the bottom of the jar.
- Add soft vegetables next such as tomatoes, using cherry or grape tomatoes uncut the salad may last longer.
- Next add cooked meats, cooked pasta and hard vegetables in this layer and lighter toppings such as red or green onion and bacon bits, peas, chopped egg, mushrooms and cheese.
- Finally, add leafy greens like arugula, romaine and baby spinach.
- Optional: Top the jar off with a baggy of sunflower seeds, nuts or croutons.
Always check for freshness before eating, even if the lid is sealed tight or vacuum sealed. Store salads with meats no more than 3 or 4 days, except ham that is cured, it can last an extra day. For fresh salad and vegetables you can keep the salad in the refrigerator up to 9 days.