By Kate Vaynshteyn at www.babaganosh.org

It can be difficult to balance healthy and convenient.

What is healthy is often healthy is far from convenient and what is convenient is often far from healthy. Quite the quandary, especially when you are trying to plan lunches for a busy work week.

But, what if I told you we had the perfect answer for lunch? A dish that is not only convenient and healthy but also gives you a use for all the leftover Randall Beans jars you have sitting around. Our food blogger Kate was inspired to find the solution and came up with this simple and delicious solution!

Simply pack all the ingredients for a fresh, crisp and nutritious salad into one of our 24-oz Randall Beans jars to create a jar salad. They are simple to make and allow you to plan out several meals throughout the week because they stay fresh in the fridge for several days.

Kate created this recipe with Randall Beans Garbanzo Beans as the star, providing protein and that rich nutty flavor. She also cooked up a homemade honey mustard dressing to serve with it. The sweetness of the dressing goes perfectly with the creaminess of the beans. It is absolutely to die for!

However, you can really prepare any salad this way! Just pick your favorite ingredients and favorite dressing and prepare a couple jars on Sunday night for the next few days. Just be sure you start with the dressing and any “wetter” ingredients and work your way to the greens on the top. This will keep them from getting soggy and keeps them as your base.

Before you serve, just give it a good shake and dump the perfectly dressed salad out on a plate to enjoy as a quick, healthy and delicious lunch.

Salad in a Jar with Garbanzo Beans

Salad in a Jar with Garbanzo Beans

Ingredients

    Honey Mustard Dressing:
  • 2 Tbsp. yellow mustard
  • 2 Tbsp. regular mayonnaise or vegan mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • Salad:
  • ½ small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 small cucumber
  • ½ bell pepper
  • 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 14-oz jar Randall Beans Garbanzo Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 bunches salad greens, such as baby spinach or kale

Instructions

  1. Combine all the salad dressing ingredients in an empty 14-oz Randall Beans jar and mix well. You will only use half the dressing to make 2 salads, refrigerate any unused dressing for 2-3 days.
  2. To assemble the salad in a jar, use two empty 24-oz Randall Beans jars. Add 2 tablespoons dressing to the bottom of the jar. In each jar, layer half the salad ingredients on top of the dressing: Start with the red onion and finish by stuffing the salad greens at the top. Refrigerate until ready to eat.
  3. To serve the salad, shake the jar and dump the salad onto a large plate, using a fork to help loosen the greens. You will have a perfectly dressed salad!
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Craving more jar salad recipes? Check out our blog post roundup of some of our favorite jar salad recipes that are perfect for our 14 or 24-oz Randall Beans jars.

And, if you’re feeling artsy, here are a couple fun ideas for crafts and things you can do with your leftover Randall Beans jars.

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