This Strawberry Blueberry Balsamic Mason Jar Salads Recipe is a partnered article with Fresh From Florida as part of Influencer Activation for Influence Central, all opinions and recipes are my own. #FreshFromFlorida
Confession: until a couple years ago (okay, maybe last year), I thought fruit in salads was totally gross. I know, I KNOW. What was wrong with me?! I'm not sure exactly what flipped the switch in my culinary tastes, but these days I just love love love fruit in my salads! (p.s. I totally love it).
Right now in Florida (where I live!) it's blueberry season, so we're getting the most beautiful and flavorful fruits from farms that are sometimes in my own town! The kids have been teasing me because I'm adding blueberries to absolutely everything (um, have I mentioned, they're in season and taste amazing?!).
These salads are perfect for make ahead meals to bring on a picnic (yay, summer!) or to work, or even for prepping food ahead of time for a party. I love putting them in mason jars, but don't worry if you don't want to shell out the cash for name brand jars - just save your old pickle and spaghetti sauce jars. Sterilize them in some boiling water and you're good to go! Upcycling for the win!
Strawberry Blueberry Balsamic Mason Jar Salads are so crazy easy to make and super versatile. I love (love love love) that I can make them on Sunday night and they'll stay fresh and delicious all week long. The super secret (okay, not really secret at all) trick is putting your dressing and protein on the bottom and not letting the lettuce get wet. So long as your lettuce stays dry, the salads will last several days. Yay!
I'm sorry, but can we just gush over those blueberries and strawberries? Hashtag, gorgeous. It's fantastic that we can hothouse grow things and are able to eat healthy produce year round, but there's something really special about eating a fruit or vegetable that's in season. And bonus points if it's grown nearby. (Hey there Florida produce! I'm talking about you).
This little dude kept sneaking tastes of the blueberries and strawberries for himself while I was preparing the salads. He turns three in a few weeks (three!!!) and calls them "strawbabies" and "boobubbies" - it's basically the cutest thing ever.
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Strawberry Blueberry Balsamic Mason Jar Salads, Ingredients:
- Balsamic dressing (here's my Balsamic Dijon recipe!)
- Walnuts, chopped
- Fresh blueberries
- Fresh strawberries
- Red onion, thinly sliced
- Blue cheese, crumbled
- Fresh spinach and/or arugula (I like a mix of the two!)
Strawberry Blueberry Balsamic Mason Jar Salads, Directions:
- Layer ingredients into mason jars in the order listed (begin with dressing), in the desired amounts.
- Seal tightly with a lid and store in the refrigerator.
- When you're ready to eat, check and make sure your jar is sealed tightly, then give it a good shake to distribute the dressing evenly.
- Eat directly from the jar, or pour into a bowl.
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