How about a healthy, easy delicious lunch idea? My Honey Crisp Apple & Sweet Kale Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette is the perfect lunch solution! Assembled in mason jars, these salads stay fresh and crisp for the perfect make-head lunch!
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Do you ever struggle with what to have for lunch? I’m one of those people that always needs new ideas, as I get very bored with the same old sandwich. I typically have a quick breakfast and coffee in the morning before going to the gym. Once shower up, and work for a couple hours, my tummy is grumbling.
If I don’t have a smart lunch made in advance, I tend to make poor nutritional choices. I love salads for lunch, but I don’t always have the time to prepare them once lunchtime rolls around. I’ve come up with a quick, healthy and delicious way to enjoy salad by making these Honey Crisp Apple & Sweet Kale Salad jars in advance.
These Eat Smart Salad kits are the perfect solution for putting together these salad jars! Eat Smart has several really great options that include several fresh, healthy, protein-packed ingredients perfect for making a smart lunch choice. These chef-inspired salad kits offer sophisticated blends of six or more superfoods and include everything needed for a delicious salad.
Perfect for those of us looking for innovative, convenient and healthy eating options that are easy to integrate into our busy lives. One of my favorites is the Sweet Kale Vegetable Salad kit – it includes kale, brussel sprouts, cabbage, chicory and dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds. It also includes a sweet poppy seed dressing that is fantastic!
I love these Eat Smart Salad kits because they have a great mix of ingredients that makes for the perfect salad base. When you open the bag, you’ll discover a delicious, colorful mix of nutritious vegetables. I’m really impressed with the vegetables in the salad – I would likely have to pay triple the amount to get the same variety of vegetables that this mix has.
To the Sweet Kale salad mix, I also added chicken, chopped honey crisp apples, goat cheese and an apple cider vinaigrette to create a fantastically fresh salad that’s full of fall flavors.
Assembling these salad jars in advance is the perfect way to make smart lunch choices. Putting the ingredients in a specific order is key to keeping your salad fresh and crisp without getting soggy from the dressing. The first thing you start with is the dressing at the bottom.
I then add diced rotisserie chicken and chopped honey crisp apples. I then add the goat cheese crumbles, pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries. I then fill the rest of the jar with the Sweet Kale salad mix.
I love getting my rotisserie chicken at Costco! Check out my post for 15 Things I Buy at Costco for Healthy Meals and Snacks!
Once lunchtime rolls around, you can take your salad out of the fridge, or your lunch bag, pour out of the jar and on to your plate, and your set! Your salad will be fresh, crisp and filled with the wonderful flavors of fall. It’s also the perfect way to make a healthy choice, and save some time in the process.
If you love a great meal prep salad idea, be sure to check out some of my other salad recipes that are quick lunch ideas for work:
Want to make your own dried cranberries without all the refined sugar?
In this post I’ll show you How to Make Dried Cranberries without using refined sugar. This dried cranberries recipe is fantastic for adding to salads, your own granola and granola bars, cookies, and stirring into your yogurt and oatmeal.
Best of all you need just 3 ingredients to make these EASY dried cranberries! These are such a great way to reduce the added sugar in your diet!
Here’s the recipe for my Honey Crisp Apple & Sweet Kale Salad jars:
- 1 package Eat Smart Sweet Kale Vegetable Salad mix
- 1 1/2 c. cooked, rotisserie chicken
- 2 honey crisp apples, cored and chopped
- 3 Tbsp. goat cheese crumbles
- 3 Tbsp. dried cranberries
- 3 Tbsp. roasted pumpkin seeds
Apple Cider Vinaigrette:
- 3/4 c. apple cider
- 3 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 Tbsp. dijon mustard
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- salt and pepper to taste
- Prior to assembling the salad jars, mix the dressing by whisking together the apple cider, olive oil, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper.
- With three quart sized mason jars, pour the dressing between the three jars (about 1/3 cup of dressing per jar.) Next add the chopped chicken, then add about 1/3 of the chopped apples to each of the jars. Then, add the goat cheese crumbles, pumpkin seeds and the dried cranberries. Then fill the rest of the jars with the Sweet Kale salad mix. Close the jars with lids and refrigerate.
- Salads will keep for up to 5 days.
Nutrition Information:Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 837Total Fat: 58gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 540mgCarbohydrates: 74gSugar: 58gProtein: 11g
As you can see, with a little prep work ahead of time, these salad jars make for the perfect lunch solution any day of the week. I’ve discovered a new easy, delicious salad that is perfect for quick lunch that also keeps me on track. I hope this quick salad also inspires you to make a healthy move to a nutritious delicious lunch. Enjoy! ~Erin
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