Virtually every week I make up a tub of choppy salad to keep in the fridge. It is usually made up of a whole cucumber, around 4 sticks of celery, one each of red, yellow and green peppers and at least one onion, all chopped so they are a similar size.
Using my tried and tested storage method it lasts in a really good state for a full week. I simply fold a piece of kitchen roll in quarters and place it on top.
When it is put in the fridge for the first time it is turned upside down so that the paper can absorb any excess moisture ......
... then after the first usage it is returned the right way up. After that I use my judgement, if it looks a little dry I turn the tub upside down again and back the other way if everything looks okay.
We use this as a 'tumble down' ready meal. |On it's own it makes a lovely addition to meals, then with added extras, for example a chopped apple or pear, and salted peanuts or walnut halves it makes a complete salad meal served on a bed of mixed leaves and drizzled with either balsamic or salad dressing. Mixed with rice or pasta it makes another type of salad.
One of our favourite ways to eat it for a quick lunch is to steal an idea from these folks. My sons used to love this when they were little and I had a sneaky love for it too, but to eat it now would be a real no-no, it just, in my opinion, tastes so artificial and sweet .... and it's not fresh !!
So instead I chop up some of the 'choppy salad' a little bit smaller, add a handful of grated cheddar and a good dollop of mayo and then pile it high on brown buns, lunch in five minutes :-)
The beauty of a choppy salad in a box in the fridge is that it keeps me on the straight and narrow. Something easy to grab, healthy and quick, what could be better.
Do you do something similar that saves you time and keeps you on the straight and narrow?