As you may have gathered, I have quite the affinity for props. Props and flowers can truly make or break a display. And let’s be honest, you see the food before you taste it! Initial visual stimulus is very important, especially when it comes to something on the simpler side like Salad! Your dishes and creations should be more than delicious, they should be fun and inviting too.
I loved that I was able to display a fresh seasonal salad in a mason jar! This prop is not only cute, and fun but it also adds so much dimension to a table display and can be used all-year-around. This particular event was a truck show for a small boutique, Zieben Mare, located in Franklin, Michigan. I love that the owners of Zieben Mare trust my taste and aesthetic. I’m lucky enough to have the freedom to display the salad anyway I could imagine. Per usual Midwest weather, Spring in Detroit has been taking its sweet time arriving. I wanted to make this display bright and colorful but also easy (and accident proof!) for their customers to enjoy while they’re shopping.
Salad in a Mason Jar?
The ingredients are simple: Heirloom tomatoes, heirloom radishes, roasted Michigan asparagus, goats cheese, and golden marinated beets. Served drizzled with a lemon vinaigrette. The wide mouth mason jar was the perfect prop to style this Spring salad in. As it’s easier to access with silverware than a deep mason jar. I paired the salads with a beautiful crudite with my Roasted Hot Pink Beet Dip and Greek yogurt dip. I also got to make one of my favorite Sweet and Savory Tartines: grilled mango with Ricotta and balsamic vinegar. Both of these appetizers are not only colorful and tasty but also very easy to handle and eat and they make the perfect light lunch!
Mason Jar Spring SaladPrint Recipe
- Assorted spring mix lettuce
- Marinated golden beets
- Roasted Michigan asparagus tips
- Goats cheese
- Heirloom radishes
- Heirloom tomatoes
- Edible flowers for color
- Salad dressing
- 1/4 Cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice 2 lemons
- 1/2 Cup of good olive oil
- 1/2 Teaspoon of kosher salt
- 1/4 Teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1/4 lb of good parmesan cheese
Constructing the salad is easy, add the beets to the bottom of the mason jar, add lettuce and decorate the top with all the rest of the amazing toppings
Blend all of the ingredients together and refrigerate
Re-blend before pouring the dressing on the salad or make sure it is mixed well
It is important when make the mason jar spring salad that the portion size is small and is only perfect for a few bits or a luncheon type setting.