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Anyone planning some last-minute road trips before school starts? We took a trip up to Las Vegas last month and let me tell you, being vegetarians meant that we ate every grilled cheese possible from Texas to Nevada and our stomachs paid the price. Wish I would have thought to stop by Albertsons before our trip and made a few of these Mason Jar Taco Salads to eat along the way!
I know there are a ton of mason jar salads out there but let me tell you why this one is my favorite! I practically grew up on a variation of this salad with layers of tortilla chips, lettuce, salsa, sour cream, and ground beef (we didn’t become vegetarians until about 20 years ago). It wasn’t until I became a mother myself that I realized that this is one of those last-minute dinners you throw together when the kids are starving and you don’t have time or energy on your side. With the exception of ground beef (we’ve substituted black beans), we still enjoy the identical salad my mom made 30-some years ago!
Everyone makes this salad differently, some omit the olives, others pile on the salsa, and so on. That’s the beauty of serving a Taco Salad to a group! The one thing that everyone agrees on though…crunchy tortilla chips! That’s why these Tostitos Rolls are so perfect for the Mason Jar Taco Salad, their unique shape fits perfectly inside the jar and helps ward off sogginess. Mixed with variety of Earthbound Farms organic greens and you’re good to go!
This salad is crazy easy to make and really lends itself to an assembly line process, essential when planning to feed everyone on a road trip. The only thing you have to remember is that you want to separate the delicate greens and chips from any sort of sauce to prevent wilting and sogginess. Just put the sauce at the bottom, followed by beans and veggies, and topped with greens, chips, and cheese. Just screw on the lids and place in a cooler. As long as your jars remain upright, you’ll be good to go!
Next road trip, I’m not leaving my family’s health and well-being up to chance, I’ll be making these Mason Jar Taco Salads for us to enjoy on the road! How about you guys? What are some of your road trip tips and tricks? (Hah, say that five times fast) Also, don’t forget to enter Albertsons “The Best Road Trip Ever” sweepstakes to win big (and I’m not kidding when I say “big!”) Hope you all enjoy this Mason Jar Taco Salad and have a great rest of the summer!