Friday, July 18, 2014

Kale Salad with Poppyseed Dressing (and a @Cuppow #giveaway)

The following post contains a set of products that I was given free of charge in order to facilitate a review. All opinions are my own and in no way influenced by the company.

A few weeks ago, in the name of not having enough time to make a meal, I hit up the deli at our local grocery store for some fresh eats. Instead of ransacking the salad bar, I opted for a pre-made kale salad that was mixed up with some poppyseed dressing. It sounded healthy, it tasted healthy (yes to free samples, always) and it was priced right.

I should have taken a picture, but delicious eats don't last long around me. Instead, I wrote down the ingredients. Now, I'm always hesitant to share a salad recipe because salads really don't require recipes—it's all about creative combination. But this combination happens to work well, so pin this picture if you feel so inclined:

The original, store-bought salad had chia seeds on it, too, of which I had none. Add 'em if you want to. And if you choose not to go the canning jar route, I'd throw everything in a bowl and mix it up before serving it to ensure that everything was well-coated by the dressing. And then, of course, dump it on a plate:

Yum, right?

Let's go back to the concept of canning jar salads. Quick tip: If you don't have a BNTO by Cuppow, I suggest you put the dressing at the bottom of the jar so that your kale stays fresh (and not soggy).

What's a BNTO? Let me tell you!
A few weeks ago, Cuppow so graciously sent me the following to review:

Much to my husband's dismay, I have quite the canning jar collection—but I hardly ever use them for canning. To me, they are cups and lunchboxes, or Earth-friendly alternatives to plastic food storage systems. And Cuppow makes all of that so much easier.  Their lids literally turn canning jars in to travel mugs and lunchboxes. I mean, so cool. Right?

Back to the BNTO:

It's a little cup that sits in between the lid of your wide-mouth canning jar and the jar itself. Great for salad dressing, or maybe fruit and nuts for the top of your overnight oats. Really, it's for whatever. It creates an extra compartment, that's what it does. And it comes in a variety of different colors, too. (Yes, even pink.)

Here. Another look at how it works:

Yep. Cuppow makes drinking lids, too (shown in the directions above). They fit both wide- and regular-mouth canning jars. I mean, who needs a fancy coffee cup when you have a canning jar?

Both products retail for $8.99, which is a decent deal when you consider the cost of a lunchbox or travel mug. Even if you don't have canning jars at home, you might be able to use an old pasta sauce or salsa jar. (I have plenty of those in my collection, too, much to the husband's dismay.)

Here's where it gets fun: Cuppow sent me two of everything you see above, so I have a set to give away. Note: The jars are not included, and you must be a resident of the USA to win. Use the following Rafflecopter to enter. Contest ends Friday, June 25, 2014 at Midnight EST.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


carogonza said...

Definitely a salad. I love mason jar salads

Sarah said...

Salads are awesome but also either a juice or smoothie for on the go.

Brienne Peers said...

Definitely a salad! Or for coffee...

Annmarie said...

Salad or nuts for toppings is a perfect idea!

Amy said...

Either a salad or a smoothie!

Patricia A said...

Veggies & hummus

Lauren S said...

I'd definitely be taking smoothies to go!

Michael Griffin said...

Sweet! Lately I've been taking salads to go with BNTO too & it's def cut down on my office lunch expenses.

Susan said...

I'd love to try the salad trend, but a drink would also be perfect. I love drinking from mason jars and love when restaurants have them as their glasses.

aaron10buuren said...

Over night oats. I'd be able to keep the nuts separate but in the same container to prevent them from getting soggy as well as prevent them from being left behind

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