Salad in a Jar is an easy way to bring your salad on the go – dressing, greens, and toppings all in one place! Bring it with you on a picnic, to work, or anywhere else! Two salad recipes included.

Salad greens, dressings, and other fixings on a wooden cutting board.

Salad In a Jar Recipes

What is the appeal of having a salad in a jar you might ask? Well, let me tell you, friends! Not only does it last forever, but the prep work is done and you have healthy eating right at your fingertips. Prepping a bunch of these one day and eating on them all week long is the help you might need to eat well. Life gets busy and taking time to eat something beyond quick and easy can get pushed aside. BUT, if all you have to do is unscrew a lid, find a fork, and give a little stir, then there’s no reason to not be eating more salad. Plus, in the jar, it’s perfectly portable. Throw it in a lunch box along with a boiled egg and an apple and you have a delicious healthy lunch to go. Done.

My fellow Hoosier and blogging buddy Cassie over at Wholefully is who you have to thanks for the inspiration. I’m eating 100% clean for the next eight weeks as part of a little challenge I’m doing and Cassie has given me all kinds of great ideas on how to enjoy the challenge and not just live through it. I really feel like I’m making lifestyle changes and these salads in a jar are here for the long run.

Salads in glass jars

What are the basic components of a Salad in a Jar?

The four groups for building a salad in a jar is dressing, proteins/complex carbs, fixings, and greens. Proteins are foods like quinoa, cooked brown rice, black beans, kidney beans, grilled chicken, tuna, tofu, etc. Fixings are things like shredded carrots, red cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumber, sprouts, sunflower seeds, nuts, olives, fruit, dried fruit, and strong cheeses (blue/feta). There are endless ways to pair different combinations so mix and match until you find your favorites!

Which salad dressings are healthier?

If you want this to be a healthy salad, you are better off avoiding any bottled dressing and making your own. This post has 2 dressings to try! If making dressing is keeping you from trying these then by all means, use what you like, but I really recommend making a dressing from scratch. It’s SO easy! Most storebought dressings can have a lot more sugar than you think, so shop wisely.

How long does Salad in a Jar last?

If you create your salad as outlined with the greens on top, away from the dressing, the lettuce stays nice and crisp for well over a week!

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South of the Border Salad in a Jar


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 jar 1x

Description

Salad in a Jar is an easy way to bring your salad on the go – dressing, greens, and toppings all in one place! Bring it with you on a picnic, to work, or anywhere else!


Scale

Ingredients

For the Salad

  • Dressing (recipe follows)
  • Black beans
  • Chopped sweet bell pepper
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Sliced black olives
  • Chopped Romaine lettuce

For the South of the Border Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons Olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon EACH garlic powder, chili powder, salt, and pepper

Instructions

  1. For the dressing:
  2. Add everything to a small mason jar, put on the lid, and shake until well combined. Makes enough dressing for about 3 salads in a jar.
  3. To assemble the salad:
  4. In a pint mason jar add the dressing, black beans, chopped “extras” and then lettuce (in that order). Pack the jars pretty tight. Add a lid and store in the fridge. When you are ready to eat dump the jar into a bowl and stir to combine or shake the jar very well and eat from the jar.

  • Category: Lunch
  • Method: Refirgerated
  • Cuisine: American

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A closeup shot of a salad in a jar showing its colorful layers of beans, peppers, and lettuce

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Asian Infusion Salad


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 jar 1x

Description

Salad in a Jar is an easy way to bring your salad on the go – dressing, greens, and toppings all in one place! Bring it with you on a picnic, to work, or anywhere else!


Scale

Ingredients

For the Salad

  • Asian Infusion Dressing (recipe in the notes)
  • Cooked quinoa
  • Chopped cucumber, red cabbage, broccoli, and shredded carrot
  • Chopped Romaine and spinach

Asain Infusion Dressing:

  • 1 tablespoon Tahini
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon EACH – salt, pepper, ground ginger, garlic powder

Instructions

  1. For the dressing:
  2. Add everything to a small mason jar, put on the lid, and shake until well combined. Makes enough dressing for about 3 salads in a jar.
  3. To assemble the salad:
  4. In a pint mason jar add the dressing, quinoa, chopped “extras” and then greens (in that order). Pack the jars pretty tight. Add a lid and store in the fridge. When you are ready to eat dump the jar into a bowl and stir to combine or shake the jar very well and eat from the jar.

  • Category: Lunch
  • Method: Refrigerated
  • Cuisine: Asian

Keywords: easy salad recipe, easy salad, salad in a jar, best salad recipe, work lunch ideas, lunch ideas for work, healthy work lunch ideas, easy work lunch ideas, work lunch box ideas

a closeup shot of a salad showing its layers of red cabbage, orange carrots, and green spinach

How to whip up those salads in a jar (the do and don't) from www.blessthismessplease.com

Other Salad Recipes

Other Healthy Lunch Ideas

This post was originally published in 2014 and has been updated in July 2019.

Make yourself a Salad in a Jar or five and make your lunch for the week! It’s a great way to feed yourself more vegetables and proteins without much effort.

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18 Responses
  1. Dana

    What a great idea! When I first saw the title, I thought you were talking about potato salad, macaroni salad, etc. I never dreamed of putting green salad in a jar. Thanks for the idea!

  2. Kristen

    Hi Melissa, This is just what I need! I’ll have to go buy some mason jars. You are amazing and I love you lots. Xx Kristen Southwick

  3. Molly

    I love the idea. Have you tried to use avocado? I’m in love with it, but I’m wondering if it would keep in the jar very well. Thanks for the inspiration and the Asian salad above sounds wonderful!!

    1. Sandy

      Avocados also keep well in the mason jars because of the lid. It seals the air out, the avocado is still delicious after several days. I make these all the time!

  4. CBrooks

    Love everything I’m seeing here. Ihave 7 ravenous children under 12 and an equally hungry husband. We try to eat clean as much as we can but sometimes the boxed mac’n’cheese makes an appearance. We raise our own meat and grow and can a garden. Finding ideas to quickly, easily and cheaply feed 9 people isn’t always easy. Great job, thanks

  5. kate

    No need to “Vacuum” or anything? The lettuce doesn’t turn brown or mushy edged? If not, I’m impressed!!!!!!!!!!! We eat a huge salad (I do it 90% organic, b/c that’s where I will spend the $$ – used to be in the meat dept., now it’s in the Produce Dept!!) every night, and I really hate making them each night. I make two nights’ worth, leaving out the cut cucs and cherry tomatoes, till the second night, but it is still tedious work.

  6. julialoha

    In Hawaii where, where I live, there are lots of Asians who live and work here. The wonderful salad entitled Asian Invasion immediately struck me as offensive. Please think of another name for this fine salad. Please. I love your website. I love my Asian friends, doctor, dentist, etc. and I am embarrassed for them.

  7. Michelle Dickerson

    OK – I have what may be a dumb question. Is it possible to use another container besides a mason jar? Just wondering because I don’t currently have any of them – and not a lot of storage space. Thanks!

    1. I think there is some kind of magic in the glass… I think you could try another glass container that has a lid! If you do, I’d love to know how it goes! I have lots of luck finding mason jars at the thrift store for like a $.50 each just FYI and then you don’t have to buy a whole dozen. http://amzn.to/1Vmp02P these are my favorite lids too (be mindful when purchasing if you have wide or regular mouth lids!) Good luck!

  8. Jessie

    I am trying to change my diet but avoid salad because it was too much work to make everyday. I’d never seen a way to make it ahead of time like this! I can’t wait to try it.

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.

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