Wednesday 13 January 2016

How to pack "Salad in a Jar"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Photo by Kyle Jacobson

Mason jar salads are just that, a salad in a jar. I'm not sure who came up with this concept, but I think it is genius. Storing the salad in a glass jar keeps it fresh for 5-7 days. Prepping according to Tammy, is 1 hour from start to clean up and couldn't be easier than this. There is a special technique to the salad assembly to keep all the contents fresh. 

Start with a clean, dry wide mouth mason jar (moisture is not your crisp salads friend).

Tear do not cut your greens, as the edges will brown.


Stage your ingredients, this makes it easy to make multiple salad jars.

The vegetables and protein need to be layered in a particular way.


Layer 1 - Dressing- 1-2 Tablespoons 

Layer 2- Hard Vegetables-carrot, celery, capsicum, cucumber, radish, pepper

Layer 3- Pasta, quinoa, beans, legumes or rice

Layer 4- Soft vegetables- avocado, tomato, mushrooms

Layer 5-  Protein- chicken, ham, beef, egg and/or cheese

Layer 6- Salad Greens- lettuce, baby spinach, Kale or Arugula 

Other tips-

Place a folded paper towel at the top of the salad, it will absorb some of the excess moisture and keep your greens crisp.

Avoid strong odors, they may affect the other ingredients. You may want to bring them along in a separate baggie.

When it is time to eat just pour your salad out on a plate, toss and EAT!

Such a great way to enjoy your lunch and save time! Thanks Tammy for sharing! 


  1. I have never seen this before. I love the idea. Dee

    1. Hi Dee! I thought some of my readers would like it! thanks for commenting. Cheers! JJ

  2. Thanks for the tips to make a weeks worth of meals. I have seen this on my FB page, but, have never done it. Now, I think I may try it. Great idea for the New Year! Helen

    1. Hi Helen, I'm glad you can use the tips! Let me know how it goes! Cheers! JJ


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