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Salad in a Jar Recipes for the Busy Mom

Busy moms need easy solutions. Have you tried these Salad in jar recipes? check out these easy delicious solutions for busy moms.


Now, I know you’ve seen them everywhere on Pinterest and Instagram. I mean, how could you miss it? I’m talking about those salad in a jar recipes. And if you are a busy mom, you should pay attention. because these things are about to become your new best friend.

I have a problem…if I don’t prepare meals ahead of time( not plan, i mean actually PREPARE them), I don’t eat healthy. At least, not at lunch time. Lunch is usually something eaten on the go while I’m running errands or sitting at my desk trying to meet a deadline. And that meant fast food, chips, hot dogs from qt….

So while I had breakfast and dinner relatively under control due to crock pots and overnight oats, lunch was the wild wild west. And my weight just keep going up instead of down like I wanted. So I had seen all of the pretty colorful salad in a jar recipes, but I ignored them. I thought it was..a gimmick. And then I made one….and I ate it…I made a week’s worth…and I ATE THEM.

Life changing folks.

I posted one on Instagram and I got so many questions about how, why. what?

So I decided to share a few tips and salad in a jar recipes. because sharing is caring right?


  1. THE most important thing to remember about a salad in a jar: DRESSING ON THE BOTTOM.  You want to make sure that your greens are as far away from your dressing as you can get them. It keeps your greens fresh and crisp.
  2. Jam pack your jars. Not only does it make a good salad, but it keeps everything from moving around. The less air between your layers, the longer your salad will last.
  3. If you are making a side salad( like you are taking a soup and salad or a salad and a sandwich), use the  pint-sized mason jars.  If you are going to make your salad a full meal, use the quart sized jars. 
  4. The longest I’ve ever saved a salad in the jar in the fridge was 8 days. The veggies on the bottom were marinated in the dressing, but they were delicious.
  5. Be sure to add a protein. You want it to last.


Building a Salad in a Jar 101

Now…the most important part and what to put where. This is order from the bottom up.

  1. Dressing: Goes at the bottom.
  2. Hard Veggies: These are veggies that won’t soak up your dressing. Veggies like carrots, cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers broccoli, chickpeas
  3. Soft Veggies: Corm, onions, mushroom, avocado, strawberries
  4. Protein/carbs: chicken, quinoa, rice, tofu, black beans, boiled eggs
  5.  Any nuts, seeds or salad toppings you like
  6. Leafy greens


And that’s it. When it’s time to eat, simply dump it into a bowl and eat.

Quick, easy, done.


Salad in a Jar Recipes

I’ve included 3 of my favorite recipes here but basically, you can put anything you want in a jar and call it a day.

But incase you need ideas…I got you! Enjoy!


Basic Grilled Chicken Salad In a Jar

Basic grilled chicken salad in a jar is perfect for lunch!

In this order:

Light Italian Dressing ( I like )

Grape tomatoes, cut in half



Boiled egg

Grilled or Baked chicken

Romaine Lettuce


Shrimp Zoodle Salad in Jar

Shrimp Zoodle salad in a jar

In this order:

Balsamic Vinaigrette

Cherry tomatos


Red peppers

Yellow Peppers


Zoodles( zucchini noodles spiralized. I use THIS one)



Quinoa Salad in a Jar

Couscous salad in a jar

In this order:

Balsamic Vinaigrette


Red Peppers


Feta cheese



So guys, TRY IT! Salads in a jar are perfectly convenient and you can basically put whatever you want in them as long as it fits in the jar.



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  • Reply
    robin masshole mommy
    July 28, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    I love salads in a jar. They are the exact right portion size and super easy to take on the go.

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    July 28, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Wow, these all sound great! The whole idea of salads in a jar have seemed appealing to me, yet I have never made one. The way you laid this out (not just specific salads, but actually how to layer them and why) made this seem like it is quite simple to do if you follow the “rules” of layering. Thanks for that! I’m excited to give these a try. And I hope the numbers on the scale start to come down for me, too!

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    July 28, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Okay, I think you may have sold me on salad in a jar. I was thinking the same as you used to, that it’s a fad or gimmick, but now I see it really could be useful. They sure look pretty. 🙂

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    kita bryant
    July 28, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    I want the shrimp one today! I have to make sure I write down my list for the store or I will miss stuff completely

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    July 28, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    I like the idea of salads in a jar. That shrimp zoodles salad sounds really tasty. I have been meaning to try zoodles.

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    Yum Yucky
    July 28, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    I just pinned this! xoxo

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      July 29, 2016 at 4:35 am

      thank you!

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    July 28, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    These are fabulous! Perfect to bring on our walks or to the parks for our picnics! My kids would love them too. I love the idea of it all in one jar and off you go!

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    July 28, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    These are super easy salad ideas, I am going to try a few as a means to have food stocked up. Appreciate you sharing these ideas!

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    William Sweeney
    July 28, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    I love these salad ideas!! I think they would be great to keep in the fridge for the kids to have for snacks!

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    July 28, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    I actully haven’t heard of this. As I’m getting my life together with my new routine, I’m eager to give this a try. They look good.

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      July 29, 2016 at 4:34 am

      HEEEEEY Joi!

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    Liz Mays
    July 28, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    I’m loving these ideas. I should really start making these for my boyfriend’s work lunches every now and then!

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    July 28, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    These are amazing. I think I’ll be making a few of them for my hubbys lunches!

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    July 28, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    This is such a great idea. I love taking salads to work so I will have to give this a try.

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    Terri Beavers
    July 29, 2016 at 12:26 am

    I’d like to make some of these up for lunch ideas. My daughter pops in on her lunch break every day and there are times I have to rush to get lunch cooked. She LOVES salads so I really will make some. I love salad too.

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    Currently - Everyday Eyecandy
    July 29, 2016 at 5:01 am

    […] Healthy food for a change. If you’ve been on Pinterest, you’ve seen those salad jar recipes EVERYWHERE. Listen, they are my lifesavers during the week. Even though I work from home, I figured out one of the main reasons that I wasn’t eating healthy at lunch time was because I was not PREPARED. When lunch time came, I had either too many choices or the choice of something I had to make or buy. And I almost ALWAYS chose the unhealthy thing( those hot dogs at Quick Trip for instance…). But  I make these salad’s in a jar on Sunday and they last me all week-long. If you want the recipe for the one pictured above or a few other easy delicious salad in a jars, head on over to this post! […]

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    Love in Links - Styled Her Life
    July 29, 2016 at 9:57 am

    […] than I’d like to admit. I’m exploring the idea of meal prepping this week and this salad in a jar idea is exactly what I […]

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    Chubskulit Rose
    July 29, 2016 at 10:33 am

    This is a great idea. MY daughter would totally dig this as she love salad and preparing them is her favorite.

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    Natalie Z
    July 30, 2016 at 10:43 am

    I really need to make this! I am the worst at making time to eat.

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    August 1, 2016 at 10:08 am

    I have always wanted to try those salads in a jar!! They look yummy!!

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    August 1, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    Salad in a jar is one of my favorite lunch ideas! I’ve been doing it for a while and I love how easy and versatile they are!

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    August 1, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    This is such a great idea! I love the idea of making them easy to-go in the jars. Need to try this!

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    August 2, 2016 at 7:10 am

    These are pretty handy, I’m printing this for future use. I love salads!

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    lauren happel
    August 3, 2016 at 2:35 am

    Thanks for sharing! Its about to be back to school and i tend to forget to eat lunch so having these on hand would be great!

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