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I’ve become a bit of an expert at making salads in mason jars.  I make them for my husband for lunch and even eat them at home myself.  After prepping a few for my parents too, I knew I needed to share all of the details in a blog post.

Salad in a Jar

I started making these “salads in a jar” as an easy and healthy lunch for the husband to eat at work.  They can be assembled ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to a week, so he can grab one and go in the morning.

When we have extras, I eat them for lunch too.  I eat lunch at home with my daughters and don’t normally make a salad for myself, but it’s hard to resist an already-assembled one.

These salads in a jar are so easy to make too.  Simply layer the ingredients with the heaviest ones at the bottom (close to the salad dressing) and work your way up to the top.  The ingredients don’t get soggy at all and taste just as good as freshly made salads.  YUM.

Salad in a Jar

Salad in a Jar

Yields: Five 32oz mason jar salads

Ingredients For All Five Jars

  • 1-1.25 cups of salad dressing (we like ranch or Italian)
  • 1 pound of meat (I alternate between using the meat from a store-bought rotisserie chicken, a whole chicken cooked in my crockpot, and leftover shredded chicken or ground taco meat from dinner)
  • 3 cups of hard veggies (such as diced carrots, grape tomatoes, corn, peas, or black beans)
  • 2/3 cup of shredded cheese (we like cheddar)
  • 1 cup of soft veggies (such as cucumbers or cooked broccoli)
  • Greens (I mix a head of iceberg lettuce with baby spinach or use a 3-pack of romaine hearts)
  • 1/3-1/2 cup of crunchy toppings (we like sliced almonds)


  • Fill your five jars in an assembly line, splitting the ingredients evenly between them.
  • Layer each jar starting with the ingredients at the top of the list and working your way down the list until each jar is full.  Don’t be afraid to stuff a ton of greens inside because the ingredients in the jars will settle.
  • Add the lids to the jars and store in the refrigerator up to a week.

Salad in a Jar

My husband shakes up his jar and eats the salad out of it with a fork, but I dump mine onto a plate.  To each their own, I guess!

Salad in a Jar

Thoughts or questions? Please leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you.

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9 years ago

What a brilliant idea! Can’t wait to try them.

9 years ago

I think these are adorable, but there is something that freaks me out about salad in a jar. I’m not sure what it is LOL! Also, I don’t have the fridge space to keep so many mason jars, so I actually do the same type of thing, but in quart size zipper bags. I put the meat in it’s own little snack size bag and then just put everything else in the zipper bag. My hubby keeps dressing at work and a resealable plastic container to eat from. I’m definitely more likely to eat a salad if it’s already made… Read more »

9 years ago

love your ideas did my first lot of freezer bags last night .
wish i knew about your salads when I was working but going to pass it on to my Children who eat a lot of salads great Idea

9 years ago

This is actually perfect for a stay-at-home mom. I usually just make a sandwich, munch on whatever’s laying around, or don’t eat at all. If I made these all on Sunday night, my diet would definitely improve throughout the week. I have GOT to try this one!