By Cassie Johnston
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After a jam-packed holiday season full of decadent cookies, rich cakes, creamy casseroles, savory pastas, and more than my fair share of beer and spiked hot chocolate, all I can think about now are fruits and vegetables—the fresher the better!
These salads in a jar are perfectly portable and great for taking on the go. Whether you are diving back into work or easing your way into the daily grind of getting the kids to school, these prep-ahead salads will give you a healthier option to reach for as you are getting back into the swing of things.
These salads are so much more than some iceberg lettuce and dressings— they feature crisp vegetables, seasonal fruits, satisfying proteins, and good-for-you grains, all combined with fresh and flavorful dressings. Salads in a jar are great for prepping ahead in bulk for a quick grab-and-go lunch or just making a single serving portion. Jazz up your lunch routine or prepare them for easy, light suppers on busy evenings. Enjoy!
Winter Rainbow Quinoa Salad from Pinch of Yum
Mexican Chickpea Salad with Chile-Lime Dressing from Wholefully
Asian Noodle Jar Salad from Pocketful of Thyme
Barley and Zucchini Mason Jar Salad from Hot Eats and Cool Reads
Beef & Cheddar Mason Jar Salads from Organize Yourself Skinny
Burrito Bowl Mason Jar Salads: Two Ways from Momo Wellness
Chicken Kale Caesar Salad from Kim’s Healthy Eats
Easy Make Ahead Couscous Salad from So Fab Food
Farro, Feta, & Veggie Mason Jar Salad from Organize Yourself Skinny
Greek Quinoa Mason Jar Salad from Delight & Decorum
Layered 7-Bean Salad in a Jar from The View From Great Island
Loaded Salad in a Jar from Bitz & Giggles
Mason Jar Broccoli and Pomegranate Salad from SubjectVerbObject
Mason Jar Pineapple, Chicken, and Potato Salad from She Knows
Mason Jar Zucchini Noodle Salads from Inspiralized
Noodle Kilner Jar Salad from Love the Crunch
Strawberry Spinach Salad with Strawberry-Lime Vinaigrette from Wholefully
Quinoa, Pear, and Spinach Salad in a Jar from Hummusapien
Tuna & Arugula Jar Salad from Homemaker’s Habitat
Thai Chopped Chicken Mason Jar Salad with Chili Vinaigrette from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
Southwest Mason Jar Salad with Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing from Fitgirl By Nature
Sunshine Salad with Orange Marmalade Vinaigrette from Wholefully
Whole Foods Inspired Layered Salad with Orange Ginger Dressing from Oh She Glows
South of the Border Salad from Bless This Mess
Tropical Sriracha Chicken Salad from The Healthy Maven
Turkey Burger Mason Jar Salad from Food, Faith, Fitness
Strawberry Spinach Salad with Citrus-Poppyseed Dressing from Eating Bird Food
Tofu Living Salad with Sesame-Lemon Dressing from Wholefully
Asian Invasion Salad from Bless This Mess
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This is so cool. Love it!
Great round-up! This will keep me eating healty for a long time!
Great round up! I have been in a salad rut, these all look great!
This is a great list of salads! I would each one of them!
This is great inspiration to mix up things for lunch during the work week! Pinning!
I would prefer eating the salad from the jar, does that work out OK if a long fork is packed with it?
It’s a little bit trickier because all the stuff doesn’t mix together, but one idea I heard is to turn the jar upside down about an hour before you want to eat it—then the dressing will coat everything!
how big are the jars?
Pint for a side salad, quart for a full meal!
Cassie, an hour is way too much, 20 seconds or so would do. I know this because I have tested it first hand and works wonders! One more thing I’d like to add is that if you carry it in a bag for work or school or any other place you must go and take it with you, it is wise to pad and tuck the jar very well, so it doesn’t fall on the side – mixing up the dressing with the salad per se – before you’d like and maybe go bad by your meal time. Te safety issue is quite important as well: as most people tend to use glass mason jars, be sure it is going to be really well padded and tuck so it doesn’t crack or break in your bag because of usual hustle and bustle during commute. That’s it! Loved the salad ideas, btw, and am now officially addicted to it!
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