salad in a jar

I had so many questions and comments from this photo I posted on Facebook & Instagram recently… so I decided I should post about it.


For a few months, Ben has been asking me to make him a “salad in a jar” to take to work. Something about a lady he works with makes them for lunch everyday & he’d love to eat out less so could I make some?

I toooootally didn’t get the concept of it. Until I finally made it.


ok…now I get it. And it’s my new favorite thing.

quick tip:

if you don’t already have mason jars, purchase them at your local grocery store in the Canning section. You can get a dozen for just a couple dollars.


So here’s the concept…

Put the dressing on the bottom, then chicken, nuts, etc and not only will it marinade but it’ll also keep the lettuce {your next layer} from touching the dressing and getting soggy {so brilliant}.

You can make them days ahead & they remain fresh.


These are my favorite dressings of the moment {especially mixed together}.


In this jar {for the bottom layer}, I used my dressing combo above, rotisserie chicken, crumbled bacon, hard boiled eggs, & walnuts.


Then came the lettuce & fresh pear on top since that’d get mushy if left in the dressing.

{strawberries are a definite top of the jar item, too}


This was Ben’s lunch yesterday.

{think I may have gone a little overboard with the dressing. oops, sorry love}


I’m a huge berry fan so mine was filled with blackberries, rasberries, strawberries, as well as nuts, chicken, hardboiled eggs, and a few other items.



After dumping the contents of the jar onto my plate, this is what it looked like. I didn’t fluff, toss it, or anything.

The perfect salad.


Imani ate all my blackberries, but other than that I ate every bite!


So now our fridge looks like this.

And we’ll have lunch at our fingertips whenever we’re hungry {and no more trying to sneak a bite of the kids lunch}!

Need some more ideas??


salad in a jar


What would you put in your salad in a jar?


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4 Responses to salad in a jar

  1. debi Mar 22nd, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

    I had just pinned something like this from another site but, I appreciate your attention to detail in the process. I think the trick would be (for me) how much dressing is the right amount.
    That looks like a lot of salad… :-)

    • hugs & punches Mar 22nd, 2013 at 5:09 pm #

      haha Debi…it does look like a lot in the photos. We don’t use regular {dinner sized} plates in our house to help with portion control so unless we have guests, we always eat off our small dessert plates. Guess in the photos it makes it look like a family sized portion!!

  2. sandy potter Mar 23rd, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

    definately going to try this.

    • hugs & punches Mar 25th, 2013 at 8:25 pm #

      yay! I hope you do…you’ll LOVE it!

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