Your Too-Busy Excuse For Non-Healthy Lunches Just Disappeared

Do you want to eat healthy on-the-go and impress your friends with your kitchen prowess all at the same time? Try serving up some class with a salad jar!  You don’t have to be Martha Stewart to pull this off. Ready to throwdown? Check out our Top 10 Jar Salad Recipe Roundup:

  1. The Burrito Bowl. Yeah, you read that right. Healthy ingredients like quinoa and fresh cilantro serve up some serious flavor in this fresh and easy recipe.
  2. Buffalo Chicken. Cut back on the calories, but not the flavor. The best part? You control the amount of heat, so your tongue doesn’t hate you later.
  3. Asian Noodle Salad. Red bell peppers, edamame and crunchy rice noodles all wrapped up in a spicy peanut dressing. If this doesn’t sound good, there’s no hope for you.
  4. Cajun Shrimp Jar. This had to make the list, because seriously…it’s cajun seafood in a jar.
  5. Green Garden Vegan Salad.  You’ll be rethinking vegan in no time with this tasty concoction…plus, it’s prettier than you. Seriously, look at it.
  6. Pomegranate and Pear Salad. Who doesn’t like a pomegranate and pear salad topped with blue cheese and tossed in a sherry vinaigrette?! Unless you don’t like pomegranate or blue cheese. In which case you’re missing out.
  7. Layered Salad with Orange Ginger Dressing. Whew.That title is so long and delicious there’s really no room for details.
  8. Sunny Kale Kruncher. Also vegan, but this one adds fruit, people!  FRUIT! With this salad it is summer all year round.
  9. Pasta Primavera. Feelings for pasta salad with fresh vegetables and parmesan cheese are best expressed by eating it.
  10. Mediterranean Salad With Greek Vinaigrette. Orzo. Olives. Feta cheese. Romaine Lettuce. This salad is like a European vacation in a jar, but without the Griswolds there to mess it up.


Ready to trick everyone into thinking you’re a seasoned chef? Before you get started, there are a couple of crucial points to remember before creating a mason jar masterpiece.

Make sure the jar fits your appetite. There are many sizes out there, so make sure you pick the right one. Quart sized jars work well, especially the wide version.

The order is important. Dressing always goes in first to avoid soggy salads. If you have chunky ingredients, like granola or some sort of protein, put those in next, followed by your toppings (cheese, croutons, raisins, etc). Leafy greens always go last, not only to protect them from getting wet, but also to create a beautiful salad bed when you dump it all out!



Image credit: Creative Commons via Flickr user Scott Dexter


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