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Salad In a Jar

Liven up that same old salad by layering fresh ingredients into a Mason jar. Perfect for a summer party or grab-and-go lunch. These layered salad jars are jammed packed with flavor so have them ready to grab, go and enjoy!

Click here to see updated website, with additional Salad in a Jar recipes

When making Salads in a Jar put the items that have the highest moisture content in the bottom. Separate the greens from the dressing with garnishments. 

*The recipes in the printable file include low or no fat salad dressings. Low or no fat salad dressings are best to use in the jars because the dressing won’t separate in the jar.  Salad dressings with fat can set up and the fat could become hard when it’s in the refrigerator.

* If you purchase salad dressing at the store that has oil, the top layer of oil can be poured off the dressing and replaced with water.   

*Creamy salad dressings are not recommended because they can get stuck in the jar.  Use a rubber scraper or long spoon to help remove the creamy salad dressing.

*When the vegetables are washed in cool soapy water, rinsed and dried they will last longer because the bacteria is removed.   If prepared this way the salads in the jar will last a week.  Included in this lesson are Instructions on how to clean produce.

*If salads include meat products they need to be eaten within 3-4 days. Ham will last longer because it is a cured meat.

*Some of the garnishments will soften in the moist jar. Garnishments such as nuts, croutons, or rice noodles can be put in a plastic bag. Place the bag on the top layer of the jar before closing the lid.

*Greens to use:  Romaine Lettuce, Green or Red Leaf Lettuce, Spinach.   Don’t use Iceberg Lettuce because it turns brown to quickly. 

*Use a wide mouth canning jar.

Click here for the full Introduction Lesson

Salad in a Jar



how to make salads in a jar


Salad Recipes included in the printable file are:

Italian Tossed Salad
Italian Pasta Salad
Teriyaki Bowtie Pasta Salad
Creamy Tomatillo Salad
Cabbage Chicken Salad
Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
Spinach-Grape Salad with raspberry Vinaigrette
Crab Chickpea Salad
Havana Vinaigrette Salad

salad in a jar

Click here for the full Introduction Lesson

Salads in a Jar make a great picnic or for a camping meal

It can be made a day before a campout and then stored in a cooler with ice

When it's time to eat the salads, tie a fork and an after dinner mint on the jar with jute cord

The printable file has jar toppers to name the salads so you can make more than one recipe for the trip.

picnic salad jar

Teriyaki salad


Serve the Salad

Take the bag of garnishments out of the top of the jar and then dump the salad on the plate, it is layered in the perfect order. Sprinkle the garnishments on top of the salad.

The salad pictured is the yummy Teriyaki Bowtie Pasta Salad. The low fat dressing coats the pasta in the jar so it doesn't dry out. It's delicious!

Click Here for the updated website with the Teriyaki Bowtie Pasta Salad Recipe

Make Salads in a Jar for a party

Salads in a Jar make a great meal for a party, such as a baby shower.   The salads can be prepared a day or two before the party and stored in the refrigerator until ready to serve.  This advance preparation helps take the pressure off all of the last minute party preparations.

This printable file has jar toppers for a baby shower.

Plastic baby items can be found at the party store or dollar store. Tie the decoration on the jar with ribbon.

Click here to learn about decorating Salad Jars


baby shower salads


4th of july salads in a jar


4th of July Salad Jar

Decorate the salad jar for a 4th of July picnic

The file has instructions on how to tie the utensils on the jar using blue plaid fabric and star garland.


Click here to learn about decorating Salad Jars

Take a Salad in the Jar for lunch

Prepare vegetables to have a salad as a side dish for a Sunday meal. Prepare extra vegetables so that salad jars can be made for lunches thoughout the week. Put different dressings and garnishments in each jar so that a different kind of salad can be eaten every day.

Tie the fork on the jar with bakers string or jute cord

Its ready to Grab and GO!

Crab Chickpea Salad

Crab Salad Jar


Click here for the updated webpage with the Italian Pasta Salad Recipe




Italian Pasta Salad

Italian pasta salad jar