Salads in a Jar – The How-to Guide

Salads in a Jar

The Salads in a Jar trend is showing no signs of slowing down as more and more people realise just how easy it is to create and prepare these yummy meals.  As well as tasting amazing, you can prepare these salads in advance – say on the weekend, and they will be then be ready and waiting for you to enjoy at work or at the end of a long day during the week.

When creating your very own salad in a jar, there are a few basic principals you should follow to ensure your salad not only tastes delicious but also keeps well.

1. Start with the dressing.

It’s important to have your salad dressing of choice as your first layer.

2. Place ‘heavy’ and non absorbent ingredients next.

Items such as tomato, corn onion etc should be placed at the bottom of your salad jar to ensure they don’t ‘fall through’ the layers.

3. Make sure your ingredients are well packed.  

You want to avoid air pockets within your salad jar as these can make your salad mix spoil quickly.  To avoid this, gently push down each layer after you have added it and ensure your jar is completely full.

4. Tightly seal your jar and store in the fridge

This is very important as a well sealed jar will help keep your salad tasting fresh and delicious for longer.

Commonly asked questions:

Do I have to use a mason jar?

You can use any kind of jar or container which best suits you.  Mason jars are ideal thanks to their long body and wide opening which allows for multiple layers and easy removal of your salad.

How do the salad leaves and lettuce stay fresh?

These light ingredients should be the last thing you place in the top of your salad jar. This will ensure they are well separated from the dressing and any other wet ingredients.  Providing your salad jar remains standing upright, the salad leaves and lettuce will stay fresh and dry.

Will the vegetables/fruits change colour?

If you follow the above advice when it comes to tightly packing and storing your salad jars, you shouldn’t have a problem with vegetables or fruits changing colour. However if you are concerned, simply drizzle a little lemon juice over your ingredients before placing them in the jar.

Should I keep perishable ingredients such as meats, avocado and cheese separate?

This really comes down to personal preference.  Many people claim these items will keep well stored in a prepared Salad Jar for several days, as long as the jar has been well packed and is tightly sealed.

How long will it last?

Depending on the ingredients of your salad jar, a well packed and tightly sealed salad jar can last up to 5 days in the fridge.

Here are some yummy salad in a jar recipes you can try:

Caesar Salad in a Jar

Mexican Salad Jar

Asian Stir Fry Noodle Salad

Summer Salad in a Jar


Have you made a Salad in a Jar before?
What’s your favourite Salad recipe?

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