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Salad in a Jar

salad in a jar tastyIf you’ve been following along this week then you know I have had a picnic theme going on. Rather than make one enormous post, I felt it would be easier for me and for you if I made it into shorter, easier to manage posts. Plus, this allowed me to keep the recipes separate. There is a whole lot of backlinking. Those that did not work Monday, should work now since they are published. 😉  That’s what happens when I get ahead of myself.


I guess it’s better to be ahead of the game for once than be behind like I have been these last few weeks.

Husband and I decided to save some money by creating our own meal and heading to the park for a picnic instead of going to the  movies. We’ve needed to create a budget and decided it was best to take advantage of the beautiful Michigan weather.

We had planned to bring some sandwiches and I really wanted to create some foods to put in jars. I have been obsessed with mason jars for as long as I can remember. I think it’s a southern thing. Growing up in the south it was not uncommon for folks to use these for everything. I am loving how these days Pinterest is full of jar recipes.

This salad is really simple. We used a wide mouth jar and layered the ingredients. This was enough for two people. If you would like for each person to have their own jar to eat out of, just use half the amount of each ingredient. This will allow you to shake/mix the jar prior to putting some dressing on there. Since we knew we were going to be using the plates that came with our picnic backpack, we decided to just put it all in one jar.

Easy, peasy!

I put the tomatoes in first so that the juice would not leak down on other stuff and make it soggy before we got to the park.

Next was romaine lettuce, followed by spinach and colby jack cheese.


How simple was that??

And it was so much fun to eat outside. I seriously think it made that salad taste so much better!

salad in a jar

Salad in a Jar

Chrystal Mahan YUMeating.com
Amounts will vary based on the size of jar you use and whether you want this to be for 2 people, or for one person to eat right out of the jar!
5 from 3 votes


  • 3/4 cup diced tomato
  • 1 -2 cups romaine lettuce
  • 1 -2 cups spinach
  • 1/2 c - 3/4c shredded cheese of your choice


  • Layer the ingredients in the jar. It is best to keep tomatoes on the bottom and cheese on the top.
  • If serving two people on plates, feel free to fill to top of jar.
  • If serving one person per jar, do not fill all the way as you can shake the jar and eat right out of it!


Have you done a jar meal? What’s your favorite?

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  1. I am a HUGE salad eater! If I was force to choose I could definitely live off of eating lettuce every day. This is a great way to meal prep for the week. A friend of mine at work puts practically all of her meals in jars like these.

    1. I love fruits and vegetables. I honestly have been considering a more plant based diet for myself. I wish others in my house would follow along to make it that much easier!

  2. This is a great idea. I’m in such a hurry with meals during the day. Maybe this would make salad eating more convenient.

    1. I thought about that but I was afraid the eggs would get weird after a while. Maybe ok for the picnic, but not sure about to store long term in fridge. I might have to jar some eggs to take and serve together.

    1. I found it easier to use than tupperware. I am to the point where I hate using those plastic dishes for stuff! Especially since I already have jars on hand for canning season.

  3. I haven’t tried any meal in a jars yet. They seem to be quite popular though and great for on the go lunches!

    1. My mom used this method when I was a kid. Its nice that the power of the Internet allows us to share those things. I can see I was not the only one who used jars!

    1. Its so easy and it helps to eat better in my opinion. Salad is ready and I dont have to worry about it going bad or making new salad daily.

    1. I have so many jars from canning. I can in the late summer early fall and then eat them year round so I accumulate empty jars quickly. This gives those jars a purpose until its canning season.

  4. These would be great for outdoor parties. Instead of leaving a salad out for bugs to enjoy set these in ice to keep the veggies cool, and then enjoy at leisure.

    1. I know a few folks who make a few days worth at a time and store them in the fridge. That way they are ready to go. Especially useful for those who pack a lunch for work.

  5. Salads are not for Hubby and I. We get our fruits and veggies other ways. But that sure is an awesome idea!

  6. 5 stars
    I love mason jars too! As a matter of fact I have some mason jar gifts that I plan to put on my 100 days of Christmas series. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

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