No. 150: Mason Jar Salad Two Ways

Between Pinterest and TheKitchn, salads in a mason jar have been having a moment.

It makes total sense. The packability of a work lunch. Solving the issue of droopy, dressing saturated lettuce.

Some of you may have already been all over this trend, but I wasn't sure about it until I had a dressing leak in my lunch bag. After that, I decided to take the mason jar salad seriously.

Mason Jar Salad

There are lots of recipes out there for salads (and even meals) in a jar, but I threw a couple together with what I had on hand:

  • Grilled steak
  • Romaine and mixed greens
  • Carrots
  • Red bell pepper
  • Red onion
  • Croutons
  • Italian or ranch dressing

I layered the ingredients, starting with the dressing at the bottom. Then adding items bit by bit - from peppers and carrots up to greens. You really have to smush those greens in there to get it all to fit.

And voila! Salad in a jar.

Layers 2

This jar had just made the trek on the train to my office and was shortly whisked away to the staff fridge.

The results

Easy, delicious and now my favorite way to pack lunch to work.

Final salad

I scooped my salad out into a neat pile on my plate and added the last piece of asparagus pizza to round out the meal. The dressing had stayed far away from the greens and soaked into the peppers for a great effect.

I'll be doing this forever. It's too perfect. And there are so many other ways to use this meal delivery method:

The only limit is your imagination.

Cobb Salad in a Jar

Since my salad wasn't really a recipe, here is something specific for those who love details from Organize Yourself Skinny.


1 wide mouth quart size mason jar
2 tablespoons ranch or blue cheese dressing
1/4 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 mini cucumber, sliced
1/8 small red onion, chopped
1 hard-boiled egg, chopped or sliced
1/2 avocado, chopped
1 slice cooked crispy bacon, crumbled
1 slice, thinly sliced turkey, cut into pieces
1 slice, thinly sliced ham, cut into pieces
2 cups chopped romaine lettuce

To make

Wash and dry your mason jar, then build your salad.

Start with dressing then add tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, egg, avocado, bacon, turkey, ham, and endi with romaine.

When ready to eat, shake, then pour into a bowl.

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Amelia McCormick

Kansas girl transplanted to Asheville, North Carolina. Smiler, lover of great food and wine, facilitator, runner, storyteller, wife, optimist, and mother of sweet twins:)

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