Eating lunch out everyday gets expensive. Not to mention it can also lead to weight gain. Which is why I try to bring my lunch most days of the week. That all sounds fine and good, except I suffer from constant lunch block. And now that I’m gluten-free, I seriously have trouble coming up with interesting recipes for my midday meal. Well that has all changed! A few months ago I stumbled upon glass jar meals. It’s as simple a throwing a bunch of items into a jar and away you go. And the best part? As long as you layer them correctly, they will keep for an entire week.
Although you can use any glass jar, Weck canning jars are my favorite. I love their wide mouths, making them easy to fill, and they also stack better in the fridge than metal top mason jars.
Can’t wait to try these 10 delicious salad in a jar recipes — Tweet this!
Now on to the recipes!
I love quinoa. I think it may be the most versatile food on the planet. So it’s not surprising that my favorite jar meal is a summer veggie quinoa with honey balsamic dressing. Here’s the easy to follow recipe.
Summer Veggie Quinoa Recipe:
- Lettuce or spinach
- Feta cheese
- Honey balsamic dressing
Honey balsamic dressing recipe:
- 1/4 c balsamic dressing
- 1/4 c olive oil
- 1/4 c honey
Whisk together and store at room temperature in an air tight container. When layering the salad, keep in mind a little of this dressing goes a long way!
Salad Layers: from the bottom up
- Dressing (bottom)
- Veggies & fruit
- Lettuce (top)
It’s that easy! Just remember to always make lettuce the top layer, otherwise you risk it getting soggy. Gross!
Looking for more salad in a jar recipes? Here are some I can’t wait to try!
- Spring orzo pasta sala with asparagus and artichoke
- Wild rice with dried cranberries and cashews
- Stacked salad nicoise
- Asian rice salad with cashews and edamame
- Mango avocado and black bean salad
- Zucchini pasta salad with avocado spinach dressing
- Middle Eastern taco salad with roasted chickpeas, tangy avocado dressing
- Spinach, blueberry, and blue cheese salad
- Quinoa & lentil salad with orange vinaigrette