#WIAW: Top 5 reasons I love Salad in a Jar

Lately, in the interest of making better eating choices, DisneyGroom and I have been preparing more of our meals at home and bringing them in to the office. One of my summer favorites is Salad in a Jar.  For #WIAW (What I Ate Wednesday), I will share with you my Top 5 reasons why.

1. Perfectly portable and sized just for you!
Ever get a take out salad?  It comes in a UFO shaped plastic clamshell contraption. Large and awkwardly shaped, you need a bag to carry it in.  And be careful not to drop it or put any weight on it, or the container will collapse and your salad will go everywhere.  (Don't ask me how I know.)  

Why a jar?  A jar has a tall shape and a tightly fitted lid.  Unlike a flimsy container, it is solid and you can toss it in your purse or gym bag, and it will be fine.  Jars come in all shapes and sizes. Some people like tiny salads, some like big ones.  There is a jar for everyone. I use a standard 'regular mouth' pint size Mason jar for mine.  I pack DG's salads in a 'regular mouth' quart size Mason jar.  I replaced the 2 part 'canning' lids with screw top lids for convenience. Pick the jar size that is right for you. 

2. Use up what you already have.
1/4 head of cabbage in the fridge?  Dice it up and toss it in.
Half eaten jar of artichoke hearts? Add it!
Pantry full of beans, but it isn't chili season.  Toss them in.
Your garden is overflowing? Chop it up and pack your jars.
You get the idea.  

Be creative! 
Don't limit yourself to fresh veggies only.  Mix it up!

Try the following:
  • Nuts
  • Fruit - fresh or dried
  • Chopped tofu
  • Crumbled (cooked) tempeh
  • Mushrooms
  • Sprouts
  • Diced (cooked) sweet potato
  • Pasta (like orzo or macaroni) 
  • Quinoa or couscous
  • Canned beans or corn
  • Pickled beets/artichoke hearts/cabbage
  • Jar of olives, mushrooms, asparagus, etc.

3. Batch Food Prep rocks! 
Make several jars in advance and you have your lunches for the week! Load up your fridge and grab one each morning before you head out the door.  No more stressing over what to eat, or being tempted by unhealthy take-out options.

This is one of my typical lunches. 1 salad, 1 piece of fruit, and a small container of a hot entree (in this case: roasted sweet potatoes with tempeh in a creamy sauce) 

4. Earth friendly!  
By using (and reusing) glass jars you are eliminating the waste you would have created with styrofoam or plastic take out containers, plus the bag to carry it in, and the gas you would have used to drive to the restaurant. 

5. Save money.  
This one just might be my favorite.
I can buy a salad from a nearby restaurant and pay anywhere between $6 and $12.  If you are like us and are using up all your kitchen 'leftovers' - then your salads are costing you very little.  We are taking our savings and registering for future races!


I can think of several more reasons I love Salad in a Jar, but I'll let you discover more reasons on your own. But now that you know WHY I love them, you want to know HOW do I make them? And How do I eat them?


I found this handy diagram online.  The key is to put all your wet ingredients at the bottom, to keep your more delicate ingredients from getting soggy throughout the day. Then fill it to the top to keep your items from getting mixed around too much.


Then at lunchtime, you get your jar and FLIP IT OVER onto a plate.  The wet ingredients and dressing from the bottom will now nicely cover the entire salad.  (I forgot to tell DG about flipping the jar and dumping the salad onto a plate, and the poor guy was struggling to eat out of the jar for weeks. Save yourself that aggravation.)

Do you do batch food prep?   
If so, tell us your favorite reason.
If not, do you think you will try this?

Run Happily!


I like how you included that diagram, and I would have had the same question on how to eat it, glad you covered that..lol. I always thought this was clever but wondered WHY the JAR? Does the salad stay fresher in a jar compared to a Rubbermaid container?


I thought about this and can think of two very good reasons. The first is the shape - tall vs a flat or square container does a better job keeping your wet and dry ingredients separate - and that keeps your greens crisper and fresher tasting. Second, glass is superior to plastic. it doesn't retain odors or stains. It won't melt or warp in cold or heat. Mason jar lids are very easy to replace as they come in standard sizes. Also glass is superior as a recyclable over Rubbermaid, Tupperware, Gladware, etc.


Hi, I'm a new runner and running blogger and have been enjoying your blog. I plan on registering for the Disney Princess had when registration opens and I was trying to convince my husband... I sent him the article Disney Groom wrote about what the guys should expect and we both got a laugh out of that. I also really enjoyed the recap of the half by Disney Bride.. I don't remember which one, but there was some panicking about the balloon ladies and I was hooked trying to see what ended up happening!

Anyway, thanks for this information! I have always been curious about this but wasn't sure how the dressing on the bottom would work. Glad to see a review from someone who has tried it. Do you have a favorite thing you like to put in? I'm so not creative when putting stuff like this together and usually buy the ready made ones at Publix.


Thanks for checking out the blog, Jenny! You and your husband will LOVE Princess weekend. It's a whole grand experience. And I'm sure you will be faster than me and not finish at the end. lol. For my salads, I will throw in whatever we have in the kitchen - we usually always have tomatoes, mushrooms, canned beets, chickpeas, carrots, and arugula (because I love all those). My hubs doesn't like tomatoes, so I put green beans in his salads instead. I started following your blog, so I hope you do a post on what you decide to make! Hugs ~DB


Thanks for the ideas! That all sounds good.. Chickpeas aren't something I have typically stocked, but that sounds good so I'll have to keep that in mind too.

And thanks for following my blog!


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