Salad in a jar? 9 recipes to help get you started



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Learning or relearning healthy eating habits can be challenging. When we make an effort to pack a healthy lunch and have it blow up in our bags, so to speak, it's easy to just order out, which can hurt not only our waistlines but also our wallets.

We've all been there: you pack a salad in your old Tupperware (or recycled plastic wonton soup container) and the results are soggy greens and salad dressing all over your book, phone and wallet.

Luckily, you can make sure the odds are ever in your favor with some life hacks. One of our favorites is salad in a jar. Sometimes it's all about technique, so to help keep us healthy at lunchtime, we turned to The Kitchn, which always has good advice, including how to best pack one.

You can also follow this neat infographic:

Source: Scholastic

 Are you ready to give it another go? Here are nine recipes to get your started!


1. Warm Winter Salad

Source: Simplehealthyhomemade 

Simplehealthyhomemade's recipe is simple and elegant and packed full of nutritious goodness, including chickpeas and sweet potato.


2. Wild Rice Salad

Source: Fat Girl Trapped in a Skinny Body 

We love this recipe for wild rice salad from Fat Girl Trapped in a Skinny Body. The colors are absolutely gorgeous and the ingredients hearty and filling. You won't feel like you're dieting, which is the point.


3. Easy Greek Mason Jar Salad Recipe

Source: A Beach Cottage 

A Beach Cottage's recipe for Greek salad is tasty, healthy and — music to our ears! — easy.


4. Herbed Spring Quinoa Salad

Source: Simply Quinoa 

Quinoa adds hearty bulk to this salad from the aptly named Simply Quinoa. The quarter teaspoon of nutmeg sounds super delicious — we can't wait to try this one.


5. Layered 7-Bean Salad in a Jar

Source: The View from Great Island 

You can't go wrong with a seven-bean salad. This particular recipe from The View from Great Island is as hearty as it is tasty.


6. Easy Cucumber Salad Recipe

Source: Deborah Fantasia, HubPages 

Check out this easy cucumber salad by Deborah Fantasia, found on HubPages, which gets an extra bit of kick from red pepper flakes. Yum!


7. Layered Taco Salad with Cilantro-Lime Dressing

Source: Popsugar 

Popsugar knows what's up with this awesome layered taco salad that you'll want to dive into straight away. It breaks the monotony of regular cold salad and, since it's vegetarian, you won't blow your calorie count.


8. Tabbouleh Salad in a Jar

Source: Chef in Disguise 

There's absolutely nothing boring about this recipe for tabbouleh salad by Chef in Disguise.


9. Italian-Style Salad

Source: Joyously Domestic 

And last but certainly not least are these Italian-inspired pasta salads by Joyously Domestic. Just take your pick, but consider using whole wheat pasta and going easy on the cheese.


Bon appétit!