If you lead a busy lifestyle & are trying to eat healthy, don’t stress about what’s for lunch! You can still enjoy a delicious and healthy salad on the go. These On-The-Go Salad Jars are a perfect solution. They’re easy to prepare and versatile enough to include more than just greens. Unleash your creativity and enjoy a satisfying salad that’s perfect for any time of day.

With this comprehensive guide, you can create a mouth-watering and satisfying salad perfect for any occasion. Layer them in a specific order to achieve the best results.  Each layer of ingredients can act as a barrier to keep the dressing at the bottom until you are ready to serve. The layers can change depending on your chosen ingredients, but the main thing to remember is to include various colors, textures, and nutrient-rich ingredients.  Though prepping in jars makes them easy to take on the go, you can use these tips efficiently to create something similar in a serving bowl or on a plate!

Our step-by-step guide –

Step 1: Dressing

To start, let’s create a delicious dressing for your salad. Mix some high-quality olive oil, avocado oil, vinegar, and your favorite aromatic spices, such as garlic or oregano. You can experiment with combinations to find the perfect flavor profile to suit your tastes. Once you’ve got your dressing, add it to the bottom of the jar. 

Step 2: Grains

Next, add in some grains to provide complex carbohydrates and fiber. Pasta, brown rice, or quinoa are great options for this layer, satisfying texture like adding a nutty flavor. You can even mix in some couscous or farro for added variety. 

Step 3: Vegetables

Next, it’s time to start layering your vegetables. Refreshing Mini Cucumbers, succulent Azuca Red Cherry Tomatoes, or crisp Bell Peppers to boost crunch, essential vitamins, and nutrients. Add other veggies like corn, fresh, crispy slices of carrots, or any other you love. 

Step 4: Leafy Greens

Layer on leafy greens like spinach or romaine to provide essential vitamins and minerals. The garden greens will also add a fresh, crisp texture to your salad. Mix in some arugula, shredded Brussels sprouts, Swiss chard, or kale for added variety and nutrients.

Step 5: Protein

Depending on your dietary preferences, you can add grilled chicken, tofu, or tuna for your protein layer. This will provide an extra protein boost to keep you full and satisfied. You can mix some hard-boiled eggs or shrimp or add some beans to your salad for an extra protein boost. Black or kidney beans work great for this layer, adding a hearty texture and delicious flavor. You can even mix chickpeas, edamame, or lentils for an added dose of protein and fiber. 

Step 6: Healthy Fats

Finally, top off your salad with an abundance of nuts or seeds for an added punch of texture and flavor. Incorporate herbs like cilantro, basil, mint, or parsley for added fresh taste. Sliced avocado or crumbled feta cheese gives added creaminess and flavor.

Quick and Easy Ideas to Get Started –

Are you feeling uncertain about where to begin? No worries, we’ve put together a collection of our favorite On-the-Go recipes and are here to assist you! Each of these layers in fresh greenhouse grown vegetables to create healthy options that will support both your lifestyle and your schedule! These are ideal for lunches, packing for road trips, and even outdoor activities like the beach or soccer tournaments.

Chicken Taco Jar Salad

Enjoy this tasty On-the-Go Chicken Taco Jar Salad that includes Juno® Bites Red Grape Tomatoes & Sweet Bell Peppers. This salad is perfect for those who are busy and require a quick and nutritious meal on the go. The fresh ingredients by Pure Flavor® enhance the flavor of the chicken, lettuce, corn, and black beans and offer protein to keep you energized all day long. This salad is an excellent option for anyone seeking a healthy and convenient meal.

BLT Egg Salad

Eating healthy can sometimes feel like a chore, especially when constantly on the go. The BLT Egg Salad Jar is a mouthwatering blend of fresh spinach, crispy bacon, and perfectly cooked eggs. All topped off with juicy Juno® Bites Red Grape Tomatoes. This nutritious and flavorful salad makes it the perfect way to start your day. Who says salads can’t be enjoyed for breakfast?  

Vietnamese Salad Jar 

Looking to take your plant-based salad game to the next level? Look no further than the Vietnamese Salad Jar with Pure Flavor® Red Sweet Bell Peppers and Long English Cucumbers! These fresh and crunchy veggies are the perfect addition to any salad. Try them out in this mouthwatering tofu and vegetable salad with a zesty dressing. It’s a great option for meal prep or a quick and satisfying lunch on the go.

Asian Chopped Salad 

Pure Flavor® Mini Cucumbers are the perfect addition to your Asian Chopped Salad recipe. Not only are they packed with nutrients and flavor, but their small size makes them easy to chop up and take with you on the go. The crisp and refreshing taste of these cucumbers will bring out all the delicious flavors in your salad, making it a satisfying and refreshing meal. Give it a try and taste the difference for yourself!

Keep it simple and nutritious –

Creating a simple, balanced salad is the perfect solution for those with busy schedules seeking a nourishing and fulfilling meal. Layering your preferred ingredients in a mason jar can remain fresh for multiple days. The beauty of this dish is that it can be tailored to your specific taste preferences, allowing you to savor every bite. They are perfect for bringing to the office, packing in a cooler for road trips, or tucking into the picnic basket for dining al fresco.  With busy schedules, it’s a great way to maximize flavor and minimize effort.  Give it a try today and reap the benefits of a delicious and healthy meal.

Go beyond the greens this summer and join us for the Summer of Salads! We are certain that you will discover your new favorite dish! Each week from July 3rd – September 3rd, we will feature unique and flavorful salads to keep your taste buds happy all summer long.

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