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20 Salads in a Jar That Make Brown-Bagging at Work Fun

Aug 22 2014 - 10:11am

Have you hopped on the #saladinajar craze yet? Not only do these colorful layers look enticing, but with a little prep, you can whip up an entire week's worth, all at once [1]. Buy some mason jars and get ready to be inspired.

Source: Instagram user clementuyn [2]

Rainbow Protein-Packed Salad

Have fun at the farmers market and pick up some colorful foods like blueberries, yellow peppers, and cucumbers. Pour gingery dressing on the bottom, add chickpeas, and then layer all the colors of the rainbow. Top with extra protein like tofu or grilled chicken and sunflower seeds, and you've got the perfect jar of salad happiness [3].

Photo: Jenny Sugar

Roasted Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad

Don't limit salad to just greens! This salad includes roasted sweet potatoes and cooked quinoa [4] to make your meal extra fiberlicious and filling. You'll stay satisfied longer, which means no need to reach for more calories later in the day. The homemade mango vinaigrette is so sweet, you won't even need dessert afterward.

Photo: Jenny Sugar

Taco Salad With Cilantro-Lime Dressing

The homemade cilantro-lime dressing gives this vegetarian taco salad [5] a fresh and zesty flavor perfect for the warmer weather. And for just over 450 calories, it offers almost 25 grams of both protein and fiber.

Photo: Jenny Sugar

Grilled Beet, Chicken, Apple, and Spinach Salad

This grilled beet and chicken salad [6] contains 34 grams of protein and almost nine grams of fiber, making it filling enough to keep you satisfied for hours. All it takes is a little prep on the grill, and consider tomorrow's lunch made.

Photo: Jenny Sugar

Summer-Lovin' Caprese Salad

Ah, the taste of Summer in a jar. Balsamic vinegar, fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, and freshly picked basil. Yum!

Source: Instagram user sassmarie904 [7]

Chicken Salad

Make this low-cal chicken salad [8] or this chickpea salad [9] if you're vegetarian. Add it to the bottom of your jar and top with shredded red cabbage, carrots, and greens for a high-protein lunch.

Source: Instagram user mamina81 [10]

Red-and-Green-Striped Salad

This jar is layered with fresh garden cucumbers, shelled edamame for protein, beets, cherry tomatoes, red onion, sliced turkey, feta, and romaine. Crunchy and satisfying!

Source: Instagram user sfxmissy [11]

Spinach and Avocado Salad

This jar is filled with spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, goat cheese, avocado, dried cranberries for sweetness, and then even more spinach!

Source: Instagram user saecho [12]

Colorful Cauliflower Salad

White, purple, and yellow cauliflower steal the show in this mason-jar salad. Add bites of raw carrot, cucumber, pinto beans, mushrooms, raisins, and greens, and this chunky salad is appealing to the eyes as well as the tummy.

Source: Instagram user gimlet87 [13]

Fiber-Full Salad

Aside from the usual cucumbers, carrots, and red bell peppers, this salad features cooked quinoa, whole flaxseed, and kale to increase the fiber that will keep you feeling full for hours.

Source: Instagram user heyhaywilliams [14]

Pasta Salad

Mason-jar salads don't have to just be about veggies. This one is filled with balsamic vinaigrette, mozzarella, tomatoes, kale, and whole-wheat pasta.

Source: Instagram user tubbzdad [15]

Strawberry-Carrot Salad

Fruit adds sweet juiciness to a boring jar of veggies. This salad is made with homemade mango vinaigrette, strawberries, grapefruit, carrots, radish sprouts, red cabbage, and two kinds of lettuce — romaine and spinach.

Source: Instagram user producewithamy [16]

Salmon Salad

For a protein punch, this mason-jar salad is made with wild salmon, as well as beets, red onion, carrots, cucumber, orange, and avocado.

Source: Instagram user cave_shrimp [17]

Zucchini "Pasta" Salad

Get your hands on a spiralizer and make noodles out of raw zucchini for this salad. The dressing is made with avocado and spinach, which tastes so fresh with yellow peppers, peas, tomatoes, black olives, and feta.

Source: Instagram user sugarfreemom [18]

Lentil Salad

This colorful jar looks almost too fun to eat. Shredded carrots, corn, lentils for protein and fiber, cheese, olives, tomatoes, and spicy arugula will beat boredom any day of the week.

Source: Instagram user ashleighjburger [19]

Pumpkin and Cucumber Ribbon Salad

Spice up your regular salad routine with roasted pumpkin and cucumber ribbons.

Source: Instagram user _pins_ [20]

Watermelon Salad

Hydrating watermelon adds a subtle sweetness to this salad made with carrots, daikon, celery, feta, pumpkin and hemp seeds, mixed sprouts, basil, and edible flowers.

Source: Instagram user eat_umami [21]

Asian Noodle Salad

If you're craving Chinese food, enjoy this salad made with lo mein or udon noodles, shelled edamame, shredded carrots, green onions, and topped with crispy fried noodles.

Source: Instagram user tanyakholder [22]

Red Quinoa and Chickpea Salad

Sun-dried tomato pesto, roasted red pepper, and tahini lemon dressing taste amazing with artichoke hearts, toasted walnuts, red, yellow, and orange bell peppers, parsley, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, garbanzo beans, cooked red quinoa, zucchini noodles, and Kalamata olives. This salad is bursting with Mediterranean-Italian flavor.

Source: Instagram user ommygoodness [23]

Barley and Beans Salad

Quinoa isn't the only cooked grain that tastes great with veggies. This salad is made with barley, as well as kidney beans, green beans, and peanuts — all excellent vegetarian sources of fiber and protein.

Source: Instagram user blueangellucy [24]


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