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Mason Jar Salads

Greek jarr

    A confession!! I hate chopping up veggies. I do not know why. It just seems like a tedious process I guess. We do eat a lot of salads for dinner but I keep them very simple, like good greens, dressing and maybe some cheese. Both hubby and I have been wanting to eat more salads for lunch but I know myself, it just will not happen. I came upon the idea of making salads ahead of time in a jar and thought it was rockin. You put the dressing on the bottom, add the hardier veggies first (over time, we have discoved the blocclie slaw holds the longest and is best as a base veggie) and the stuff that would slime out faster on top. They last a few days in the fridge, so you can make several at one time.

This is such a win-win idea for so many reasons.

1, if you are busy it is done. You just grab and eat.

2, you can please everyone because each person puts what they want in their jar. For example, I like to have a theme, an idea of what flavor I am going for but hubby just throws in what he likes. Which is fine, just not how I roll.

3, I think it is budget friendly. Well that is if you resist the expensive french cheese, which is hard for me to do :-)

4. lastly it is a healthy way to get nutrition into your system. It is not just the veggie. There is good fats, oils in dressing, protein (which is why this salad has a hard boiled egg) seeds, and so much more.

    To keep me motivated (and hopefully inspire you) I plan on once a week or so to post a new salad for a while. This week's salad is a lemon Greek salad. Of course tweak it to what you want but I hope I motivate you to eat more salad because it is all in the jar!


Greek jar 2

Greek Jar Salad

lemon dressing*


broccoli slaw

thinly sliced fennel bulb

thinly sliced radish

romain lettuce torn into pieces

chopped kalamata olives

crumbled feta

chopped hard boiled egg


Layer in jar starting with dressing and working your way down the list.



Lemon Dressing

grated peel from the lemon

juice half small lemon

1/3 cup olive oil

finely chopped small garlic clove

1 tsp Dijon mustard

salt and pepper to taste


Mix all in a small jar and shake. Taste and adjust to your liking.




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This is so darling and so do-able. I love it and can see serving these at a picnic where toting a big salad bowl just wouldn't work.

Nah, preparing veggies and lettuce for a salad is a reverie, time to think about life and enjoy every slice of the knife.

Love to you and THANKS,


Tierney Barden

Loving the grab 'n go concept. The dressings look tasty - thanks Clarice!


I cannot even tell you just how AWESOME this is! :) What a clever idea! I'm like you - I finding chopping veggies (although I love them) to be such a tedious task. Now the thing will be finding time to set aside to actually prep the salads so they are ready for the eating!!!! Thank you, Clarice! xoxo PS Greek salad is one of my favorites...I adore feta cheese and olives!


Hi sweet Clarice! We love to eat salads and this is a fantastic idea! Lovely photos and yummy recipe! You are so creative and I am glad you shared this! I look forward to more salad ideas! Love, Paula xoxo


Fabulous! That's such a great idea!
Thank you for sharing. :)

Gumbo Lily

I recently heard of this, but haven't given it a try yet. Your salad looks so delicious! Great idea.



I love this idea for work lunches or picnic lunches. Especially for picnics it always bothers me we fall so short on the vegetable/fruits when we're picnicking because I'd never figured out how to transport. Look forward to more of your salad 'recipes'.


We enjoy eating salads here too! I have been trying my hand at making my own dressings...your recipe for your dressing sounds wonderful!



I've seen some of these around -- they're such a good idea. Like you, I hate chopping stuff for salads. Thanks for the inspiration!


I love salads, but abhor making them. For every family gathering, I look to my mom to bring the salad. Your lemon dressing is inspiring however - so I may need to get out my chopping block and get to work!


You're my hero. :)
My Hubs and I are trying to eat more veggies. I think you just might have hit on an idea that will work for us.
Thank you!
I'm looking forward to more salads like this.

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