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Apr 09, 2014


Spring is the perfect season to get out the salad spinner and go out to the garden and harvest baby leaves of lettuce, and canning jars are the perfect pack-and-go container! So why not combine the two and have some fun! We've compiled these amazing recipes from our wonderful online community of writers and bloggers. Each salad is packed with healthy, delicious ingredients easily found at your local farmer's market or organic produce section. Enjoy!

Lunch Box Bunch has great tips and how-to's for creating your own salads so get creative!

Simple Bites

This salad offers the incredible benefits of radishes, which are high in vitamin C, a powerful anti-oxidant. Plus their crisp cooling nature is great for any warm day!

Produce With Amy

While this recipe has a lot of prep, I think the reward is worth it especially if you are planning your work lunches for the week. It has a nice balance of hearty fibers, colorful vegetables, healthy fats and fruit. And what better way to get in the mood for warm weather than with a bunch of yummy fruit and sugar snap peas! Yum! Sugar snap peas are in season! These sweet and crispy treats are wonderful for your health. They are an excellent source of vitamin K, which helps to maintain strong bones and healthy red blood cells. They are also low enough in calories and high enough in fiber that they are a perfect snack!

What is great about Produce With Amy is she has a TON of Mason jar salad recipes, so if you are feeling uninspired, check out her blog!

The Yummy Life

I am sucker for anything with curry powder in it. What I love about this recipe (other than the curry powder) is that the dressing calls for chia seeds. What a great way to sneak in some healthy anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats! The quinoa also adds a myriad of benefits from vitamins and minerals, specifically magnesium. Even though quinoa is predominately a carbohydrate it is one of the highest sources of protein of all the grains.

For 3 additional internantional quinoa salad-in-a-jar varieties, see orginal post here

Sugar-Free Mom

Oh avocados, rich and creamy, the perfect specimen for a heart healthy dressing. They provide twice the amount of potassium found in bananas, healthy mono-unsaturated fats, and are high in vitamin E, fiber, B-vitamins and folic acid. Avocados are one of the few foods that you don’t necessarily have to go organic. Their thick skin protects them from pesticides getting to the inner fruit. So if you are having a hard time affording organic avocados you may want to opt for some conventionally grown ones. Another bonus for this particular Mason jar salad recipe, is while is does not call for any lettuce, it uses zucchini in place of pasta. As someone who is gluten-free, zucchini pasta satisfies my pasta craving in a healthy way.

Green Plate Rule

This recipe speaks of warmer, longer days to me. It is the perfect meal to grab on the go and sit in some sunshine while you enjoy.

My Life in Food

Sprouts are an incredible addition to any meal. And what’s great is you can always sprout at home. I love radish sprouts, they have a little spice to them. If you too love sprouts, check out Krysta's recipes here.*

*May want to sub with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette

Camille Styles

Better than a tuna sandwich and cheaper than a Niçoise salad at your local restaurant, this jar salad is petit but packs a lot.

Pier to Peer 

Arugula is in season and it is time to enjoy its cooling, peppery taste. Arugula is a wonderful lettuce full of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, C, and K and minerals iron and copper. It also help keeps your body hydrated so eat up! Try it in this salad recipe!

Back to Her Roots

Sunflower seeds are very rich in the fat-soluble vitamin E. Vitamin E helps to keep skin youthful and combats UV rays. So let your skin glow from the inside out with this yummy salad jar recipe.


Contributed by: Heather DiMambro, Certified Nutrition Consultant, San Francisco

 Nanette Murray, Graphic