Rainbow Salad in a Mason Jar
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This delicious rainbow salad covers several food groups in one little jar. I love how pretty it looks, and it tastes so good even the kids like it. It’s a great way to bring a salad to school, work, or on a picnic.
Putting the dressing at the bottom of the jar keeps it away from the lettuce at the top so it doesn’t get soggy. You just shake it up when you’re ready to eat. This citrus vinaigrette is one of my favorite dressings, and it goes well on just about any salad.
Rainbow Salad in a Jar
For the Dressing
- 1 tbs. lemon juice
- 1 tbs. lime juice
- 2 tbs. olive oil
- 1 tbs. honey
- 1/2 tsp. salt
For the Salad
- 1 cup carrot sliced
- 1 cup red pepper or tomato chopped
- 2/3 cup blueberries
- 4 hard-boiled eggs cooled and chopped
- 1 cup croutons cooled
- 2 cups lettuce chopped
For the Croutons
- 2 slices of whole grain bread wheat bread or gluten-free bread
- 2 tsp. olive oil
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 1/2 tsp. paprika
- To make the croutons, preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Cut the bread into small, bite-sized cubes and place them in a medium bowl.
- In a small bowl, stir together the olive oil, salt, pepper, and paprika.
- Pour the contents of the small bowl over the bread cubes and stir to coat evenly.
- Spread the bread cubes in an 8 x 8 inch pan and bake for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- To assemble the salad, you will need four pint-sized mason jars to hold the salads. In the bottom of each jar, place 1/4 of the dressing.
- On top of the dressing in each jar, place 1/4 cup of carrots, followed by 1/4 cup of red peppers, then 1/4 of the blueberries, then one chopped hard-boiled egg, then 1/4 cup of croutons, and finally 1/2 cup of lettuce on top.
- Place the lids on the jars and store in the refrigerator.
- To serve the salad, shake the jar so the dressing is well-distributed and the contents are mixed.
Rainbow Salad Price Breakdown
This recipe costs a total of $4.83 to make. This comes out to $1.21 per serving for a wonderful, colorful rainbow salad that the adults and children in my house love.
Great idea for a healthy lunch and I like the way you assemble it to keep the dressing away from the lettuce.
I’d never have sent my kids to school with glass jars or bottles though. They tend to get dropped leaving broken glass everywhere. Use a wide neck thermos instead because that also has the benefit of insulation and keeping the food cool.
Thanks, Ian. I’d never send my kids to school with glass either. The thermos is a great idea.
That’s a very fun idea! I take snacks in a jar but never quite so pretty.
Salad in a jar, great idea! Looks so fresh and tasty! Thanks for sharing this with Summer Salad Sundays, look forward to seeing you again soon.