Pasta Salad-in-a-Jar

Pasta Salad-in-a-Jar

Salads in a jar are so much fun to make and so easy to grab for a quick easy meal on the run! The sky is the limit with what you can do with them, once you master the basic principles. The measurements I’m sharing here are approximate for pint jars. If you’re a big eater and would rather have a quart jar, just double them. I’m posting several different salad-in-a-jar recipes, so feel free to try them all!

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword jar, pasta salad, Salad
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 pint
Calories 323 kcal


  • 2 Tbsp Italian Dressing see recipe
  • 1/2 cup cooked pasta
  • 1/3 cup green peas frozen OR raw
  • 6 olives
  • 2 Tbsp carrots shredded and thoroughly dried
  • 6 cherry tomatoes
  • 10 leaves spring mix lettuce OR spinach leaves


  1. LAYER in a pint jar.
  2. FILL all the way to the top.
  3. CLOSE lid tightly.
  4. REFRIGERATE until ready to use.

Recipe Notes

Rules for making your Salad-in-a-Jar:

1. Salad dressing and liquids always go on the bottom.

2. Choose your next item as something that won’t spoil if it gets wet.

3. Do NOT use diced tomatoes—only cherry tomatoes.

4. Make sure your lettuce is thoroughly dried, or it will spoil, and always make it your last ingredient in the jar. Make sure that whatever layer that the lettuce is touching is also dry. (Hint: If you don’t have time to wash and dry lettuce, simply buy the pre-washed spinach or spring lettuce mixes in the plastic containers. Those are usually dry enough to put straight into your jars and saves time!)

5. Don’t try to make 5 kinds of salads-in-a-jar in the same day. You will burn out. Choose one or two flavors and choose different ones the next week. You’ll still get variety without lots of hard work!

6. If you are careful, Salads in a Jar should keep up to 5 days in the refrigerator. Make them on Sunday night and you’ll have sack lunches all made through Friday!

Nutrition Facts
Pasta Salad-in-a-Jar
Amount Per Serving (1 pint)
Calories 323 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 558mg24%
Potassium 451mg13%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 6165IU123%
Vitamin C 51mg62%
Calcium 36mg4%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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