Quinoa Salad-in-a-Jar

Quinoa 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 Mediterranean
Keyword jar, quinoa, Salad
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 1 pint
Calories 391 kcal


  • 2 Tbsp Italian Dressing see recipe
  • 1/3 cup chickpeas drained
  • 6 olives
  • 1/2 cup quinoa cooked and chilled
  • 6 cherry tomatoes
  • 10 leaves spring mix lettuce Or spinach leaves


  1. LAYER carefully in jar, filling all the way to the top.
  2. CLOSE lid tightly and 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. You can buy bags of shredded carrots that are nicely dried and they work great if you need a layer to go in between.

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
Quinoa Salad-in-a-Jar
Amount Per Serving (1 pint)
Calories 391 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 544mg24%
Potassium 556mg16%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 784IU16%
Vitamin C 30mg36%
Calcium 66mg7%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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