Taco Salad-in-a-Jar

Taco 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
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 1 pint
Calories 148 kcal


  • 2 Tbsp salsa fresh OR canned
  • 1/2 cup pinto beans cooked OR canned
  • 6 olives
  • 2 Tbsp carrots shredded OR Julian cut, 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 five 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
Taco Salad-in-a-Jar
Amount Per Serving (1 pint)
Calories 148 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 891mg39%
Potassium 657mg19%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 5891IU118%
Vitamin C 27mg33%
Calcium 75mg8%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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