Let's Bring Back the Lettuce-Less Salad in a Jar

For some of us, lunch can be a tough meal. Breakfast can be quick and prepped ahead, dinner can be luxurious and extravagant, but what really is lunch? If you work in an office, you can prep ahead and be prepared, but it can be really difficult to think of good (and healthy) lunch ideas, especially if you’re surrounded by delicious food options or office food like donuts and candy.

And if you aren’t an office worker, finding the time to fit lunch in can be hard and prep seems impossible. Lunch is arguably the toughest meal, and one that many of us (myself included) tend to flirt with opting for an easier, less healthy option.

But salads — they’re the saving grace for lunch.

Sure, not everyone likes a salad, but to be totally honest, it’s usually people who are thinking of shredded carrots, iceberg lettuce, and ranch dressing. (Not the best salad format.) There are so many salad options and you can truly customize yours to make it something that you are excited to eat.

And one way to do that? Bringing back the lettuce-less salad in a jar.


A few years ago, salads in a jar were all the rage, but as instagram fads come and go, salad in a jar kind of went out the window for no real reason. The truth is, your lunch can be packed with health and also be aesthetically pleasing.

Customize this however you’d like, but here’s a lunch we’ve been super into lately.

  1. Grab a mason jar (or a tupperware). Whatever you got is fine.

  2. Cut up 1/4 - 1/2 of a red onion and toss some apple cider vinegar in the bottom of the jar to let it marinate.

  3. Come back to your onions in an hour or more. (Longer the better, but if you’re in a rush, an hour is fine.)

  4. Cut up 1/2 of a cucumber and toss it on top of the onions.

  5. Cut up 1/4 - 1/2 of a red, yellow, orange, or green bell pepper. (Do at least two different colors if you want a rainbow salad.)

  6. Pick your protein! We’ve made this salad with a can of (good) tuna in oil, roasted chicken, roasted tofu, or 1/4 cup of garbanzo beans. Whatever you want will be delicious.

  7. Cut some kalamata olives in half and throw them in there.

  8. If you’re a cheese person, feta works well in this! If not, skip it.

  9. Pick your dressing. A simple lemon/olive oil/balsamic vinegar dressing is perfect, but whatever flavor you’d like will work for your salad! Make it your own.


When you eat a salad like this, look forward to vitamin c, vitamin B6, antioxidants, protein, and vitamin A. Play around and make your own perfect salad!

recipesJessica Tholmer