5 Salad in a Jar Recipes to Get You Through the Work Week

Salads are a healthy lunch option, but it can be time consuming making them daily. These 5 easy salads can be prepared and bottled ahead of time.

Do you love eating salads, but never seem to have enough time to prepare them during the week?

With these quick and easy recipes, you can enjoy your salad all week long. Prepare them on Sunday, bottle them and eat when desired! Glass jars are best, but any container that seals well will also work.

Be creative, and add your favorite veggies or fruit to these or make your own recipes using these salads as a guideline. Save some time and eat healthy every day with ease.

1. Pasta Salad

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This salad contains cooked pasta, tomato, spinach and mozzarella cheese. For a healthier salad, use whole wheat or brown pasta. The total preparation time is only 15 minutes per bottle or salad and it makes five small servings or two large servings. This fresh pasta salad will last for up to a week in the fridge. You will need five quart-sized mason jars or two larger jars.

Ingredients:

  • 10 Cups Baby Spinach (diced)
  • 10 TS Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 Cups Pasta
  • 12 oz. Mozzarella Cheese
  • 2 Cups Cherry or Grape Tomatoes

Directions:

Divide the ingredients in two or five, depending on the number of bottles you use. First, add the balsamic dressing to each jar. Now layer the rest by adding the tomatoes first, then the cheese followed by the pasta. The last to be added is the spinach. Seal the lid tightly and place in the fridge. When you are ready to eat your fresh salad, simply shake the jar to coat the contents with the dressing, then empty it into a bowl or plate and enjoy.

2. Delicate Veggies in a Bottle

This delectable salad contains radish, sunflower seeds, spring peas, lettuce, feta cheese and cucumber all coated in a buttermilk dressing. This recipe is sufficient for two quart-sized jars and takes 10 minutes to prepare. Once sealed, you can keep it in the fridge for about five days.

Ingredients:

  • ¼-½ Cup Feta Cheese (crumbled)
  •  ½ Cup Radish (sliced)
  • ¾ Cup Peas (fresh)
  •  ¾ Cup Cucumber (thinly sliced)
  • 1-2 Cups Lettuce (fresh and torn)
  • ¼-½ Cup Sunflower Seeds (toasted)
  • 4 TS Buttermilk Dressing

Directions:

Add 1½ to 2 tablespoons of buttermilk dressing per bottle then add the crumbled cheese to each bottle in equal amounts. Layer the peas, radish and cucumbers next in each bottle. Sprinkle the sunflower seed on top of the layers and add the torn lettuce to the top of each salad. Ensure the lids are dry and seal the bottles tightly. Place in the fridge to keep fresh. When ready to eat, give the bottle a light shake and pour the contents into a bowl or plate. Enjoy your fresh veggie salad!

3. Cobb Salad Bottled

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This salad is an absolute delight. It contains feta cheese, shrimp, avocado, tomatoes, bacon or ham, cucumber, onion, egg and spinach. This is a whole meal in a jar and a healthy one. Adjust the amounts as needed as this recipe will fill one double volume jar or two quart-sized jars. It takes approximately 30 minutes to make and can last for three to five days in the fridge.

Ingredients:

  • 4 TS Dressing
  • 4 Slices Bacon/Ham (cooked)
  • 2 TS Red Onion (chopped)
  • 8-10 Cherry or Grape Tomatoes
  • 4 TS Avocado (chopped)
  • 4 TS Cucumber (diced)
  • 8-10 Shrimp (cleaned and cooked)
  • 4 TS Feta Cheese (crumbled)
  • 2 Boiled Eggs (sliced)
  • Spinach (torn)

Directions:

Start by putting the dressing in a clean and dry jar. Add the tomatoes, feta, onion, bacon or ham, egg, cucumber, avocado and shrimp, then top with the spinach. Seal tightly and keep in the fridge. Shake when ready to eat and dig in!

4. Rainbow Fruit Salad

If you love fruit, this is the salad for you! This healthy salad contains a variety of fruit and yoghurt. You can also add some nuts or honey for a new taste. Reduce or increase the amount of fruit as desire to fill the jars you want. This is a very healthy meal or snack, takes less than 10 minutes to prepare and can last for up to three days in the fridge.

Ingredients:

  • 32 oz. Yoghurt (any flavor)
  • Honey (as desired)
  • 2 Cups Grapes (halved)
  • 2 Cups Apples (diced)
  • 1 Cup Strawberries (quartered)
  • 1 Cup Bananas (sliced)
  •  1 Cup watermelon/papaya/kiwi/berries (sliced/diced)

Directions:

Ensure the jars are clean and dry. Rinse all fruit before cutting it. Layer the yoghurt, honey and fruit in jars or mix if preferred. Keep in the fridge and eat with a spoon directly from jar.

Tips for fruit salad in a jar:

Play around with different fruit to find one that you love. Add nuts or toasted seeds to layers for a crunchy alternative or just for a superb taste experience. Experiment with a variety of spices or fresh herbs for a taste explosion. Try adding a pinch of ginger, lemon grass or peppermint.

5. Healthy Bacon Salad

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This interesting salad includes almonds, bacon, bell peppers, spinach and some blue berries. You can also add some nuts, apple, onion or carrots to the mix. The recipe will make enough for two quart-sized jars or one large jar. It takes about 20 minutes to make and can last for five days in the fridge.

Ingredients:

  • 4 TS Balsamic Vinegar
  • ½ Cup Almonds (diced)
  • ¼ Cup Bacon (cooked and diced)
  • 1 Cup Bell Peppers (diced)
  • 1 Cup Blueberries
  • Spinach (torn)

Directions:

Ensure the jars are dry and clean. Add the balsamic vinegar to bottom of each jar then layer the peppers, berries, bacon and almonds in both jars. Fill the jar with spinach and seal tightly. When ready to eat, simply shake the jar, pour onto plate and enjoy.

Tips to remember:

  • Always add the dressing or vinegar first and the leafy greens last.
  • Do not eat the salad if it stands longer than the recommended time or if the contents appear to be soggy or bad.
  • Pack the jars to ensure there is as little air as possible inside.
  • Once opened, consume the entire contents.

If you enjoyed our recipes, please share your thoughts on them. Or, if you have other great quick and easy healthy salad recipes that are ideal for bottling, please do share them.

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7 Healthy Dinner Recipes – Your Key to a Balanced Diet

Do you often get stuck while trying to plan your ultimate meal of the day? This small list of dinner ideas is composed to help you feel satisfied and ready for several hours of solid and beneficial nighttime rest.

Nowadays, we have quite an astonishing number of diet choices and ready-made diet plans available – you can choose whether to go Paleo, Atkins, Vegan, South Beach…However, as any nutritionist will tell you, some basic principles of healthy and balanced dieting never change, like the time-honored rule of keeping your last meal of the day as light and easy on your digestive system as possible.
In this article, we bring you seven carefully selected and easy to make healthy dinner recipes, taking into account our belief that a healthy dinner should consist of proteins and vegetables, altogether banning harmful and difficult-to-digest combinations (such as carbs and proteins, fruits for dessert, etc.) and preparing your body for nighttime rest. We have included a selection of different “super-foods” in the mix – starting from good old chicken, to quinoa and edamame.
Before we begin, remember one more thing: have your dinner at least a couple of hours before bedtime! Our metabolism tends to slow down during sleep, many enzymes stop being active and the food remains undigested for a long period of time, which in turn leads to fat accumulation, and eventually, after years of poor nutrition, to more serious conditions.
Healthy dinner recipe #1: White mushrooms and chicken salad
Cesar salad with roasted chicken.
Make this simple and delicious salad a weekly item on your dinner menu, or just put it together quickly whenever you want something hunger curbing and satisfying – it is easy enough, and has all the protein and fiber you need!
Ingredients:
1 pound chicken breasts
3 eggs
½ pound marinated white mushrooms
pickles
lettuce
low-fat sour cream
mustard
parsley
salt
pepper
olive oil
Preparation:

Start with boiling the chicken breast. Once it’s done, chop it into small pieces. Drain the white mushrooms of extra marinade and chop them into slices. Grate the pickles, wash and shred the lettuce. Meanwhile, hard-boil the eggs, after which you should leave them in some cold water to cool down for a few minutes.
Peel the eggs and cut two of them into little cubes, and leave the third one for decoration later. Cut the parsley into tiny pieces. In a separate container, mix sour cream, mustard, olive oil, salt and pepper, until you get an even dressing. Join all the previously prepared ingredients in a deeper bowl and pour the dressing over. Stir the entire salad lightly. Finally, place the salad into a serving bowl and decorate it with egg slices.
Healthy dinner recipe #2: Baked zucchini salad.

Here is another ultra-light and savory salad, which is also vegetarian and vegan-friendly. It could also be served as a side dish for lunch, but it is more than enough on its own for dinner. Good to know: Aside from being packed with dietary fiber and useful nutrients such as magnesium, potassium, folic acid and beta-carotene, zucchini have very high water content and are very low in calories.

Ingredients:

  • 7 medium-sized zucchini
  • salt
  • parsley
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • lemon juice
  • two chili peppers
  • olive oil

Preparation: Peel the zucchini and cut them up into slices. Sprinkle the zucchini with some salt and leave them aside for a while to drain. Cut up the garlic into small pieces, and do the same with parsley leaves after washing them. Mix the garlic, parsley and lemon juice together into a tasty salad dressing. Next, cut up the chili peppers and fry them briefly using a teaspoon of olive oil, in order to enhance the aroma and spiciness.

Pat the zucchinis dry with a towel or drain away the liquid using a colander, and fry them briefly using a couple teaspoons of olive oil. Finally, use a deeper bowl to line up the salad layers: start by placing a layer of zucchinis, sprinkle it with the dressing followed by chili peppers, and repeat this until you’ve used up all the ingredients. You can serve the salad while it’s still hot or wait for it to cool down.

Healthy dinner recipe #3: Cold yogurt soup with celery and mint

A bowl of cold yogurt and cucumber soup with garlic and fresh mint

Have you started growing your own mint, by any chance? Use the aromatic fresh leaves for lovely cold soup. It is tasty, refreshing, and very easy to make. You will prepare it in no time; it’ll just take a while to cool off. Much has been said and written about the health benefits of celery – it’s full of antioxidants and very low in caloric value, to mention just the main ones.

Ingredients:

  • A couple of celery leaves (with stalks)
  • two scallions
  • one small onion
  • one vegetable bouillon cube
  • a cup of various frozen or fresh diced vegetables to your liking
  • 1.5 fl oz of yogurt
  • 3 table spoons of cottage cheese
  • garlic
  • several fresh mint leaves
  • olive oil

Preparation: Dice celery and scallion sticks into tiny pieces. Do the same with the onion. Place these three ingredients into a pan over a little heated olive oil, and cook for around five minutes. Add vegetable bullion to the mix and wait until it boils. After that, add a cup of your chosen vegetables. Leave it to simmer for 10-15 minutes. Let it cool down for a bit, and then process it in your blender until it turns into mash.

Throw in the mint leaves, and then leave the mixture in your fridge for an hour until it cools down completely. Process the yogurt and cottage cheese together in a blender, and add garlic to your liking. Serve chilled soup in plates or small bowls, with cheese and yogurt dressing poured on top and sprinkled with fresh mint.

Healthy dinner recipe #4: Lemon-thyme chicken with sautéed vegetables

Grilled vegetables and chicken fillet

This aromatic and appetizing chicken dish is a perfect choice when you’re having guests over for dinner, or you want to impress that special someone with your cooking skills, and still stay on track when it comes to light and healthy dining. This quantity is enough for four servings. Good to know: Edamame (which is a fancy name for boiled green soybeans) is a yummy soy snack packed with fibers, proteins and vitamin and mineral content, originating from the cuisines of East Asia.

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic, divided
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme, divided
  • salt; pepper (any kind you prefer)
  • 1 pound chicken breast tenders
  • 4 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 medium shallot, sliced
  • 2 cups frozen shelled edamame, thawed
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese

Preparation: In a zip lock bag, combine 3 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 teaspoons garlic, and 2 teaspoons thyme; season to taste with salt and pepper. Add chicken tenders, seal the bag, and gently turn to coat. Set aside. The next step is heating 2 teaspoons canola oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallot, remaining garlic, edamame, and tomatoes; cook for 4 minutes.

Use a vegetable peeler to slice zucchini into long ribbons. Add zucchini and remaining lemon juice and thyme to vegetables in skillet; sauté 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a serving bowl, stir in feta, and season with salt and black pepper to taste. Finally, add remaining oil to skillet. Remove chicken from marinade and sauté 2 to 3 minutes per side or until cooked through. Serve with vegetables.

Healthy dinner recipe #5: Roasted garlic cauliflower

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Roasted or raw, cauliflower is renowned for its richness in anti-oxidants, fiber and vitamins, and its anti-inflammatory and potential cancer-fighting properties. Try this simple and tasty meal for your dinner and add spices and herbs to your liking. This recipe makes for six servings.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large head cauliflower, separated into florets
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Preparation: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (220 degrees C). Grease a large casserole dish. Place the olive oil and garlic in a large resealable bag. Add cauliflower, and shake to mix. Pour into the prepared casserole dish, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bake for 25 minutes, stirring halfway through. Top with Parmesan cheese and parsley, and broil for 3 to 5 minutes, until golden brown.

Healthy dinner recipe #6: Toasted quinoa and seafood salad

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There is a good reason why the whole world is crazy about quinoa: this Latin American grain has the perfect balance of nine essential amino acids which are necessary for human consumption. This is rarely encountered in plants and is more common in meat. In addition to this, quinoa is packed with fiber and iron, and is fairly low in caloric value.

The golden rule for cooking quinoa is – a cup of quinoa is cooked with 2 cups of water. Cook it until the water boils, and then lower the heating temperature until it soaks up all the water (15-20 minutes). Due to its neutral taste, quinoa can be combined with almost anything. We bring you a delicious salad which can be served both as warm and cool.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound seafood variety (you can use chicken instead, or tofu for a vegan-friendly dish)
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 red pepper cut into slices
  • 1 cup peas
  • 1 cup green beans
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 glasses of water
  • 2 teaspoons of cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon of sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon granulated garlic
  • salt, pepper

Preparation: Wash quinoa thoroughly, than drain it and set it aside. Preheat the oil on a medium temperature and add quinoa in order to toast it lightly. Stir frequently. After 5-6 minutes, add red pepper slices, shallot and garlic, and fry it briefly along with frequent stirrings. Once the shallots turn golden brown, add peas, green beans and water. Stir it and place a lid over the skillet. Don’t stir until all the water evaporates.

After that, remove the skillet from the stove. Heat up sesame oil on medium temperature and add seafood (or your preferred substitute). If you are using frozen seafood, dump them in boiling salty water beforehand and cook them for five minutes and drain them. Season them with cayenne pepper, ginger and garlic and fry them for five minutes.

Add the quinoa-vegetable mix and stir everything together thoroughly. Remove from the stove, add soy sauce to taste and serve warm. You can refrigerate any leftovers and eat them within a day.

Healthy dinner recipe #7: Oven-roasted flounder with bok choy, cilantro, and lime

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Finally, it’s time to bring some savory white fish into the mix. Needless to say, fish is always a good choice for any meal, and this recipe makes for a hearty, indulging meal seasoned with all the right herbs and spices to create a simple, yet memorable dining experience.

Ingredients:

  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped cilantro plus small sprigs for garnish
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons finely minced peeled ginger
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • salt, black pepper
  • 1 pound baby bok choy (2-3 bunches), cut in half lengthwise
  • 1/2 cup sake or dry white wine
  • 4 4-ounce fillets flounder or other delicate white fish (up to 1/2 inch thick)

Preparation: Arrange a rack in the upper third of the oven; preheat to 400°. Combine scallion, 1/4 cup cilantro, and next 4 ingredients in a small bowl. Whisk in 1 1/2 tablespoon oil. Season cilantro-lime sauce with salt and pepper; set aside. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet over high heat until shimmering. Working in batches if needed, add bok choy, cut side down, and sear until golden brown, 2-4 minutes per batch.

Turn bok choy cut side up and remove pan from heat. Add sake. Season flounder fillets with salt and pepper and arrange in a single layer over bok choy. Roast in oven until fish is just cooked through, 8-10 minutes. Pour sake sauce from skillet into the bottom of 4 shallow bowls, dividing evenly.

Add bok choy to each bowl, dividing evenly; top each bowl with 1 fish fillet. Spoon some cilantro-lime sauce over fish and garnish with cilantro sprigs. Serve remaining cilantro-lime sauce alongside for drizzling.

There you have it! Nobody ever said you couldn’t eat a satisfying and tasty meal for dinner and keep calories to a minimum.

7 Healthy and Easy to Prepare Salads for Weight Loss

Are you tired of cookies and fudge yet? Is your body screaming for some vegetables? Here are 7 healthy and easy to prepare salads for weight loss that will have you feeling your best!



#1 Greek Salad

A Greek salad has all the wonderful vitamins you need, and some mouth watering flavor as well! Plus, it’s easy to make. You will need: Romaine lettuce, 1 sliced onion, 5 Greek olives, a chopped tomato, a sliced cucumber, crumbled Feta, 5 banana peppers, a dash of Oregano, and a dash of black pepper.

All you have to do is mix it all together and put a squirt of lemon juice on top. You can even use lemon juice from the plastic bottle. If you have Greek dressing, go ahead and top it on your salad.

#2 Strawberry Chicken Salad

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Strawberry chicken salad has a few things to keep your sweet tooth in check (while allowing your jeans some breathing room). The ingredients are simple: 7 strawberries sliced lengthwise, a bag of mixed lettuce, a few ounces of cubed already cooked chicken, some pecans or almonds, and a dash of vinaigrette.

Mix all of the ingredients together and serve with a side of blueberries. Also, this recipe is excellent if you have some leftover chicken from dinner last night!

#3 Eggplant Salad

Eggplant is one of the tastiest vegetables out there. I love sliced eggplant fried in oil, eggplant parmesan, and now I love eggplant salad. You’re going to need: 1 Eggplant, 1 large tomato, a little Basil, and some olive oil.

For eggplant salad, unlike the others so far, you have to do a little cooking. Usually people slice the eggplant in quarters and fry it (or bake it) in a little olive oil.

I suggest grilling your eggplant if you can (it tastes so much better). Once you’ve cooked your eggplant slices, simply lay them on a plate (over some pita bread if you like), add a few sliced tomatoes and then drizzle with olive oil. Top it with Basil for some added flavor!

#4 Moroccan Olive Salad

Moroccan Olive Salad is probably the easiest salad of them all. You have four ingredients: Moroccan olives (which you can get at your local grocery store), cubed watermelon, Feta cheese, and Mint.

Mix all of the ingredients together and serve. You can substitute the Feta cheese for thick Mozzarella cheese, which adds a wonderfully unique taste!

#5 Cucumber Tomato Salad

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I can’t tell you how much of this salad I’ve eaten in my lifetime, but I can tell you that it’s been a lot! My ex husband was Arab and this was his favorite side dish to make whenever he cooked dinner (I have to admit, I purposely burnt dinner when it was my turn to cook so that he would do the cooking more often).

This salad is amazing. All you need are cucumbers, tomatoes, Parsley, and lemon juice. Purchase the small cucumbers (they usually come four in a package) and cube them, add them to a bowl of cubed tomato, squirt some lemon juice on top (the plastic kind is still good), and then sprinkle with fresh Parsley. You’ll love it.

#6 Garlic Shrimp Salad

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