Salad in a Jar: 68 Recipes for Salads and Dressings

Salad in a Jar: 68 Recipes for Salads and Dressings

by Anna Helm Baxter


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Salad in a Jar: 68 Recipes for Salads and Dressings by Anna Helm Baxter

A collection of more than 60 illustrated recipes for simple-to-prepare salads, dressings, breakfasts, and snacks to take on the go.

The solution to the lunchtime salad rut, Salad in a Jar provides healthy, easy alternatives to dissatisfying or overpriced grab-and-go meals. These nutritionally balanced recipes are perfect for making ahead. Anna Helm Baxter reveals the keys to layering ingredients to maximize freshness and texture for a hearty and satisfying dish or snack. Tips and tricks include instructions on designing salads in a jar with recipes for raw salads, side salads, meal salads, snacks, and desserts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399579370
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 01/17/2017
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 346,004
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

ANNA HELM BAXTER is a food writer, recipe developer, and food stylist. She started her career working for Jamie Oliver before moving to New York where she has worked across almost every food media outlet including many major magazine publications and network TV shows. Anna lives, cooks, and writes in Brooklyn with her husband and two young children. She likes insanely spicy food, making elaborate birthday cakes, and saving room for dessert.

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In a world where many of us find ourselves eating meals on the go or at our desks, there seem to be two dismal scenarios. A packed salad that ends up soggy, brown, and limp leafed (or worse, spilled all over your bag). Or an overpriced, mediocre purchased salad that leaves you thinking that you could have done it better (and cheaper) yourself.

Enter the humble jar 

Who would have thought that storing salads in a jar could make lunch on the go so much fresher, easier, and cheaper? Tossing a jar of salad in your bag will no longer be like playing a game of lunchtime roulette. Jars keep salad ingredients fresher for longer and make salads more portable, more convenient, and leak-proof. And they are built-in portion control. 

Far from the prawn cocktail of my youth, these salads range from the slight to the substantial. The big-jar recipes are packed with whole grains, proteins, and hearty vegetables to keep you out of the snack drawer until dinner. The small-jar recipes are full of flavor with a sprinkling of lighter grains—perfect for less-hungry days or as side dishes. 

All of the salad recipes are nutritionally sound, incorporating lots of fresh vegetables, heart-healthy fats, and whole grains so that eating salad feels like a meal rather than a starter course.

What are you waiting for? Happy salad jarring!


Very little equipment is needed to assemble salad in jars, but here are a few useful items that will speed up your prep time and make your salad-in-jars experience the best it can be. 

Wide-mouthed jars
These will make assembling and eating much easier.
Salad spinner Use to get salad greens clean and dry.
Y peeler Use for shaving long ribbons of vegetables. 
Mandoline or handheld slicer Use for extra-thin slicing or julienning.
Long-handled rubber spatula Use for getting every last drop of dressing.

Prep times

Some of the recipes call for precooked grains; the cooking guide on page 10 will direct you. Leftover cooked grains can be frozen in zip-top bags, making it simple to pull out what you need, when you need it.


Makes: 1 pint – Time: 5 minutes

1 to 2 tablespoons Thai Pick-Me-Up 
1 small carrot, peeled and julienned  
1 ounce enoki mushrooms
2 1⁄2 ounces chopped baby bok choy
3⁄4 ounce cashew nuts

Place the dressing in the bottom of a pint jar. Add the carrot, followed by the mushrooms, baby bok choy, and, finally, the cashews (separated by parchment if not eating that day). Seal the jar tightly.

This salad is full of vitamin A, which is essential for vision, the immune system, and reproduction.
IF Infection fighting 
FS Fertility Supporting 

Table of Contents


Introduction 7
Design Your Own Salad in a Jar 8
Grains and Cooking Plans 10
What Fruits and Vegetables to Buy 11

Salad Dressings 12
Balsamic Vinaigrette 14
Lemon Vinaigrette 16
Tahini Zinger 18
French Vinaigrette 20
Thai Pick-Me-Up 22
Caesar Dressing 24
Green Goddess 26
Red Wine Vinaigrette 28
Apple Cider Vinaigrette 30
Creamy Dressing 32
Almond Miso Dressing 34

Raw 36
Kale, Avocado, Pomegranate, and Tahini 38
Veggie Draw 40
Radish, Carrot, and Baby Kale 42
Crunchy Cabbage 44
Topsy-Turvy 46
Southeast Asian 48
Squash and Lemon 50

Small Jars 52
Super Green Salad 54
Figs and Blue Cheese 56
Sprouts, Parmesan, and Pecans 58
Greens, Feta, Blueberries, and Walnuts 60
Celery and Parmesan 62
Lemon Summer Squash Noodles 64
Arugula, Fennel, and Parmesan 66
Celery Root and Beet Remoulade 68
Broccoli Rabe, Kale, and Kamut 70
Black Bean and Corn 72
Watermelon, Tomato, and Feta 74
Lima Bean, Pomegranate, and Pesto 76
Grilled Pepper, Beans, and Goat Cheese 78
Strawberry, Poppy Seed, and Halloumi 80
Smoked Salmon, Capers, and Watercress 82
Grapefruit, Pistachio, and Watercress 84
Very Asparagus 86
Tabbouleh 88
Tomato, Mozzarella, and Arugula 90
Wheat Berry, Apple, and Date 92
Tuna, Fennel, and White Bean 94

Big Jars 96
Chicken and Kale Caesar 98 
Niçoise and Buckwheat 100
Smoked Salmon, Quinoa, and Tzatziki 102
Fattoush 104
Cobb Salad 106
Asian Chicken 108
Curried Chicken 110
Lentils with Eggplant and Raisins 112
Falafel Salad 114
Wild Rice and Nectarine 116
Farro with Grapes and Lima Beans 118
Peach, Quinoa, and Dandelion 120
Salmon and Spelt 122
Summer Grill 124
Pinto Bean, Broccoli, and Escarole 126
Kale, Sweet Potato, and Barley 128
Waldorf 130
Pea, Fava Bean, and Kamut 132
Sweet-and-Sour Butternut Squash 134
Roasted Cauliflower 136
Greek Salad 138
Sweet and Creamy Quinoa 140
Shiitake, Cranberries, and Lentils 142

Sweet Endings 144
Overnight Oats 146
Plum Parfait 148
Coconut, Chia, and Berry Jar 150
Quinoa and Blackberry Bowl 152
Tropical Fruit Mix-Up 154
Date, Strawberry, and Brazil Nut Jar 156

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Salad in a Jar: 68 Recipes for Salads and Dressings 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Salad in a Jar - 68 Recipes for Salads and Dressings Author: Anna Helm Baxter Publisher: Ten Speed Press Published: 1-17-2017 Pages: 160 Genre: Cooking, Food & Wine Sub-Genre: Cookbook; Side Dishes; Salads; Vegetables; Vegan ISBN: 9780399579370 ASIN: B01GYPPNW4 Reviewed For NetGalley and Ten Speed Press Reviewer: DelAnne Rating: 5 Starts If you enjoy a tasty salad then you really need to check out Salad in a Jar. These are great for work or picnic lunches. Beautifully illustrated instructions of these wonderful salads. Information on ingredients you can use, add dressing. When ready to eat shake and dig in. My rating of "Salad in a Jar" is 5 out of 5 stars.
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. Thanks to NetGalley and Ten Speed Press for the opportunity to read and review Salad in a Jar by Anna Helm Baxter. Simple and helpful, this book contains everything needed to make portable salads, except the ingredients. Recipes for salad dressings and many types of salads with common to unique ingredients and even ideas to help you create your own recipes are included. Clean and clear photos of each beautifully layered salad and detailed recipes made me hungry and show how easy it is to make a salad in a jar - 5 stars for this healthy read!
Holly More than 1 year ago
Salad In A Jar is 68 recipes you can use to get your salad fix in a jar! You will learn how to layer the salads so some parts won't be soggy and what vegetables to use that will give you a boost in the right direction. This book even comes with a few dessert ideas that you probably didn't think of using before. With simple ingredients and having a salad in a easy portable jar, this is the perfect book to get yourself hooked on salads!! I have never had a salad in a jar before but I do love salads and reading that easy guide to where to put the ingredients looks so easy to do and it just might save you from having to eat out. Some of the dessert recipes look so good and i could see where you could easily change some of the fruit to make it your own and with the salads as well! I liked the recipes for the dressings as well and I could see myself using those in just regular bowl salads due the fact that they look and sound so good! Thank You to Anna Helm Baxter for showing me a new way to eat a salad!! I received this book from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.