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3 Salad Jar Recipes - Healthy Picnic Food

Picnics don't have to be calorific and unhealthy. There are tons of ways to incorporate nutritious food into your outdoor getaway without sacrificing taste. One good example - salad jars! Easy to pack and easy to serve. Perfect for picnics! 


Mini Fritos Taco Salads (Cravings of a Lunatic)

If your family loves Mexican cuisine, you'll surely adore this Mini Fritos Taco Salads recipe from Cravings of a Lunatic. It's basically taco salad in a jar, bursting with flavors from taco beef, lettuce, salsa and sour cream. Don't skip the chopped cilantro on top - it might sound trivial, but it takes this salad to the next level! 

"These individual Mini Fritos Taco Salad in Jars are the perfect dish to whip up for potlucks or picnics. They are incredibly easy to make and you can customize them to your own taste."


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Tomatoes diced
  • Lettuce shredded
  • Salsa store bought or homemade
  • Mexican Cheese or Cheddar Cheese shredded
  • Sour Cream if desired
  • FRITOS whole or crushed
  • Cilantro if desired

Optional if serving cold:

  • 1 cup Italian dressing

via Mini Fritos Taco Salads (Cravings of a Lunatic)


Healthy Meal in a Jar (Fit Girl's Diary)

This Healthy Meal in a Jar recipe from Fit Girl's Diary is a lovely, elegant pasta salad flavored and layered to perfection! Whole wheat pasta is made flavorful with tomatoes, basil, pesto and mozzarella. Arugula gives this salad an extra kick of freshness and flavor.

"This is such a great idea for a picnic, hiking or even healthy meals-to-go for work or school."


  • ⅓ cup basilica pesto dressing
  • 2½ ounces fresh mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup red cherry tomatoes (cut in halfs)
  • ⅓ cup dried tomatoes
  • ½ cup cooked whole wheat pasta
  • ¼ cup fresh basil
  • ¼ cup fresh arugula

via Healthy Meal in a Jar (Fit Girl's Diary)


Picnic Salad Jar (Gluten-Free Alchemist)

Gluten-Free Alchemist is on to something! This Picnic Salad Jar is definitely a delicious, colorful and healthy number that would make a sunny, summer day even brighter! You could use store-bought balsamic dressing for this, but give the homemade recipe a try and you surely won't be sorry!

"This salad is made to be the star of the picnic... When you tip it out, it should drop in order into the salad bowl... A perfectly pretty mixing... the dressing running through the other ingredients as it falls, gently coating them to make a freshly tossed, crisp, just-made salad."


  • salad leaves - I used Florette Baby Leaf and Rocket
  • red spring onion/red onion - finely sliced
  • baby peppers - red, yellow and orange (I used super sweet chiquino peppers)
  • pancetta slices
  • walnut halves
  • Feta cheese - cut into cubes.
  • cherry tomatoes - red and yellow - cut in half

Balsamic-Lemon Dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • very large pinch of sea salt (I used smoked sea salt)
  • hefty grind black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano / ½ tablespoon fresh chopped oregano

via Picnic Salad Jar (Gluten-Free Alchemist)


Ludy's Kitchen Cooking Tip: 

When making salad jar, be sure to place the heaviest ingredients at the bottom together with the dressing or vinaigrette. Place the leafy greens on top to keep it fresh and dry.

Make cooking a lot easier and more enjoyable by using good quality silicone baking mats. Not only are silicone mats sturdy and durable. Because they're non-stick, you can also cut your clean-up time in half.

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