Balsamic Strawberry Jar Salad

Balsamic Strawberry Jar Salad

Jar Salads. Everybody is beginning to hear about this new way to eat a salad, and people are wondering what in the world is it all about. Well, I’ll tell ya. 

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The hubs and I dined on jar salads for nearly two years. That means for lunch, every single week of those nearly two years, we had a jar salad. We had it down to an art. Every sunday we’d make ten jar salads, five for him and five for me and that would get us through the work week and help us avoid going to get fast-food.

It worked. It saved us a lot of money.

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But saving money wasn’t exactly the prime motivator in making jar salads each week. No. It was due to complete laziness that we made these jar salads. I know, it’s ironic, but it’s the truth. You see, when we wake up in the morning during the work week we like to take our time to sip our coffee and get ready for the day. The less time we spent getting our lunches ready, the better. When we made our first jar salad, we knew we had our answer. We were hooked. 

Jar salads not only save you money, and time throughout the work week (I mean literally, all you have to do is throw a jar salad in your lunch bag and off you go to work, easy peasy). They also are an excellent way to keep your veggies fresh for five days straight. 

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Yes, your spinach, kale, or lettuce will not wilt. Your chopped veggies will not get soggy. If you layer your ingredients correctly, your jar salads will be just like as they were made on day one.

The real beauty about these salads is that you can nearly use anything. The sky is the limit. One time we made jar salads that resembled a cheeseburger. Yes, a cheeseburger jar salad. Yes, it was delicious. And yes, you’ll probably end up seeing me do a post about it someday soon!

But for this specific post, I am happy to share with you a classic salad that has been jar-ified. Is that even a word?? It should be.

Today, I present you the classic Balsamic Strawberry Jar Salad. 

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Balsamic Strawberry Jar Salad
Yields 10
A light salad that tastes like Spring with wheat berries, balsamic vinaigrette and strawberries.
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For balsamic vinaigrette
  1. 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  2. 1/2 cup olive oil
  3. 2 tbsp. dijon mustard
  4. 2 tbsp. honey
  5. 1/2 tsp. salt
For jar salad
  1. 2 pint of cherry tomatoes, rinsed
  2. 3 cups of cooked wheat berries (or you could substitute farrow or barley)
  3. 1 pints of strawberries, diced
  4. 3 cups of cooked shredded chicken
  5. 10 cups of spinach, packed
  6. 8 oz. of candied almonds (or any other crunchy topping of your choice)
To make the vinaigrette
  1. Whisk all ingredients together in small bowl. Set aside.
To make jar salads
  1. Take out ten mason jars.
  2. Pour equal amounts of the dressing into each jar, or to your preference.
  3. On top of the dressing, add cherry tomatoes equally among all the jars. Make sure the dressing is completely covered up by the cherry tomatoes, otherwise the wheat berries will soak up the dressing.
  4. On top of the tomatoes, add the wheat berries. Then the strawberries, then the chicken, and lastly the spinach.
  5. Pack down tightly into jar, and seal each jar with lid.
  6. Place in refrigerator, they will last up to five days.
  7. To serve, pour jar contents out into a large bowl and top with almonds.
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14 Comments

  1. YUM!! What a great salad! So fresh, delicious and portable! Yay for fresh strawberries! Love it! Have a great weekend!!
    xoxo Cailee!

    • Thank you, thank you! Jar salads are so fantastic! I agree, so fresh and so very portable. Thanks for stopping by, Cailee!

  2. Love, love, love this! I only started the jarred salads a few weeks ago, but already I’m loving it, because:
    1. My veggies finally aren’t going to waste. (I HATE throwing out veggies. Makes me sad)
    2. I LOVE salads. Adore them, but I HATE making them for lunch, because it takes sooooo much time. Prepping all of them at once, though? So simple.
    3. I feel good about my lunches now!

    I”m about to go through all of your recipes….I need some new inspiration.

    • Thank you, Jessica! Welcome to the wonderful world of jar salads πŸ˜€ the sky is the limit on creativity on what you can stuff into those mason jars lol. You’re absolutely right, making a salad every single day does take a lot of time. I hope the jar salads serve you well!

  3. This is perfect for spring! I love the addition of wheat berries. So healthy! Your photographs are just beautiful! Tracy @ Blogbytracy.com

  4. This looks so good! I love fruit in my salad… especially strawberries! I’m definitely going to have to try this!

    kristinacamille.com

    • Strawberries in salads are fantastic, aren’t they? They will brighten up anything. Thank you for stopping by!

  5. This looks yummy! Thank you for sharing it!!

  6. This looks SO GOOD! What a great idea!! I will have to make this. I love me some of all of these things, must try them together!

    • Thank you!! I hope you give it a go, Kaley! And it stays fresh all week long! Thank you for stopping by πŸ™‚

  7. Awesome!! Love jarred salad, dessert, anything! These look fantastic and perfect for spring and summer. And gotta love the candied nuts on top of salad. Thanks so much for sharing this one!

  8. What a great idea Amie! I love salads when spring comes and it’s definitely a healthy idea for lunch. The sky is the limit, yes, and it’s a good way to try different mix too.
    You can be sure that I will become a Jar Salad Maniac.
    Much Love my friend. xx

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