Monisha's Minute: Salads Salads and more Salads!

I’ve jumped on the mason jar band wagon and here’s my take on it. I didn’t want to post anything about it until I went through a week’s worth of salad. And yes, the baby spring mix leaves remained fresh for seven days! I decided to go with the wide mouth quart size mason jars. I figured if I’m stuffing them with items I plan to dump right back out, the wide mouth might be easier to work with. Here are a few pointers to prepping a week’s worth of salads in mason jars:

  • To avoid germs and bacteria, wash jars and tops thoroughly with hot water and dish washing liquid before using them

Wide Mouth Mason Jars

  • Clean and prep all vegetables in one setting

Prepped Veggies Monisha

  • Add salad dressing first, vegetables second, meats and/or pasts third, cheese fourth (if you like cheese), greens last

Salad In A Jar

  • Please Please Please clean your salad greens and make it a point to get rid of excess water

Baby Spring Mix Lettuce

  • Feel free to add left over chicken salad or pasta salad
  • I leave a big bowl at work to dump my salad in
  • Adding the greens last keeps the other contents from making the leaves soggy

Mason Jar Salads Monisha

The tighter you pack the jar with goodies, the less air in the jar. It makes lunch prep throughout the week much easier. So give it a try and let me know what you think.

Love, Peace, and Sweat

Monisha R.

Monisha I. Randolph is a Senior Contributing Blogger for Sporty Afros. Founder of Runner’s Revelations, Monisha is a RRCA Certified Distance Running Coach  specializing in running clinics and training programs for beginner runners. She’s also the author of Runner’s Revelations: How Running Changed My Walk. To learn more about Monisha please visit Follow her on Twitter @RunRevelations , join the Runner’s Revelations Fan Community on Facebook, and subscribe to the Runner’s Revelations Youtube channel.


  • So great to see your take on the mason jar salad. I loved when I tried it but wished I could do it again soon.i am also loving your site.

    • Monisha R says:

      Thanks! I’ve seen people post salad in a jar recipes and blogs before, often feeling very skeptical towards the idea that the salad would remain fresh. I’m a believer. I don’t think it’s something that I want to do for the rest of my life. After this month’s challenge is up I think it’s something I might want to stick with at least one week a month.

  • Box braid Queen says:

    Wow! And here I am eating browned salad leaves kept in a Ziploc. LOL! Thanks for this article.

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