25 Super Simple Salad Jar Ideas

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For a quick lunch, whip up these salad jars the night before with any leftovers or try one of our new recipes.

Sweet Potato and Quinoa


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For the salad

1 small sweet potato, unpeeled, diced into bite-sized pieces

1 tablespoon olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

1/4 cup quinoa

1/2 cup black beans

1/4 red pepper, diced

2 cups greens (you choose)

1 tablespoon dried cranberries

1 tablespoon salted sunflower seeds

For the Dressing:

1/4 cup mango, fresh or frozen

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1 1/2 tablespoons water


Preheat oven to 400ºF.

Place the sweet potatoes in a bowl, add oil, and stir to coat. Sprinkle with a touch of salt and pepper. Spread evenly on a pan, and roast for 20 or so minutes, stirring a couple times, until the potatoes are soft. Place the quinoa and half a cup of water in a covered pot on high. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer, and cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until the liquid is all soaked up and the quinoa is tender.

Puree the mango with the balsamic vinegar and water, and set aside. Allow the roasted potatoes and quinoa to cool to room temperature. Start layering the salad in the jar beginning with the black beans. Add the cooked quinoa, and pour the mango balsamic vinaigrette on top. Top with diced red pepper, greens, roasted sweet potatoes, dried cranberries, and sunflower seeds. Screw top on securely, and store in the fridge.

About the Author: Aisling Rice


Aisling Rice graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Media, Arts and Communication. Aisling has a passion for graphic and information design as well as everything food related.