Quick Guide to Layered Salads [infographic]

Our Test Kitchens have perfected the art of layered salad in a jar. It’s the perfect mix of fresh produce, filling protein, and flavorful extras.

Quick Guide to Layered Salads

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19 Responses to Quick Guide to Layered Salads [infographic]

  1. Michelle June 23, 2016 at 3:41 pm #

    Question- in the Italian chopped salad, the pasta is on the top of the veggies. This is opposite of the image… Does it matter?

    • Diana Curtis July 5, 2016 at 8:01 pm #

      If you were to put this in a regular quart jar, I put a couple of tablespoons of dressing in the bottom. Thus, the reason why the pasta is far up away from the dressing so it doesn’t soak it in. The recipe on my website is shown in the make and take jar which has a separate container for the dressing. I would still be careful not to put too absorbant of veggies next to pasta to make it last longer. Also, if you are not going to eat it that day, you may consider not cutting the tomatoes until you are ready to eat them. The tomatoes do get rather juicy!

    • laura b January 23, 2017 at 11:29 am #

      Hi Michelle – I make jar salads all the time! They are so easy to make ahead. I’d guess that the veggies will throw water, which will be soaked up by the pasta if it’s underneath it so I would put the pasta on the top to prevent it from getting mushy.

      Also – to Kellie – If you leave the jars packed in the fridge, they don’t usually mix. On the day I bring it to work, since I usually pack the jars, they don’t mix much either. I don’t eat out of the jar, I keep a salad bowl at work 🙂 Hope this helps.

  2. Kellie January 18, 2017 at 7:56 am #

    If you eat this for a week how do you keep the layers from mixing?

    • Kathy Birthisel January 23, 2017 at 11:24 am #

      You would make one for each day, not the week.

    • Carole Pearce January 23, 2017 at 3:35 pm #

      Use wax paper to separate the layers, I do!!

    • MALYNN January 23, 2017 at 9:22 pm #

      The layers won’t mix until you mix or shake the salad in jar.

  3. Deana Smith January 23, 2017 at 11:27 am #

    When you order the jar, are the charts included?

  4. Sharon Rivard January 23, 2017 at 1:07 pm #

    going to try it Sharon

  5. Julie January 23, 2017 at 5:28 pm #

    According to the graphic the dressing is not to be topped on the protein, but instead the arrow points it to go in the jar lid. How exactly does that work? Does Pampered Chef make jars I don’t know about that have lids with a dressing compartment to keep it separate from jar contents?

    • Kitrina Thompson January 24, 2017 at 10:07 am #

      Yes, it’s called the Make and Take Mason Jar

    • MALYNN January 25, 2017 at 10:41 am #

      Julie Yes, Pampered Chef makes the jar above. It has a compartment in the lid for the dressing. At the bottom of the page it says shop healthy product picks you should find it there. It also has a snack jar you can put inside the jar as well that can hold tuna or shrip for your salad and yet keep it separate. If you don’t use it for that you can make quick oats or put fruit in the back jar to take too.

  6. Vicki January 24, 2017 at 9:32 am #

    Is this a special mason jar that has a different lid? Love the idea.

    • Kitrina January 24, 2017 at 10:08 am #

      It’s the Make and Take Mason Jar. Love mine! It’s plastic too so you don’t have to worry about breaking glass.

    • MALYNN January 25, 2017 at 10:41 am #

      Yes, Vicki it is.

  7. MALYNN January 25, 2017 at 10:46 am #

    Here is a link to a video about it. Enjoy♡ https://youtu.be/BKv1BCECBeM

  8. Cecilia June 17, 2017 at 3:00 am #

    What’s the different between :
    – Hearty and Juicy Veg
    – Delicate Veg
    – Green

  9. Brittany Marshall October 10, 2017 at 11:05 am #

    I am considering buying this product. However, I only put bacon bits, spring mix, croutons, and sometimes chicken in my salad. If I make my salads the night before, will the greens get soggy with having very few ingredients?

  10. Paulie Patterson July 24, 2018 at 8:26 pm #

    What a handy guide!

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