At the root, jar salads were developed as a simple solution to an age-old problem: how to pack a healthy, hearty salad for the office or school lunchroom and not end up with a wilted mess by lunchtime. The answer: layer the ingredients in a tall, glass jar starting with the dressing and heaviest ingredients on the bottom and the delicate salad greens at the top. At lunchtime, simply shake the sealed jar to distribute the ingredients before digging in.
Soon, improvements on the concept followed. I love the Aladdin Classic Mason Salad Jar. It looks like a standard Mason Jar but its made of lightweight, dishwasher safe plastic and features a build-in dressing container tucked under the lid. This would be a perfect solution for salad-loving kids since its non-breakable. I love filling mine with my all-time favorite weekday lunch combination: albacore tuna, cucumbers, garbanzo beans, red onions and arugula with a lemon juice vinaigrette.