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Rainbow Salad in a Jar | Easy Lunch On The Go | | #salad #lunch #vegan #masonjar #zerowaste #quinoa #budget

Rainbow Salad In A Jar

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 1 person 1x
  • Category: Lunch
  • Method: Stovetop, Countertop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


You’ll love this healthful and colorful rainbow salad in a jar. It’s incredibly versatile—you can use any veggies, grains, beans, and dressings you have on hand. Enjoy!


  • ½ cup of cooked quinoa
  • ½ cup of black olives
  • ½ cup of red bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ cup of purple cabbage, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup of sweet corn from a can
  • ½ cup of carrots, shredded
  • 1015 baby spinach leaves
  • salad dressing of choice (recipe below)

Easy DIY Salad Dressing Recipe

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder



  1. Cook quinoa the night before. You can make a big batch and store it in the fridge to use in meals throughout the week! In order to get the best fluffy quinoa, first, wash it with cold water through a sieve and then fry it a pan with a little bit of oil for 3 minutes. Then add the water and a pinch of salt. As soon as the boiling starts, lower the heat to medium and cover with a lid. Let it simmer for 10 minutes, and then take it off the heat and let it stay with the lid on for another 5 minutes. Take the lid off, fluff it up with a fork, and enjoy. 


  1. Assemble the layers in your jar as shown, with quinoa on the bottom, followed by chopped olives, chopped peppers, chopped cabbage, sweet corn, shredded carrots, and spinach on the top. 
  2. The order is important, with the more moist and heavy ingredients on the bottom and the more delicate ingredients like the lettuce leaves on top so they don’t get soggy. 
  3. It’s good to have a dressing to enjoy on your salad, but you’ll want to pack it in a separate container so your salad doesn’t get soggy.

Keywords: colorful, easy, lunch, no-waste, quinoa, salad