Tuna Salad in a Jar

TunaSaladSimple homemade salads are one of my go to’s when making lunch. I really dislike buying salads because a lot of times the restaurants doesn’t put a lot of effort into it and its overpriced. There are exceptions of course but a good salad is hard to find! I like making them myself because then I can put whatever I want into it and it’s much healthier too. Not to mention I save some money! Salads are supposed to be healthy but that all depends on the dressing you put on it. I keep my dressings pretty simple to just vinegar and olive oil so I’m not consuming a thousand calories!

I actually ran out of tupperware today and found myself with one large Ball jar! I like how this salad turned out though! It was fun layering the ingredients together and it looks really nice right now. Tomorrow when I’m ready to eat this I can just add my dressing and shake it up. That will be the fun part!

Here’s what I did to make a simple healthy tuna salad in a jar. I try not to use mayo because of course that’s not great for you.

1 can of chunk light tuna in water
1 and 1/2 cups or more chopped romaine lettuce
1/8 cup sliced almonds
half a green pepper, diced
2 tablespoons relish
2 teaspoons rice vinegar
dash paprika
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
pinch salt
olive oil
balsamic vinegar

1. Grab a good sized jar and start layering in ingredients. Add the romaine lettuce first. However much you like. Then layer in the diced green peppers. After that add the sliced almonds.
2. To make the tuna salad portion start by draining the can of tuna. Add the rice vinegar, relish and paprika and a pinch of salt and mix it all together. Place the mixed tuna salad into the jar. Then sprinkle the freshly cracked pepper on top.
3. To make the dressing just add olive oil and balsamic vinegar together. I like to do a proportion of one to one. Usually a tablespoon each will make enough dressing for a small salad.
4. When you’re ready to eat, pour in the salad dressing into the jar, make sure the lid is firmly on, and shake it up!
5. Eat!


I keep my tuna salad pretty plain but you can really add whatever you like to eat. I also usually bring along some crackers because I like some carbs to go along with my salads. If not crackers then croutons or something else that’s carb. Can’t wait for lunch tomorrow!

Do you have a lunch dish that you like to make?

2 thoughts on “Tuna Salad in a Jar

  1. So most posts i’ve seen for salad in a jar layer the lettuce, which wilts easily at the top. you can put the salad dressing on the bottom and then stuff like the tuna, fruit, etc that won’t wilt and lettuce last. That way its REALLY a salad in a jar and you don’t have to bring your dressing separately! Try that next time šŸ™‚

    1. Hmm next time will try that. My lettuce didn’t wilt at all but I used romaine which is hardier. Makes sense because water travels to the bottom!

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