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Rainbow Salad in a Jar with Avocado Hummus

Rainbow Salad in a Jar with Guacahummus

Are you bored with your lunchtime routine? I go through little spurts where I only want to eat one or two things—usually last night’s leftovers and/or a strange mix of whatever needs to be eaten up in the fridge. But then there are times when I’m just craving something different and fun.

I really love making salad jars for this reason. This one is kind of quirky and pairs flavors that you might not think to put together, but then it just…works. (Beets and olives? You bet!) My favorite part of these salad jars is the layer of avocado hummus in the middle.

Rainbow Salad in a Jar with Avocado Hummus

So let’s talk about salad in a jar for a second, and discuss why they are pretty much the best.

First reason: They are so easy to take on the go—to work, the park, on car trips, etc. Second, they are fun to make (that’s totally a good reason!). Third, they’re pretty and we eat with our eyes. And last but not least, they can be made ahead of time. Bonus!

I usually put something hearty on the bottom of the jar. It could be beans, cooked whole grains (rice, quinoa, etc.), mushrooms, and the like. This is also where I add my vinaigrette. For this salad, I just used a little extra virgin olive oil and a good squirt of fresh lemon juice. Some of it soaks into the quinoa, and the rest pools in the bottom of the jar.

The next layer is my fresh (or roasted) veggies. Here I’ve included candy-stripe beets, carrots and fennel. All of them are tossed with a little lemon juice to keep them from browning (see third reason above). Next comes a big old dollop of avocado hummus. If you haven’t tried avocado hummus yet, what are you waiting for?! Put it on everything. It will boost the protein factor as well as adding in good fats and a lot of flavor.

Rainbow Salad in a Jar with Avocado HummusNext come the sliced kalamata olives, followed by leafy greens (your choice), and a good sprinkle of nuts and seeds to finish it off. Layering in this way and finishing with the leafy greens helps keep them from wilting or getting soggy. Soggy salads are no bueno. From there, all that’s needed is a lid and it can hang out in the fridge until lunchtime.

Rainbow Salad in a Jar with Avocado HummusYes, it’s that easy to make a healthy, filling lunch ahead of time! When lunchtime rolls around I turn the jar over a few times to let the dressing coat all of the ingredients and then dig in. Or if you prefer, you could pour it out onto a large plate.

Rainbow Salad in a Jar with Guacahummus

Rainbow Salad in a Jar with Avocado Hummus

This well-rounded salad in a jar is pretty, portable, and perfect for lunch.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 serving as a main; 2-4 as sides


Avocado Hummus:

  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup olive oil plus more for drizzling
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice or more to taste
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 medium or large ripe avocado sliced
  • Pinch of ground cumin or cayenne pepper optional
  • Sea salt or other coarse salt to taste


  • 1 cup shredded veggies I used beets, carrots, and fennel
  • 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice*
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1-2 tablespoons avocado hummus
  • 1-2 tablespoons sliced kalamata olives
  • 2 cups leafy greens your choice
  • 1/4 cup nuts and seeds


Make the hummus:

  • Place the chickpeas into the bowl of a food processor fitted with the S-blade. Pulse several times to begin pureeing. Add the olive oil, tahini, lemon juice, and garlic. Pulse again until almost smooth. Next add the avocado. Pulse until completely smooth. Add cumin or cayenne pepper, if desired, and blend. Taste, season with salt, and add additional lemon juice if desired. Puree again until blended.
  • Transfer to an airtight container and drizzle with olive oil to help prevent browning. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Assemble the salad:

  • Add the shredded veggies to a medium bowl and drizzle with 2 teaspoons lemon juice. Toss to mix. Set aside.
  • Add olive oil, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and quinoa to the jar. Top with veggies, then add avocado hummus, olives, greens, and nuts/seeds in layers.
  • Top with a tight-fitting lid and refrigerate until ready to eat. The salad can be made the night before, and it will keep for several days in the fridge.


*Can substitute the 1 tablespoon lemon juice with vinegar if desired.
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  • Reply
    Sam @ PancakeWarriors
    September 4, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Let me just pick my jaw off the floor. Avocado hummus!!! My two favorite salad toppers in one. Why haven’t I tried this yet?? This salad in a jar is beautiful. Love the colors and how convenient it is! I can’t wait to try the hummus and will certainly make a salad in a jar the next time I have a road trip or picnic! Thanks for sharing!

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    Jessica @ Jessica in the Kitchen
    September 4, 2014 at 10:02 am

    I absolutely love avocado hummus. Made it one night and it’s all I ate for ages! We just stocked up on avocados and I planned to make it. Brilliant lunch idea.

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    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health
    September 4, 2014 at 11:07 am

    thank you sharing the details on salad. this is one hearty jar.

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    Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes
    September 4, 2014 at 11:16 am

    I have wondered how these salad in a jars worked. Now I understand that you turn the jar over to dress them. Makes perfect sense. I haven’t tried them nor avocado hummus. Guess I better get back in the kitchen.

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    September 4, 2014 at 11:26 am

    This is what my ideal lunch looks like 🙂

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    Samantha @FerraroKitchen
    September 4, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Beautiful salad!!! And I love avo hummus too..we came it often..yum!

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    September 4, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    I always wondered how you keep the salad from getting soggy with these salads in a jar and now I know. Thank-you! This looks like such a happy and pretty meal ^_^. I need to buy some mason jars.

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    Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
    September 4, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Yum all of my favorite ingredients! I have to get on this jar craze

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    Natalie | Paper & Birch
    September 4, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    What a great idea! I’m always looking for new ideas for packing lunches.

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    Millie | Add A Little
    September 4, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    This looks great Lindsey! SO cute too!

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    Ordinary Blogger (Rivki Locker)
    September 4, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Oh, I’m JUST the same way. I go back and forth between boring easy lunches (protein bars and the like) and good-for-me homemade goodies. Love the avocado in this salad recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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    Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats
    September 5, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    How cute are these! Loving it… and all the veggies with the hearty avocado hummus on the bottom. YUP.. this is so happening for lunch next week!

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    Tori Leigh
    September 5, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    I love using hummus as salad dressing…this combo sounds absolutely divine!

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    September 5, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Avocado hummus? I am intrigued. I see it nestled in a bowl alongside some black bean hummus for a pretty party dip. But first, I see it on the menu next week.

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    Joanne Bruno
    September 8, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    When I have a pretty salad like this to look forward to at lunch, it definitely gets me more excited than if I had something not quite as colorful! Plus the fact that you get to shake it before eating is just so much fun.

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    July 11, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Sounds delicious but how many calories in this delectable lunch. Seems like a lot – any ideas?

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      Dana Raidt
      July 16, 2015 at 3:53 pm

      Hi Stacey, we don’t calculate calories for our recipes since there are so many variations you could make, and different packaged products will also change the calorie count. You can plug the ingredients in here and get a rough idea—you could also use less oil, avocado hummus and chickpeas if you want to lower the calories.

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    May 5, 2016 at 6:54 am

    Avocado, Garlic and Hummus! My favorite ingredients in a jar! YUM!

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