Mediterranean salad jar

Mediterranean salad jar

Green Kitchen At Home
10 mins
David Frenkiel

Isn’t the whole idea of salad jars just excellent? Place the dressing in the bottom of the jar and fill it up with your favourite mix of vegetables, grains, legumes and fruit. Easy to prepare, perfect to transport, they last a couple of days in the fridge and you get to do the bartender-shake to get the dressing covering all the veggies. Our Mediterranean salad jar uses simple pesto as a dressing and is filled with yummy marinated veggies and beans, beautiful, crunchy Chioggia beetroot, spiralized courgette and sweet fresh figs.


Quantity Ingredient
1 chioggia beetroot, peeled
8 black kalamata olives, drained and pitted
1 courgette
2 small figs
or 8 seedless grapes
8 cherry tomatoes
4 tablespoons Perfect pesto
or 4 tablespoons store-bought pesto
2 tablespoons olive oil
8 pieces marinated artichoke hearts, drained
70g tinned beans, (white, borlotti or kidney), rinsed and drained
2 handfuls mixed salad leaves
2 tablespoons lemon juice


  1. Wash and dry all of the fresh produce. Thinly slice the beetroot (use a mandoline if you have one), cut the olives in half, spiralize or shred the courgette, cut the figs into quarters (or the grapes in half) and halve the tomatoes.
  2. Whisk together pesto and olive oil to loosen it. Spoon the pesto into the base of two medium-sized wide-mouth sealable glass jars. Arrange the beetroot slices around the inside of the jars. Fill the jars with the olives and marinated artichokes, then the beans, followed by the courgette, fruit and tomatoes and finally the salad leaves and lemon juice squeezed on top.
  3. Seal the jars to take on a picnic or store them in the fridge. They can keep for a few days in the fridge, if unopened.
  4. When ready to serve, shake the salad out into a bowl and toss gently until coated in the pesto. Alternatively, shake and eat straight from the jar with a fork!
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