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How to Make Layered Salad with Granola & Crackers in a Jar: School Lunch Ideas

This recipe for How to Make Layered Salad with Crackers & Granola in a Jar is a great, nutritious & fun staple for lunch.

Ball Mason jarSchool lunches can be exciting and delicious by using a bit of imagination and including foods that are substantial, easy to eat, and chock full of good things.

It is easy to include other veggies that the child likes and omit ones that don’t appeal to the child.

Layered Salad with Granola & Crackers in a Jar:


  • almondsI prefer to use a thick dressing is so it remains at the bottom of the jar until ready to eat, at which time it can be distributed using a fork.
  • Any other nuts or seeds can be substituted for the almonds.
  • Try even adding some fruit to the jar like grapes, sliced strawberries, apples or kiwi.

Type: Salad Recipe

Prep Time: 10 – 12 min
Yield: 1 jar of salad



  1. Into a small, widemouthed jar, plastic preferably, with a lid, place the following layers, in this order: 2 or 3 dollops of salad dressing or mayo, lettuce, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, radish, carrot, mushroom, cheese, and beans.
  2. Close with lid and be sure to pack a plastic or regular fork.
    • Note: The salad can be eaten right out of the jar, making sure to use the fork to bring the dressing up from the bottom to coat the veggies, or just shake the jar, so you get some of the dressing with each bite.
  3. Put the nuts or granola into a small container or just place them in the center of a piece of plastic wrap, then draw up each corner and twist firmly to hold the nuts inside the wrap.

How to Bake a Saltine Cracker Pie Crust - CookingWithKimberly.comInclude a few crackers spread with cream cheese, a tasty juice box and a piece of fresh fruit.

This Layered Salad with Granola & Crackers in a Jar is completely customizable for any child’s tastes.

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Author: Ingrid Turner

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