The secret to delicious, make-ahead salads that stand up to your busy schedule lies in the layering. Follow our formula to create your own salad-in-a-jar recipe with just the right mix of textures, colors, flavors and nutrients to keep you going strong.

Layer 1: 1 to 2 Tbsp. of dressing, sauce or mayo

Layer 2: Moist fruit, berries and/or veggies

Layer 3: Whole grains and/or proteins

Layer 4: Hard and/or moisture-resistant veggies

Layer 5: Leafy greens

Layer 6: Nuts, seeds or croutons