Review: Salad in a Jar by Anna Helm Baxter

Review: Salad in a Jar by Anna Helm Baxter

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Salad in a Jar by Anna Helm Baxter is one cookbook that I can honestly say will satisfy your need to eat healthier and not demand too much of your time. This cookbook gives its readers ideas and solutions that are not only tasty, but relatively easy to prepare. The beautiful illustrations and simple instructions make this book a must-have for anyone wanting to shake up their lunch routine.

Review: Salad in a Jar by Anna Helm BaxterTitle: Salad in a Jar: 68 Recipes for Salads and Dressings
Author: Anna Helm Baxter
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Genres: Cookbook, Lifestyle
Publication Date: January 17, 2017
Rating: five-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

A collection of more than 60 illustrated recipes for simple-to-prepare salads, dressings, breakfasts, and snacks to take on the go.

The solution to the lunchtime salad rut, Salad in a Jar provides healthy, easy alternatives to dissatisfying or overpriced grab-and-go meals. These nutritionally balanced recipes are perfect for making ahead. Anna Helm Baxter reveals the keys to layering ingredients to maximize freshness and texture for a hearty and satisfying dish or snack. Tips and tricks include instructions on designing salads in a jar with recipes for raw salads, side salads, meal salads, snacks, and desserts.


❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃

Review: Salad in a Jar by Anna Helm Baxter

❀ Simple Layering Technique

What is really amazing to me about Salad in a Jar, is the method that Helm Baxter describes to create these salads. After you understand the simple layering technique, any recipe can be used. This is very exciting to me, as there are many times that I have tried to take a salad for lunch and found that it was soggy or just not as fresh once lunchtime hits.


Also, the 10 minutes that it takes to prepare the most complicated recipe is quite doable and can be sped up with a little preparation the night before. There are so many different types of recipes that vegetarians and those who prefer a little more protein in their meal will be able to find something enjoyable to prepare. The ingredients for the salads and dressings that I created were all sourced from my local grocery store and were quite reasonably priced. Considering that I would spend more on take-out, this is considerable savings.


❀ A gorgeous book

A gorgeous recipe book that is packed full of ideas and recipes for eating well, Salad in a Jar by Anna Helm Baxter is my new favourite cookbook. I have always looked forward to the lunch hour, but knowing that I will have something delicious and good for me is a bonus. If you are looking for a new and easy way to change up the way you do lunch, I highly recommend Salad in a Jar by Anna Helm Baxter.

About Anna Helm Baxter

Anna Helm Baxter

ANNA HELM BAXTER is a food writer, recipe developer, and food stylist. She started her career working for Jamie Oliver before moving to New York where she has worked across almost every food media outlet including many major magazine publications and network TV shows. Anna lives, cooks, and writes in Brooklyn with her husband and two young children. She likes insanely spicy food, making elaborate birthday cakes, and saving room for dessert.


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22 thoughts on “Review: Salad in a Jar by Anna Helm Baxter

  1. Jaime Lynn says:

    I need this desperately! I have been looking for good, healthy, EASY lunch ideas to take to lunch with me. Eating out is expensive, especially when you try to eat healthy. Thanks for reviewing this book. I am definitely going to check it out!

    • Candid Cover says:

      I just love taking the little jam jars with me because it feels so homey even when you are away from home and much cheaper than a purchased salad. I hope that you enjoy the recipes. (it might still be on NetGalley ;))

  2. Beth F says:

    These salads are so pretty in their jars! I reviewed a salad in jars cookbook a couple of years ago, and really like the idea that these can be made ahead. I’ll see if I can find this book.

  3. Tina says:

    That does look like a good book. I was always worried my salad in a jar would be soggy, so I never tried it before. Glad you reviewed this book.

  4. Claudia says:

    What a great idea for do your own salad lunches, and I like the look of them in the cute jars with flower labels. Especially, as you mentioned, when we consider the time spent waiting for fast food or even restaurant meals.

  5. sydneyeditor1 says:

    There’s a company here in Sydney to which chefs doante their time and money for salad jars and the money goes to domestic violence charities. I’ve been taken with them since then and could always use some good receipes! These look so pretty!

  6. Melynda Brown says:

    I use to think that a book such as this one would be really helpful during my working years. But I am finding I actually need more help in eating better now that I am retired…..I will have to take a look for this book.

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