First layer: Dressing. It goes in first to keep it away from delicate ingredients.
Second layer: Firmer items. Next add your crisp vegetables, beans and/or proteins. These guys can sit on the dressing and hold their own.
Third layer: Lighter ingredients. Here go your tomatoes, grains and fruit.
Fourth layer: Greens. Bring on the lettuce and dark greens. They’re far from the dressing and placed toward the top to keep them from getting soggy or weighed down.
Fifth layer: Crunchy bits. Finish up with anything you want to keep crisp (that’s you, nuts and seeds).
Once everything is in the jar, cover it and refrigerate. When you’re ready to eat, simply shake it up.