The Best Salad Containers for Take-To-Work Lunches

When your take-to-work lunch is a salad, the container you bring it in only has one job: keep your ingredients separate. The dressing, the soft cheese, the oily olives, the crisp croutons—each of these need their own compartment, because no one wants a soggy salad come lunch time.

So when we went looking for a great salad container, we laid out three criteria: 1) A large-ish bowl for your greens. 2) A small separate container for dressing (and maybe a few more sections for other mix-ins). 3) Relatively easy portability. And luckily, we found some. So buh-bye, sad desk salad—these containers are ready to take great salads on the road.

Rubbermaid Brilliance Salad Lunch Storage Container

This stylish container has three compartments, plus a separate small, round container for dressing. It's of slightlyhigher quality than your standard plastic storage containers, and it comes in a variety of sizes, including a large 9.6 cup size, for those of you who like big salads. The insert tray that contains the two smaller sections is removable, so you can make more room for greens in the central compartment if you're not bringing mix-ins that will soggify your salad.

BUY IT: Rubbermaid Brilliance Salad Lunch Storage Container, 4.7 Cup, $15.99 on Amazon

Kilner Glassware Food On The Go Jar

An upgrade for your Mason jar salad. Layer your greens, nuts, cukes, and cheese in the jar, and keep the dressing in the metal container that attaches to the lid. Come lunchtime, your salad will still be crisp, dry, and ready to be dressed.

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BUY IT: Kilner Glassware Food On The Go Jar, 34-Fluid Ounces, $22.99 on Amazon

Divider Cup for Wide Mouth Mason Jars

What's that? You already have a lot of Mason jars on hand? In that case, buy these attachable dressing container. It'll attach to any size Mason or canning jar, as long as it has the standard 3″ internal diameter. And they come in a variety of cute, bright colors!

BUY IT: Divider Cup for Wide Mouth Mason Jars – For Salads, Dips, and Snacks, $9.99 on Amazon


Rosti Mepal Salad Lunch Box

Tough this looks like a regular one-compartment container, a hidden storage space in the lid allows for small amounts of toppings like nuts or croutons. The central compartment is extra roomy, and the container is made of glass—a great option for those of you who are freaked out by plastic. Of course, this wouldn't make the list unless it had that crucial mini storage container for dressing.

BUY IT: Rosti Mepal Salad Lunch Box, $36.00 at Food52

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Glad Home Collection Deep Dish Food Storage Containers

How are the containers that spill out of the drawers of your grandmother's kitchen one of the best vehicles for salad? Because they have a function we didn't know about until recently—one so genius, they earn a top spot. Just pop a small salad dressing storage container in the indentation at the top where the logo is, and bam—crispy, dry salads! The bonus: these old-school containers are inexpensive, so you won't worry too much if someone steals your lunch or you somehow lose it en route.

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