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How to Make Mason Jar Salads + 3 Easy Recipes

Salads are one of my all time favorite foods, especially in the summer.  I could eat a salad every single day! However, my family doesn’t share my affinity for all things salad, and they get super cranky when we have large meal salads multiple days in a row. Mason Jar salads are the perfect solution to my wanting to eat healthy and enjoy a great salad without prepping two different meals each night for dinner. It takes a little bit of prep work at the beginning of the week, but then you have a week’s worth of easy lunches or healthy dinners all ready to go!

So easy! I love Salads in a mason jar as they are quick and perfect for on the go – and they help me eat healthier all summer! 3 yummy salad recipes included making lunch a snap!

The key to keeping the salads fresh for up to 5 days in the refrigerator is all in the layering. You’ll first need a mason jar  I like the quart size mason jars because I like large salads. I also found the wide-mouthed jars are the easiest to fill and later to dump on your plate when you are ready to eat. You can get a whole set of 12 for around $20 on Amazon, they are absolutely worth the investment!

Layering: the simple layering rule is wet on the bottom, and dry on the top.

Layer 1: Dressing

Layer 2: vegetables that are fine getting wet.

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Some of my favorite bottom veggies are: baby carrots, celery chunks, grape tomatoes, cucumber slices, apples, and bell peppers.

Layer 3: legumes, cooked pastas, fruits, canned veggies (corn, peas, etc.)

Layer 4: meats (chicken, eggs, bacon, etc.) and cheeses

Layer 5: leafy greens (lettuce, spinach, kale, etc.)

Layer 6: nuts, chips, croutons (all the dry ingredients)

Put a lid and ring on top, keep it upright, and keep it refrigerated until you are ready to eat it.  When it is time for your meal, just tip it upside down and dump all the ingredients into a large bowl or onto a plate. Mix it up and enjoy!

3 Delicious Mason Jar Salads

So easy! I love salads in a mason jar as they are quick and perfect on the go - and they help me eat healthier all summer! Three yummy salad recipes included making lunch a snap!

Parisian Salad

  • Girard’s White Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • Lettuce Spring Mix
  • Feta Cheese
  • Craisins
  • Candied Walnuts

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So easy! I love salads in a mason jar as they are quick and perfect on the go - and they help me eat healthier all summer! Three yummy salad recipes included making lunch a snap!

Taco Salad

  • Salsa
  • Yellow bell peppers
  • Corn
  • Black beans (rinsed)
  • Sliced olives
  • Shredded cheese
  • Shredded chicken
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Chips (I actually prefer to keep my chips in a bag separate from the salad)

So easy! I love salads in a mason jar as they are quick and perfect on the go - and they help me eat healthier all summer! Three yummy salad recipes included making lunch a snap!

Classic Caesar Salad

  • Caesar Vinaigrette Dressing
  • Sliced Red Onions
  • Black Olives (halved)
  • Feta or Parmesan Cheese
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Croutons

 

I’ve found that if I’m prepping salads for the week, it helps to pick two types of jar salads for that week. There is enough variety that I am not eating the same salad every day, but the least amount of work.

Do you have a salad recipe you love that you could easily turn into Mason Jar Salads?

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Stacey

Sunday 17th of July 2016

I love the idea of a salad I can just reach in and grab. The jars make them a little more special too. Love the Girard's dressing. :)

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Lisa Bristol

Saturday 9th of July 2016

This is a fantastic idea. I will have to try preparing for the week. It would save me a ton of time.

Ann Bacciaglia

Saturday 9th of July 2016

I have done this a few times for lunch. It is a great way to bring your salad to work.

Janeane Davis

Friday 8th of July 2016

I never thought about putting a week's worth of salads in a mason jar. It seems like such a smart idea to prepare in advance and to have such a nice treat ready!

janis

Friday 8th of July 2016

These look like a ton of fun to make! They'd be great for my kids to take to camp, or on the road, basically anywhere.