8 Healthy and Delicious Mason Jar Salad Recipes

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Mason jar salads are an amazing new discovery for me! It’s the perfect way to meal prep salads and keep them crisp and delicious! I’ve compiled 8 Healthy and Delicious Mason Jar Salad Recipes to get started!

Two mason jar salads on a wooden cutting board filled to the top with salad ingredients

Salads are the perfect lunch, but they will turn into soggy salads if you make them ahead of time. But not if you make them in a mason jar! It’s the perfect set up for salad! You put all your dressing and liquid-y ingredients in the bottom of the jar, and all your ingredients you want to stay crispy closer to the top of the jar. And then they don’t mix together until you want them to! Plus, food holds better in glass jars than in plastic containers. And a glass jar is such a great way to enjoy salad on the go and have them be fresh salads all at the same time.

A mason jar salad filled to the top with more salads in the background

​How to Make Perfect Mason Jar Salad

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Here’s everything you need to know to make your own jarred salads!

Jars

So, what kind of jars do you need for mason jar salads? You want to use wide mouth jars for sure, and I like the quart jars for bigger meal-sized salads. They don’t have to be the Mason jar brand either, the wide-mouth quart ball jars work just as perfectly and are sometimes much easier to find in the store! If you want smaller salads, you can use the pint jars, but definitely make sure any size you use are wide-mouth jars. 

Recommended Jars

Order of Ingredients

It’s important to put the ingredients in your salad in the jar in proper order. It keeps the ingredients from mixing and getting soggy and it also looks super pretty in the jar! The following order is a good roadmap and the best way to prepare your jar recipes. Here’s a full guide on how to properly layer your ingredients if you need it.

​Dressing

First, start with your salad dressing. It can be homemade salad dressing or store-bought, whichever you prefer. The dressing goes into the bottom of the jar. 

​Wet Ingredients

By wet ingredients, I mean things that are more liquid and not crunchy. This is where your tomatoes (chopped or cherry tomatoes) and cucumbers would go in the jar. If you had any fruits that had lots of juices like mandarin oranges, this is where that would go also. 

Crunchy Veggies

The next layers would be your crunchy veggies. This would be ingredients like crunchy carrots, shredded cabbage, red cabbage, bell peppers (red bell pepper is my favorite),  and red onion. 

Protein

Now it’s time for the heartier ingredients! Add in your rotisserie chicken, tuna, deli meat, quinoa and lentils! 

Softer Veggies

Next in the layers would be ingredients like chickpeas, black beans, hard-boiled eggs, or any fruits you want to add to the salad.

Lettuce

It’s finally time for the lettuce in our salad! Add in whatever kind of lettuce or leafy greens you’d like! I am a big fan of romaine lettuce mixed with baby spinach leaves. Feel free to use whatever type of lettuce combination you’d like!

Cheese

Now for the best part! Add in the cheese!! Use shredded cheese or get some crumbled feta cheese or blue cheese. The sky is the limit! Have whatever kind of cheese you’d like in your salad. 

Toppers

And finally, you’ll want to add in your toppings for the salad. This is where you’ll add in your croutons, sunflower seeds, green onion, nuts, or any other yummy salad toppers. 

Serving Your Mason Jar Salad

When it’s time to eat, give your mason jar a good shake, mix up the ingredients with the dressing, then just pour out the salad into a bowl or plate and enjoy! 

Mason Jar Salad Recipes

Here are some amazing and delicious mason jar salad recipes!

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Italian Pasta Salad in a mason jar with the ingredients layered with the dressing on the bottom, then pasta, lettuce, salami, tomatoes, corn and cheese.
www.acedarspoon.com
Italian Pasta Mason Jar Salad
This Italian Pasta Mason Jar Salad is great for your weekly meal-prep. Mason jar salads can be made ahead of time by layering your favorite dressing, vegetables, pasta and greens.
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2
Berries and salad fixing in a mason jar
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Mixed Berry Chopped Mason Jar Salad {Quick and Easy, Make Ahead}
Make life easier and prepare this easy, healthy Mixed Berry Mason Jar Salad ahead of time! Ok, I will admit I was hesitant about this whole mason jar salad trend. I just didn’t get it. What’s the point in putting a whole salad in a mason jar? And wouldn’t it be hard to eat out…Read More
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3
Taco salad layered in a mason jar, starting with salsa on the bottom, then tomatoes and lettuce, corn, seasoned beef, green onions, cheese and corn chips.
www.jenaroundtheworld.com
Layered Taco Salad in a Jar
If you are looking for a way to use up your leftover taco Tuesday ingredients, look no further! This delicious layered Taco Salad is a hit.
Check out this recipe
4
Strawberry Spiniach Salad in a jar in layers with lettuce, chicken, blueberries, red onion, strawberries and nuts.
www.kimandkalee.com
Paleo Strawberry Spinach Salad with Rotisserie Chicken in a Mason Jar
Our Paleo Strawberry Spinach Salad with Walnuts & Rotisserie Chicken is gluten-free & Whole 30 friendly! We love how quick & healthy this lunch is to make!
Check out this recipe
5
Peanut Crunch salad in a mason jar with dressing, quinoa, cabbage, peanuts and edamame in a jar.
www.avirtualvegan.com
Peanut Crunch Salad in a Jar
Make healthy, protein packed, super tasty Peanut Crunch Salad in a Jar as part of your meal prep and you’ll have grab-and-go lunches all ready for the entire week!
Check out this recipe
6
Cobb salad with chickpeas in a mason jar
www.lotuscalming.com
Healthy Cobb Salad With Chickpeas
In the fast-paced world we live in, finding a balance between a healthy lifestyle and a busy schedule can be challenging. Enter the Mason Jar Salad – a convenient and nutritious solution for individuals striving
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7
Asian Chicken Salad with cabbage, chicken, cucumbers, oranges and dressing
www.lesswithlaur.com
How to Make Delicious Asian Chicken Jar Salad
If you’re looking for a delicious and healthy meal that’s both gluten-free and dairy-free, look no further than this Asian Chicken Jar Salad!
Check out this recipe
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Italian Orzo Pasta Salad in a mason jar with tomatoes, mozzarella, orzo pasta and spinach with dressing in a jar.
www.attachmentmummy.com
Italian Orzo Pasta Mason Jar Salad Recipe
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Mason jar salad filled with quinoa, tomatoes and avocados

Wrap Up – 8 Healthy and Delicious Mason Jar Salad Recipes

Mason jar salads make quite a large salad that’s perfect for a meal! If you follow these steps and try out these recipes, you’ll find your favorite combination for your ultimate mason jar salad! Meal prep mason jar salads make for an entire week of easy lunch! I hope you’ve enjoyed all these healthy options and starter ideas for making your own salads! It’s a simple formula to follow and your own salad will come out perfect every time. I can’t wait to hear all about your combinations of salads. Let me know what your favorite ones are! Happy Salad Making! And until next time… Just Keep Shuffling!

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