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Mason Jar Salad Recipes
Mason Jar Salads are easy to make, easy to store and work great for those of you who like to prep lunches for the week ahead of time! Check out our round up with some of the tastiest mason jar salads out there!
Mason Jar Salads Are Easy to Prep Ahead
We love mason jar salads for a few different reasons. First of all, they are super easy to prep ahead of time. I know that it’s easy to assume that they can only be prepped a day or two before you eat them because the wet ingredients will wilt the lettuce. That’s where layering becomes essential because if you layer them correctly (by keeping the wet ingredients at the bottom and separate from the lettuce) you can easily make a week’s worth of salads on the weekend and Friday’s salad will taste as good as Monday’s salad.
Best Containers for Mason Jar Salads
We love using wide mouth quart-sized glass mason jars for our salads, but you can really use a variety of different containers, including plastic/tupperware type containers. As long as your container is big enough to hold the ingredients and tall enough to stack the ingredients and keep the wet items (dressing, tomatoes, etc) away from the dry items (lettuce, kale, spinach, etc), container choice is up to you.
Easy Shortcuts for Mason Jar Prep
There are several things you can do ahead of time to really cut down on the prep work involved with making your salads.
- Batch cook meat (for example, chicken) ahead of time. We use our Instant Pot or sometimes the slow cooker to cook up several boneless skinless chicken breasts at a time to use in salads. Have you take a look at all of our Instant Pot recipes lately?
- Hard boil eggs ahead of time so they are ready to be sliced up for salads or simply added to the jar whole. You can hard boil eggs in 5 minutes in a pressure cooker. See our pressure cooker hard boiled eggs post to learn how.
- No time to cook? Buy a rotisserie chicken at the store and simply cut it up for your salads.
Best Mason Jar Salad Recipes
Check out these delicious sounding mason jar salad recipes from around the web! It’s easy to see just by glancing at the list that these salads are incredibly versatile when it comes to ingredients and flavors. Pick your favorites and give them a try!
Chicken Apple Mason Jar Salad Recipe from Melanie Cooks
Loaded Salad in a Jar from Bitz and Giggles
BBQ Ranch Chicken Mason Jar Salads from Mama Cheaps
Southern 7 Layer Salad in a Mason Jar from For the Love of Food
5 Low Carb Cauliflower Salad Jars from My Life Cookbook
Mason Jar Pasta Salad from Finding Zest
Cheeseburger Salad in a Jar with Special Sauce from Finding Zest
Balsamic Chicken Mason Jar Salads from Mama Cheaps
Loaded Tuna Mason Jar Salad from Confessions of an Overworked Mom
Pasta Primavera in a Jar from Midlife Healthy Living
Ranch Mason Jar Salad from Creative Green Living
Rainbow Mason Jar Salad from Hearth and Vine
Spring Roll Quinoa Salad (GF and Vegan) from One Lovely Life
Quinoa Chickpea Mason Jar Salad Recipe from Melanie Cooks
Orzo Salad with Starfruit Salsa from Vintage Kitty
Japanese Soba Noodle Bowl Mason Jar Salad (Vegan, Gluten-Free) from Melanie Cooks
Black Bean, Corn and Salsa Mason Jar Salads from Mama Cheaps
Mediterranean Salad in a Jar Recipe from Jeanette’s Healthy Living