4 Easy Mason Jar Salads To Try - The Produce Moms

Mason jar salads are a smart way to always have a healthy snack or meal ready to go. With a little bit of prep work, you can batch-make salads to have on hand throughout the week. If you find yourself reaching for questionable food choices midday, give this solution a try!

Not only are they convenient, but mason jar salads are inexpensive too. When you break down the costs of batch-making salads each assembled jar is just a dollar or two — busting the myth that healthy eating has to be expensive.

Mason Jar Salad Ideas

It’s all about the layers

When prepared properly, mason jar salads can stay fresh in the refrigerator for several days. Freshness is key because you won’t want to reach for a soggy salad. The trick is layering your ingredients in the right order.

To prevent ingredients from getting mushy, you need to be smart about how you layer them in the jar. Always begin with the salad dressing. Next, layer in grains, legumes, and hardier fruits and vegetables that won’t easily absorb the dressing — items like broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, and radishes. Next up is more delicate veggies and fruits. Then layer on your protein — chicken, salmon, hard-boiled eggs, etc. Finally, layer in your greens.

Endless options

There is no end to what salad combinations you can create. And don’t just think about green salads! Mason jars are a great way to batch and store grain salads, fruit salads, taco salads, chicken salads… any salad you like!

Here are some ingredients to consider for your salad creations:

Mason Jar Salad Ingredients

4 easy mason jar recipes

These four mason jar salads are great for beginners because they are easy and appeal to just about any taste. Simply layer the ingredients in the jars and store them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to enjoy. Shake the jar right before eating to distribute the dressing.

Pasta Salad

Pasta Mason Jar Salad

Ingredients (from bottom to top)
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • Black Olives
  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Bowtie Pasta
  • Red Onion
  • Baby Spinach
  • Goat Cheese Crumbles

Burrito Salad

Burrito Mason Jar Salad

Ingredients (from bottom to top)
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Black Beans
  • Brown Rice
  • Avocado
  • Corn
  • Mixed Greens
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Salmon & Spinach Salad

Salmon & Spinach Salad

Ingredients (from bottom to top)
  • Poppyseed Dressing
  • Brown Rice
  • Avocado
  • Baby Spinach
  • Green Onions
  • Smoked Salmon
  • Goat Cheese

Greek Salad

Greek Mason Jar Salad

Ingredients (from bottom to top)
  • Greek Dressing
  • Cucumber
  • Black Olives
  • Chickpeas
  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Red Onion
  • Iceberg Lettuce
  • Feta Cheese

Which mason jar salad will you try first? Share your favorite combination of ingredients in the comments below, or tag us in your food photos on Instagram @theproducemoms.

Easy Mason Jar Salads

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Lori Taylor

Author: Lori Taylor

Lori Taylor is the Founder & CEO of The Produce Moms. For ten years she sold fresh produce to over 300 grocery stores throughout the United States, and today she is fully focused on working with the produce supply chain, media, and government to increase fresh produce access & consumption in the US and around the globe. Connect with Lori on LinkedIn.

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