Easy Mason Jar Salad Recipe (Healthy Lunch Idea)

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Mason jar meals are a great way of packing lunches on the go. Forget the peanut butter and jelly sandwich and try this mason jar salad recipe instead!

salad in a mason jar in the refrigerator

I love simple mason jar salad recipes because there are so many different variations. You won’t have any trouble finding a recipe for even the most picky family members. They make easy meals and healthy lunch ideas for work or school.

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How Long Will Salads Last In Mason Jars

If you assemble your fresh ingredients in the correct order with the most delicate ingredients towards the top of the jar, your favorite salad recipes will last for up to 5 days.

Mason jar meal prep is perfect for those busy weeks when you want to make sure you have healthy lunches ready to go for every day of the week.

What Size Mason Jar Is Best For Salads

The wide mouth mason jars are the most commonly used in the pint size (16 oz.) because they are easy to get all the ingredients in and out of the jar. But you could also use the quart sized jar (32 oz.).

If you don’t have mason jars, you could also use empty pasta sauce glass jars. The only downside to those jars is that they don’t have a wide mouth, but will definitely work in a pinch. I actually used a pasta sauce jar for this recipe because that’s all I had available at the moment.

What Ingredients Are Best For Mason Jar Salad Recipes

The possibilities really are endless! Just make sure you always place wet ingredients in the bottom and dry ingredients on top.

Here are a few ingredient ideas to get you started with your own mason jar salad recipe creations…

  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Beets
  • Hummus
  • Mushrooms
  • Red Pepper or favorite bell pepper
  • Cheese
  • Shredded carrots
  • Celery
  • Cooked chicken breast
  • Cooked ground beef
  • Beans
  • Quinoa
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Apples
  • Snap peas
  • Corn
  • Bacon
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Sun flower seeds
  • Pecans or walnuts
  • Peas

Best Way To Assemble Simple Mason Jar Salads

  1. You always want to start with the salad dressing at the bottom of the jar.
  2. After the dressing you add your choice of whole grains or filling protein to let it absorb some of the flavor from the dressing.
  3. Tough veggies like cucumber, red pepper or carrots go next.
  4. The rest of the jar is filled with your favorite ingredients except the salad greens.
  5. Leafy greens go in last.

Classic Recipe


Mason Jar With Lid

Measuring Cups

Measuring Spoons

Cutting Board and Knife

Mason Jar Dressing Ingredients

  • Red onion
  • Olive oil
  • White wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper

Salad Ingredients

mason jar salad recipe ingredients
  • Chickpeas
  • Cucumber
  • Feta cheese
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Leafy greens

Perfect Mason Jar Salad Recipe Assembly Instructions

  1. Finely chop the onion and add it to the bottom of the mason jar.
  2. Add olive oil and white wine vinegar.
  3. Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste and mix well. That’s the salad dressing.
  4. To the salad dressing add the chickpeas.
  5. Next a layer of cubed cucumber.
  6. Sprinkle crumbled feta cheese.
  7. On top of that a layer of cherry tomatoes cut in half or quarters.
  8. Fill the rest of the jar with your favorite fresh leafy greens. I like to use the baby spring mix for this salad, but any fresh greens will work.

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Easy Mason Jar Salad Recipe

Simple and delicious mason jar salad recipe, perfect for an on the go healthy lunch.

  • Mason jar (16 oz.)
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped red onion
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp white wine vinegar
  • Salt and Pepper (To taste)
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas
  • 3/4 cup cubed cucumber (peeled)
  • 4 Tbsp feta cheese (crumbled)
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • 1 cup mixed baby greens
  1. Add onion, olive oil, white wine vinegar, salt and pepper to the bottom of the mason jar and mix well.

  2. Layer the rest of the ingredients in the order listed.

  3. Put lid on and store in the fridge for up to 5 days.

  4. When ready to eat, turn the jar upside down for 3 minutes and then eat right out of the jar.

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Pretty soon you will be making up your own mason jar salad recipe using simple ingredients with all your favorite mix-ins, and sharing your creations on social media! I’d love for you to tag me on instagram when you do @keeper.of.our.home

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  1. I love your list of ingredients that do well in jars! That can be the hardest part of packing this kind of meal ahead, so that is super helpful to know! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I am so glad I found this post of yours! My husband and I were just talking today about wanting to eat more salads for lunches and have him bring them to work, but figuring out the best way to store and bring to work is a challenge. We will be trying this out! Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

    1. Oh yay! Mason jars is definitely the way to take salads on the go. And there are soooo many variations too, you can mix and match your favorite salad ingredients so easily!

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