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How To Prep Mason Jar Salads for Healthy Eating

Mason jar salad recipes have revolutionized the way you can approach meal prep. This is the best way to assemble a week’s worth of healthy eating.  All of the crunchy veggie salad ingredients are prepared once and stored inside wide mouth jars. Healthy mason jar salads help you to maintain a healthy diet. 

Benefits of Mason Jar Salads for Meal Prep

The concept of healthy mason jar salads is not just a trend; it’s a lifestyle change that simplifies eating nutritiously. Imagine a week’s worth of vibrant, crunchy veggies and a medley of salad ingredients, all neatly packed in wide-mouth jars, sitting in your fridge. Just remember any kind of canning jar will work any size mason jar that is best for your family’s meals. 

This easy and eye-appealing method is the easy way to ensure you have quick access to meal-sized salads any time of the day. The key is in the layering – starting with the dressing at the bottom and ending with the greens at the top, ensuring your salad stays fresh and crisp. Or you can leave the salad dressing out and try different dressings each time you pull out of your fresh salads. 

5 pint mason jars with salad layed in them with 2 jars one of vinegar and one of olive oil on a white counter

Wide Mouth Jars: The Ideal Choice for Mason Jar Salads

Wide mouth jars are the best option for mason jar salads. They not only make it easier to fill and empty the contents but also provide ample space for a balanced mix of ingredients. The wide mouth jars are easy to pack with veggies and fit nicely in most fridge drawers.

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How to layer your Mason Jar Salad Recipes

The mason jar recipes are so simple. Use your favorite salad recipes and add different ingredients. There is not a proper order but here are my suggestions.

At the very bottom of the jar, if you are going to include dressing should be your salad dressing. Pick from ranch dressing, balsamic dressing, olive oil, vinegar, a simple lime juice, and/or any homemade salad dressing 

After the dressing at the bottom add the non-absorbent ingredients. You can layer edamame,  black beans, garbanzo beans, quinoa, and chicken breast. These ingredients will give you all the protein you need for a full meal. 

Next, start with the crispy crunchy veggies first. Start with red onion, bell peppers, green onions, and celery. The next layer will be your softer veggies; grape tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and red cabbage. 

You want to leave the leafy greens for the last so you do not have a soggy salad. Also to ensure that you do not have a soggy salad put on the very top if you are using hard-boiled eggs. 

Equipment for Mason Jar Salad Recipes

A collage of ingredients for the salad chopped carrots chopped green onions chopped red onion edamame and Romain lettuce.

Ingredients Needed for Healthy Mason Jar Salads

  • Edamame
  • Black beans 
  • Garbanzo Beans
  • Optional Quiona or Chicken breast
  • White Onion or Red Onion
  • Bell Pepper
  • Green Onions
  • Celery
  • Grape Tomatoes or Cherry Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Red Cabbage
  • Lettuce
  • Optional Hard-Boiled Eggs
Top down view have a healthy salad and a white bowl with some herbs and a tomato on the counter.

How to Make A Stay Fresh Mason Jar Salad

  1. Wash and Dry 6 to 12 Wide Mouth Jars (for my husband and I, I make 12 at a time, that way we have 6 meals that we can have a side salad without the work. And Yes the salads have lasted for me up to 7 days)
  2. First Layer: If you are using a store-bought or homemade salad dressing have this ready first. 
  3. Add 
  4. Next, have all the ingredients you want in your salad on the counter. 
  5. Second Layer: Add 1 to 2 Tablespoons of dressing the to very bottom of each jar.
  6. Third Layer: I start by adding 1 tablespoon of Edamame, black beans, or garbanzo beans to the bottom of the jar. 
  7. Fourth Layer: 1 tablespoon of onion, 1 tablespoon of bell pepper (any color), 1 tablespoon of celery.
  8. Fifth Layer: 1 to 2 tablespoons of tomatoes, and 1 to 2 tablespoons of cucumber.
  9. Sixth layer: Finely chop 1 and 1/2 cups of lettuce stuffed on the top and pressed down. 
  10. Cover the jar with the lid and rim and refrigerate. 

FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions Answered

How long do mason jar salads last?

Mason jar salads typically last for 4-5 days in the refrigerator.

What size jar is best for a mason jar salad?

A pint-sized jar is ideal for a single serving, while a quart-sized jar is suitable for a larger meal.

Can I add fruit to my mason jar salad?

Absolutely! Fruits like apples, berries, or oranges add a sweet touch.

Is it necessary to include a dressing?

While not mandatory, a dressing adds flavor and moisture to your salad. If I am serving the salads at home I leave it out. If traveling I add to the bottom.

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3 pint mason jars with salad layed in them with 2 jars one of vinegar and one of olive oil on a white counter

How To Prep Mason Jar Salads for Healthy Eating

  • Author: Crafting a Family Dinner
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Category: side dish
  • Method: meal prep
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Mason jar salad recipes have revolutionized the way you can approach meal prep. This is the best way to assemble a week’s worth of healthy eating.  All of the crunchy veggie salad ingredients are prepared once and stored inside wide mouth jars. Healthy mason jar salads help you to maintain a healthy diet. 


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 package of Edamame
  • 1 can of Black Beans
  • 1 can of Garbanzo beans
  • 2 Bell Peppers
  • 1 bunch of Green Onion
  • 6 stocks of Celery
  • Grape Tomatoes or Cherry Tomatoes
  • 2 English cucumbers
  • 2 heads of Ice Berg lettuce or Romaine Lettuce
  • Optional Quoina, Chicken Breast or hard-boiled Eggs

Instructions

  1. Keep in mind that you can use any veggies you like, mix and match, and use any veggies that you have in the fridge. Each time I make this recipe it is different than the last and we love the convenience of a salad in a jar in the fridge when we do not want to prepare a meal. 

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