If you thought mason jars were just for canning, then get ready to have your mind blown! These Mason Jar salads may be the best thing that’s ever happened to #MealPrepMonday.
What You Need
First, go out and buy yourself a dozen 32-ounce wide mouth mason jars. Spring for plastic lids if you can. Mason jars come with metal ones, but they rust over time. Good news, this is all the equipment you need.
Now, you need to focus on layering- which is the key to a soggy -free lunch!
7 Steps to The Perfect Salad In A Jar
Layer 1 Dressing: Always start with dressing! Use as much as you like, but usually, 3-4 tablespoons is enough
Layer 2 Crisp Veggie Barrier: Add ingredients like non-absorbent veggies (carrots, cucumbers, onions, peppers) and legumes like chickpeas and beans that won’t soak up all the dressing
Layer 3 Veggie Layer: Continue layering with softer vegetables like tomatoes, mushrooms, and fruit
Layer 4 Grain & Pasta Layer: Add any quinoa, brown rice, or pasta
Layer 5 Protein: Now you’re ready to add in ingredients like hard boiled eggs, chicken, tuna, and cheese
Layer 6 Crunch Time: Add nuts & seeds for added protein, flavor and texture
Layer 7 Greens: The final step is adding is lettuce, arugula, or romaine!
Salads in a Jar are super easy to meal prep and last a week in your fridge! Ready to see what all the fuss is about? Here are 16 fabulous recipes that make the perfect portable lunch!
16 Salads For Meal Prep
Summer Quinoa Salad Jars with Lemon Dill Dressing | Pinch of Yum
Vegan Salad in a Jar | Healthy Happy Life
Southwestern Quinoa Salads | Making Thyme For Health
Chicken Cobb | A Sweet Pea Chef
Cruciferous Salad With Asian Sesame Dressing | MJ & Hungryman
Chef Salad in A Jar | Comfortably Domestic
Healthy Low Carb Meal Prep: Greek Salad with Chicken | Wholesome Yum
Meal Prep Low Carb Big Mac Salad Jars | The Girl on Bloor
Wheat Berry & Blistered Tomato Salad with Basil Almond Pesto | Floating Kitchen
Apple Harvest Salad | The Seasoned Mom
Meal Prep Salad: Low Carb Chicken Avocado Club | Eating Bird Food
Antipasto Salad | Organize Yourself Skinny
Turkey Burger (Low Carb+High Protein) | Food Faith Fitness
Chicken Salad with No-Mayo Dressing | Kristine’s Kitchen
Shrimp & Feta Cobb Salad | Savor The Thyme
Southwest Chicken Salad | A Simplified Life
Did I Miss Anything?
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Or maybe I didn’t mention one of your favorite recipes?
Either way, please let me know by leaving a comment below!
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