Mason Jar Salads are all the rage right now, and for good reason! They’re an easy way to take a salad on the go since they come in a portable container. Here’s how you can make your own with these step-by-step instructions.
How to make a mason jar salad
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There’s something so satisfying about a mason jar salad. Maybe it’s the way all the ingredients are layered in there, or maybe it’s the fact that they’re easy to grab and go. Whatever the reason, we’re big fans of these tasty little salads.
If you’ve never made a mason jar salad before, don’t worry – it’s easy! Just follow these simple steps and you’ll be on your way to salad bliss.
- Start with a base of greens. We like to use spinach or arugula, but you can use whatever you like best.
- Add some chopped vegetables. tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell peppers are all great choices.
- Throw in some protein. Cooked chicken, hard-boiled eggs, or canned tuna are all good options.
- Top it off with a dressing of your choice. We like vinaigrettes or light ranch dressings best, but feel free to get creative!
- Seal up your jar and refrigerate until you’re ready to eat. These salads will stay fresh for up to 4 days, so they make great meal prep options!
Assemble your ingredients
Before you start assembling your salad, make sure to have all of your ingredients prepped and within reach. This will make the process go much smoother.
For this mason jar salad, you’ll need:
- 1 cup of chopped greens (we used romaine lettuce)
- 1/2 cup of diced tomatoes
- 1/4 cup of diced cucumber
- 1/4 cup of shredded carrots
- 1/4 cup of chickpeas
- 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- salt and pepper, to taste
Once you have all of your ingredients ready, it’s time to start assembling!
Spoon in the dressing on the bottom
If you’re making a Mason jar salad for the first time, one of the most important things to remember is to put the dressing on the bottom. This will ensure that your salad ingredients don’t get soggy and that all of the flavors mix together perfectly.
To do this, simply add your desired amount of dressing to the bottom of the jar, then add your other ingredients on top. When you’re ready to eat, simply give the jar a shake and enjoy!
Add your heavier ingredients first
As you’re adding your salad ingredients, it’s important to start with the heavier ones first. This will ensure that all of your ingredients get evenly distributed throughout the jar and that none of them are stuck on the bottom.
Start by adding things like nuts, grains, or beans to the bottom of the jar. Then, add in your other ingredients like greens, vegetables, and fruits.
Use a fork to eat
When you’re ready to enjoy your Mason jar salad, be sure to use a fork instead of trying to eat it straight from the jar. This will help ensure that all of the flavors mix together perfectly and that you don’t end up with a mouthful of just dressing.
If you’re eating your salad at work or on the go, be sure to pack a fork in your bag so that you can easily enjoy it when you’re ready!
Add in the grains and/or protein
Assuming you’ve already added your greens and dressing to your mason jar salad, it’s now time to add in the grains and/or protein. This is where you can get creative with your salad and make it your own. Some grains or proteins you could add include:
-Shredded chicken or turkey
-Nuts or seeds
The possibilities are endless when it comes to adding grains and proteins to your salad. Just be sure not to overdo it on the ingredients, as you don’t want your salad to be too heavy. Once you’ve added your desired ingredients, give your salad a good shake (with the lid on tight!) and enjoy!
Layer in your vegetables and toppings
When it comes to packing a mason jar salad, layering is key. You’ll want to start with your greens, then add in your hardier vegetables, followed by your softer vegetables and fruits. Finally, top it off with your dress of choice. Here’s a step-by-step guide to layering your mason jar salad for the perfect packed lunch:
- Start with a layer of greens. Spinach, arugula, and kale are all great options.
- Add in a layer of hardier vegetables, such as diced tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers.
- Top with a layer of softer vegetables or fruit, such as grated carrots, chopped apples, or berries.
- Finally, add your dressing of choice. A vinaigrette or creamy dressing works well here.
Making a mason jar salad is a great way to meal prep for the week ahead. By following our simple steps, you’ll be able to make a delicious and nutritious salad that will stay fresh all week long. Not to mention, mason jar salads are incredibly easy to customize, so you can always mix things up and try new flavor combinations. So what are you waiting for? Give our recipe a try today!