Have you ever seen that Pinterest quote from comedian Adam Norwest? It goes like this, “My wife is addicted to Pinterest. If you don’t know what Pinterest is… it’s where your wife stares at the computer for 8 hours and then you eat salads out of mason jars.” lol It cracks me up every time I read it. And I actually think it’s pretty much exactly what my husband would say if he had to describe Pinterest!
If you were going to try out JUST ONE THING from Pinterest it should definitely be a mason jar salad. I’m not usually a sucker for gimmicks, but I have to admit, I’ve totally fallen in love with mason jar salads! I’ve made them a few times, and my absolute favourite part is that since you’re making them in a mason jar and sealing them with the mason jar lid, you can actually make a bunch of them and store them in your fridge for days!
I went on a mason jar salad binge last year. I made them once a week for a few weeks and it was amazing! I used old lids when I made mine, but they still managed to seal well and they lasted 5 days in the fridge with no problems. The lettuce was still crisp. Nothing was soggy. And best of all, when I wanted a side dish to go with our dinners those weeks, all I had to do was shake the jar, and pour it into a serving bowl. Easy peasy and mega healthy! I ate a lot of salad lunches those weeks too. (I should really do that again…)
I love salads, but I hate the chopping. All that chopping. Oh man. I cringe when my kids or husband ask for a salad with dinner, because it just seems to take so much time. But the great thing about mason jar salads is that you can prep all the ingredients once, and make enough to last for 5 days, maybe even longer. (We ate ours before then, so we didn’t get to find out if they lasted longer…) So when you need an easy lunch or side dish, it’s fresh and ready to go!
33 Healthy Mason Jar Salads
If you’ve never made a mason jar salad before, then I definitely recommend checking out this Salad in a Jar 101 post from Back to Her Roots. It’s the article I used when I started making mason jar salads and it will tell you everything you need to know about how to keep your salads fresh and how to separate your ingredients.
You can use any of these recipes, or you can follow the basics and make up your own! What I loved was that it made me try adventurous flavour and veggie combinations. From guacamole salad to taco salad to egg salad, you can make your life easier by making your salads ahead and putting them in a mason jar!
(Not that I want you to be a crowd follower in the mason jar salad craze, but this time it’s totally worth it!)
Marinated White Bean Salad Jars via Foxes Love Lemons
Arugula and Watermelon Salad in a Jar via Sweet Peas and Saffron
Shrimp and Feta Cobb Salad via Savoring The Thyme
Ranch Chicken Salad in a Jar via Food For My Family
Antipasto Mason Jar Salad via Organize Yourself Skinny
Grab and Go Caprese Salad via Foodydiy
Taco Salad in a Jar via Pocket Change Gourmet
Chef Salads in a Jar via Comfortably Domestic
Fresh Salad All Week via POPSUGAR
Egg Salad Mason Jar via Make and Takes
Zucchini Pasta Salad with Avocado Spinach Dressing via Sugar-Free Mom
Packing the Perfect Mason Jar Salad via POPSUGAR
Ranch Rotini Mason Jar Salad via Snafood
Chicken, Apple and Pecan Salad in a Jar via Damn Delicious
Greek Zucchini Salad in a Mason Jar via The Beachbody
Ultimate Fall Mason Jar Salad via POPSUGAR
Asian Noodle Salad Jar via Foxes Love Lemons
Southwestern Black Bean Salad via Eat Spin Run Repeat
Mexican Chickpea Salad with Chile Lime Dressing via Back To Her Roots
Mason Jar Southwest Salad via My Frugal Adventures
Spinach and Bacon Mason Jar Salad via The Seasoned Mom
Fruit Salad with Blueberry Lemon Dressing via Produce With Amy
Grilled Chicken, Beet, Apple and Spinach Salad via POPSUGAR
Guacamole Mason Jar Salad via POPSUGAR
Cucumber, Celery and Tomato with Lemon Dressing via A Beach Cottage
Radish, Apple and Celery Mason Jar Salad via Eat Within Your Means
Red, White and Blue Mason Jar Salad via The Cookie Rookie
Roasted Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad via POPSUGAR
Mason Jar Chickpea, Farro and Greens Salad via Cookie + Kate
Mason Jar Fruit Salad via Mason Jar Crafts Love
Creamy Roasted Garlic Mason Jar Salad via The Organised Housewife
BLT Salad in a Jar via It All Started With Paint
Greek Mason Jar Salad via Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice
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