The secret to a perfect and tasty Mason jar salad is all in the order.
The dressing goes in first. This is so important! This guarantees that your salad ingredients don’t get soggy.
Then go with a grain or a protein, or anything else big and chunky. This protects your more delicate ingredients from getting wet.
Then the fixings. Little things like shaved nuts, raisins, cheeses. The ingredients that you want to stay dry until juuuust before you eat it.
And if you have any leafy greens, they go in last. That way when you turn the Mason jar over and unload it all into a bowl, the greens will make the salad bed. Genius!
Choosing a smart combo of ingredients is also key.
You want to mix textures and flavors. And ideally, you’ll have a filling protein, something salty and crunchy, and something sweet and tangy. Here are some ideas from Earthbound Farm:
You can DIY your own salad with those tips, or you can make one of these genius concoctions below.
Your call! It’s all easy and tasty.
1. Fresh And Springy Walnut, Radish, And Apple Salad
The walnuts come with heart-healthy fats, and the apples add a hint of sweetness. Get the recipe.
2. Burrito Bowl Salad
These burrito bowl salads are healthier than your standard Mexican salad fare because they come with Greek yogurt and quinoa. Get the recipe.
3. Green Garden Vegan Salad
Yes, those are flowers on top, and they’re totally edible. As are the healthy and tasty veggies underneath. Get the recipe.
4. Layered Quinoa Salad With Beet Vinaigrette
That bright pink color comes from a homemade beet vinaigrette. And quinoa is a grain-like food with a lot of protein and fiber, which means it’ll fill you up. Get the recipe here.
5. Egg And Avocado Mixed Salad
This one’s got eggs, grapes, corn, nuts, and more. See how it’s made here.
6. Zucchini Noodle Salad With Peas And Quinoa
7. Asian Noodle Salad
Edamame + red bell peppers + carrots + a peanut butter-based sauce = crunchy, tasty goodness. Get the recipe.
8. Cajun Shrimp Jar
9. Pomegranate And Pear Salad
The pomegranates have vitamin C, the greens and pear slices have fiber, and the chopped nuts and crumbled feta provide healthy fat and protein. Get the recipe here: Pomegranate and Pear Salad Recipe From Mason Jar Salads, courtesy of Fake Food Free.
10. Rainbow Protein-Packed Salad
Taste the sweet, sweet antioxidants: Fill this salad with fruits and veggies of every color. Get the recipe.
11. Chopped Black Bean And Corn Salad
Black beans are a good source of protein, which should help you stay fuller for longer — no more midday crashes. Get the recipe.
12. Mason Jar Chickpea, Farro, And Greens Salad
Have you met farro? It’s a seriously under-appreciated grain. One cup of cooked farro contains about 10 grams of fiber and 14 grams of protein — which means that it’ll keep you feeling full and happy well into the afternoon. Get the recipe, courtesy of Cookie and Kate.
13. Whole Foods Inspired Layered Salad With Orange Ginger Dressing
This salad is topped with edamame, which is a good source of protein, fiber, vitamin C, and iron. Get the recipe here.
14. Sprouted Spring Salad
If you like your salads without leafy greens, swap ‘em for sprouts instead. Get the recipe.
15. Mango Black Bean Quinoa Salad With Honey Lime Vinaigrette
Mangos have a ton of vitamin C (one cup of sliced mangos contain about 76% of what you should eat in a day). Get the recipe.
16. Chicken And Spinach Salad Jars
The chicken adds healthy lean protein to the mix. Get the recipe.
17. Spinach Salad With Mozzarella, Orzo, And Snap Peas
Spinach is a cruciferous veggie (just like kale) that has iron, protein, and even some cancer-fighting properties. Get the recipe.