Mason jar salads are the freshest trend in produce this summer. Recipes are popping up everywhere, whether it’s your favorite magazine or Pinterest or even vending machines. Summer is an excellent time to be on the go and eat healthy with the best that the season has to offer. Let’s perfect our Mason jar salad recipes so we can eat them all year long.

Like any other salad, Mason jar salads, can become unhealthy if loaded with the wrong ingredients. They can also wilt, mix badly or become oversaturated with dressing if you don’t prepare them right. Follow these steps to build a better salad. When it is all done, it is like a farmers’ market stuffed into a jar. We promise you will love the results.

  1. First, pour in the dressing.
  2. Next, add your heavy ingredients. You don’t want to bruise or flatten the lettuce or other veggies or fruit. That creates a deflated and unappetizing mix.
  3. Use a wide-mouth jar for easy filling and emptying. Think quart-sized for lunch or dinner salads.
  4. Remember, the salad is meant to be poured into a bowl before serving. You are not expected to eat it out of the jar!!

Whether it is a simple field green salad or a Mediterranean mix we have some super yummy and healthy recipes just for you.

The High Protein Salad Mix

Ingredients: Lemon infused salad dressing works best and stays at the bottom. Add non-absorbent chickpeas, broccoli florets, and a layer of cooked quinoa, corn, green peas and a sprinkle of figs, pumpkin seeds. Top it off with a dash of Parmesan and leafy green spinach. It’s an excellent post-workout or dinner salad.

Fiesta Taco Salad

Ingredients: Cilantro-Lime dressing on the bottom, layer black beans over the dressing. Add chopped tomatoes, then corn. Next, add diced red bell pepper, a layer of cubed avocado and then the greens; field greens or spinach work best. Top off with a layer of shredded Monterey Jack cheese.   A flavorful vegetarian delight.

Caprese Salad in a Jar

Ingredients: Pour in a layer of balsamic vinaigrette dressing. Add cubes of buffalo mozzarella cheese. Pile on the grape tomatoes and then pack in the spinach leaves. Summer in a jar and on the go!

Chicken with Goat Cheese

Ingredients: Your leftover rotisserie chicken from last night, shredded. Place it over some raspberry vinaigrette dressing. Add a layer of celery, grape tomatoes and crumbled goat cheese. Next, sprinkle on chopped pecans, dried cranberries and mix of field greens and spinach. Leftovers used and a healthy mix of protein and antioxidants are all included.

What’s your favorite mason jar salad recipe?