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3 mason jars in a row, each containing a different salad inside.
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5 Mix & Match Mason Jar Salad Recipes {Healthy Lunches}

These Mix and Match Mason Jar Salad Recipes make healthy lunches easy – they're great for meal prep and will keep your salad fresh for days!  
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 239kcal

Ingredients

Make ahead ingredients

  • 1-2 chicken breasts (depends on how many jars you're making - 1 breast per two jars is standard)
  • 1 cup quinoa (dry)

Tex Mex salad jars

  • chicken
  • cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • red onion, diced
  • grated cheddar cheese
  • lettuce, chopped

Tex Mex dressing

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper

Greek salad jars

  • chickpeas
  • cucumber
  • cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • red onion, diced
  • baby spinach

Greek dressing

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper

Caprese salad jars

  • quinoa
  • cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • bocconcini cheese
  • red onion, diced
  • baby spinach

Balsamic dressing

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper

Ranch salad jars

  • chicken
  • cucumber
  • cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • grated cheddar cheese
  • lettuce, chopped

Ranch dressing

  • 1-2 tbsp bottled ranch dressing

Green goddess salad jars

  • chickpeas
  • quinoa
  • cucumber
  • edamame
  • spinach

Green goddess dressing

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp packed cilantro or parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp sour cream
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp each salt & pepper

Instructions

  • Cook make-ahead ingredients: Bake chicken breasts with a little bit of olive oil, salt & pepper in a 400 F for 20 min. When cooled, dice up into 1-inch pieces. Meanwhile, make quinoa in a rice cooker - combine 1 cup quinoa with 2 cups water and cook until all liquid is absorbed.
  • Mix together dressing of choice - you can use the homemade versions listed above or store-bought versions to save time. Each salad jar should require only 1-2 tbsp of dressing.
  • Add dressing of choice to the bottom of a 16-oz mason jar. Layer in ingredients of choice in order of what is listed. For instance, for the Mexican jars, add in chicken, cherry tomatoes, red onion, cheese and lettuce to the jar in that order.
  • Jars will keep in fridge up to 4 or 5 days. For easy meal prep, cook chicken and quinoa ahead of time up to 24 hours in advance so all you have to do is assemble. 
  • Serve by shaking mason jar so dressing gets distributed, then dump in a large bowl to eat. Enjoy!

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Notes

Nutrition values are approximate and will depend on what you put in each jar.
Mix and match your ingredients to enjoy different salads throughout the week.
Layer the dressing on the bottom followed by the grains/protein, other veggies and leafy greens on top.
Store mason jar salads in the fridge for 4 to 5 days depending on the ingredients.
Eat your salad right out of the mason jar or dump it all in a bowl before eating.

Nutrition

Calories: 239kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 77mg | Potassium: 369mg | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin A: 190IU | Vitamin C: 3.5mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 2mg