20 healthy mason jar salads & layering tips

When I was a little girl, my Aunt Jane, who has since passed away, used to make homemade jam.  It was always delicious- especially the blueberry jam, and I used to get so excited when she’d send it to our house all bottled up in cute little mason jars.

I think that is what started my love for mason jars.  Aunt Jane knew that they were cool way before it became trendy to drink out of them, store things in them, photograph them to death on Instagram, and make mason jar salads.

I am sure that she would have appreciated a good mason jar salad.  They’ve definitely become one of my recent favorite things because they are so stinkin’ convenient.  All you have to do is make up a bunch of jars, and you’ll have enough healthy lunches to last throughout the week- which is much better than popping a frozen entree into the microwave when you’re short on time.

Here are some recipes that you might enjoy!

20 healthy mason jar salad recipes

Ranch Chicken Salad in a Jar

Simple Mason Jar Salad

Layered Quinoa Salad with Beet Vinaigrette

Burrito Bowl Mason Jar Salads

Healthy Taco Salad

BLT Salad in a Jar

Mason Jar Zucchini Pasta Salad with Avocado and Spinach Dressing

Citrus, Shrimp, and Avocado Salad in a Jar

Asian Mandarin Chicken Mason Jar Salad

Fruit Salad

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad with Seasonal Vegetables

Red White & Blue Mason Jar Salad

Mediterranean Bean Salad

Mason Jar Quinoa Salad with Green Thai-Style Dressing

Blue & Purple Passion Jarred Salads with Tangerine Vinaigrette

Summer Sunshine Salad in a Mason Jar

Vegan Mason Jar Salad

Spring Cobb Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette

Scarlet Salads in a Jar with Cherry Chipotle Vinaigrette

Harvest Rainbow Mason Jar Salad with Creamy Pesto Dressing


It is really easy to invent your own mason jar salad, but I do have a few tips that you might want to keep in mind as you’re preparing your jar:

  • Always pour the dressing into the jar before adding any other ingredients.  If you pour the dressing on last or even mid-way through, you’ll end up with a soggy saturated salad (unless you plan on eating it immediately).
  • After your dressing, add all of your hard chopped veggies.  You can also add ingredients, such as chickpeas, nuts, and raisins.  Just be sure not to add anything that can get soupy (like croutons) or anything that will soak up all of your dressing.
  • Now that your moisture-resistant veggies are in the jar, you can add any softer vegetables (like zucchini or diced tomatoes) or cheeses.
  • The next layer should be reserved for proteins, such as tofu, chicken, hard-boiled eggs, turkey, salmon, etc.
  • Finally- add your greens!  Lettuce should be stored as far away from the dressing as possible because it has the highest likelihood of absorbing the liquid.
  • Shake up your jar just before your ready to eat the salad to mix all of the ingredients together thoroughly and enjoy!


Do you make mason jar salads?  If so, what is your favorite combination?

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  1. Hi Erin,

    Thanks for including our salad! This is such a great collection.

  2. They’re so pretty! If I still worked in an office, I would totally bring some.

    • Aren’t they pretty? They are great for picnics, so when the temperatures are lower than like 120 degrees around here, you should take one! 🙂


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