Mason Jar Salads

Mason Jar Salads are a convenient way to meal prep a healthy lunch and in a portable to-go container. They’re very customizable with just a few tricks needed to ensure they stay fresh for the week ahead. We’re sharing our best tips for putting together make-ahead salads in a jar! Sponsored by my friends at Little Leaf Farms!

Four different salads in a jar with lids on them.

Salads in a Jar

Making lunches can often be overlooked when planning meals for the week, resulting in unhealthy take-away choices made on-the-go while at work. While sometimes there is a little leftover from dinner that is enough to take to work the next day, it isn’t something you can count on unless you’ve planned ahead.

August 8, 2014

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  1. What size mason jars did you use? How long do these keep? Could I make them on a Sunday and eat for a couple lunches?

    1. I used Wide-Mouth Quart Jars and they make for quite a big lunch. You can use any size, as long as it’s enough for you of course! Yes, they’ll last for a number of days 🙂

      1. I am trying to decide which salads to make. My questions are this: if you do 5 days worth of one salad, do the ones with avacado and shrimp stay fresh until day 5. Does the shrimp make everything taste smelly or bad by the 5th day? Or do you not make these ones for a 5 day week?
        Thank you,

      1. On 8/8/14, in your response to ‘Nakia’, you used the word “wa-la”. FYI, the correct spelling of the (French) word is ‘voila’.

        I made the Cajun shrimp jar recently, and it was delicious!

  2. These are all really creative mason jar salad ideas – I especially love the Mediterranean Medley one. I think it’s great they also last a few days…it helps take the guess work out of making lunches durning the week! 🙂 Yahoo!

  3. Thanks for this idea! Now I know what else to do with Mason jars. I just love the concept because leftover meats such as chicken or ground beef etc. can be layered in along with everything else in the order you want it to land in a salad bowl or plate or simply eat out of the jars!

  4. I just made your Cajun Shrimp Jar salad for lunch, and it was fantastic! My boyfriend said ‘great’ and ‘salad’ can finally coexist in the same sentence. I look forward to trying other recipes on the site.

  5. These look awesome! Can you tell me about how many calories these are? I thought I saw somewhere under 600 calories, but just making sure

  6. I was wondering also about the guac. If I make this the night before, will it turn brown during my husband’s hour and a half long commute?

  7. Do you need to vacuum seal it shut? Or can you just close it regularly and it will still keep? I had seen a similar post a while ago, but they said you had to vacuum seal it, and I don’t have one of those.

  8. I try to make at least three of these on Sunday. I make my taco meat turkey) and shrimp for weeknight meals and pull some off for my lunch. I add beans or grains cooked in my steamer and squeeze lemon or lime juice on my guacamole to keep it pretty!

  9. Thanks for an awesome post. I am SO doing this. I assume this is customizable and the wet ingredients go in first and the greens on the top – any other tips on the order of ingredients?

  10. Hello thanks for sharing amazing pics of mason jar salads id like a print button to print them all so i can take it to the kitchen and make along with the salad dressing you have in each one of them.
    Thanks You,

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