Making Mason Jar salads is an easy way to meal prep for an entire week of healthy lunches. Whether you looking to create a high protein version with chicken or a vegan or vegetarian version with lentils, quinoa or chickpeas, each of these ideas is super simple to make ahead for 5 days of the best salads in a jar.
Mason jar salads are one of my favorite easy meals to prep for an entire week of lunches. It doesn't matter what dietary preference you have whether it's keto or low carb, vegan, vegetarian or gluten free, these are a great way to eat a healthy lunch full of nutrients.
If you're new to meal prepping or just a beginner at incorporating more greens and veggies into your meals, these are the perfect start. They are simple to make ahead, can use a variety of whatever fresh ingredients you have on hand or are in season and are great lunch ideas to take on the go for work or school.
All of these ideas start with a dressing like vinaigrette, ranch, or honey mustard on the bottom and then layer up with veggies from there, finishing with lettuce or spinach on top. You can even find a fun gadget like this divider cup dressing lid on Amazon to keep your dressing totally separate.
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These 12 ideas are a great way to start meal prep for lunch! If you are feeling adventurous, you could try out other tasty ideas like Mediterranean, macaroni, cobb or tuna salad. Check out even more ideas in my What to Put in Salads Guide for even more healthy & easy meal ideas!
Generally if the ingredients are fresh and ingredients are layered properly then those made in mason jars will stay fresh for up to 5 days.
The best size is a 32 oz. sized, large mouth mason jar that helps you to be able to fit all of the ingredients. The large mouth size also helps to get the ingredients out when it's time to eat.
Wondering how do you eat mason jar salads? Of course you can eat it right from the jar if you have left enough space to shake up all of the layers.
My favorite way to eat them is to use the jar to shake up the veggies and evenly distribute the dressing. Then, pour the ingredients onto a plate or into a bowl and eat.
The point is to make meal prep easier and help the ingredients to last longer. By layering ingredients in the proper order, the components will stay fresher longer enabling you to have meal prepped lunches for up to 5 days.