How to Make a Mason Jar Salad
Want to learn how to make an easy Mason Jar Salad? I’ve got you covered in this simple step-by-step guide. I love using Mason jars in my kitchen. Sure, they are perfect for canning and preserving, but these handy glass jars can go far beyond this functional task. Mason jars are ideal for household décor, drinking glasses, storing leftovers and pantry staples, and yes, portable containers for packing salads. They are the ultimate in sustainable, reusable kitchen essentials.
This handy salad-in-a-jar idea has been trending on social media for awhile now. And why shouldn’t it be? Mason jar salads offer so many fabulous rewards: a boost for eating healthy, vegetable-rich salads; sustainable, earth-friendly packaging; and a stylish way to pack a delicious meal on the go. Plus, the sky’s the limit in terms of how creative you can get with these fabulous packable salads.
The steps to layering your Mason jar salad are perhaps the most crucial part of the packing process. First goes the dressing, followed by the vegetables and/or fruit, grains and/or beans; leafy greens, and then finally the crunchy nuts, seeds or dried fruit. If you follow this order, the ingredients stay separated just enough to avoid getting soggy. When you’re done, just screw on the lid, give it a good shake, and pour the salad into a bowl. Or eat it directly out of the jar. Chill your Mason jar salads until you’re ready to eat them. These are also great for meal prep. Check out my favorite recipe for Mason Jar Salad.
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How to Make a Mason Jar Salad: Step-by-Step Guide:
Follow my mix and match Mason Jar Salad guide to get creative with your salad fixings.
Mix and Match Mason Jar Salad Guide
Simply pick an ingredient from each column to layer into your Mason jar.
|Dressing||Vegetables and/or Fruits||Cooked Grains and/or Beans||Leafy Greens||Nuts/Seeds/Dried Fruits|
|Balsamic Vinaigrette||Snow peas||Farro/White beans||Baby spinach||Walnuts|
|Tahini Ginger Dressing||Avocado slices||Bulgur/Chickpeas||Radicchio||Pinenuts|
|Sesame Soy Ginger Dressing||Mandarin oranges||Quinoa/Edamame||Mache||Almonds|
|Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette||Red bell pepper||Brown rice/Black beans||Romaine||Pumpkin seeds|
|Vegan Ranch Dressing||Bell peppers||Millet/Black-Eyed Peas||Kale||Dried cranberries|
|Red Wine Vinaigrette||Mushrooms||Wheatberries/Lentils||Arugula||Raisins|
|Green Goddess Dressing||Peaches||Sorghum/Lima beans||Butter lettuce||Cashews|
|Cumin Citrus Vinaigrette||Cauliflower||Spelt/Kidney beans||Red oak lettuce||Macadamia nuts|
|Fresh Turmeric Vinaigrette||Artichoke hearts||Barley/Cannellini Beans||Herb lettuce blend||Hazelnuts|
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