13 Amazing Mason Jar Salad Recipes

These flavorful, filling, portable lunches are workweek game-changers.

May 1, 2015
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Foxes Love Lemons

There's a lot of salad shaming going around, but a bowl of greens doesn't have to be so, well, blah. (The chefs from Thug Kitchen agree.) With the right ingredient combos, textures, and spices, you can actually look forward to your healthy lunch. 

More: How to Build a Badass Salad

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And perhaps the simplest way to make a more satisfying salad? Toss it in a mason jar! The of-the-moment container makes weekend meal prep a breeze, and you're left with a pretty, portable lunch that you won't regret eating (post-pizza remorse, anyone?).

Here are 13 flavor-packed mason jar salads that'll fill you up -- not out:

Mason Jar Tex-Mex Quinoa Salad from Fit Foodie Finds


The avocados in this citrus-spiked medley provide healthy, filling fats, while quinoa offers plenty of plant-based protein and extra fiber. Plus, all those colors mean you're getting a fill of vitamins and antioxidants with your lunch. 

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Citrus Poppyseed Dressing from Eating Birdfood
The perfect use for spring strawberries, this sweet and savory chicken salad will help you easily pack extra muscle-building protein into your day. 

More: How to Get More Protein Into Your Diet 

Whole-Foods Layer Salad with Orange Ginger Dressing from Oh She Glows
Thanks to superstar ingredients edamame and quinoa, this vegan-friendly option proves you don't need to eat meat to get your protein fill. Plus, with an oil-free dressing, this lovely lunch will seriously fill you up without weighing you down. 

Green Garden Vegan Salad from Lunchbox Bunch


Apricots -- another spring fruit perfect for sweetening your salad -- and edible flowers make this beauty from our pal Kathy Patalsky feel like a special treat. Pistachios offer protein and a satisfying crunch, while cucumbers add a refreshing twist to this on-the-go meal.

Greek Salad from Mom Foodie
Feta, olives, creamy dressing -- if Greek is your go-to salad, you'll love this layered version, which stays fresh and crisp for up to five days!

Fruit Salad in a Jar from Cravings of a Lunatic
Mason jars aren't just for savory salads -- this fruit medley is a much healthier way to soothe your afternoon sweet tooth. With strawberries, kiwi, bananas and more, you're getting a ton of fiber and antioxidants in a fun, portable package.

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad in a Jar from Pop Sugar Fitness

 
Sweet potatoes are an underused salad ingredient: They're loaded with vitamin A and offer more fiber and a lower glycemic-index rating compared to white potatoes. Add protein-packed quinoa and mango-laced dressing, and you've got a veggie-packed lunch that's as filling as it is delicious. 

Chickpea, Farro, and Greens Salad from Cookie + Kate 
Quinoa isn't the only high-protein grain in town. Farro stars in this Mediterranean-inspired salad that utilizes dried cherries (or cranberries) along with feta cheese. The result? A high-flavor, high-texture meal that'll make your salad lunch anything but boring. 

Apple Walnut Salad from Eat Within Your Means 
Crisp, tart Granny Smith apples combine with crunchy, omeg-3-rich walnuts to make this super simple salad a lunch you'll look forward to. The best part: It only takes 10 minutes to prep!

More: The 7 Best Sources of Omega-3 Fats 

Burrito Bowl Salad from Strictly Delicious


You may love Chipotle, but it doesn't always love you back -- a burrito bowl can pack as many as 1,000 calories! If you're looking for a lighter version that'll still hit the spot, this portion-controlled option makes smart ingredient swaps (like protein-packed Greek yogurt for sour cream) and won't put you in a post-lunch food coma. 

Shrimp & Feta Cobb Salad from Savoring the Thyme
Shrimp makes for a delicious twist on the classic Cobb -- not to mention it also adds an extra dose of lean protein. Just avoid high-fat dressings, since the bacon and avocado offer enough filling fats for one sitting. 

Classic Caprese Salad from Skinny Ms.
With just five ingredients -- tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, olive oil, and salt -- you get a satisfying side salad with fewer than 200 calories and 13 grams of protein!

Asian Noodle Salad from Foxes Love Lemons


Skip the heavy take-out and get your Asian fix with this simple do-ahead salad, instead. Gluten-free soba noodles marinate in a spicy peanut dressing, leaving you with an unexpected lunch that feel so much better in your stomach than greasy fast food.

Another way to incorporate mason jars into your lunch routine? Use 'em to shake up a killer dressing, like this simple mustard vinaigrette from Yummy Supper author Erin Scott.