Mason Jar Salad: The Perfect Summer Salad Recipe

By Jun 9, 20198 Comments

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I hereby declare this summer salad recipe the official dish of summer. In a word…BRILLIANT.

I was working on my computer while some random talk show was on…maybe The Today Show. Anyway, this gentleman had lost a hundred pounds. Go him. The talking head woman asked him how he lost the weight, and one of the things he mentioned was Mason Jar Salads.

He explained how he worked downtown, and it was too expensive to eat out, so he brings Mason Jar Salads for lunch every day.

Well that is about the most clever thing I’ve ever heard. In the world of quick and easy summer recipes, mason jar salads are king.

The easy way to prepare lunch: make-ahead mason jar salad recipe. You can make a week's worth of salads that are easy to grab on your way out of the door for work. The perfect healthy lunch recipe that doesn't require a lot of work or cooking.

Mason Jar Salad: The Perfect Summer Salad Recipe

There is just so much that is right about this. The trick is to put the dressing on the bottom, and then stack what you want to soak up the dressing on the bottom. I’d put meat, or cucumbers and tomatoes on the bottom. Always put lettuce on the top, and pack it down.

Mason Jar Salad Recipe Video


You can make any kind of salad you want, I was in the mood for a good ole fashioned everything and the kitchen sink salad, so I chopped up everything I had in the fridge:

  • Vinaigrette Dressing
  • Cucumbers
  • Carrots
  • Tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Cheese
  • Avocado
  • Bacon Bits
  • Lettuce

Mason Jar Salads are the perfect summer salad recipe. Make a week's worth over the weekend, and you will have an easy healthy lunch you can take to work with you each day.
The unexpected bonus of this…and who knew this…my kids will eat anything if it’s served in a mason jar. What?! I literally had bought pizza for dinner because I didn’t think for a second my kids would eat salad. They begged me to let them try it, and they LOVED it. I really don’t know why it took me this long to figure out that little gem.

This is how you make a mason jar salad. If you pack it in this order, it will be perfect when you open the jar and dump it in a bowl.

While my kids preferred to eat straight out of the jar, I love just dumping it into the bowl.

This is how you make a mason jar salad. If you pack it in this order, it will be perfect when you open the jar and dump it in a bowl.

If you pack it the way I suggested, it comes right out of the jar, ready to eat…lettuce on the bottom, dressing on top. Perfect summer meal. ‘Nuff said 😉

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  • Sarah says:

    This salad in a jar looks great! It’s very trendy to do so nowadays 🙂 Maybe I should hop on that train and start eating them out of jars too :p It does look beautiful to serve it like this 🙂

  • I love Mason Jar food recipes. Thank you so much for sharing. I pinned it to my Mason Jar Foods board at Sew Travel Inspired.

  • This is a super salad! I invite you to share this creative post at my Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. You can link up from Wednesday at 7PM (MST) to Sat midnight) Hugs!

  • Love this idea-I have to try it with my daughter!

  • What a clever idea! I am having a dinner party this week, and I’m hoping the weather will be nice enough to eat outside. This would be such a cute way to serve the salad! Love your video too – visiting from the Sunday Features linkup.

  • Jennifer says:

    I just love this idea. A great way to pack a salad that won’t get mushy before eating!

    By the way, I’d love to invite you post on my new blog hop—the Weekend Blog Hop at My Flagstaff Home (www.myflagstaffhome.com). It begins on Thursday evenings and lasts all weekend, if you’re interested.


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