Let’s talk about mason jar salads – they’re my fave new way to meal prep! Imagine a jar filled with layers of fresh and tasty ingredients that stay crunchy all week long. No more sad, soggy salads, I promise! If you haven’t tried them yet, trust me, you’ll be addicted like me. And if you’re already a fan, well, I’m about to share some tips and ideas to take your salad game to the next level!

Mason Jar Salad Recipe

Here’s why mason jar salads are so great:

  • Say Bye Bye To Soggy Salads: There is a special layering trick {keep reading to learn more!} that keeps the dressing separate until you’re ready to eat. So, no worries about wilted greens anymore!
  • Super Portable: You can carry your jar salad anywhere, no extra bowls necessary. Just shake it up when you’re hungry, and you’re good to go! PSA: If you wanted to bring an extra bowl and dump out the contents of your jar into it, you can – this is what I do as you can really mix everything up out of the jar}
  • Endless Possibilities: Get creative with ingredients – use your favorite dressings, protein, and a variety of toppings, and mix and match to your heart’s content.
Mason Jar Salad Recipe

Everything you need to know about the mason jar salad recipe layering trick!

Now, before I share my absolute favorite mason jar salad recipe with you, I need to share with you the oh-so-clever layering trick! Your mind will be blown and yet you will understand the logic behind it. The first time I heard about it, I was like, “whyyy didn’t I know about this sooner or think of it myself?!” It’s pure genius. Here it goes…

  1. Dressing Goes Into the Jar First!: Pour your favorite dressing into the jar. This is the secret to keeping everything flavorful and not soggy.
  2. Sturdy Stuff Goes Next: Add in the tougher ingredients like chopped veggies, beans, or grains next to create a barrier between the dressing and the more delicate components of your salad.
  3. Proteins Take the Middle Spot: Add some grilled chicken, tofu, shrimp, salmon, or any protein you love. This layer enhances the flavor and nutritional content.
  4. Top It Off With Your Leafy Greens: Pile those fresh, leafy greens on top. They are obviously the main attraction in your salad and will most likely take up the most room in your jar. PRO TIP: chop them finely to make your salad even more delicious!!
Mason Jar Salad Recipe

My Favorite Mason Jar Salad Recipe

Dana Ivy
This healthy, delicious salad recipe is easy to make and packed with flavor! It's portable too!
Course Dinner, Lunch, Salad
Servings 1 person


  • 1 Mason Jar


  • 1/8 cup Honey Mustard Dressing My fave version that I always keep in the house is from Ken's Steak House
  • 1/8 cup Edamame
  • 1/8 cup Sweet yellow corn
  • 1/8 cup Black Beans
  • 1/8 cup Artichoke Hearts
  • 1/8 cup Avocado
  • 1/8 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Grilled Chicken, cubed Because who has time to cook a chicken breast and then let it cool, I bought the Trader Joe's Grilled Lemon Pepper Chicken Breast that is fully cooked and delicious!
  • Finely Chopped Romaine Lettuce No measurement because you will fill the jar up with it to the top – you will probably use about 1 cup of lettuce.
  • 1/8 cup Wasabi Peas


  • Grab a clean mason jar.
  • Pour in the honey mustard dressing at the bottom.
  • Add all the ingredients into the jar in the order they are listed in the ingredient list. *Feel free to omit anything you don't like or may not have on hand.
  • Seal the jar tight and chill it in the fridge until you are ready to eat!
  • Once ready to eat, shake, shake, shake the jar really well, and pour the contents into a bowl. Or eat it in the jar as is!!


  • I have been using these airtight glass jars that come with bamboo lids and spoons in place of mason jars. They are 17 oz. and wonderful!
  • Wasabi peas are typically NOT gluten-free but I found this gluten-free version that I used in the recipe. 
Keyword mason jar, salad

When you’re hungry, simply shake the jar well, open it up, and start eating! It’s SO freaking good, I know you’ll love it!

If it wasn’t obvious enough, I highly recommend you give mason jar salads a shot – they’re easy, tasty, and perfect for busy weekdays, picnics, or anytime you want a quick, healthy meal. Feel free to experiment with your recipes, as the possibilities are endless! Have fun trying out different combos and enjoy!!

Mason Jar Salad Recipe

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  1. Sandee says:

    These salads look amazing! Definitely making asap. 😍

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