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Tips to Create a Mason Jar Salad

Layer 1: Dressing

Use your favorite dressing whether it be store bought or homemade.

Layer 2: Hard Vegetables

For this layer, think about what vegetables you might enjoyed pickled, since this is essentially what will happen when they sit in a salad dressing for several days.

Good options are:

  • Chopped asparagus

  • Zucchini

  • Cucumbers

  • Carrots

  • Beans

  • Cherry tomatoes

  • Onions

Layer 3: Fruit or Grain

This layer will stay mostly dry, so make sure the crunchy vegetables you add to the bottom of the jar fully cover the dressing.

Some options here are:

  • Dried fruit (like tomatoes, figs or cherries)

  • Berries

  • Mango

  • Chopped apples or pears (soaked in a lemon juice water first to prevent browning)

  • Quinoa or rice

  • Avocado

Layer 4: Greens

Mason jar salads often include greens. Omit this layer for a chopped and marinated veggie style salad.

Some options here are:

  • Spinach

  • Romaine lettuce, chopped

  • Arugula

  • Baby greens

  • Shredded Cabbage

Layer 5: Nuts and Cheese

Add flavor and texture to your salads by adding these more moisture-sensitive ingredients to the top. The dried greens will keep these fresh and from losing texture.

Some options are:

  • Feta or goat cheese

  • Shredded cheddar

  • Slices of fresh mozzarella cheese

  • Parmesan cheese

  • Walnuts

  • Pistachios

  • Toasted Almonds

  • Sunflower or pumpkin seeds

Here's a sample recipe, courtesy of Sun Kissed Kitchen!

Summery Blackberry Fig Salad


2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon fresh mint chopped finely

salt and pepper to taste

1 1/2 cups cucumber chopped

1 cup blackberries

1 carrot cut into curls or grated

1/2 cup dried figs, chopped

2 cups arugula

2 tablespoons pistachios

2 tablespoons feta cheese

Add the lemon juice, white wine vinegar, olive oil, honey, and mint to a jar. Shake vigorously to combine, and then season with salt and pepper if desired.

Add the lemon mint vinaigrette to the bottom of a jar, and then layer the rest of the salad ingredients into the jar in order. This salad will last 5 days refrigerated.

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