Mason Jar Salad

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I love packing fresh salads to-go, but it’s always a hassle to keep them from getting soggy. Insert – Mason Jar Salad 🥗. My Spinach & Strawberry Salad was a huge hit, and I had a lot of requests around making this salad portable. So, I found a way to transform this salad into a Mason Jar Salad, stacking the ingredients strategically so that once it’s time to eat, it will taste like it’s freshly made!

Why You’ll Love Mason Jar Salad

Say goodbye to soggy salads or the hassle of carrying a million little containers 🫙. This Mason Jar Salad allows you to meal-prep your salad for up to three days and ensures every ingredient is separated perfectly so that nothing gets soggy 🙅‍♀️. Moreover, everything is layered in one jar, so all you’ll need to do is empty the contents into a bowl, and you’ll be left with a crisp, fresh salad ready to be enjoyed!

Most importantly, you can apply this Mason Jar Salad technique to any salad. Just ensure you’re following the same stacking order, and your salad will come out perfect each 👏 and 👏 every 👏 time 👏.

How to Prepare Mason Jar Salad

🥬 Chop all vegetables as small as possible.

🥒 Cut cucumber in half, make thin slices, and chop across.

✨ Finely dice chives and thinly slice a bundle of spinach.

🍓 Slice and dice strawberries; if adding them, toast the walnuts or pecans.

🌀 Mix dressing ingredients in a small jar and shake.

🫙 Assemble in mason jars in this order: dressing, cucumber, strawberries, walnuts, chives, and spinach.

🧊 Store in the fridge for up to three days. Prep multiple jars for convenience. Enjoy!

Nonna’s Tip 🍓

Feel free to add chickpeas or chopped chicken for extra protein. You can add the chicken or chickpeas after or before the cucumber, as both ways will work.

Mason Jar Salad

Variations and Substitutions for Mason Jar Salad

  1. Swap 🥬 spinach with arugula or mixed greens.
  2. Use blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries instead of strawberries.
  3. Instead of walnuts or pecans, use toasted almonds, cashews, or pine nuts.
  4. For a nut-free option, consider seeds such as 🌻 sunflower or pumpkin seeds.
  5. Add some 🌿 herbs such as fresh mint, basil, or cilantro.
  6. For a more protein-packed salad, include a protein source such as grilled chicken, shrimp, tofu or chickpeas.
  7. You could also toss in some feta or goat cheese for a more creamy texture.

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  • Some grilled 🐔 chicken or roasted chickpeas for added protein
  • A crusty bread like my No Knead Peasant Bread
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Common Questions

what type of salt do you use?

I use Redmond Real Salt. Please note that depending on the salt you use, your dish may be less or more salty. Salt is to taste, so please always taste and adjust as you cook.

How can I increase the protein of the salad?

Feel free to add chickpeas or chopped chicken for extra protein. Add the chicken or chickpeas after or before the cucumber, as both ways will work.

How LONG does this salad last in the fridge?

Ideally, this salad is best to eat within the first 3 days.

Mason Jar Salad

Mason Jar Salad

My Spinach & Strawberry Salad was a huge hit, and I had a lot of requests around making this salad portable. So, I found a way to transform this salad into a Mason Jar Salad, stacking the ingredients strategically so that once it's time to eat, it will taste like it's freshly made!
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1
Author: The Modern Nonna
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients 

The Salad

  • ½ English Cucumber, finely diced
  • ¼ cup chives, finely diced
  • 3-4 cups baby spinach, finely sliced
  • 1 cup strawberries, finely diced
  • 6-7 walnuts, optional

The Dressing

  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions 

  • Start by chopping all of the vegetables as small as you possibly can.
  • Finely chop the cucumber and chives, thinly slice spinach, and dice the strawberries. Optionally, toast some walnuts or pecans on the stove for a few minutes.
  • Add all dressing ingredients into a jar and shake well.
  • You can now layer the following ingredients in your mason jar in this order: dressing, cucumber, strawberries, walnuts, chives, and spinach.
  • Store the mason jar salad in the refrigerator for up to three days. You can also make three servings and prepare them ahead of time. Enjoy!

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Nutrition

Calories: 462kcal, Carbohydrates: 31g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 37g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g, Monounsaturated Fat: 22g, Sodium: 155mg, Potassium: 1044mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 16g, Vitamin A: 9052IU, Vitamin C: 120mg, Calcium: 162mg, Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
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