Mason Jar Salad


Mason jars aren’t just for canning. Take a look at how we whipped-up the most scrumptious Mason Jar Salad using minimum ingredients but lots of creativity!

Hello, easy recipe enthusiasts. Lisa from Moments With Lisa reporting for foodie duty and I am absolutely thrilled to share this healthy quick meal with you today.

A delicious mason jar salad served on a green plate with another mason jar salad in the background

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I’ve talked about it before but I really don’t enjoy lunch much. I feel like it cuts smack dab in the middle of my work day, so I always end up ordering in and consuming something unhealthy. I knew I had to change my ways, so that’s why I came up with a Mason Jar Salad. It’s easy to put together and also, absolutely amazing for meal prep. I can make a bunch at the beginning of the week, then just grab it from the fridge every day during work.

How To Make a Mason Jar Salad

Why “brown bag” when you can “mason jar” instead? This mason jar salad is oh-so-colorful and healthy, too! Plus, you’ll love how portable it is: making it the perfect on-the-go lunch.

What You Need:

Here’s what you’ll need from the store. The exact amounts are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Kitchen Tools Needed:

Ingredients Needed:

Topping off mason jar salad with spinach

Mason Jar Salad Tips

The Measurements Are Flexible

The measurements for each element of this mason jar salad are definitely flexible. If there is one ingredient that you prefer over the other, feel free to replace, substitute, use more, etc.

Spinach and dressing in 2 glass mason jars
Layering vegetables in a mason jar

Add Layers to Create a Beautiful Effect

Layering the jar with each individual ingredient gives this salad recipe a gorgeous aesthetic. We highly recommend going this route (it’s totally Insta-worthy!). It also makes it easier prepare, because you’ll be adding one ingredient at a time.

Store-Bought Dressing is Okay, Too

If you decide to go the store-bought route for your dressing, then that works just fine for this salad recipe. We feel like oil-based dressings work best for this delicious healthy meal.

Olive oil dressing in a white bowl being mixed with a small spoon

Turn Upside Down to Eat

This salad is serve best when the jar is turned upside down and the contents are poured into a large salad plate. This way, all of the ingredients naturally combine and get thoroughly coated with the delicious dressing.

Placing a mason jar salad upside down on a salad plate, ready to be served

Garnish With Your Favorite Salad Toppings

We garnished our salad with fried onions, but here are other suggestions:

Layering vegetables in a mason jar

Can You Use This to Meal Prep?

Absolutely! Try making this salad at the beginning of the week so that you have jars to reach to when lunchtime comes around. This salad is best served fresh, so once you get to a jar, we recommend consuming it as it won’t keep very well (ie.: vegetables may get soggy from dressing if re-stored).

Topping off mason jar salad with spinach
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Mason Jar Salad

Print Recipe
Mason jars aren't just for canning. Take a look at how we whipped-up the most scrumptious Mason Jar Salad using minimum ingredients but lots of creativity!
Prep Time:15 minutes
Total Time:15 minutes




  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp dijon mustard
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 cup baby spinach divided
  • 1/4 cup diced orange bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup canned chick peas drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup canned corn drained
  • 1/4 cup matchstick carrots
  • 1/4 cup fried onions optional


  • In a small bowl, whisk together oil, mustard and lemon juice. Add about 2 tbsp to the bottom of your jar and set aside the rest in an airtight container, refrigerated for later use.
  • Next, add 3/4 cup baby spinach, followed by the bell pepper, chick peas, corn and carrots. Be sure to add each ingredient one at a time to create a “layered” look.
  • Top off with remaining baby spinach.
  • When ready to be served, pour the mason jar’s contents into a salad plate. Top off with fried onions, if desired.
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 serving
Topping off mason jar salad with spinach

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