Top 12 Mason Jar Salad Recipes for the Summer


Looking for a quick and portable salad recipe? Here’s my roundup for the best mason jar salad recipes for the summer.

Mason jars are one of the most diverse kitchen items. They are super cheap and you can use them for a ton of different things.

I personally use them for drinking water (the 24 ounce options are great for measuring your water intake), tupperware, vases, dry goods storage, and for making chia pudding and overnight oats.

They’re also great for canning and preserving if you like to make your own jams and pickles, and random household decor items like lamps, utensil holders, change jars, and the list goes on!

One of my favorite ways to use mason jars these days is portable containers for packing my salads. Mason jars are especially useful for salads because you don’t need extra containers to pack your dressing. Not to mention they are plastic free, eco-friendly, and are really pretty to look at.


The key to putting together a mason jar salad is layering your ingredients correctly. Following these steps will help avoid any soggy salads.

First, start by putting your salad dressing at the bottom of the mason jar.

The second layer should be any additional veggies or fruit, but not leafy greens.

Next, add your grains, beans, meats, eggs and/or cheese.

Then any small crunchy ingredients like nuts or seeds.

Top everything with your greens, and when your ready to eat, keep the lid on and give the mason jar a good shake. You can eat your salad straight out of the jar or transport it to a bowl.

Here’s a list of a few simple mix and match ingredients from each category that you can combine for different flavor combinations.


  • Balsamic vinaigrette

  • Lemon tahini dressing

  • Creamy avocado dressing

  • Soy ginger dressing

  • Cilantro lime vinaigrette

  • Sesame dressing

  • Basil cumin vinaigrette

  • Red wine vinaigrette

  • Apple cider vinaigrette

Veggies & Fruit

  • Bell peppers

  • Snow peas

  • Sugar snap peas

  • Avocado slices

  • Mandarin oranges

  • zucchini noodles

  • Artichoke hearts

  • Cauliflower

  • Broccoli

  • Mushrooms

  • Peaches

  • Cherry tomatoes

  • Cucumbers

  • Corn

  • Red onions

Grains, Legumes, Eggs, Cheese & Meats

  • Black beans

  • Farro

  • Chickpeas

  • Barley

  • Millet

  • Quinoa

  • Kidney beans

  • Lentils

  • Brown rice

  • Hard boiled eggs

  • Feta

  • Goat’s Cheese

  • Fresh Mozzarella

  • Parmesan

  • Cheddar chunks


  • Walnuts

  • Peanuts

  • Macadamia nuts

  • Dried cranberries

  • Almonds

  • Hazelnuts

  • Sunflower seeds

  • Cashews

  • Raisins

Leafy Greens

  • Herb lettuce blend

  • Butter lettuce

  • Red oak lettuce

  • Mache

  • Radicchio

  • Baby spinach

  • Arugula

  • Kale

  • Romaine


Top 12 Mason Jar Salad Recipes for the Summer

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