How to make Mason Jar Salads

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

This post is sponsored by Praise

I have always taken the time to make delicious and healthy lunches for my kids to take to school and husband to work, but when it comes to lunchtime for myself I typically make something quick and easy.  However, lately I am taking a closer look at my diet and making it a priority that my lunch is nutritious and healthy.

I can easily get lost all morning in writing blog posts and look at the clock and it’s well past lunch time, this would be where an easy lunch snack would occur.  So I have started to plan ahead and make myself some salads to have ready to eat.

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Mason jar salads

Mason jar salads are just that a salad in a mason jar.  I’m not sure who came up with this concept, but I think it’s genius.  Storing the salad in a glass (mason) jar keeps it fresh for 5-7 days.  Prepping your meal ahead of time can’t be easier than this.  There is a special technique to the salad assembly to keep all the contents fresh.  The vegetables and protein need to be layered in a particular way:

Layer 1 – Dressing – 1-2 tablespoons.
Layer 2 – Hard vegetables – carrot, celery, capsicum, red onion, cucumber
Layer 3 – Pasta, rice or quinoa
Layer 4 – Soft vegetables – avocado, tomato
Layer 5 – Protein – chicken, egg and cheese
Layer 6 – Salad greens – lettuce or baby spinach

Making these salads are really easy. A few tasks to do before assembly:

  • Poach chicken.  You could use a BBQ chicken, however poaching chicken is a healthier option and will save you money too.
  • Cook pasta, following packet directions
  • Boil eggs
  • Wash vegetables
  • Chop vegetables (optional) – you can chop up all the vegetables before assembly as I have done in the pictures below, however I did this for the purpose of showing you what I add.  Typically I chop as I add into the jars.  ie.  cube cucumber, add to jars, grate carrot, add to jars, slice tomato, add to jar etc.
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French Vinaigrette Mason Jar Salad

  • Author: Katrina
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Category: [url href="https://theorganisedhousewife.com.au/category/recipes/salad/" target="_blank"]Salad[/url]

Ingredients

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  • 12 tablespoons Praise Deli Style French Vinaigrette Dressing
  • Cucumber, cubed
  • Carrot, grated
  • Capsicum, diced
  • red onion, finely sliced
  • Corn kernels
  • Celery, sliced
  • Cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • Chicken, poached
  • Egg, boiled
  • Fetta cheese, grated
  • Lettuce, finely sliced

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in the order listed above into a clean mason jar
  2. Seal tightly, refrigerate and use within 7 days.

Notes

I have not included precise measurements for the vegetables as this is really just an amount that you feel you would want to eat. As an example though I typically put in approximately 6-8 cucumber cubes, 3 whole cherry tomatoes, 1-2 tablespoons of each hard vegetable and cheeses, 1 boiled egg and then fill the jar with salad greens.

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Here I have used Praise Deli Style Dressings, their delicious gourmet blend makes a simple salad burst with flavour, tasting just like the salads from the cafe, but made yourself at home! I make a few salads at once with a variety of dressings, so then each day I can have a different flavoured salad.  By doing this I also use different vegetables to suit the dressing. I like a creamy dressing like the Avocado & Roasted Garlic or Creamy Roasted Garlic to accompany a pasta salad and find the vinaigrettes such as ‘Honey & Dijon Mustard, French or Balsamic & Roasted Garlic dresses a typical vegetable salad nicely.  All Praise Deli Style dressings contain no artificial flavours.  These dressing truly make the salad so much more flavoursome.

{The Organised Housewife} Mason Jar Salad 1

You can use what ever vegetables your heart (or taste buds) desire, just remember to follow the layer rules above.  I don’t use precise measurements for the vegetables as this is really just an amount I know the family will eat. As an example though I typically put in approximately 6-8 cucumber cubes, 3 whole cherry tomatoes, 1-2 tablespoons of each hard vegetable and cheeses, 1 boiled egg and then fill the jar with salad greens.

{The Organised Housewife} Mason Jar Salad 2

I have never had any vegetables go soggy or brown (including avocado).

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I add 1 1/2 tablespoons of dressing (you can add more if you wish) into clean mason jars.

I use 1L Mason Jars, these can be easily washed in the dishwasher.  You can purchase these from Big W or any cheap store. Make sure the jar you choose has a wide mouth.  This size jar is perfect serving size for most, depending on your appetite you could share one jar between two.  I use the 440ml jars for my salads as I like a smaller serving.

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Then add in the hard vegetables.

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Add in pasta, rice or quinoa (optional).

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Followed by protein of your choice.

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Add your salad greens, place on the lid and your finished!

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I can’t tell you enough how easy this was to put together and how tasty it will be when eating.  You will be pleasantly satisfied and so pleased with yourself that you spent the time to pre make your lunch.  

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When you are ready to eat you can vigorously shake the contents to distribute the dressing through out, or pour into a bowl.  As the dressing is the first ingredient into the jar it’s the last ingredient out and dresses the top of your salad nicely.

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Tip:  If you’re transporting the salad to work make sure you keep the jar upright as you want the dressing to stay at the bottom to prevent any sogginess.

dividerMason Jar Salad Recipes

I make this Creamy Roasted Garlic Mason Jar Salad for my kids, they have karate training really late in the evening now, it’s too early for dinner so they usually have a salad before they go to class.

{The Organised Housewife} Creamy Roast Garlic Mason Jar Salad

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Creamy Roasted Garlic Mason Jar Salad

  • Author: Katrina
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Category: [url href="https://theorganisedhousewife.com.au/category/recipes/salad/" target="_blank"]Salad[/url]

Ingredients

Scale
  • 12 tablespoons Praise Deli Style Creamy Roasted Garlic Dressing
  • Cucumber, cubed
  • Carrot, grated
  • Capsicum, diced
  • Corn kernels
  • Celery, sliced
  • Pasta, cooked
  • Cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • Chicken, poached
  • Egg, boiled
  • Cheese, grated
  • Lettuce, finely sliced

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in the order listed above into a clean mason jar
  2. Seal tightly, refrigerate and use within 7 days.

Notes

I have not included precise measurements for the vegetables as this is really just an amount that you feel you would want to eat. As an example though I typically put in approximately 6-8 cucumber cubes, 3 whole cherry tomatoes, 1-2 tablespoons of each hard vegetable and cheeses, 1 boiled egg and then fill the jar with salad greens.

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{The Organised Housewife} French Vinaigrette Mason Jar Salad

This is my favourite flavour combination, I love avocado and garlic, having this drizzled over the chicken, egg and rest of the salad is so satisfying.

{The Organised Housewife} Avocado and Roast Garlic Mason Jar Salad

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Avocado and Roasted Garlic Mason Jar Salad

  • Author: Katrina
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Category: [url href="https://theorganisedhousewife.com.au/category/recipes/salad/" target="_blank"]Salad[/url]

Ingredients

Scale
  • 12 tablespoons Praise Deli Style Avocado and Roasted Garlic Dressing
  • Cucumber, cubed
  • Capsicum, diced
  • red onion, finely sliced
  • Corn kernels
  • Celery, sliced
  • Cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • Avocado, diced
  • Chicken, poached
  • Egg, boiled
  • Tasty cheese, grated
  • Baby spinach leaves, stems removed

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in the order listed above into a clean mason jar
  2. Seal tightly, refrigerate and use within 7 days.

Notes

I have not included precise measurements for the vegetables as this is really just an amount that you feel you would want to eat. As an example though I typically put in approximately 6-8 cucumber cubes, 3 whole cherry tomatoes, 1-2 tablespoons of each hard vegetable and cheeses, 1 boiled egg and then fill the jar with salad greens.

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Have you tried Mason Jar Salads?  What is your favourite salad combo?

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87 comments

Lorrie November 19, 2014 - 8:33 AM

Wow these look so good I am going to have to give this a go myself, I guess you could really do whatever combination you wanted.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife November 19, 2014 - 9:51 AM

Absolutely Lorrie! You can put whatever you like in them, they are so good! I look forward to my lunch everyday.:)

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Carley November 19, 2014 - 8:49 AM

That sounds great but am wondering does it have to be a mason jar? Can other glass jars work or even Tupperware and still remain as fresh as you say storing in mason is?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife November 19, 2014 - 9:54 AM

Carley, Yes it can be any glass jar just not plastic as it won’t keep it’s freshness.

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Annie August 26, 2017 - 5:40 AM

Keeping air out is more important than glass or plastic. I have glass and plastic tupperware type containers and they keep the same. I just like the glass because the dishwasher doesn’t destroy them.

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Samantha November 19, 2014 - 8:54 AM

Can I ask why the Mason jars? Does the jar need to be specially sealed like with preserving or can one just put the lid on the jar and the salad will be right for a few days? Such a great idea- I need to do the same thing. My husband and two children usually get fed well and I get either whatever’s left for work lunches or eat when I remember at home!!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife November 19, 2014 - 9:56 AM

Samantha, Yes the jars need to be glass and to seal to keep in the freshness so they last. They are so perfect for busy lifestyles.

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Lynn Robertson November 19, 2014 - 9:00 AM

i am really Impressed with your Mason jar salads. One question – do the avocados go brown? What do the eggs taste like after a week?
Thank you for such interesting ideas.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife November 19, 2014 - 10:03 AM

Hi Lynn, Funny you ask abut the avocados! I honestly thought they would too but no they didn’t. By day 5 they had slightly started to have a little brownish colour but still totally fine to eat. And the eggs were fine too.:)

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Courtney November 19, 2014 - 10:40 AM

Where did you find these Mason jars? All the ones I’ve looked at have a handle and a hole for a straw through the lid.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife November 19, 2014 - 1:54 PM

Hi Courtney, You can purchase them at Big W or there is a link on the post just above.

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Jen November 23, 2014 - 4:47 PM

FYI, the link didn’t work for me. There was a problem with the redirection: “Unfortunately we cannot redirect you to the website requested….”, etc. I did manage to extract the website you intended the link take us to from the redirection URL though…

Thanks for this post! I have been wanting to find a way to make salads last longer and was specifically considering trying a different storage container, so I will try some mason jars instead of a different plastic container!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife November 24, 2014 - 9:19 AM

Jen, i’m sorry it didn’t work for you. Here is the link again https://theorganisedhousewife.com.au/organising/kitchen-organising/how-to-make-mason-jar-salads/

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Jen November 26, 2014 - 6:33 PM

Thanks, but I meant the link to the place to buy the jars online. But it seems to be working now, so whatever problem there was before has presumably been fixed… 🙂

elizabeth November 19, 2014 - 11:29 AM

Can u layer just the dressing veggies, feta cheese and lettuce as I font like eggs or meat in my salad?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife November 19, 2014 - 1:55 PM

Elizabeth, yes you can add whatever salads you enjoy.

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Melissa November 19, 2014 - 1:06 PM

I have a heap of old maccona coffee jars do you think that they will work as well? Thanks

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife November 19, 2014 - 1:56 PM

Melissa, I honestly haven’t tried it. It may work because coffee stays fresh. If you try it let me know.:)

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Paul Thornton November 28, 2014 - 10:54 AM

Mason Jars have rubber O-ring on inner lid to give airtight seal. To replicate this on coffee jars, run a thin ring of soft silicone sealant around underside edge of lid.

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Vicki Hicks December 28, 2015 - 1:28 PM

Maccona jars also have a rubber seal so would be. Airtight but the mouth is not very wide.

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Melissa November 19, 2014 - 2:24 PM

I will give it a go with both thanks

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Antonella January 10, 2015 - 9:25 PM

Did you try the maccona coffee jars? Did they work??

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sarah November 19, 2014 - 8:37 PM

I love the idea – makung life easier! But…. What about your poached chicken – if it was poached on sunday and you made 5 salads up for mon – fri, is the chicken still ok?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife November 20, 2014 - 8:03 AM

Sarah I am finding it is still OK, haven’t come down sick yet thank goodness.

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Leanda February 13, 2016 - 11:32 PM

Hi regarding the chicken – you could always make the salad jars up and add enough chicken for two days if you are concerned and poach more on day three…. Poaching is very simple n doesnt take long at all. Just a thought. Or if using tinned tuna/salmon – make jars up and add tuna/salmon day before eating. Just a few options if you are worryed abiut keeping proteins for days. ?

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Tiffany November 19, 2014 - 9:06 PM

Hi, I love this idea but I’m a but unsure of how long you can wait before you eat poached chicken and boiled eggs… Is it really ok on Friday, if made on Sunday night, or is there. 2 day limit for safe eating?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife November 20, 2014 - 8:05 AM

I completely understand your worry Tiffany I was concerned in the beginning too but it is all still edible by the Friday.

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Wendy walker November 19, 2014 - 10:19 PM

My favourite is bottom layer balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing, next layer either butter beans or chickpeas, then cous cous, then roasted pumpkin, then crumbled feta and finally a layer of salad greens ( I like baby spinach) yum!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife November 20, 2014 - 8:03 AM

OOh Wendy my mouth is watering that sounds so so good.

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Dan March 18, 2018 - 9:59 PM

Yay I did butter beans last week with spinach and a bunch of other stuff – soo easy and I am glad to say I am wasting less stuff this way. I used to open a can of beans, have some, then put the remainder in a container in the fridge… and throw them out on Sunday night! Now I am using the whole can across three or four jars of salad – it’s great! Thanks again for sharing this idea Katrina.

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shell November 20, 2014 - 12:14 AM

These look amazing, I am going to experiment tomorrow. I just wondered if you thought that tuna would keep in the jar?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife November 20, 2014 - 8:02 AM

Shell, I haveb’t tried Tuna yet, only because I love chicken saladas. But I do want to try it at some stage, if you do, please let me know 🙂

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Shell November 20, 2014 - 12:22 PM

Yeah, I wonder if the tuna will be too moist to put next to the salad greens. I might make it with the others, but use this one first, rather than waiting until later in the week, and then if its ok, stretch it out to 2 days next week and so on and so forth… I will let you know 🙂

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife November 21, 2014 - 10:14 AM

Sounds good, you will have to let me know how they turn out.:)

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Shell December 3, 2014 - 11:20 PM

TUNA UPDATE! 🙂
Tuna keeps really well for up to 5 days, my salads have never lasted any longer that because They’ve been too tasty!

Robin January 12, 2015 - 8:22 AM

Use Sirena Tuna, it’s the best flavour. It is in oil so when draining it use some of the oil for the dressing.

Tracey April 27, 2018 - 9:01 PM

Hi Katrina
I have done tuna with no problems,also I like shredded raw cabbage on top ?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife December 4, 2014 - 8:38 AM

OOh that’s so good to hear Shell that they work, I’d love to try some with Salmon too! I’ve had a few this week with left over ham from our Christmas feast over the weekend, so good!

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Isabelle Pearce November 20, 2014 - 8:30 PM

l love the idea Katrina. I will buy big jars and mini ones for my 3 year old that loves salads. It will make my life so much easier and less boring. As every day we eat the same and it gets boring. Do you need to boil the jars, and seal them like you do with jam…? Or just close the lid very tightly? Thanks

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jeannette November 22, 2014 - 1:27 PM

Hi
I try making your mason jar salad it was so easy to make and it tasted yummy my husband liked it too, I am also try fruit salad in the jars i put honeydew melon, rockmelon, watermelon, so we will see how it goes.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife November 24, 2014 - 9:19 AM

Ooh i like the sound of the fruit Mason Jars! You will have to let me know how they turn out, Jeannette.:)

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Ashley December 3, 2014 - 2:42 PM

I love these!!! Just wondering what you do to keep them fresh for so long? Do you just put the lid on or do you need to pressure preserve?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife December 3, 2014 - 3:01 PM

Nothing special Ashley, just put the lid on and keep them in the fridge.

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Karen January 6, 2015 - 10:23 AM

Hi Katrina,
I’ve just come across Mason Jar salads they look fab! I’m on a weight loss journey and for summer, these look so awesome.
Can I just ask what is a good jar size as I want to buy some. You say above you use 1lt jars but then say you use 440ml jars for your salads?

Thanks heaps
Karen

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 6, 2015 - 11:16 AM

Hi Karen, Mason Jar salads are so yummy! We are loving them. Yes i use the 440ml jar and i use a bigger jar for my husband.
Enjoy.:)

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Karen January 6, 2015 - 11:18 AM

Hi Katrina – thanks for getting back to me so quickly! That’s great, thanks for clarifying that…will buy some today and get on to it…can’t wait.

Karen

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Denise January 10, 2015 - 6:38 PM

Love this idea, what size are the jars you are using in your photos?

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Kellie January 11, 2015 - 7:26 AM

Stupid question time … We have a few mason jars with straw holes already would they work or not? Also kids wouldn’t be able to take glass to school could they store in the glass in the fridge and then I transfer to plastic container in the morning to take to school(just go without dressing these ones I’m thinking)

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 13, 2015 - 9:42 AM

No not silly at all, Kellie. I personally wouldn’t use the ones with the straw in them as they have to be sealed completely and by having the straw in the the air would take the freshness out.

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Jenny January 11, 2015 - 4:19 PM

Fab idea!
We have a favourite Warm Chicken Salad in our house that I’m going to adapt for this. Yummiest dressing!…

2 tablespoons tahini paste
2 tablespoons warm water
2 teaspoons sugar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2-4 tablespoons peanut oil
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 clove garlic
dash of chilli or Tabasco
2 teaspoons white vinegar
1 tablespoon sesame oil
salt and pepper to taste

Combine all in a screw-top jar and shake well.

I think it will go something like this…
Layer dressing, sliced celery, spring onions, water chestnuts, slivered almonds, poached chicken, avocado, cubed mango, rocket/baby spinach/lettuce, alfalfa sprouts.

Have I got the logic right? Anyone see any issues?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 13, 2015 - 9:37 AM

Ooh this sounds divine Jenny!! I might have to give this a try myself.:)

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Cath January 12, 2015 - 7:37 AM

I made my salad jars yesterday, put them in the fridge and today there is some condensation inside the jars – is this bad? Did I do something wrong?will I get sick If I eat it?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 13, 2015 - 9:27 AM

Hmm you have thinking! A quick question: Where the Mason Jars dry before you put the salad in? I have never had that happen, the only thing i can think of Cath is that maybe the seal isn’t working correctly. I would maybe suggest using a different mason jar and see how that goes. Let me know how you go.:)

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Tamara January 12, 2015 - 1:31 PM

Love this idea, I always forget about my own lunch during the week and end up with cheese on SAO’s!!! Silly question but where would beetroot fit in to all the layers of this idea?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 13, 2015 - 9:19 AM

Aren’t they a great idea.:) I love them for the same reason so easy to have already made ready for lunch. I would put beetroot down the bottom towards where the tomato goes.

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Ashley January 16, 2015 - 7:00 PM

Just wondering if there are any suggestions if I wanted to make these with vegetables that I could heat up during winter?? I’m not s huge fan of salads in winter and would love something that I could heat up. Thanks for any suggestions. 🙂

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 19, 2015 - 9:30 AM

Hmm i have never tried vegetables! If you give it a go please let me know how they turn out, i’m curious.:)

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Susie October 7, 2017 - 1:40 AM

What about a pesto, pasta, chicken, pine nuts combo? Great hot or cold!

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Ann-Maree February 11, 2019 - 6:15 PM

I’ve seen versions with raw 2 mins. noodles, chicken and vegetables, just add hot water!

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Angela January 20, 2015 - 5:11 PM

Katrina you have a brilliant website with great ideas.
Can you tell me the best place to purchase the Mason jars, I live in Penrith NSW. Hope you can help & thanks in advance.
Angela

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Helen January 23, 2015 - 11:12 AM

Hi

Can you tell me what size Mason Jar to use as I’d like to order the same as the pics but can’t find them online. Also can you tell lmd where to purchase the Mason Jars from thanks, Helen.

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alison January 23, 2015 - 1:13 PM

Oh my! These have seriously revolutionalised our house! Hubby loves them, so on Sunday night I have a little production line…. Mr 14 only likes chicken Caesar but Im working on that;-)

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Katrina D January 23, 2015 - 5:24 PM

Love it! These salads would be great for picnics as they could travel in an eski with drinks.

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Liz Cook January 27, 2015 - 8:49 PM

I’ve been trying to buy your recommended jars both in bigw and from your online link. Raw foods store is closed till March! Any other links where I can buy them?

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Ashley January 30, 2015 - 11:03 PM

http://www.aussimasonpreservingjars.com.au/
They have really cheap good quality jars. Plus they ship out really quick and at reasonable prices.

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Sue February 16, 2015 - 12:06 AM

did anyone try the Moconna jars yet?? I also have heaps in different sizes, I’ll try it this week and report back.

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Sue February 21, 2015 - 10:05 PM

Well, big success with the Maconna jars! Made them up on Tues and ate them Saturday. Used homemade mayo and layered carrot, cucumber, corn, capsicum, tomato, risoni, ham, egg, spinach, lettuce and snowpea shoots. Was fresh and crunchy as if I’d made it that day. Sold!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 23, 2015 - 9:17 AM

Hi Sue, thank you so much for sharing. That is great to know.:) ~ Kate

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Victoria March 13, 2015 - 3:53 AM

I lovvveeee these ideas Katrina your site is the best thats online Thankyou so much.
I experimented on the mason jar salads and wow i can’t believe how fresh they stay in them for a period of time. For food and safety reasons Id eat the ones with whole protein in them first. Cheese can last longer. Sue your salad looks so delicious going to try that next!!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 16, 2015 - 9:24 AM

Ooh thank you so much Victoria! That is so lovely of you.:) x

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Amanda March 23, 2015 - 12:42 AM

Mason jars should have the title of domestic goddess – they are so multifunctional. This is a fantastic idea that I will be using for my next BBQ gathering. Thanks for the inspiration

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Courtney April 11, 2015 - 2:06 AM

Hi! can’t wait to try these this weekend! just wondering if anyone has tried beetroot? does it make everything soggy and purple? thanks ????

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shell May 22, 2015 - 12:00 PM

Hey Courtney, I use beetroot in mine, but I use it raw for that extra crunch. It turns my dijonaise a nice pink colour but that’s it. Would be interested to know how cooked goes.

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Kathy May 22, 2015 - 10:28 AM

Love this post! I use mason jars for just about everything! If you are looking for some I find ozfarmer.com very good and more importantly very cheap 🙂 Going back to read another post!

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Tracey December 11, 2015 - 5:08 PM

I made the salad in a jar…..fantastic!!!
Stayed fresh and crunchy until dinner time,then I just added a tin of tuna 🙂

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife December 14, 2015 - 7:46 PM

Yum, tuna is delcious in these as well! You’ll be surprised in a few days time it’s still just as crunchy!!

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NINA December 28, 2015 - 2:17 PM

hi there tired to print out both recipes but both ‘print’ options only would print one

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Thea Cooper December 28, 2015 - 5:19 PM

Hi
Just wondering about cleaning.. Hot soapy water enough? Do you need to sterilize them? Thanks

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nols December 28, 2015 - 6:57 PM

you have me thinking now… could they also be used as a concept for a stirfry…( minus the meat… just add later.. for a quick meal.

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Darra February 4, 2016 - 10:37 AM

My mr 11 loves salads for school lunch. Usually I make the salad up in a lunchbox and then have little containers of dressing and cheese for him to add at school.
The mason jar idea sounds easier for school mornings, but obviously a glass jar at school is not feasible. Do you have any suggestions?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 4, 2016 - 9:17 PM

Hi Darra, I would say make the mason jar salads in glass jars, then in the morning pour them from the glass jars into a plastic lunchbox to be safter for school.

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Melissa March 6, 2016 - 9:21 PM

This is such a great idea.
Can you use ham, Turkey etc?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 8, 2016 - 7:35 AM

absolutely, even tinned tuna or salmon would work too.

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Debra October 3, 2018 - 10:57 AM

Hi, bit late to the party with the Mason jar salad but am wondering if adding tomato does it make salad go soggy or do you remove the seeds?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 3, 2018 - 2:42 PM

Hi Debra, if you strategically place the tomatoes in won’t make anything soggy! See the example image – the tomatoes are on top of the cooked pasta and chicken so they don’t get the chance to make anything soggy 🙂

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Ann-Maree February 11, 2019 - 6:18 PM

One of my favourite salads is the BLT pasta salad. Dressing is sour cream, mayo & whole grain mustard.
Spiral pasta
Cherry tomatoes
Cooked bacon
Shredded lettuce
(& I reckon you could add chicken and avo to this one too)
I’ve never made a mason jar salad before but I know what I will be making once I buy some!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 12, 2019 - 2:09 PM

ooh that sounds delicious!! thank you for sharing!

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