Greek Mason Jar Salad

I’m trying to mix up what I am eating for lunches during the week.  Earlier this year I was stuck in a rut of making a sandwich every day.  Now I take time to plan ahead and make sure I eat something different each day.  I still have a sandwich, but another day I may have crispbread loaded with tuna, spinach, onion and tomato and then another day a mason jar salad.

Mason Jar Salad is quick and easy to prepare, being stored in the jar helps it stay fresh for up to 5-7 days, perfect for weekday lunches.

The beauty of Mason Jar Salad is that you can prepare them in advance, eat them a few days later and they are just as fresh as they day you prepared them.  I make 4 each week, I’ll usually have 2 and hubby with have the other 2.

Greek Mason Jar Salad

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
Layer 2 – Chickpeas
Layer 3 – Hard vegetables – capsicum, cucumber and red onion
Layer 4 – Soft vegetables – cherry tomatoes, olives
Layer 5 – Protein – chicken and fetta
Layer 6 – Salad greens – baby spinach

Mason Jar Salad is quick and easy to prepare, being stored in the jar helps it stay fresh for up to 5-7 days, perfect for weekday lunches.

I used Paul Newmans Classic Dressing for this salad, there are many different dressing/ vinaigrette options available at the supermaket, or you can make your own!   You could also use a BBQ chicken to save time or poaching chicken is a healthier option and will save you money too.  Read more about how I poach chicken here.
Mason Jar Salad is quick and easy to prepare, being stored in the jar helps it stay fresh for up to 5-7 days, perfect for weekday lunches.

I don’t work with quantities when it comes to making the salad, I just put more of the vegetable I like in it, and less of those I don’t. I don’t like olives, I leave it out of mine, but my hubby loved loads of them!

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Greek Mason Jar Salad

  • Author: Katrina Springer
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Salad

Ingredients

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  • 12 tablespoons classic dressing
  • 1 /3 cup chickpeas
  • Capsicum, diced
  • Cucumber, diced
  • Red onion, sliced
  • Cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Olives
  • Chicken, shredded
  • Fetta, cubed
  • Baby spinach, washed

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in the order listed above into a clean mason jar
  2. Seal tightly, refrigerate and use within 5-7 days.

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Find more of my Mason Jar Salad Recipes here:

  • Roasted Garlic Mason Jar Salad
  • French Vinaigrette Mason Jar Salad
  • Avocado and Roasted Garlic Mason Jar Salad

Mason Jar Salad is quick and easy to prepare, being stored in the jar helps it stay fresh for up to 5-7 days, perfect for weekday lunches.

Also read more about how I organise my fridge, to help keep it tidy, prevent food from spoiling, ensure leftovers get eaten and it makes it easy to write a shopping list as I can quickly glance and see what I need to top up.

Organise the fridge to help keep it tidy, prevent food from spoiling, ensure leftovers get eaten and it makes it easy to write a shopping list as I can quickly glance and see what I need to top up.

I hope you enjoy this Mason Jar Salad recipe, and it inspires you to make changes to your lunches if you are feeling in a bit of a rut too.

What do you like to eat for lunch?

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11 comments

Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid June 9, 2016 - 6:26 AM

We are learning to love salad and this one looks delicious – full of my favourite things!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 9, 2016 - 8:58 AM

It ticks all the boxes, easy to make and good for you!!

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Angela June 9, 2016 - 9:11 AM

I’ve been wanting to make these salads for a while now, I’ve been a bit nervous though as I was unsure how fresh they would be. I think I might just have to give it a go.. 🙂

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 13, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Give it a go Angela, you’ll be able to tell by looking at it if it’s no good. Let me know how you enjoy it 🙂

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Michelle Redington June 9, 2016 - 6:36 PM

Hi Can you please tell me, do you eat the salad straight from the jar or tip onto a plate? I’ve brought the jars today, going to give it a go!
Love your ideas!
Michelle

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 13, 2016 - 8:32 AM

If I’m at home Michelle I’ll tip it into a bowl as this is then lovely as the dressing is then on top and drizzles down through all the salad. However, if I am running out around lunchtime I take the jar with me, shake it up and eat from the jar.

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Helen June 10, 2016 - 4:07 PM

Hi Kat,
Just curious as to the size of your mason jars. Thanks, Helen.

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Helen June 10, 2016 - 4:13 PM

I actually just found out the size in one of your previous posts – 1L! 🙂

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 13, 2016 - 8:55 AM

I use 1L Mason Jars, these can be easily washed in the dishwasher. You can purchase these from Big W or you can purchase them online here http://bit.ly/1UM9tE6. 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.

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Melissa September 12, 2016 - 10:44 AM

Hi Kat
could you use the jars for preserving jams instead? Thanks Mel

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 14, 2016 - 8:38 AM

Absolutely, you just need an airtight glass jar to help keep the contents fresh.

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