Mason Jar Salad

By Rena Awada | Updated On January 28, 2024

You’ll love this Mason Jar salad because it’s super easy to make and perfect for busy days. The combination of fresh veggies, chickpeas, and feta cheese in a homemade Greek dressing makes it a delicious and nutritious option.

side shot of 2 jars filled with ingredients to make Greek salad


Eating healthy lunches has never been easier thanks to this Salad Jar! The addition of chickpeas means that it is already full of protein and fiber, but you can kick up the protein by adding Pesto Shrimp, Grilled Lemon Chicken Skewers, Grilled Honey Lemon Shrimp, or Grilled Lemon Garlic Chicken.

Making a salad in a mason jar stays fresh all week, making it a convenient choice for quick and tasty lunches or side dishes.

Why you will love this recipe

  • Easy Meal Prep: This Greek-style Salad is a breeze to prepare, thanks to simple ingredients and straightforward instructions.
  • Mason Jar Convenience: The use of mason jars ensures easy storage and portability, making it a perfect grab-and-go option for lunches.
  • Week-Long Freshness: The mason jar salads stay fresh in the fridge for up to 5 days, providing a solution for hassle-free, week-long meal planning.
  • Customizable Toppings: Feel free to adjust the ingredients based on personal preferences, making it a versatile recipe that suits different tastes.
Ingredient for greek salad added so a large mason jar with lid over it

Ingredients needed

One thing I love about these mason jar salads is how customizable they are! Switch out any of the ingredients for others that you prefer and it will still be just as delicious! Here’s what I used to make it:

Salad Ingredients

  • English Cucumber: Leave the skin on for added texture and nutrients.
  • Cherry Tomatoes: Opt for ripe cherry tomatoes and chop them into smaller pieces.
  • Yellow or Green Pepper: Use whichever bell pepper you prefer and dice it for a colorful and crunchy element.
  • Red Onion: Dice the onion finely for a mild onion flavor.
  • Kalamata Olives: Include sliced Kalamata olives for a salty and tangy kick. Be sure to drain them before adding to the salad.
  • Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans): Use canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed. They add protein and a hearty texture.
  • Romaine Lettuce: You can also use any other leafy greens you prefer.
  • Feta Cheese: Crumbled feta cheese adds a creamy and tangy flavor.
ingredients that goes in the mason jar to make greek salad

Greek Dressing ingredients

The Homemade Greek Dressing is made with oregano, basil, red wine vinegar, garlic, honey dijon mustard, avocado oil (or olive oil), salt, and pepper.

ingredients to make the greek dressing for the salad jar

How to make this Salad Meal prep Jar

Prepare the Greek Dressing: Combine oregano, basil, red wine vinegar, minced garlic, honey Dijon mustard, and avocado or olive oil in a small bowl. Mix well.

Set Up Mason Jars: Fill each of the 4 quart-sized or 32 oz mason jars with the prepared dressing. Distribute approximately 3 tablespoons of dressing into each jar.

Layer the Salad Ingredients: In each jar, add the diced cucumber, red onions, yellow or green peppers, chickpeas, Kalamata olives, tomatoes, feta cheese, and finally, the chopped Romaine lettuce.

Seal the Mason Jars: Close the mason jars tightly with their lids to ensure freshness. Store them in the fridge for up to 5 days until ready to serve.

Optional Protein Addition: For added protein, consider including some chopped grilled chicken or shredded Rotisserie chicken.

To Serve: Invert the jar upside down into a small bowl, empty the salad, toss, adjust the taste if needed, and enjoy your delicious and convenient Greek Salad.

Expert tips

  • When assembling the mason jar salads, follow the specified order of ingredients. Placing wet ingredients like dressing, cucumber, and tomatoes at the bottom creates a barrier, preventing the greens from becoming soggy over the week.
  • As you layer the ingredients, pack them tightly without leaving much air in the jar. This minimizes the potential for oxidation and helps maintain the freshness of the salad.
  • Consider adding grilled chicken or shredded Rotisserie chicken for a more substantial and protein-packed meal.
  • Place the jars in the refrigerator’s main section rather than the door. The more consistent temperature in the main section helps maintain the freshness of the salad ingredients.
side shot of a greek Salad in a jar with spoon next to it on the right

Frequently asked questions

How do I prevent the salad from getting soggy?

Follow the layering order, placing wet ingredients at the bottom. This creates a barrier and helps maintain the crispness of the greens.

Is it necessary to use a mason jar, or can I use another container?

While mason jars are convenient, you can use other airtight containers. Just ensure they provide a secure seal to keep the salad fresh.

Should I toss the salad before storing it in the fridge?

No, it’s best to keep the salad layered until you’re ready to eat. Toss the ingredients in a bowl just before serving.

Serving Suggestions

This dish is already a complete meal in one, but you can add meat to it to make it even more filling! Here are some of our faves to try:

side shot of a salad jar filled with veggies to make Greek salad

Storage recommendations

I love to make this meal prep salad at the beginning of the week so I can have easy lunches all week long. Here’s how to store it so it will last the longest:

  • Refrigerate: After assembling the mason jar salads, store them in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. This ensures the freshness of the ingredients throughout the week.
  • Freeze: It’s not recommended to freeze the mason jar salads, as freezing can affect the texture of fresh vegetables and greens.

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Mason Jar Salad

You'll love this Salad meal prep because it's full of fresh veggies, chickpeas, and feta cheese in a homemade dressing. Plus, the mason jar salads stay fresh all week, making it a convenient choice for quick and tasty lunches.
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: Greek
Diet: Low Fat
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 253kcal
Author: Rena

Equipment

Ingredients

For the Salad Jar

  • 2 cups diced English cucumber one large or 2 medium
  • 1 pack cherry tomato chopped, about 1 ¼ cup
  • 1 yellow bell pepper or green pepper, diced
  • 1 medium red onion diced, about ½ cup
  • ½ cup sliced kalamata olives
  • 1 can Chickpeas garbanzo beans, 15.5 oz, drained
  • 2 Romaine lettuce chopped, about 6 cups
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese 4 tablespoons
  • 4 Mason Jars with lid, quart size or 32 oz

For the Dressing

  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 tablespoon honey Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup avocado oil or olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • To make the Greek dressing, add all the dressing ingredients into and small bowl and mix to combine. Set the bowl aside.
  • Set up and line up 4 Mason jars. Divide the dressing into 4 jars. It should be about 3 tablespoons each. Then add the diced cucumber, red onions, yellow or green peppers, chickpeas, kalamata olives, tomatoes, feta cheese, and finally add the romaine lettuce.
  • Close the mason jars with lids and store them in the fridge for up to 5 days until ready to serve.

Notes

  • you may add in some chopped grilled chicken or shredded Rotisserie chicken for some added protein.
  • To serve: invert the jar upside down into a small bowl. Empty the salad into the bowl, toss, adjust the taste if needed, and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 395mg | Potassium: 252mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1471IU | Vitamin C: 60mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 1mg
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