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Vegetarian Cobb Salad is deliciously layered in a mason jar with a simple homemade creamy dressing, veggies, hard-boiled eggs, crumbled blue cheese, romaine lettuce, and avocado. This fresh & flavorful salad recipe is packed with plant-based protein and is a great make-ahead lunch.

Cobb salad layered in a jar.
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This Vegetarian Cobb Salad is loaded with wonderful flavors and textures and is super satisfying. And like our Italian Kale Salad, it can easily be made in a mason jar for an easy grab-n-go meal.

For the freshest mason jar salad, it is important to add the ingredients in a way to keep them from getting soggy. The dressing is at the bottom, followed by crunchy, hearty veggies, protein, cheese, and greens that go in last. Follow these tips and you will have nutritious, make-ahead salads to last up to 4 days!

Why you should make this recipe

  • Nutritious lunch or dinner: This healthy salad will be ready to go during the busy work week. It’s filled with nutrient-rich ingredients and much better than having to grab your meal from a fast food restaurant.
  • Budget-friendly: Having a delicious homemade lunch to enjoy is healthier than buying something and will also save you time and money.
  • Make ahead: This salad jar recipe makes 2 salads, or double the recipe and make 4 salads in no time at all. They keep fresh for up to 4 days, so you will have several ready-to-go meals to enjoy throughout the week!
Dressing, tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, cheese and lettuce layered in a jar.

Ingredients needed

This Cobb salad recipe is filled with crisp vegetables, plant-based protein from the eggs, healthy fats from the cheese and avocado, and a creamy ranch dressing. Here’s everything you’ll need:

  • For the dressing: The dressing is a delicious combination of Greek yogurt (or sour cream), mayonnaise, fresh lemon juice, black pepper, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, dried parsley, and dried basil.
  • Vegetables: We’re using diced crisp cucumbers, sweet, juicy tomatoes, and scallions for a wonderful flavor.
  • Hard-boiled eggs: For added protein and heartiness.
  • Cheese: Crumbled blue cheese is classic in Cobb salad recipes, however, feel free to use another favorite cheese. Feta cheese would be a great alternative if you’re not a fan of blue cheese.
  • Avocado: Adds creaminess and a boost of healthy fats.
  • Lettuce: We like romaine lettuce or mixed greens in this recipe. Kale or spinach would also work if preferred.
Ingredients for making a vegetarian cobb salad divided into small bowls.

How to make this recipe

Assembling a salad in a jar is as easy as layering ingredients in a jar! Just be sure to add all of the ingredients in the order listed, so they all stay super fresh. The dressing goes in first, followed by the sturdy, crisp veggies, then soft veggies, protein, cheese, and then avocado and greens at the top. Here’s the easy method:

  1. Make the dressing: Add all the dressing ingredients into a bowl and mix until combined. Divide the dressing into equal parts and add them into the mason jars first.
  1. Assemble salad jars: Next, layer the ingredients into the jars starting with cucumbers, tomatoes, sliced or chopped boiled eggs, scallions, blue cheese, and avocado, and then stop the jars with lettuce or mixed greens.
  1. Store: Close the mason jar with lids, and store it in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Expert Tips

  • Add protein: Consider adding shredded Rotisserie chicken or chopped grilled chicken for added protein for a non-vegetarian option. Or give this tasty Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad a try!
  • Layering the avocado: It would be best to add the chopped avocados when you are ready to serve to prevent the avocado from changing color.
  • Bacon: Traditional Cobb salads include bacon. Feel free to add some cooked, chopped turkey bacon or regular bacon for a non-vegetarian option.
  • Size of the jar: You can use either weck jars or mason jars. We recommend using a wide-mouth, 29-ounce (or similar size) jar.
side shot of cob salad in a jar with lid on it

Frequently asked questions

How long does salad in a jar last?

Depending on the ingredients added, a make-ahead mason jar salad can stay fresh for up to about 4 days. That means you can have lunch ready for the week ahead! Take it with you, and either mix and eat in your jar or dump it into a bowl, toss, and enjoy!

How do you keep salad fresh in a mason jar?

Glass does a better job of keeping moisture out, so salads stored in glass jars tend to stay fresher for longer. Be sure to layer the salad in the jar as instructed in the recipe and seal the lid tightly.

How do you eat salad out of a jar?

If ingredients are tightly layered in the jar, it can be difficult to try to eat your salad out of the jar. We recommend transferring the salad from the jar to a bowl or plate, so you can toss everything together and then enjoy it easily.

Storing and serving recommendations

Store this vegetarian Cobb salad in two 29-ounce weck jars, 32-ounce mason jars, or meal prep containers for up to 4 days. If using a container other than a jar for storage, we suggest storing the dressing separately and adding it right before serving. To serve, pour the salad out from the jar into a bowl to enjoy, or stir it together in your meal prep container.

Vegetarian Cobb salad stored in a glass jar with a gold lid.

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Vegetarian Cobb Salad Jar

By: Rena
Servings: 2 salads
Prep: 20 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
cobb salad in a jar
Vegetarian Cobb Salad is deliciously layered in a mason jar with a simple homemade creamy dressing, veggies, hard-boiled eggs, crumbled blue cheese, romaine lettuce, and avocado.

Equipment

  • 2 large Mason jars (quart-sized Mason jar, with lid)

Ingredients

For the dressing:

  • ¼ cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt or light sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon dried parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon dried basil

For the salad

  • ½ cup diced cucumber
  • ½ cup diced vine-ripe tomatoes or cherry tomatoes
  • 2 large hard-boiled eggs, sliced or diced
  • ¼ cup chopped scallions
  • ¼ cup crumbled blue cheese
  • ½ cup diced avocado, or half an avocado
  • 4 cups romaine lettuce, or mixed greens, finely chopped

Instructions

  • Add all the dressing ingredients into a bowl and mix until combined. Then set the dressing aside.
  • Divide the dressing into equal parts and add them into the mason jars first.
  • Next, layer the ingredients into the jars starting with cucumbers, tomatoes, sliced or chopped boiled eggs, scallions, blue cheese, and avocado, and then stop the jars with lettuce or mixed greens.
  • Close the mason jar with lids, and store it in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Notes

  • Consider adding shredded Rotisserie chicken or chopped grilled chicken for added protein for a non-vegetarian option.
  • It would be best to add the chopped avocados when you are ready to serve to prevent the avocado from changing color.
  • You may add some cooked chopped turkey bacon strips for a non-vegetarian option.

Nutrition

Serving: 1saladCalories: 281kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 15gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 203mgSodium: 980mgPotassium: 742mgFiber: 6gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 8975IUVitamin C: 22mgCalcium: 202mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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About Rena Awada

Hi, I’m Rena! Welcome to my blog. I am here to help you prepare delicious, light, fresh meals that your whole family will love!

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