Salads are a really easy meal idea that is so easy to prep for the week. A lot of people are on the go and need quick and healthy options, and there is nothing faster than these salads! The jars make them easy for anyone with busy lifestyles or people who want to meal prep and keep them stored in the fridge with minimal space. You can keep the salad dressing on the side, which is a great way to prevent it from making the lettuce soggy or getting stuck on the bottom of the jar. Healthy lunches don’t have to be difficult! Take any of your favorite salad recipes and assemble them in your favorite jar! Make sure there’s a nice balance between protein and leafy greens to keep you full, especially on busy days. Here are some jars I like and super easy recipes for fresh salads on the go!
Jars Great for Meal Prepping Salads
You can find jars anywhere these days, but quality is way better than quantity, if you ask me! Jars that are easy to wash, store and come in various sizes are essential. An easy way to purchase a high quality glass jar is through amazon or via sites such as Crate&Barrel or Williams Sonoma. Meal prep salads are made for jars! That’s one of the great things about glass jars, it’s that you can ultimately use them for anything.
Here are some jars I like:
Red onion in salads is so underrated. It adds so much flavor and crunch! This recipe feature chicken breast, brown rice and tons of veggies. It has a homemade dressing, too, which I always love! Honey meets lime juice and sriracha, sign me up!
Image/recipe: Punch Fork
I love the idea of a rainbow salad because that means there’s enough of the veggies we need to be consuming in it! They say we should be eating a rainbow of veggies for every meal, which can be difficult, but this salad makes it simpler. Bell peppers add a necessary crunch and color to the salad ingredients, while chickpeas offer a necessary source of protein.
This is an elevated club salad! Featuring avocado, cucumbers, bacon, blue cheese and tomatoes- I’m all about this one! It’s incredibly filling with several sources of protein and full of the most delicious, crunch vegetables.
Image/recipe: Eating Bird Food
Sometimes simple is best! It’s full of lettuce, carrots, spinach, broccoli, legumes, almonds and so much more. Topped with olive oil and balsamic vinegar to make it even tastier! Any good salad has tons of fresh veggies and some source of protein. This is the perfect mason jar salad because you can totally keep the main ingredients or swap them out for different ingredients based on what you’re feeling.
Image/recipe: Creme de la Crumb
This is a vegan option that is full of protein! There are beets, quinoa, chickpeas and the yummiest homemade dressing! The apple and kale make me think of fall, so this is a great light lunch to have this season. The next salad you make should be this one!
Image/recipe: Vegan Meal Prep Sunday
This recipe is definitely more filling and so fun to make! It will last about 2-3 days in the fridge, so you can meal prep it in wide mouth jars. It’s also vegetarian, so it’s a great option if you don’t eat meat. Or you could add chicken or tofu to it!
Image/recipe: Meal Plan Addict
You know how much I love a Greek salad! This is so exciting because I can meal prep it in cute little jars and bring it on the go! Homemade dressings like Greek ones make it that much more enjoyable and cut out the yucky ingredients usually in popular dressings we get from the store. It’s incredibly fresh and the salad greens make for great nutrients.
Image/recipe: Vegan Meal Prep Sunday
Tacos? I’ll take one! This taco salad recipe is one that you will not only love as a mason jar salad, but one you can make a bigger recipe for dinner as an option! You can use any kind of taco meat you’d like or swap it out for chicken or tofu. Black beans added make a great source of protein!
Image/recipe: Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
This post was originally published September 22, 2022*
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