Making the Perfect Mason Jar Salad

Mason Jar Salad

Perfect Mason Jar Salad


A perfectly designed mason jar salad is a thing of beauty. The idea is simple – a delicious and fresh salad, preserved in a good container that will leave the food unadulterated, and is easily transported.

What’s not to love?!

While many folks know what they want to get from a Mason Jar Salad, setting up the proper one isn’t as simple as just filling a jar with anything you want!

Without proper planning, your would-be delicious salad can rapidly turn info a right soggy mess.

So, how do you make the perfect Mason Jar Salad?

The real trick here is in the way you go about layering your salad in the mason jar. It doesn’t matter what you intend on using, so long as you place each item in an order that make sense.

It’s best to always begin with the dressing. Select your dressing and make sure to put it in first. This is the cornerstone of the perfect Mason Jar Salad. Next, select an ingredient from of your salad that won’t absorb all of the dressing. Cucumber is a good option, as are carrots or cherry tomatoes. These will retain their own taste and texture with out absorbing the entirety of the dressing, and give you a solid base for adding more layers on top.

Once you’ve got a strong layer above your dressing, it’s time to begin layering up. Leave green leafy veggies, seeds, and nuts aside for now, as you’ll use them to make up the top layer. Make sure to pack every layer tightly. This helps keep the salad fresh. The more tightly your jar is packed, the longer your salad will keep fresh. That’s the core principle of a perfect Mason Jar Salad: layer cleverly, and pack tightly.

Lastly, add your green leafy veggies, seeds, and nuts on top. The green leaves will create a barrier that can help maintain freshness, and also enables you to place seeds, nuts, and even proteins like chicken on top with out risking them getting soggy. And that’s pretty much it! Screw your lid on tightly and you’re good to go.

When you’re ready to eat, just open the jar, dump the contents right into a bowl, then toss as needed. If you’ve done a good job layered your jar appropriately and have stored it upright, you’ll be rewarded with a fresh, crisp, and tasty salad each and every time.

What do you put in your mason jar salads? Let us know in the comments below.

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