Greek Chicken Mason Jar Salad

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I can’t believe how much I love making mason jar salads. Seriously! When I first discovered them on pinterest I thought it was just another cute food thing. But I was wrong. When I take the time on a Sunday to make ahead a bunch of salads for lunches my week always goes better. Each morning I don’t even have to think about what to make for lunch. I just grab my mason jar salad, a bowl, and I am off to work. At around noon I sit back and eat a delicious healthy veggie filled salad for lunch. I feel great!

Over the last year I have made a variety of mason jar salads. Here is a list of my tried and true recipes.

Chopped Black Bean and Corn Salad

Fresh Mozzarella, Spinach, and Pasta

Artichoke, Tortellini, Goat Cheese, and Spinach

Chopped Broccoli, Ham, and Swiss

This week I want to share with you my Greek Chicken Mason Jar Salad. This is a classic greek salad filled with tomatoes, cucumbers, greek olives, feta, chicken, and romaine. For the dressing I used Newmans Own Olive Oil and Vinegar.

It is so good! Everything about it. As with many of my mason jar salads I love the way the tomatoes and cucumbers marinate in the dressing. Delicious. And who does not like feta? I think what I like the most about feta cheese is a little goes a long way. One it is a stronger tasting cheese and two it crumbles so it distributes throughout the salad.

I used to add red onion to this salad but don’t anymore. Why you may ask? Well because I am old and for some reason red onion tends to upset my tummy now. Totally serious. #oldpeopleproblems So I leave them out.

To make preparation of this salad super easy I use a rotisserie chicken. You could cook up some chicken breast but for me I like to be able to just shred some rotisserie chicken and call it a day.

I get ask all the time about the lettuce getting soggy. I have been making these salads for a year and I will tell you I never – not one time – got soggy lettuce. The dressing stays at the bottom of the jar and the tomatoes and cucumbers function as a barricade of sorts. As long as the dressing does not touch the lettuce you are good to go.

You can read some more of my mason jar salad tips here.

See this Greek Chicken Mason Jar Salad come to life in my quick (less than 2 min) video:

 

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Mason Jar Greek Salad
 
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Recipe type: Salads
Serves: 5
Ingredients
  • 5 quart size wide mouth mason jars
  • 10 tablespoons Newmans Own Olive Oil and Vinegar Dressing
  • 1 quart cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 5 mini cucumbers, sliced
  • 1 cup pitted greek olives, sliced or chopped
  • ¾ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 cups chopped or shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 5 cups chopped romaine lettuce
Instructions
  1. Divide and layer all ingredients into mason jars. Start with salad dressing, then tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, cheese, chicken, and end with lettuce. Put mason jar top on and store in refrigerator.
  2. When ready to eat pour into a bowl and serve.
Notes
Make Ahead Instructions


These can be made up to 5-6 days ahead of time.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 mason jar salad Calories: 449 Fat: 33 Carbohydrates: 14 Fiber: 4 Protein: 24

 

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  1. Loving your FB page!!

  2. I was wondering if you could just use olive oil and vinegar instead of bottled like Newman’s own. I really am not a fan of store bought dressings as most use mono sodium glutamate in them that triggers my migraines.

    • Newman’s Own Olive Oil and Vinegar doesn’t have MSG in it. MSG also triggers my migraines and I use this all the time with no problems. Ingredients are: Olive Oil Blend , Vegetable Oil, Water, Red Wine Vinegar, Onion, Spices, Salt, Garlic, Lemon Juice and Distilled Vinegar

    • You can also use Walden Farms Dressings. They don’t have MSG or sugar. Usually found with the lettuce.

    • I’d definitely use my own olive oil and vinegar.

  3. Question about sogginess, you say that you haven’t encountered it yet w/ the Mason jar method. My question is, what is the furthest ahead you have made mason jar salads without this happening? Surely you couldn’t do salads for the whole week on Sunday night, could you?
    Thanks!

    • I do them every week on Sunday for the entire week. I have eaten salads 6-7 days later and they were still good.

    • Heather says:

      The veggies really do stay fresh and crisp all week in a mason jar…I can attest to that. You just have to layer them correctly. I layer mine with dressing on bottom…then hearty ingredients that can withstand moisture (such as beans, peas, seeds, corn), then veggies like cucumbers, carrots, celery, olives…then soft veggies like lettuce and spinach. I really love using quinoa in mine and I layer it on top of the dressing so it soaks up some of the dressing.

  4. Hello,
    Just wondering does the contents being in the glass mason jar vs plastic container remain fresher?
    Thanks for the great healthy ideas and tips… will give it ago for the first time this week! 🙂

  5. This looks like a great idea. Will chicken keep fresh if making 5 days in advance?

  6. Hi! I love this salad and wanted to thank you for sharing it! I do have a question about the calorie count though: When I plugged all the ingredients into MyFitnessPal the calorie total was 252, which seemed more accurate since this is a fairly light salad and the portion is not huge. Just hoping you could let me know where the 449 calorie count comes from. Thanks so much! 🙂

  7. Made this salad last night and just had it for lunch. This salad is awesome. My prep took a little longer because I made the dressing myself and cooked the chicken in a slow cooker, but it was still worth it. The convenience of spending a little time on Sunday to make lunch and not have to do anything all week is great.

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