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.
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:
- 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
- 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.
- When ready to eat pour into a bowl and serve.
These can be made up to 5-6 days ahead of time.
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