Turkey, Sun-dried Tomatoes, & Chickpea Mason Jar Salad

Turkey, Sun-dried tomatoes, and chickpea mason jar salad 337 calories and 8 weight watchers points plus

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A couple weeks ago I went out to my favorite local Greek restaurant with my mom to have some lunch. I am a creature of habit and ALWAYS order the same thing from the menu – turkey club. Seriously, it never fails. Considering I can make a club relatively easy at home you think I would venture out a bit when paying for a meal at a restaurant. Well this time I decided to order something different so I scoped out the salad section. I am trying to discover new salad recipe ideas to add to my mason jar salad collection so I consider this work related research 🙂

I ordered what they called a “California salad”. It had grilled chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, red onion, tomatoes, cucumber, black olives, crumbled blue cheese, and dressed with a balsamic vinaigrette. It was delicious! Here is a picture.

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As I was eating this I thought “this would make a great mason jar salad”. So that weekend I purchased ingredients and created my own mason jar salad version of their “California salad”. I decided not to call it a California salad because when I researched this type of salad many different versions came up. I didn’t want to be confusing so I opted to just call it what it is – Turkey, Sun-dried Tomato, and Chickpea Mason Jar Salad. Of course, there are other ingredients but those are the highlights in my opinion.

I decided to use smoked deli turkey over chicken breast because it was easier. At first, I was going to cook up some chicken then I was going to purchase a rotisserie chicken but then I thought to just keep it easy with some sliced deli turkey. If you feel like making this with chicken go for it.

Then I layered it with balsamic vinegar dressing, tomatoes, cucumbers, chickpeas, crumbled blue cheese, sliced/chopped smoked turkey, and topped with romaine. I left out the black olives because it add too much fat and calories. I also left out the red onion because, at the time, I was not in the mood for red onion. Next time I will include it.

This was the first time I used chickpeas in a mason jar salad and I LOVED THEM!! They brought extra fiber and protein to the salad which kept me full much longer. I also really enjoyed the texture of the chickpeas. I  will be using these again in future mason jar salad recipes.

I used these sun-dried tomatoes. I thought about using the ones soaked in olive oil but again those would add too many extra calories. These sun-dried tomatoes are delicious and only 35 calories per serving. I kept them whole but next time I will cut them up so they are distributed evenly throughout the salad.
sundriedtomato

I know I say this every time but this might be one of my favorite mason jar salad recipes. I really loved the sun-dried tomatoes and chickpeas. Delish! And, of course, you can never go wrong with balsamic dressing a little crumbled blue cheese.

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Turkey, Sun-dried Tomatoes, & Chickpea Mason Jar Salad
 
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Serves: 5
Ingredients
  • 5 wide mouth mason jar salads
  • 10 tablespoons balsamic vinegar dressing (I use Newman's Own)
  • 1 quart cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 5 baby cucumbers, sliced
  • 15 pieces sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 {15 ounce} container of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 5 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese
  • ½ pound sliced smoked turkey breast, chopped
  • 5 cups chopped romaine lettuce
Instructions
  1. Divide ingredients among the 5 mason jars. Start with balsamic vinegar dressing. Then add tomatoes, cucumbers, sun-dried tomatoes, chickpeas, crumbled blue cheese, turkey, and top with romaine lettuce.
  2. When ready to eat shake jar and pour onto a plate.
Notes
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These salads can be made up to 5 days in advance.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 mason jar salad Calories: 337 Fat: 15 Carbohydrates: 32 WW Points +: 8 Fiber: 7 Protein: 18

 

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Comments

  1. Kathy Davis says:

    This looks amazing. I am going to make them so when I get home from my workout and errands I can just grab one of these and have a satisfying lunch.

  2. I’ve never made a mason jar salad before. If I were adding in the red onion, at what layer would I want to put it?

  3. Al of your Mason Jar salads look fabulous! I am going to give them all a whirl, starting with the black bean and corn – because I have all the ingredients I need! I love that these are grab and go!! Thank you so much for posting these! Love your blog! It’s bright and refreshing too!

  4. What kind of balsamic dressing did you use? I imagine there may be some variation among brands that would affect the calorie count?

  5. Nana Jo says:

    32 WW points per jar??!! This needs to be recalculated!

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