Mason Jar Salad: How To Make the Perfect Salad in a Jar Recipe!

Learn to make the perfect mason jar salad with this “how to” tutorial. Mason jar salads, or often called salad in a jar, are the ultimate meal prep recipe. You can prepare 5 mason jar salads on Sunday to enjoy a healthy lunch all week.

Mason Jar Salad Recipe: How to Make The Perfect Salad in a Jar

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How to Make a Mason Jar Salad

Over the last year I’ve been a mason jar salad making queen. I absolutely love making these salads and really can’t imagine life without them. There are now 100s of mason jar ideas floating around Pinterest so I’m not sure who the original mason jar salad brain child was but they are my hero. Seriously, I love you.

Through trial and error, I feel I have become quite the expert on making mason jar salad recipes so I wanted to do a follow up tutorial to the mini one I did a year ago.

If you don’t have time right now to read through the tutorial, or maybe you’re a video person, then check out my quick (less than 2 minute) video I put together on making a Greek Chicken Mason Jar Salad.

Before I get to the step by step instructions, and recipe round up, I want to first go over some common questions I get every time I post a new mason jar salad recipe. Hopefully, I get them all but if you have a question you don’t see answered here leave a comment below and I will respond with an answer.

Common Mason Jar Salad Questions

What size mason jar do you use?

I use wide mouth quart size (32-ounce) mason jars for my mason jar salad recipes. These make for a lot of salad so if you wanted to use a smaller size (16-ounce) you certainly could. But. 32-ounce is the size I most often use.  Whatever size you use I recommend getting the wide mouth mason jars. This makes it much easier to fill up and dump out the mason jar salad ingredients. No matter what size you use always follow the same steps for layering the ingredients.

Where can I buy mason jars?

You can purchase mason jars from any grocery store. I’ve seen them at Target, Walmart, Wegmans, and even at Rite-aid. However, all size mason jars can be purchased on Amazon for great prices.

Get the 32-ounce wide mouth mason jars on Amazon.

Get the 16-ounce wide mouth mason jars on Amazon.

Also, I recommend picking up a package of plastic mason jar lids. Again, you can purchase these on Amazon. Mason jars come with metal lids but those will eventually rust. The plastic lids work great!

mason jar salad plastic lid

Why do you use mason jars and not plastic containers?

I’ve used both plastic and glass jars to store salads in and I prefer mason jars for a few different reasons. First, in my experience, I feel the mason jars keep my salad fresh for much longer. I ate a mason jar salad 7 days after making it and it was just as fresh as the first day. Can’t say the same for plastic containers. You get a better seal with a mason jar than with a plastic container so that helps to keep food fresh longer.

Also, the whole appeal (at least to me) behind a mason jar salad is that you can store the salad dressing in the same container. Therefore you don’t have to worry about remembering to bring dressing with you. Or bringing dressing to work only to have other people use it and when you need it the dressing is gone. Just sayin…if you work in an office you know that happens.

Bringing salad dressing with you might not be an issue for some, but for me it was. I can’t tell you the number of times I would bring a salad with me and forget the salad dressing. Mason jars are the perfect shape that let you put the salad dressing on the bottom and layer the rest of the ingredients on top so you never have to worry about forgetting dressing. I was never able to successfully do this with plastic containers. This brings me to next common question…

Doesn’t the lettuce get soggy?

I can honestly say that in years I’ve been making mason jar salads I never had soggy lettuce – not one time. Even the times my jar tips over in my bag, and the dressing sneaks up to the lettuce, everything is still fine. The key to non-soggy lettuce is to layer ingredients correctly and keep the dressing and lettuce away from each other. I will go over all that below.

Do the ingredients layered in the dressing get soggy?

In order for a mason jar salad to work you need to have hearty vegetables acting as a barricade between the dressing and lettuce. I typically use tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and onions. Basically, these vegetables end up pickling in the dressing so any vegetable that you think would taste good pickled would be fine in the barricade layer. By the end of the week these are delicious. The tomatoes pickle the best and are definitely my favorite part of the salad.

I don’t like tomatoes, what other vegetable can I use?

Like I said above any hearty vegetable that you think would taste good pickled would do fine in the dressing. I give more examples of hearty vegetables to use in the “how to” instructions below.

How long do mason jar salads last?

I make these salads for work so I always eat them within 5 days. So at minimum they will last at least 5 days. However, I have had one 6-7 days after I made them and they were still fresh. So depending on the ingredients mason jar salads can last 5-7 days in the refrigerator.

Doesn’t the avocado turn brown?

I use avocado in my mason jar salads sometimes, especially when I make cobb salad. Whenever I do, I always squirt lime or lemon juice on it before I layer it into the mason jar salad.  That combined with being in the mason jar seems to do the trick with keeping the avocado green. I think the mason jar does a great job of keeping air out so this helps to keep the avocado fresh as well.

Do you vacuum seal your mason jars?

No I do not. I just fill them with ingredients, put the top on, and twist it closed. I have never had an issue with freshness doing it this way so I personally do not see a need to use a vacuum seal.

How do you eat the mason jar salads? Do you eat them straight from the jar?

I shake the salads then dump into another bowl I bring with me. When I first started to eat these I tried eating them from the jar but it was awkward for me. I prefer putting the mason jar salad into a bowl. Now some people think that is too much work or too many bowls to bring to work. But honestly it doesn’t bother me at all. I just grab a medium to large glad container or use a glass bowl at work. I find the benefits of eating a fresh healthy delicious salad every day outweigh the annoyance of bringing an extra bowl with me.

Do you have to use a mason jar? Or can you use any glass jar?

I have only used mason jars but as long as the jar has a tight fitting lid I am sure any glass container would do.

Are these salads difficult to transport? They seem heavy.

Glass is certainly heavier than plastic but I would not consider these so heavy that they become a burden to transport. Again, it is a small price to pay for eating a healthy homemade lunch everyday.

Are there better dressings than others to use?

I think it completely depends on your taste. I have used both vinaigrettes and creamy dressings for my salad in a jar recipes. My personal favorites are the vinaigrettes because I love the way the tomatoes and other vegetables taste after they have been marinating all week. But the creamy dressings are good too. The thing to keep in mind with the creamier dressing is you have to shake the jar a bit more to get it all out. Not a biggie but just one difference between the creamy and vinaigrettes dressings.

Again, if I missed any of your questions let me know if the comments and I will update the post as needed.

Okay, now let’s get to the “how to” part of this mason jar salad tutorial.

Layer 1: The Dressing

The first layer of the mason jar salad is always the dressing. You can use any type of dressing you like. As I said I prefer a vinaigrette dressing but I do like a creamy ranch and blue cheese too. It completely depends on your preference. Also, like I said before, the vinaigrette dressing will come out of the mason jar easier. If you use a thicker dressing you will have to give it a good shake and probably use your fork to scrape it out. I use between 2-3 tablespoons of dressing. Currently I use bottle dressings but you can certainly use homemade dressing if you want.

mason jar salad

Layer 2: Hearty Vegetables

This layer is very important because it’s used to shield the dressing from the lettuce and other vulnerable ingredients. In this layer you’d use vegetables that can hold up to being in dressing for a week or so. Like I said think vegetables that would do well in a marinade or pickled. Vegetables I have used are tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, celery, carrots, peppers, and any other hearty vegetable you like.

salad in a jar

Layer 3: Beans and Other Less Hearty Vegetables

This layer is where you’ll put beans and other less hearty vegetables like mushrooms, zucchini, sprouts, green beans, corn etc if you choose to use them. If you are using an avocado then that would be in this layer too. Basically, this layer acts as a second defense between the dressing and lettuce. You don’t want this layer marinating in the dressing but it will be fine should some of the ingredients get exposed.

Layer 4: Pasta and Grain Layer

This layer is where you add your pasta, quinoa, and/or other grain if using. At this point the other 1-2 layers should keep the dressing away from this layer. However, if by some chance dressing does make its way to this layer no worries everything should be fine. For pasta and grains you can use any type of pasta, rice, couscous, and/or quinoa. Really anything would work so get creative.


Layer 5:  Protein and Cheese

In this layer I put meat, eggs, and cheese. I like to keep these ingredients away from the dressing because I do not feel they do well if sitting in dressing for a couple days or more. If you are using shrimp or other seafood I would add those ingredients to this layer. For cheese, I have used blue cheese crumbles, feta cheese, goat cheese, shredded cheese, and cubed cheese in my mason jar salad. Each of them has worked fine


Layer 6: Lettuce, nuts, and seeds.

In this last layer you want to put ingredients that would wilt or become to soft and soggy if exposed to dressing to soon. This definitely includes any type of lettuce or green. I also included nuts in this layer because I have found that the nuts at times lose their crunch if to close to the first layer. My favorite green to use are arugula, baby spinach, and field greens. But of course you can use whatever you prefer.


After you fill the mason jar with the different salad layers you just put the top on and close tight.

Also, there is really no rule with the amount of ingredients to put in each layer or that you must include all layers. The most important layer is layer 2 with the hearty veggies. You just want to make sure to have enough ingredients to keep the dressing and lettuce away from each other. If you are concerned with calories or the nutritional information in the mason jar salads you can always calculate that information ahead of time using My Fitness Pal.

Here are some of my favorite mason jar salad recipes.

Fresh Mozzarella and Spinach Mason Jar Salad

Tortellini and Artichoke Salad in a Jar

Chopped Black Bean and Corn

Buffalo Chicken Salad in a Jar Recipe

Greek Mason Jar Salad

Chopped Taco Mason Jar Salad

Chopped Cobb Salad in a Jar

Bell Peppers, Veggies, and Goat Cheese Mason Jar Salad Recipe

Protein Power Mason Jar Salad Recipe

Mason Jar Salad Recipes from other blogs.

Citrus Shrimp and Avocado Mason Jar Salad

Antipasto Mason Jar Salad

Shrimp Feta Cobb Mason Jar Salad

Glowing Green Mason Jar Salad

Spring Pea with Romaine, Radish, and Feta with Buttermilk Ranch

Zucchini Pasta Salad with Avocado Spinach Dressing

Quinoa Salad in A Jar (4 recipes)

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  1. Great post – awesome tips! Thanks for including me!

    • Hi,
      I would like to eat this at lunch time in school, but how long will they last in my bag instead of a fridge?

      • I’m not sure, but, I bought a lunchbox at wal-mart that had the freezer pouches build in. I use that so i can keep it at my desk because i work with thieves!

      • The glass jar itself keeps the salad cooler and crisper. I use a couple lunch box ice packs (flexible) type and mine stays refrigerator cold until 1:30 when I eat.

  2. Made my first jars (Cobb salad with goat cheese dressing) yesterday and had my first one for lunch today. Although my avocado did turn brown despite adding lime juice prior to putting in the jar- it still tasted amazing! Looking forward to trying out a different recipe from here each week!!!

  3. Bridget Taylor says:

    My chicken lost it’s rotisserie flavoring and became “mushy” after only 4 days. It was not soaking in the dressing. It lost it’s texture. I layered it last before layering my spinach. Just wondering what I could have done wrong. Didn’t mind it losing the flavoring but was disappointed in the mushy texture. Thanks for all you do!

  4. Is this all that you eat for lunch or do you usually pack other items to eat as well?

  5. Tammy, does it matter what jar lid you use as far as freshness goes? We have the plastic lids that fit the mason jars and i would think buying the regular jar lids would become costly. Do you know if the plastic lids work just as good as the metal lids?(I’m new here and haven’t tried making the salads yet)

    • the plastic lids should work fine. Also the seals and rings that come with the mason jars are re-usable in this application. The only time they are not re-usable is when you use them to actual can (water bath or under pressure) you can not re-use the lids can with again (water bath or pressure) but, you can use the seals for dry storage or for your salads.

  6. Hello, I love this idea! im new to this site, but i am wondering is this possible with fruits and parfaits as well?

    • I am have not tried it with parfaits yet but I know my writer Paula has and she loves them. I will have to give it a try.

    • It’s not quite a parfait but every Sunday when I make my salads I also make five little jars of fridge oats – 1/2 cup rolled (not quick) oats, teaspoon of chia seeds, 1/2 cup skim milt (plus a dash if like me you like your oats to have a bit of fluid) and then top with berries or fruit. You could use nuts and seeds as well. Best.breakfast.ever.

    • Parfaits are awesome!! I use a 4 oz jelly jar place 1/3 c yogurt in bottom top with a couple of ounces of favorite fruit or fruit combo and sprinkle on some homemade granola. I’ve made enough for one a day for a week.

  7. Do you have problems with hard-boiled eggs staying fresh, if you make them 4-5 days ahead??

    • We make boiled eggs all the time and keep them in a bowl on the counter until they’re gone. We’ve never had one go bad. l They are usually there at least a week. 🙂

  8. I too have fallen in love with this little piece of lunch magic. The only thing that I would add to your fantastic post is that I often used canned beans and lentils and put them on the bottom layer. Also, while I agree re other cheeses, feta is great marinated in dressing so I also put it in the bottom layer.

    I hadn’t thought that chicken/eggs/avocado would last so haven’t used those but will give it a go on your advice.

    I’ve never had an issue with lettuce either though that’s more because I have not yet had room left in the jar!!

  9. Thanks for all the info! I have one more question for you: is it important to fill the jar to the brim and pack the ingredients tightly? Or some air space at the top ok? Thanks!

  10. Hi Tammy!

    This question was asked before but I didn’t see an answer – sorry if you already posted it. But what kind of lid do you use for your Mason jars? The two piece pickling kind? Or the one piece? Thanks!

  11. valerie says:

    Hi there,

    thanks for these helpful hints.
    wondering what size jar do you normally use, 12 oz or 32 oz. does a 12 oz size keep you full? just concerned I might still get hungry.

  12. Silly question. Do you then refrigerate the mason jars? I’m assuming you refrigerate them.

  13. Elisabeth Lilly says:

    Thank you so much for posting such a thorough explanation of all things involved with Mason Jar Salads. I have been wanting to try it, but I thought I was going to have to invest in a vacuum sealer or something. If you don’t have to seal it, you don’t have to keep buying new seals! I’m excited to give it a try! Time to organize myself skinny! 😀

    • Elisabeth Lilly says:

      I do have a question. You said your husband takes it in a paper bag. I’m thinking about letting my son take these to school because he loves salad so much. I think he would have a blast designing different jars as well! My question is: Does he need to keep it cold at school? I figured if your husband brown bags it that he doesn’t keep it cold between leaving and lunch.

  14. Vera Klug says:

    You stated you did not know where Mason jar salads originated. Possibly from Paula Rhodes of You’ve added lots of innovative ideas to it!

  15. Shelley Wood says:

    I love this idea…salad in a jar! You have listed loads of options that I could make a different salad for each day for a long long time! I love salads; having a variety to choose from i dont think i would ever get bored/sick of eating salad each day. Thanks for this tutorial it was well done and full of wonderfully tasty ideas. =)’

  16. I won’t tell my whole story. But I am a 73-year-old great grandmother with lots of life left if I can get this blubbery fat gone from my body. Certainly, I have not decided it is time to die. So, I’m giving this weight thing another try…my millionth! Thanks to your Mason Jar Salads.

    Thanks for your inspiration. I hope you’ll follow me some, as I am following you. I look forward to the adventure. And of course, I am organizing to be organized to allow SOME pleasure with family on the 4th!

  17. Thanks for the inspiration! I hope you’ll visit my blog soon.

  18. Lori Hayes says:

    I am excited to start making these salads! I think since I am always obsessive about freshness, I will put my chicken, eggs etc… In the salads I will eat first and as the week goes by, I will be eating the salads with ham, bacon, and such. I know this will be so much fun and good for you. Thanks!

  19. I typically don’t use dressing, but I love a little fruit in my salads, typically apples & berries. In which layer do I put fruit?

  20. I love these salads. Dried fruit, like cranberries are a good add in. Also, I add a folded papertowel on top of the lettuce then close it with the lid. It absorbs any moisture, keeping thinks crispy.

  21. Lagonda says:

    I have the same question about fruit. I have an asian salad I like that uses mandarin oranges. And a couple that use berries or apples.

  22. Happy am I and who says I can’t cook, my fridge is my happy oven! TY

  23. Do you have to pack the jar tight to keep it fresh?

  24. Irma Lucy says:

    Hi, I hope this is not a stupid question, do the jars need to be heated and then cooled before adding the salad ingredients? I’ve been reading a lot about how to use the Mason jars for preserving other than salads and it mentioned heating the mason jars.

  25. Lorri Grimsley says:

    Can hardly wait to try this out.

  26. Hi 🙂

    I really wanna try these. Will sliced hard boiled eggs and meats be ok in the jar by Friday if you make them for the whole week?

  27. Jennifer says:

    This is genius. I am enjoying my first salad al desko from a jar and it is fabulous. Thanks so much for the tutorial. No more expensive takeout salads for me!

  28. It seems and makes sense that the cherry tomatoes is the best thing to use after the dressing, BUT what would you say is the very next best thing to use? I cannot eat raw tomatoes.

  29. It seems and is understandable that the cherry tomato is the best thing to use after the dressing, BUT what is the very next best thing to use? I cannot eat raw tomatoes.
    Thank You, Jackie

    • FarmFashionista says:

      Why not try, thick slices of the mini-seedless cucumbers like she has in the photo in place of the tomatoes? They are pretty crispy / hard and would keep the other stuff out of your dressing.

    • If you can’t eat tomatoes, olives make a great substitute and “pickle” really well.

  30. Gayle Zuehlke says:

    Do you wash the lettuce first?

  31. Just found your post after a little “salad in a jar” search on Google — so comprehensive! I love it! I keep hearing about mason jar salads and I love that you put together this guide with links for recipe inspiration. Thank you! I’m sharing it for sure…

  32. I wanted to thank you for introducing me to the mason salad jars. I pack mine on Sunday nights and have lunch all week. I’ve even shared the idea with several friends.

  33. How do you wash the jars and lids and seals? Can you put them ALL in a dishwasher? Also… I would love it if you provided some sort of printable step-by-step instruction I could print out to refer to while making my jars for the first few times. 😉

  34. Thanks for the tutorial…is there a way I can print this off ??? I would love to have this in a concise sheet so that I could pass it along to others …thanks

  35. Fantastic web site. Lots of useful information here. I am
    sending it to several friends ans also sharing in delicious.

    And obviously, thank you to your effort!

  36. Tammy,
    Thank you so much for linking to my Glowing Green Mason Jar Salad. Your tutorial is fantastic and I linked it to my “Featured On… page” and I will definitely be sharing it with my readers on FB. I love all the healthy and sensible tips that you share on your site. Thank you!

  37. Dottie Taylor says:

    I apparently love grape tomatoes as much as you do. Slicing them was slowing me down though. I tried putting them between two container lids but had trouble getting my knife all the way through. I found Good Grips Grape and Tomato slicing guide on Amazon. Love it! Really made slicing the tomatoes fast. Though I’d share.

  38. Many people have asked about adding eggs and meat to the salads. I have been eating salads in a jar for about 5 months. I make enough for the week on Sunday. When I add meat or eggs I put them between my pasta/grains and lettuce layer ( I don’t add cheese if I did that would go on top of my eggs). I have never had an issue with my Friday salad. Everything has been very fresh. One note to that is that I don’t use canned meat or anything too juicy. If I added anything from a can (tuna/chicken) I would make sure to drain and pat it dry. I like to use the pre cooked and seasoned chicken like Tyson or Kraft carving board.

  39. Have you had any problems with cruciferous vegetables? I’ve made my first batch of mason jar salads today using your principles. When I posted on FB several friends said I shouldn’t have used broccoli and cauliflower because the gasses will build up in the mason jars. Have you found this to be true? Thanks 🙂

  40. I am wondering about beets, I love to add them to my salads but I am a little bit confused on which layer to add them. I am thinking the 3rd layer, after the hearty vegetables?

    • I have never used beets in a salad but I agree I think after the hearty vegetables would work.

    • I put beets in my salad — I put them right after the hearty vegetables. Sometimes they’ve made their way down to the bottom with the tomatoes, but that was okay by me. I found them delicious, even on Friday!

  41. God bless you

  42. This is such a great detailed post. I hope you don’t mind I shared a link to your tutorial on my blog.
    My third day in trying out mason jar salads and it’s already made such a difference! The salads taste fresh and it is so easy to just grab a jar and go! I even tried avocado, which is risky, it hasn’t browned yet. Thanks so much! 🙂

  43. My daughters did this and gave me 4 salads – what a great idea. Question, as I attempt this on my own: I noticed that the lids actually did seal down tightly – they could no longer be depressed in the center (as with canning – that’s how you know you have a good seal). Can those lids be reused? Hoping the answer is yes – makes it more economical.

  44. I was so impressed with this idea and I am glad I found your recipes to try. I’ve followed the black bean, cobb and greek/veggie salad recipes so far – exactly as written. All three salads are absolutely delicious, from the first jar to the last. Thank you for what is one of the best pages on the internet! I can’t wait to try your other recipes!!!

  45. Have you ever premade smoothies in a mason jar for the week?

    • Not for the week but I have made them the night before. texture is different but still good.

    • hamletta says:

      Blender blade assemblies are sized to fit regular-mouth Mason jars. You could store your ingredients in the jar, then blend when you’re ready to leave the house. There are lots of sipping/straw-ready lid replacements available

  46. Emily Price says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this great information! As a single person, wanting variety, I am curious if you have any suggestions on managing ingrediants so they don’t go bad or picking recipes with a lot of overlap in ingrediants? If I make a different salad for each day of the week I am concerned that the specific ingrediants will go bad before I can use them all up . I have considered developing a salad club, where people can swap salads, but the commitment and organization required is too overwhelming for most people.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

  47. I love tuna on my salads. Canned, solid white, in water, drained, obviously. How would this work in the jars?

  48. Great ideas, thank you.
    Question: Does the mason jar have to be packed to the top to keep everything fresh?
    Also I was thinking of maybe putting the dressing in a small container instead of in the jar.

  49. Hi girls. I made 4 of these today…ate one tonight, it was delicious. I use a spinner so everything was pretty dry. A problem I am noticing is that a few hours after being in fridge, condensation is appearing in the jars. Lids were sealed tight.. Anyone have this happen?

  50. Thanks for the tutorial…is there a way I can print this off ??? I would love to have this in a concise sheet so that I could pass it along to others …thanks

  51. Hi I make MJ salads typically every week. I have some thawed cooked shrimp I would love to use in this week’s salads…any thoughts? Layer 1st? Think they’ll stay the week? Thanks for your input 🙂

  52. Carry Wells says:

    Love it!! I made 6 today!!

  53. Great idea. I got rid of all of my plastic and started to use glass for food storage, and I was trying to figure out how to do meals. This is perfect, thank you for sharing! = )

  54. I have a salad I love and would like to convert it to a Mason Jar Salad but have a couple of questions. The ingredients are:
    Goat cheese crumbles
    Cooked chicken breast
    Sliced pears
    Candied walnuts
    Spinach or mixed greens
    And Trader Joes Champagne Pear Vinaigrette
    My questions are 1) what order would you suggest I layer the ingredients and 2) do you think the pears would turn brown after 5 days?
    Thanks so much

  55. Would it be possible to stick these in the freezer after preparing?

  56. I just made four of the Buffalo chicken salads for lunch this week. This is my first time trying this out and I wanted to share something I discovered: using one of those wide-mouth canning funnels makes it super easy to stuff the ingredients down into the jars, even if they are wide-mouth ones.

  57. You have saved me from bad lunches! Thank you for your inspiration and recipes! Really, I would be lost without your recipe guide. My coworkers have been commenting on the mason jar salads I have been bringing to work and I have sent your website out to countless coworkers and friends. Keep up the awesome work!!

  58. Thanks so much for this article! My goal is to eat salad for lunch at least 4 days a week to help me stay on track with my calories. This post came up in my search for some new recipe ideas… I have done a taco salad with avocado dressing that was great, I did a Cobb salad last week and this week I did an Asian sesame salad… But I want to keep changing it up so I don’t get too bored. My bf has lost 7 pounds and I have lost 5 in the last 3 weeks! Yay. I bought some collapsible silicone bowls on Amazon that I thought you might like… Just because they fold up flat and I can fit the bowl in my lunch pail so it is super compact. Those bowls plus the mason jar salads are like the perfect combo haha

  59. Thanks for the tutorial…is there a way I can print this off ??? I would love to have this in a concise sheet so that I could pass it along to others …and do you wash the lettuce first? thanks!

  60. I was so impressed with this idea and I am glad I found your recipes to try. You have saved me from bad lunches!

  61. a friend told me about these salads and I liked the idea. Was very happy to find your post! I made my first batch last week. I made three and they held up fantastically. I ate one two days after making it, one three days after making it and the last one 4.5 days after making it. They all stayed fresh. The last jar was starting to get condensation on the inside, so I’m guessing 5 days is the absolute max.
    It’s my new favorite thing. Worth the time it takes to get them made. I’m thrilled not to be wasting produce.

  62. From what I’ve read of mason jar salads, tomatoes should not be in contact with the dressing…

  63. Monica B says:

    This is great, all of us (even my 4 and 2 y/o) love salads but they takeme a long time to make, I love the idea of 2 big for my husband and me and 2 little jar for my girls.
    I do have a question:
    Have you tried adding croutons? If so, would they be after the lettuce?
    Thank you so much for this post!

  64. Do you ever bring anything extra, like an apple, for a snack? Or do you stick with only this?

  65. What about fruit? Sometimes I add grapes, apples or orange in my salads? Would I add before eating or where in the jar could it go?

  66. When making the salad jar salads can you sue bag salad in place of fresh lettuces?

  67. I didn’t want lemon on my avocado, and I saw a YouTube video about onions preserving cut avocado so they don’t turn brown. I made a southwestern salad for hubby, layered it dressing, black beans, tomatoes, corn, avocado, onions, lettuce cheese. It was only 24 hours until he dug into it, but not a hint of brown at all. Idk if it usually takes longer than that to brown because it was first try at this. But Google the onion thing and watch it if you’re interested

  68. I used this site to make my salads in a mason jar yesterday. I put lemon juice on my avacodos. Today my avacodos are brown.

  69. i am wondering is this possible with fruits and parfaits as well?

  70. Bruce Frederick says:

    You said that only use glass jars, what about the plastic jars on Amazon with the salad dressing container included? I thinking its unbreakable!

  71. Marie Stewart says:

    This is my favorite dressing. I use it most of the time.

  72. Marie Stewart you didn’t list the dressing. Which one is your favorite that you use all of the time lol

  73. Personally I love Newmans Own Light Raspberry Vinaigrette and his balsamic.


  1. […] If you are new to the whole mason jar salad idea, let me explain.  A lot of people ask why we are making our salads in glass jars.  First of all, the glass jars keep your veggies fresher and crisper than a plastic container can.  Secondly, the glass jars will keep your salad fresh for up to five days, meaning you can make them ahead of time for the whole week.  I don’t know about you, but I hate having to make my lunch every night.  For further reading, Tammy did a great post detailing her thoughts on mason jar salads that you can read here. […]

  2. […] If you have questions about how to make a mason jar salad or want to check out other recipes then take a look at my Ultimate Mason Jar Salad tutorial. […]

  3. […] Here’s a great tutorial on Make Ahead Salads […]

  4. […] Salad jars: A salad … in a jar! Easy to prep, doesn’t get soggy and tastes delish. Head over to this blog for more info:… […]

  5. […] Mason Jar Salads                                 Quinoa Veggie Salad […]

  6. […] To learn more or have all your mason jar salad questions answered check out this recipe tutorial at Organize Yourself Skinny. […]

  7. […] making salads in mason jars! If you haven’t seen this idea yet, enjoy this great primer on how to build the perfect mason jar salad- without the risk of soggy […]

  8. […] recipes and ways to stack it properly. Here are a lot of different recipes on this blog called organizeyourselfskinny . I personally tried it myself and it wasn’t so successful but that doesn’t stop people for […]

  9. […] recipes and ways to stack it properly. Here are a lot of different recipes on this blog called organizeyourselfskinny . I personally tried it myself and it wasn’t so successful but that doesn’t stop people for […]

  10. […] redundant to blog about Salad-In-A-Jar because so many people have already done so (here, here, and here, for example) but it’s all I can think about. And I realized that, notwithstanding the name, […]

  11. […] up the protein, veggies, or dressing gives you many different options! Check out this link here (😉 that takes you step by step on how to create your own salad in a jar, and has many different […]

  12. […] more details on mason jar salads, check out the Mason Jar Salad Tutorial over at Organize Yourself Skinny.  This site also has tons of mason jar salad […]

  13. […] good looking options out there, click here, here and here. I also love mason jar salads. Click here for some mason jar salad […]

  14. […] on to my next mission…salad in a jar (seriously, this is a game changer for portion control and building healthy eating […]

  15. […] The Ultimate Mason Jar Salad Tutorial and Recipe Round Up […]

  16. […] the hot sauce and instead use mild buffalo sauce. Use sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes Mason Jar Salads This is the most comprehensive list of mason jar salads I have ever seen. What a great idea as a […]

  17. […] The Ultimate Mason Jar Salad Tutorial and Recipe Round Up […]

  18. […] Slim Fast®, ground flax seed, and coconut milk); grapes and decaf coffee for a morning snack; Mason Jar salad for lunch with range dressing; apple or other fruit for a snack in the afternoon, and then […]

  19. […] to Tammy at Organize Yourself Skinny for linking my Glowing Green Mason Jar Salads on her post The Ultimate Mason Jar Salad Tutorial and Recipe Round Up. What an honor it is to be included in one of her […]

  20. […] started making roll ups because sometimes I want a turkey sandwich or wrap for lunch instead of a mason jar salad. The problem is I don’t always want the carbs that come along with that. I am by no means anti […]

  21. […] via The Ultimate Mason Jar Salad Tutorial and Recipe Round Up. […]

  22. […] more info about these salads? Check these two sites out: Organize Yourself Skinny and HuffPost Taste both of which have some great […]

  23. […] new mason jar salad recipe will be made tomorrow. I made the greek one today. Here is my mason jar tutorial if you have “how to” […]

  24. […] The Ultimate Mason Jar Salad Tutorial and Recipe Round Up – Healthy make ahead and freeze clean eating weight watchers recipes, weight loss tips and advice, healthy family friendly weight loss menu plans, exercise tips and advice… […]

  25. […] or through email I decided to put together a tutorial to help everyone out. Kind of like my mason jar salad and green smoothie tutorials. You have questions and I am here to answer them – or at least try my […]

  26. […] If you need full-blown salad recipes, Tammy over at Organize Yourself Skinny has several here. […]

  27. […] day to prepare 5 salads in a mason jar, thanks to a wonderfully detailed post (original post here:… ) from Organize Yourself Skinny. The things that I love about these salads: the ingredients are […]

  28. […] Mason Jar salads on Sundays to eat for lunches throughout the week <– I’m 3 days in and loving these […]

  29. […] are tons of pinterest pages on them and over at Organize Yourself Skinny you can find a great tutorial and some fabulous recipes that are easy to get started […]

  30. […] more details about the how and why regarding mason jar salads, check out The Ultimate Mason Jar Salad Tutorial and Recipe Roundup on Organize Yourself […]

  31. […] Some great ideas here: The Ultimate Mason Jar Salad Tutorial and Recipe Round Up – Organize Yourself Skinny […]

  32. […] crustless quiche is a great go-to breakfast you can make on the weekend and eat all week. And Mason jar salads are a terrific way to pack a nutrient-rich, low-calorie, affordable […]

  33. […] salad, and then you can use whatever damn ingredients you please. The best guide out there is this Ultimate Mason Jar Salad Tutorial on Organize Yourself Skinny, which I’ll […]

  34. […] several days in advance and are very convenient. For a fabulous tutorial and lots of ideas visit “Organize Yourself Skinny”.  On the other hand, the one dressing you can actually keep in your pantry that will not spoil is […]

  35. […] crustless quiche is a great go-to breakfast you can make on the weekend and eat all week. And Mason jar salads are a terrific way to pack a nutrient-rich, low-calorie, affordable […]

  36. […] Pick your salad and collect your ingredients. You can find tons of recipes and my favorite tutorial here: OYS Mason Jar Salads […]

  37. […] have been using this site to get ideas about how to make mason jar salads.  Mason jars are really trendy right now, but the […]

  38. […] been utilizing this site to get concepts about how you can make mason jar salads.  Mason jars are actually fashionable […]

  39. […] stay fresh longer. A quick spin through Pinterest will give you some good ideas, or I like this blog. The basic idea is to layer the ingredients in the jar so that you put the dressing on the bottom, […]

  40. […] was ridiculous to me. I never gave the idea a second thought. Until a few months ago, when I read this. The post goes into much better detail than I ever could, but the gist is that, if you pack your […]

  41. […] Mason Jar salads on Sundays to eat for lunches throughout the week. I’m doing fantastic with this! Every […]

  42. […] Salad in a jar was an amazing discovery for me.  I bought a case of Mason Jars and made a week’s worth of salads for lunch.  Each day I opened a jar onto a plate, the lettuce was still crisp and it was a quick way to have a healthy lunch.  For those of you who may have heard of these but never tried them, I urge you to buy some jars and spend and hour on the weekend making your lunches for a week.  Knowing those go-to lunches are always there during your work week will alleviate the stress of wondering what you will eat at the office and you can add any ingredients you like to your salad. […]

  43. […] For a very detailed article on Mason Jar Salads, click here. […]

  44. […] used for food storage, vases, make-up brush containers, the list goes on. So when I read about mason jar salads on, I was intrigued. The thought of being able to make 5 salads at once, […]

  45. […] my mason jar salad tutorial and recipe round up here. Quinoa, Goat Cheese, & Arugula Mason Jar Salad   Print Prep time 25 mins […]

  46. […] The main thing I’ve used my jars for are Mason jar salads.  I originally got the idea from a friend who posted about it on Facebook, but I’ve been wanting to try them for a while.  I was led to the following website that told you everything you could ever possibly want to learn about mason jars:; […]

  47. […] made all the salads yesterday. You can view my mason jar salad tutorial here if you have any […]

  48. […] (hopefully not much) and bring to the front anything that needs to be eaten up right away (ex. a mason jar salad from last […]

  49. […] mason jar salads were made today. If you have “how to” questions please see my tutorial. […]

  50. […] mason jar salads floating around on Pinterest. There are a ton of great recipes out there! This website has some great basic recipes and a tutorial on how to make them. So far, I’ve made the […]

  51. […] The Ultimate Mason Jar Salad Tutorial – Have you heard about mason jar salads? They were really popular back in my WW meetings. If you’re a busy working person looking for innovative ways to solve the “What to Pack for Lunch” dilemma you owe it to yourself to check out this comprehensive post. […]

  52. […] help it! These glass jars make the perfect portion controlled containers. I use them for mason jar salads, make-ahead freezer smoothies, make-ahead yogurt parfaits, overnight oats, and now I can check […]

  53. […] Since I don’t like recipes with a ton of ingredients, I have made some adjustments to what works for me. Her site has become a wonderful resource for recipes and creative inspiration. Here is my very simple Mason Jar Salad. For more recipes and a the tutorial from Organize Yourself Skinny click here. […]

  54. […] jar salads will be made tomorrow. Here is my mason jar salad tutorial if you have any […]

  55. […] For the dressing I used Newman’s Own Olive Oil and Vinegar dressing. I was going to make my own Greek dressing but every time I went to prepare it I was missing an ingredient. #cookingintherealworld #Itry. Newman’s Own has a Greek Vinaigrette you could use too. Anyway, I finally decided to use what I had on hand. Personally, I love Newman’s Own Olive Oil and Vinegar dressing but you can certainly use any dressing you like. My mom wanted me to suggest Wegmans Greek Dressing for you. That is her favorite when she makes her mason jar salads. […]

  56. […] a large bowl at work, and empty the contents of your jar in for a fantastic lunch! Here’s a great tutorial on how to build a mason-jar […]

  57. […] I first posted this recipe on Instagram a follower asked me if this could be made into a mason jar salad. Yes of course. Layer it the way you would layer any mason jar salad. Start with the dressing […]

  58. […] bottom and nothing will get soggy. The key to mason jar salads is in the layering, and I reference this how-to article more times than I count. Be sure to get wide-mouth jars if you like a big salad, and then have a […]

  59. […] doodsimpel, zolang je de stapelregels goed volgt. (ik volg altijd deze regels, en die zijn mij al goed bekomen) De stapelregels zorgen ervoor dat je een droog slaatje hebt, en […]

  60. […] I prepare mason jar salads. My week runs much more smooth when lunches are made in advance. Therefore, my mason jar salads are […]

  61. […] For those skeptical of the mason jar method – Organize Yourself Skinny […]

  62. […] you seriously want to transform your life in an easy way, you cannot beat making Mason Jar Salads. I make these kinds of salads every Sunday now and they keep the whole week in the fridge. Talk […]

  63. […] of my favorite lunches to take to school is mason jar salads; it takes very little extra work to prepare five instead of one, and then I’m set for the […]

  64. […] Prepare a week’s worth of lunches and store them in containers in the refrigerator. Google Mason Jar Salads for some ideas. Here’s one example: Mason Jar Salads. […]

  65. […] the article here from the blog […]

  66. […] Salad jar 101 sources: the kitchn; Organize Yourself Skinny […]

  67. […] got this idea from S, who sent me a link about the salads, which I will recommend to all of you; they have a bunch of good ideas for when you don’t […]

  68. […] sure where to begin? Click here for a details tutorial/FAQ  from Tammy over at Organize Yourself […]

  69. […] Mason jar salads. Another friend recently introduced me to these. She even organized a little mason jar salad party, where three of us brought ingredients and we each made enough salads for the week. I discovered a delicious new recipe for a roasted cauliflower salad with a spiced vinaigrette. […]

  70. […] The Ultimate Mason Jar Salad Guide and Recipe Roundup | Organize Yourself Skinny  – Tami provides a detailed step-by-step tutorial for making mason jar salads as well as a roundup of easy healthy Weight Watchers friendly recipes. […]

  71. […] jar salad (I used these tips to put it […]

  72. […] I did a bit of research and found a site called Organize Yourself Skinny! Love this site! She has a specific post that goes into detail on how to layer your mason jar salad and even provides some recipes that I ended up trying. You can find her post here called The Ultimate Mason Jar Salad Tutorial. […]

  73. […] We all know it’s important to get more fruits and veggies into our diet.  One of the easiest ways (next to the green smoothies and juices) is to eat one salad every day.  Sometimes that’s easier said than done.  Enter the Mason jar salad.  You can make almost a week’s worth of salads in a Mason jar, with everything ready to go.  All you have to do is pull it out and eat it for lunch or dinner. With a little prep work on the front end, you can enjoy healthy, delicious salads.  Getting all those greens and veggies will go a long way to helping you look and feel your best.  For a full tutorial on Mason jar salads, check out this post. […]

  74. […] For a simple, all-in-one meal prep, the mason jar works wonders. I use them for overnight oats and side salads. Add all your favorite salad ingredients. When you’re ready to eat, just shake. Here’s an awesome mason jar salad tutorial. […]

  75. […] – Mostly mason jar salads consisting of homemade Balsamic vinaigrette, chicken, Healthy 8 Veggie Mix, lettuce, and sunflower […]

  76. […] – Pretty much the same as last week, with mason jar salads and dinner […]

  77. […] – My mason jar salads were not quite as good because of some ingredient swaps (a different basalmic, pre-cooked chicken […]

  78. […] it all done, the assembly didn’t take much time. I read How to Pack the Perfect Salad Jar, The Ultimate Mason Jar Salad Tutorial, and How to Make a Mason Jar Salad. Research helps, my […]

  79. […] Mason Jar Tutorial: While I don’t use any specific recipe on this tutorial, this is the one I used when I started making these. I found it incredibly helpful! Now I make mason jar salads every week for to take to work for my lunch. These are two varieties of mason jar salads These are the salads I make most weeks! Ranch dressing; carrots, celery, cauliflower, broccoli, red onion (in mine) and sometimes bell pepper (also in mine); hard boiled egg and shredded buffalo chicken; salad greens Tuna Quinoa Cakes: I usually put half of one of these in a salad. You could easily use a whole one, or even break them up more. They are also really tasty other ways, such as putting in a sandwich with some greens, a fried egg and some sriracha! These ones were left over from the mason jar salads that week. The recipe makes 6. The Shredded Buffalo Chicken in this salad is delicious and, while you will see it most often in our salads, can also be used in many other recipes […]

  80. […] you go and get yourself a bunch of mason jars and make salads (although if you want to here is a link to the blog I found really useful). I want to talk about the habits we have in our […]

  81. […] over at Organize Yourself Skinny has put together an amazing Ultimate Salad in a Jar Tutorial and Recipe Round Up including Step by Step instructions complete with Photos. She also answers all kinds of […]

  82. […] Bernardin 16 oz Pint Jar – My layered mason jar salads go here… My personal favs are my Thai Inspired Mason Jar Slaw,  and Power Protein Carrot Ribbon Salad but if you want to get adventurous on your own, I highly suggest the Mason Jar Salad tutorial on the Organize Yourself Skinny Blog.  […]

  83. […] There is a bit of a science to composing mason jar salads so you don’t end up with soggy salads. If you are going to jump on the mason jar salad train, I highly suggest you check out the Mason Jar Tutorial over on the Organize Yourself Skinny blog. […]

  84. […] via […]

  85. […] Organize Yourself Skinny has the lowdown on what makes a Mason jar salad work — basically, you put the dressing on the bottom, then some hard-vegetable barrier between the dressing and the greens or pasta — and links to more than a dozen ideas you can make yourself. […]

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