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California Salad in a Jar

California Salad in a Jar

This delicious California Salad in Jar starts with a homemade balsamic dressing and then layered with crisp vegetables, chickpeas, sundried tomatoes, goat cheese, and arugula. You can make this flavorful, healthy salad on Sunday to enjoy for lunch all week. 
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Course: Lunch, lunch recipe
Cuisine: American
Keyword: califorina salad, california mason jar salad, california salad in a jar
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 5 people
Calories: 454kcal


  • 5 (32-ounce) Wide-Mouth Mason Jars with lids
  • Large Salad Bowl


Homemade Balsamic Salad Dressing

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 small garlic clove grated or finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 4 teaspoons melted honey

For the salad

  • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes sliced in half
  • 5 small cucumbers sliced
  • 1 15-ounce can of chickpeas
  • 3 ounce package of sun-dried tomatoes
  • 10 tablespoons goat cheese crumbles
  • 1/2 lb medium-sliced organic smoked deli turkey breast
  • 5 ounce package of arugula


  • Start by putting together the homemade balsamic dressing ingredients together. I like to use a 16-ounce mason jar or a small bowl for this.  
  • Divide the salad dressing between the five mason jars. This will equal about 2-3 tablespoons of dressing between each salad. If you want to use less dressing then store the leftover dressing in an airtight jar in the refrigerator.
  • Next, layer in the rest of the salad ingredients. Start with the tomatoes and continue with the cucumbers, chickpeas, sun-dried tomatoes, sliced turkey, cheese, and end with the arugula.
  • Place the lid on tightly and put the jars into the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • When you’re ready to eat the California Salad, give the jar a good shake and then dump it into a large salad bowl.


Ingredient note
Sometimes the small cucumbers come in packages of 6 or 7. Just divide all of the cucumbers between the salad jars.
Storage tips
These California Mason Jar Salads will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
You cannot freeze these salads.


Serving: 1salad | Calories: 454kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 636mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 14g