Posted: Apr 17, 2013 2:00 PM
 
Liven up that same old salad by layering those fresh ingredients into a Mason jar! Perfect for a grab and go lunch, these layered salad jars are jammed packed with flavor. Grab, go and enjoy!

Mason jars are useful for a lot more than just canning those summer vegetables. They are the perfect home for layered salads and help show off the beautiful colors of the ingredients. It's like a beautiful summer garden in a glass!

All of the ingredients in the four Mason jar salads below are listed in layering order. Salad dressing suggestions are also given, but you can use any dressing you like! And the best part about creating Mason jar salads is that you can add any ingredients and create your favorite salad!

Tips for layered salads:

  • Put the salad dressing on the bottom, separate from the greens and lettuces, or just add the dressing right when you are going to eat it. Either way, shake that salad up and enjoy!
  • Put heavier items, such as tomatoes, on the bottom of the jars and end with the lightest item, such as lettuce or crumbled cheeses.

Caprese Mason jar salad

CAprese mason jar salad

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 8 tablespoons balsamic vinaigrette or pesto
  • 10 ounces small fresh mozzarella balls
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach and fresh basil leaves, torn
  • 2 cups assorted colored sugar plum tomatoes (red, yellow, orange)
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach and fresh basil leaves, torn
  • 2 cups cooked orzo pasta

Directions:

  1. All ingredients are listed in layering order.
  2. Divide all of the ingredients evenly among four Mason jars.
  3. Shake to coat salad items with dressing and enjoy!

Rachel's suggested wine pairing


Try a Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio. Both wines pair nicely with this well-balanced salad consisting of creamy mozzarella and the high acidity in the tomatoes.


Cobb Mason jar salad

Cobb Mason Jar Salad

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 8 tablespoons red wine vinaigrette, Ranch or French dressing
  • 2 cups iceberg lettuce, chopped
  • 2 cups chopped cooked chicken breast
  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 4 hard boiled eggs, sliced into circles
  • 2 cups crumbled bacon
  • 2 cups chopped avocado (tossed in lemon juice to prevent browning) 
  • 4 tablespoons green scallions, finely chopped
  • 2 cups iceberg lettuce, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese

Directions:

  1. All ingredients are listed in layering order.
  2. Divide all of the ingredients evenly among four Mason jars.
  3. Shake to coat salad items with dressing and enjoy!

Rachel's suggested wine pairing


Pick a fresh and fruity wine to pair with this salad. Try a Sauvignon Blanc from Loire Valley, France or New Zealand.


Chunky Mediterranean Mason jar salad

Chunky Mediterranean Mason Jar Salad

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 8 tablespoons red wine vinaigrette or Greek-inspired dressing
  • 2 cups red sugar plum tomatoes
  • 2 cups chopped English cucumber
  • 2 cups pitted Kalamata olives
  • 2 cups fired-roasted red and yellow peppers, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups red onion, chopped
  • 2 cups crumbled feta cheese

Directions:

  1. All ingredients are listed in layering order.
  2. Divide all of the ingredients evenly among four Mason jars.
  3. Shake to coat salad items with dressing and enjoy!

Rachel's suggested wine pairing


What grows together goes together! Try an Assyrtiko wine from Greece for something different! A Pinot Grigio, Pinot Gris or Sauvignon Blanc wine will also pair nicely with this salad.


Taco Mason jar salad

Taco Mason Jar Salad

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 2 cups tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 cups black beans
  • 2 cups corn
  • 2 cups ground turkey meat
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 tablespoons green scallions, finely chopped
  • 8 tablespoons fresh salsa

Directions:

  1. All ingredients are listed in layering order.
  2. Divide all of the ingredients evenly among four Mason jars.
  3. For this salad, add the salsa on top and shake prior to eating instead of adding to the bottom of the jar.
  4. Shake to coat salad items with dressing and enjoy!

Rachel's suggested wine pairing


Because this salad has a spicy kick, try a Rose, such as a Bandol Rose, a Sauvignon Blanc from Loire Valley, France or California, an off-dry Riesling from Germany, or a Torrontes from Argentina.


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Sue Dailey June 23, 2013
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Well done. These are awesome! I'm thinking they would be great to take on a boat minus the glass jars. Wonder if there are plastic mason jars? They look so pretty.