9 Meal Prep Mason Jar Salad Recipes for an On-the-Go Lunch

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We know meal prep can seem like a daunting task sometimes, but with this hack, you’ll be eating healthy and on the go in NO TIME at all! Best part is, you don’t have to go digging through your tupperware drawer to find the matching top. All you need for this lunch is a mason jar (size is up to you!) and the ingredients for the recipes were sharing below. Let’s face it, a boring salad that you meal prepped for your busy day at work isn’t always something you look forward to come noon. We’re here to change that for you. Not only are these recipes insanely delicious and anything but boring, but making them up in a mason jar adds a little fun into the equation. Super easy to transport, too!


This one is an absolute favorite of mine right now. The ingredients are so tasty and nutritious with a little crunch to satisfy your taste buds. According to Healthy Little Vittles, the key to layering is you put the dressing on the bottom so it doesn’t get some of the other salad ingredients soggy as you store it overnight (GENIUS)! Once the salad dressing is in, you drop in the more dense foods )(sweet potatoes, walnuts) , followed by dates, lettuce, pear and cheese. Life changing hack!

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This whole30 friendly recipe is simple yet oh-so-satisfying. The Wooden Skillet is a master at the mason jar meal and shares some tips on how to meal prep chicken ahead of time so you aren’t disgusted the next day (you know that tough chicken texture I’m referring to). She also gives some great tips on meal prepping mason jar salads –  like making sure to batch prep for the week in a way that will keep you hungry and interested (i.e. 3 lunches for Monday, Wednesday, Friday with a little something else on the days in between)!

Work Lunch Greek Chicken Salad - an easy on-the-go lunch that is healthy, delicious and filling! #whole30 #whole30recipes #worklunch #onthegolunches #paleorecipes #worklunches

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3. Mason Jar Southwest Chicken Salad by with Cilantro Lime Dressing by Joyful Healthy Eats

You say cilantro lime, I come running. Love how approachable this recipe is. I guarantee you can’t find one person that wouldn’t like it!

putting rotisserie chicken on top of Mason Jar Southwest Chicken Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

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4. Balsamic Chicken Berry Quinoa Salad by Ambitious Kitchen

You know I love all things Ambitious Kitchen and she surely did not disappoint with this Balsamic Chicken Berry Quinoa Salad. According to AK, this salad makes and EXCELLENT summertime picnic or potluck salad. It’s refreshing and bursting with variety and flavor.

mason jar salad

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5. Chicken Salad Mason Jar Salads with Creamy No-Mayo Dressing by Kristine’s Kitchen Blog

Have to say I loved this one immediately because I’m personally not a fan of mayo but love ALL the creaminess – anyone else? This healthified version of mayo heavy chicken salad sandy will give you all of the flavors you ever wanted with none of the calories you didn’t!

How to make an easy and healthy mason jar salad for make-ahead lunches! These Chicken Salad Mason Jar Salads with grapes, apple, and toasted pecans have a creamy, no mayo poppy seed dressing! | www.kristineskitchenblog.com

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6. Chickpea & Quinoa Mason Jar Salad by Simply Quinoa

I love this recipe for it’s simplicity and crunchiness. This one is vegan/ vegetarian friendly and is packed with so many nutrients!

A mason jar filled with salad greens, quinoa, vegetables, chickpeas and dressings.

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7. Asian Chicken Mason Jar Salad by Joyful Healthy Eats

This recipes is great to batch prep with another one of the recipes above. It’s unique asian cuisine flavor makes it extremely unique and will fire up your taste buds. Take the Wooden skillet’s advice and batch prep 3 of the one mason jar salad recipe and 2 of this one! Work week just got a whole lot tastier.

Mason Jar Salad recipes are a delicious, easy, and perfect lunch for the week! This ASIAN CHICKEN MASON JAR SALAD is loaded with veggies, napa cabbage, rotisserie chicken and topped with a Sesame Dressing - done in 30 minutes! | joyfulhealthyeats.com | gluten free recipes

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8. Burrito Bowl Mason Jars by Delish Knowledge

You had me at burrito. This recipe reminds me of chipotle in a jar and I’m extremely into it. You will be to, trust.

Burrito Bar Mason Jar Salads! Layers of avocado dressing, roasted sweet potato, quinoa, black bean and crispy lettuce. Vegan & Gluten-Free. | www.delishknowledge.com

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9. Apple Harvest Mason Jar Salad by The Seasoned Mom

Dreaming of cool crisp weather and apple harvest mason jar salads. This one has all the Fall feels written all over it!

A side shot of mason jar salads with apples and a fork at the side

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Don’t forget to tag #wanttherecipe and @wanttherecipe on social when you make these! We can’t wait to see your creations!!

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