Strawberry Spinach Mason Jar Salad with Citrus Poppyseed Dressing

You guys, have you hopped on the MASON JAR SALAD train yet?!? Please say yes.

If so, you already know how great they are AND if you haven’t, I really really reeeaaaallly hope that today’s post inspires you to do so! I honestly don’t know how it couldn’t because I’ve teamed up with my fav group of healthy food bloggers to bring you SIX amazing mason jar salads… including an epic spring-fling spinach salad packed with strawberries, roasted asparagus, spinach and avocado.

Strawberry Spinach Mason Jar Salad with Citrus Poppyseed Dressing

More on this beauty in a few, first let’s check out the full round-up…

HEALTHY Mason Jar Salads

Hello yum — don’t they look delish?

The best part? They’re all packed with veggies, healthy, grain-free, gluten-free, diary-free and paleo!

Thai Chopped Chicken Mason Jar Salad with Chili Vinaigrette

First up, Lexi’s Thai Chopped Chicken Salad with Chili Vinaigrette has all of your favorite flavors together in one jar! This salad is loaded with veggies and packed with flavor. Taste the hints of chili and lime with a touch of sweetness in this easy-to-pack on the go meal!

Ingredients: chopped lettuce, grilled chicken, spicy broccoli, mango and cabbage slaw, roasted red peppers, tomatoes, chili vinaigrette

Spring Cobb Mason Jar Salad with Raspberry Basil Vinaigrette

No time to make a healthy lunch? I think not! Prep the ingredients for Lee’s Spring Cobb Salad with a Raspberry Basil Vinaigrette and arrange it in a mason jar for easy access during the week.

Ingredients: bacon, egg, chicken, cucumber, tomato, raspberries, raspberry basil vinaigrette

Carrot Noodle Mason Jar Salad with Sweet Chili Sesame Vinaigrette

Kelly’s Carrot Noodle Salad with Sweet Chili Sesame Vinaigrette is vegan, but don’t let that fool you. It’s filled with plant-based protein so that you’ll actually stay full ’til dinner! It’s the perfect way to transport healthy, nutrient-packed salads to work… and it’s gorgeous, delicious, and totally satisfying.

Ingredients: carrot, roasted bell pepper, hemp seeds, cashews, spinach, sweet chili sesame vinaigrette

 

 

Tropical Sriracha Chicken Mason Jar Salad

Change up your usual salad game with Davida’s Tropical Sriracha Chicken Salad. It’s packed full of veggies and flavor with an added boost of protein from the sriracha-pineapple marinated chicken breast.

Ingredients: sriracha-pineapple marinated chicken, red onion, avocado, tomatoes, pineapple, spinach,

Chicken Taco Mason Jar Salad

Taylor’s Chicken Taco Salad puts a healthy twist on a restaurant favorite. It sounds simple but it’s BIG on flavor, with the perfect amount of spice and creaminess from the cumin and avocado. It’s packed in a mason jar for a portable, tasty lunch that won’t get soggy!

Ingredients: chicken, carrot, pepper, onion, cumin, avocado, lime, salsa, tomato, cucumber, cilantro, spinach

Strawberry Spinach Mason Jar Salad with Citrus Poppyseed Dressing

Lastly, my Strawberry Spinach Salad takes advantage of the spring’s bounty with a variety of ingredients including: strawberries, roasted asparagus, grilled chicken, crunchy cucumber slices, creamy avocado, red onion, toasted almond slices and a sweet and tangy homemade poppy seed dressing.

Strawberry Spinach Salad Ingredients

Mason jar salads are really easy to prep, but there’s a method to the madness. Here’s how you want to layer your salads:

  1. Dressing first
  2. Veggies that will respond well to marinating in the dressing (things like cucumbers, onions, squash and mushrooms work great for this)
  3. Moisture-resistant veggies
  4. Protein
  5. Greens (spinach, spring mix, romaine, etc)
  6. Toppings (cheese, nuts, dried fruit, etc)
Keep the salad in the fridge until you’re ready to enjoy. Most salads will keep for about 5 days depending on what protein you’re using. I only prefer to go 1-3 days when I’m using something like grilled chicken.
The fun part comes when you’re ready to eat because you get to shake the jar to distribute the dressing. I don’t know why, but this is my favorite part! Once shaken, pour the salad into a big plate or bowl and enjoy. If for some reason you find yourself without a serving dish you can eat the salad straight from the jar but unless you have an extra-long fork, it’s kind of difficult. I speak from experience. haha

Strawberry Spinach Mason Jar Salad with Citrus Poppyseed Dressing

Strawberry Spinach Mason Jar Salad with Citrus Poppy Seed Dressing
 
Strawberry Spinach Salad with roasted asparagus, grilled chicken, crunchy cucumber slices, avocado, red onion, toasted almond silvers and a citrus poppy seed dressing. Toss all the ingredients into a mason jar for a healthy, portable lunch that's way better (and prettier) than your average restaurant salad.
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Serves: 2 mason jar salads
Ingredients
  • 6 Tablespoons citrus poppy seed dressing
  • ¼ cup red onion slices
  • ½ cup cucumber slices
  • 4 large strawberries, chopped
  • ½ cup roasted asparagus, chopped
  • ¼ avocado, chopped
  • 6-8 ounces grilled or baked skinless chicken breast
  • 1 5 oz bag of spinach
  • 2 Tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted
Citrus Poppy Seed Dressing
  • ½ cup fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons olive oil
Instructions
  1. Make dressing by whisking together all ingredients. Recipe will make a little less than ¾ cup of dressing.
  2. Take two wide-mouth 32 oz mason jars and layer salad ingredients. Start with 3 Tablespoons of dressing in each jar, divide remaining salad ingredients in half and start layering in this order: onions, cucumbers, strawberries, asparagus, chicken, avocado, spinach and almonds.
  3. When ready to serve, shake each jar and pour into a bowl.
Notes
If you’re vegetarian feel free to skip the chicken and use another protein source like hard boiled eggs, baked tofu, tempeh or chickpeas.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 salad Calories: 306 Fat: 12g Carbohydrates: 19g Sugar: 8g Protein: 31g

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Comments

  1. Omg these look delicious! I don’t know why I’ve never thought to put a salad in a mason jar! It’s so cute! And portable!

  2. This is go to for me. I’m vegetarian, so I usually will toss in some marinated tofu or beans of some type. Getting ready to do the strawberry one RIGHT NOW. Thanks for the great ideas! Iooks like I’ve been missing out on the “shake” part I just pour it out and the dressing is on top just like if I made it fresh.

  3. I’ve never done salads in a jar before but this looks delicious. Just wondering though, if you’re making several to have ready for the week, how does the avocado hold up? Is it squished in between everything else enough that it doesn’t get brown?

    • Hey Kelli! The avocado will stay good 1-2 days. If you’re planning to make the salads more advance, I’d make them without the avocado and add it on top the morning of or when you’re serving it. That said, I’m picky about my avocado and hate brown spots. 🙂

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