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Four mason jars filled with a strawberry spinach chicken salad.
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4.42 from 12 votes

Strawberry Spinach Mason Jar Salad

This spinach mason jar salad features grilled chicken, strawberries and a citrus poppy seed dressing. Layer all of the ingredients into a mason jar for a healthy, portable lunch!
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: spinach mason jar salad
Servings: 4 salads
Calories: 481kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb grilled or baked skinless chicken breast chopped
  • ½ cup sliced red onion
  • 1 cup sliced cucumber
  • 8 large strawberries chopped
  • 1 cup roasted asparagus chopped
  • 1 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 10 oz baby spinach
  • ¼ cup 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

  • Prep ingredients by roasting your asparagus, grilling your chicken and chopping all the veggies.
  • Make dressing by whisking together all ingredients.
  • Take four wide-mouth 32 oz mason jars and layer salad ingredients. Start with 3 Tablespoons of dressing in each jar and then divide remaining salad ingredients in quarters and start layering in this order: onions, cucumbers, strawberries, asparagus, chicken, goat cheese, almonds and spinach.
  • When ready to serve, shake each jar and pour into a bowl.

Notes

  • Chicken: I recommend grilling apple cider vinegar chicken or making my air fryer chicken breast
  • Spinach: If you’re not a spinach fan, feel free to use your favorite leafy green instead. spring mix or arugula would be my next choice of greens for this salad.
  • Dressing: I love the citrus poppyseed dressing paired with this salad but any dressing would work if you’re in a pinch. Some options: balsamic dressingwhite balsamic vinaigrette or lemon vinaigrette.
  • Mix-ins: Feel free to switch up your mix-ins for this salad… I often do! Sometimes I change up the veggies based on what I have on hand. Feel free to get creative and make this salad your own.
  • Grains: I love adding grains to my salad for some extra volume and nutrients. Toss in cooked quinoa, rice or farro to make this a heartier salad.
  • Nuts: Not an almond fan or have a nut allergy? Any type of nut or seed will work well in this salad. For the ultimate treat try adding candied walnuts or candied pecans.
  • Goat cheese: You can swap the goat cheese for a dairy-free cheese or omit to make this salad dairy-free.
  • Vegetarian: If you're vegetarian feel free to skip the chicken and use another protein source like hard boiled eggs, baked tofu, tempeh or chickpeas (try these air fryer chickpeas for some added crunch!)

Nutrition

Serving: 1salad | Calories: 481kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 112mg | Sodium: 600mg | Potassium: 821mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 21g