Make Ahead Mason Jar Salads are a convenient way to prep salads ahead of time in glass mason jars, dressing and all, where the lettuce and vegetables stay fresh and crisp...even after days in the fridge!
I could eat a salad for lunch every day of my life. I'll usually eat them at least 4 days a week. The only drawback about eating a salad at home every day is the prep. Washing, chopping, assembling...it takes a lot more time than PB&J, for sure. Even if I prep the veggies ahead of time, taking out a bunch of tupperware containers of veggies and assembling it all is kind of a pain.
With these mason jar salads I can have my fave lunch every day without all of the work! Well, there's the work of assembling them all in the first place, but then I can just grab one from the fridge and dump it all out of the jar and the salad is done in seconds.
It totally helps me to make good healthy choices at lunchtime, because I have (on more than one occasion) just grabbed a bag of chips instead of making a salad because it just felt like too much work.
Lazy? A little. At least I'm honest.
So, this post is really more like a how-to make a mason jar salad post rather than a recipe post. Because there is definitely a science behind the anatomy of a mason jar salad, but of course you can customize it based on what salad toppings and dressing you prefer. It's all about the layering. If you layer in the right order, nothing will get soggy and gross even after several days in the fridge. That's the beauty of these babies.
Here's a pic explaining the breakdown of the layers:
So that's the method I use! Pretty awesome, right? If you're a daily salad eater like me, then you absolutely HAVE to try these! I usually make four at a time and then have a little something different (like leftovers) the other three days a week. They'll hold up for right around 5 days, they're perfect for lunch at work or at home. I'm not kidding when I say they are my new FAVORITE!