Salad Jar Meal Prep

salad jar meal prep
salad jar meal prep

Welcome to the world of salad jar meal prep! Get ready to revolutionize your weekday lunches with these four revamped, high-protein salads in jars. Originally posted in 2017, these salads are back with even more delicious simplicity. Takeout Food presents Southwest Chicken, Greek Chicken, Chicken Berry Quinoa, and Thai-Inspired Chicken salad jars, each bursting with fresh veggies, flavorful combinations, and ample protein to keep you satisfied and energized.

four mason jar salads in a row

Why make a salad in a jar?

Not only are mason jar salads fun and cute, but they’re also incredibly customizable! If you have a favorite salad recipe, chances are it will be perfect for layering up into a jar and storing in the fridge until you’re ready to enjoy it.

The key to a perfect mason jar salad is layering the ingredients to avoid soggy results. Start with the dressing at the bottom, followed by crunchy veggies, protein, nuts, and greens at the top.

four salads in jars

How to prep & cook chicken for these salad jars

While each salad jar has its unique ingredients and flavors, they all have one thing in common: chicken! Adding protein to your meal has never been easier. You can use leftover chicken or even rotisserie chicken for convenience. Alternatively, marinate the chicken using the suggested marinades in each salad jar recipe or try one of these delicious marinades.

For perfectly cooked chicken, follow these tips:

  • Grill or bake your chicken for optimal flavor and tenderness.
  • Learn four ways to shred chicken or dice it up for these salads.

four mason jar salads next to each other

Storing & serving tips

Store each salad jar in a 16-ounce mason jar or meal prep container for up to 2-3 days. Prepare them on Sunday for a hassle-free grab-and-go lunch option throughout the week. If you opt for a meal prep container, store the dressing separately and add it right before serving. You can pour the salad out from the jar into a bowl or plate or mix it in your meal prep container.

Our favorite salad tools

To make your salad jar meal prep experience even better, here are some of our favorite salad tools:

Find all our favorite kitchen tools here!

If you try any of these salad jars, leave a comment below and let us know how you liked it. Don’t forget to share your creation on Instagram and tag #ambitiouskitchen!

Recipes by: Monique Volz // Ambitious Kitchen | Photography by: Eat Love Eats


Q: Can I use different proteins instead of chicken in these salad jars?

A: Absolutely! Feel free to substitute chicken with your preferred protein, such as tofu, shrimp, or beef. Customize the salads to your liking and dietary preferences.

Q: Can I make these salad jars in advance for the whole week?

A: Yes, you can! These salad jars are perfect for meal prep. Store them in the refrigerator for 2-3 days, ensuring the dressing is kept separately and added just before serving to maintain freshness.

By offering these delightful salad jar meal prep ideas, Takeout Food aims to inspire culinary exploration, convenience, and creativity in your daily meals. For more culinary inspiration and countless recipes, visit the official Takeout Food website. Enjoy the journey of culinary delight with Takeout Food!

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