Forget your sad desk lunch at home. Mason jar salads are going to be your new lunch go-to. 

Mason jar salads are a great pack-and-go option, but if prepared improperly, it can get a bit gross. Here are a few tips on how to keep your mason jar lunch fresh, as well as a few ideas to get you started. 

Start with the dressing.

The secret to making a perfect mason jar salad is layering. Start your salad by pouring the dressing first – three to four tablespoons should do. 

Add your base.

After coating the bottom of your jar with your favorite dressing, it’s time to add your base layer. This can be anything from cherry tomatoes, to carrots, to chickpeas, to snap peas. 

Layer, layer, layer.

Continue layering your salad, packing the layers as tightly as possible. Remember, the less air between the layers, the longer your salad will stay fresh. 

Finish it off with greens and cheese (if you like cheese, that is). Layer your greens last. Leaving the greens at the top will create a moisture barrier, preventing the rest of your meal from becoming a soggy, wet mess. 

Then, just twist on the top and pop it in the fridge. 

Three Mason Jar Salad Recipes You’ll Love 

Running low on ideas? Here are a few you’ll love.

Classic Caprese Salad 

This classic lunch by SkinnyMs is a quick, three-ingredient fix. All you need are a few cherry tomatoes, some mozzarella balls, and basil leaves. Plus, a little olive oil and a pinch of salt for taste. 

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Sweet Potato, Pear, and Wild Rice Salad 

If you’re in the mood for something a bit heartier, then this savory (and satisfying) fall-inspired salad by Loves Food, Love to Eat will fix your craving. 

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Vegan Cobb Salad 

This vegan cobb salad by Healthy. Happy. Life. is bright, delicious, and packed with nutrients. 

Vegan Cobb Salad
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Do you have a favorite mason jar salad recipe? Leave a comment and let us know!