We’re celebrating National Salad Month with this Mediterranean Mason Jar Salad. Don’t you feel like salads often get a bad wrap? They’re more than a collection of greens, drenched in bottled dressing or part of a dieters’ regular routine. We see them as the potential for a hearty, refreshing, nutritious option for any main meal.

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Mediterranean Month

In addition to National Salad Month, it’s also National Mediterranean Month. The Mediterranean Diet was named THE top diet of 2019 by U.S. News and World Reports. Research consistently finds that the Mediterranean Diet and its lifestyle practices reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. In addition, there is compelling evidence that omega-3s, found in a number of Mediterranean Diet foods, can boost the health and brainpower of everyone from infants to the elderly.  Our Mediterranean Mason Jar salad represents the diet with a variety of vegetables, serving of whole-grains, and healthy fat tahini yogurt dressing.

Benefits of the Mason Jar

It took me awhile to jump on the Mason Jar salad bus. To be honest, while thought they were pleasing to the eye, the assembly process was a pain. However, once you get the hang of proper assembly, they come together quickly. Using the mason jar method keeps pre-made salads from getting mushy. Plus, you only have one container to clean compared to needing one container for lettuce, grains, and dressing.

You’ll need a 24 oz. mason jar with a wide mouth:

Proper Layering

The key to any mason jar salad is how you layer your ingredients. The proper order is as follows:

  1. Bottom: dressing
  2. Non absorbing proteins (chickpeas)
  3. Non absorbing veggies (peppers, cucumbers, olives)
  4. Grains (quinoa)
  5. Fragile veggies (tomatoes)
  6. Lettuce! Here in St. Louis, we have a local variety of greens from a company called Bright Farms. I love to use their greens because they’re delivered within 24 hours of harvest, so I know they’re going to be both fresh and retain their nutrients with less time from harvest to salad bowl. You can find these greens at your local Dierbergs.

Once you’re ready to enjoy, simply make sure you have a big enough bowl to host all your layered goodies!

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Mediterranean Mason Jar Salad with Tahini Dressing


  • Author: Jennifer McDaniel
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x

Ingredients

Scale

Tahini Salad Dressing (makes about 1 1/2 cups dressing) 

  • ¼ c. tahini paste
  • ¼ c. plain non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 T. honey
  • 1/4 c. lemon juice, fresh
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ¼1/3 cup water

Mason Jar Salad 

  • 2 T. Tahini dressing
  • 1/2 c. cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 c. cucumbers, diced 
  • 1/2 c. red, yellow or orange bell peppers, diced 
  • 1/2 c. quinoa, cooked 
  • 1/3 c. chickpeas, canned, rinsed, drained
  • 5 kalamata olives pitted
  • 2 c. lettuce (we used Bright Farms Sunny Crunch)

Instructions

Tahini Dressing

  1. Blend tahini salad dressing ingredients in a blender or with immersion stick blender.
  2. Add water to desired dressing consistency.

Mason Jar Salad

  1. In a quart size jar, add salad dressing.
  2. Layer rest of ingredients in jar. When ready to eat, shake jar well, pour into bowl and enjoy!
  • Category: salad
  • Method: blend
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Mediterranean Mason Jar Salad

 

 

Jennifer McDaniel

Jennifer McDaniel is a Registered Dietitian, Media Spokesperson, and co-author of Prevention's Mediterranean Table Cookbook. She and her team of Registered Dietitians aim to help their clients go further, make change last, and unlock their potential. She lives in St. Louis, MO with her husband, and three young sons. If you are interested in working with Jennifer, please visit our contact page.