Mason jar salads

Lupus Foundation of America

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Simple, easy, and fun, Mason jar salads aren’t just for kids­—grownups will love mixing up their favorite veggies too.

The key to making kid-friendly salads is to let the kids choose their ingredients without pressure. Totally customizable, these Mason jar salads don’t get soggy because the dressing is trapped at the bottom. Kids love shaking up the salad and choosing their own ingredients. 

Mason Jar Salads Recipe


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  • Bagged lettuce
  • Cooked pasta
  • Cucumbers, chopped
  • Mini sweet bell peppers, chopped
  • Broccoli, chopped
  • Carrots, chopped
  • Fruit, such as mandarin oranges (lightly rinsed), cubed apple, or berries
  • Grape tomatoes (uncut)
  • Cheese, cubed or shredded
  • Croutons/crushed
  • tortilla chips
  • Salad dressing of choice


  1. Layer ingredients in the following order in a 16-ounce wide-mouth jar: dressing at the bottom (if using); sturdy veggies like carrots, bell peppers, cabbage; whole grape tomatoes; cooked pasta or other grain; lettuce; toppings such as cheese, chicken, or hard-cooked egg.