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August 15, 2017

by Alyssa

Chickpea & Quinoa Mason Jar Salad

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These Chickpea & Quinoa Mason Jar Salads are a quick and easy way to have a healthy lunch at the office! Layered to ensure nothing gets soggy, they're the perfect way to get in your veggies!

A mason jar filled with salad greens, quinoa, vegetables, chickpeas and dressings.

When I used to commute to an office every day, salads were my least favorite thing to pack for lunch. It was pretty much inevitable that a) I would forget the dressing or b) it would be a soggy mess by the time lunch rolled around. They were never enjoyable to eat, and yet they were my favorite lunch…major dilemma.

If I had known about mason jar salads back then, my salad woes would have been fixed.

Because unlike traditional tupperware salads, mason jars salads don't get soggy, have everything in one jar (yes, dressing included) AND they're super easy to make.

Salad greens sprout out of the top of a mason jar.

The secret to the perfect mason jar salad? THE LAYERS. It's all about how you layer it.

Honestly, I haven't made that many mason jar salads yet (this old trend is a new one for me!), but from my experimenting, here's what I've found to work best:

  • Layer 1: dressing
  • Layer 2: beans/protein
  • Layer 3: chopped veggies
  • Layer 4: grains/nuts/seeds
  • Layer 5: greens

A mason jar with the lid on top. It is filled with salad greens, quinoa, vegetables, chickpeas and salad dressing.

The idea is that the dressing will help to marinate the protein and get it more flavorful and doesn't wilt any of the tender greens. And then when you dump it into your bowl, the greens on the bottom and the dressing just pours evenly over the entire salad.

Really though…mad props to whoever invented this. Pure, simple genius.

A mason jar overflowing with salad green. It also has quinoa, vegetables and chickpeas. Salad dressing fills the bottom.

This particular recipe is actually one that I had from WAY back in the archives and I wanted to give it a little refresh.

I changed the dressing to be much more flavorful, added in chickpeas for more protein and tossed in some arugula to make it more of a meal-sized salad.

Overall, I'm SO happy with it and I think you are going to love it!

A mason jar salad with lemon-mustard dressing, chickpeas, veggies and quinoa on a white plate.

Guys, the possibilities with these salad combinations are endless! I'm dying to know…have you tried mason jar salads yet? What are you favorite recipes? Share in the comments below! ⬇

And if you end up making your own quinoa mason jar salad, I want to see what you come up with ❤ Make sure to snap a pic and share it with me on Instagram by tagging @simplyquinoaand using #simplyquinoa!

xo Alyssa

A mason jar salad in a mason jar.

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Chickpea & Quinoa Mason Jar Salad

These Chickpea & Quinoa Mason Jar Salads are a quick and easy way to have a healthy lunch at the office! Layered to ensure nothing gets soggy, they're the perfect way to get in your veggies!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 Servings
Calories 370kcal
Author Alyssa
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MASON JAR SALADS with lemon-mustard dressing, chickpeas, veggies and QUINOA!
4.65 from 31 votes


for the salad

for the dressing


  • Begin with the dressing. Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl. Taste and adjust seasoning if desired.
  • When ready to assemble the salads, evenly divide the dressing between 2 wide-mouth mason jars (quart size). Then evenly divide the remaining ingredients and add to the mason jars in the order listed. Seal with lid and store in the refrigerator until ready to eat.
  • When serving, pour contents of the mason jar into a bowl. Stir around to help get dressing distributed and enjoy!



Calories: 370kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 436mg | Potassium: 798mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 2390IU | Vitamin C: 72.2mg | Calcium: 145mg | Iron: 4.7mg


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  1. Loved the way the whole thing turned out. A perfect combination of healthy nutrients.Thankyou for sharing.

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  3. Hey Alyssa, will be trying your mason jar salads out this week! I have been making mason salads for lunch each week for a while now and have just been rotating through the same ones, eager to add a few more to my rotation and these look great.

    I have been making them for 4 days at a time and they are still fine to eat on the 4th day so far, will let you know how these turn out! Eager for more combinations if you come up with them 🙂

    Regards, Peter (Australia)

  4. Can these be made ahead, or will the veggies wilt? I was hoping to make 5 jars on Sunday to last through lunch on Friday. Should I do that or not? Thanks!

  5. This might sound like a dumb question, but I have read about Mason jar salads for ages. Have never tried them but am wondering….do these salads have to be made in glass jars, or would a plastic container of similar shape and size work just as well?

  6. Alyssa, thank you for sharing all your recipes and tips for better eating and especially plant based eating and recipes. My questions to you is, I have not made the full transition but I would like to know if you could suggest the spices one should have to begin the transition to plant base foods, thanks


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