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Chickpea & Quinoa Mason Jar Salad

Author - Alyssa Rimmer

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!

Chickpea & Quinoa MASON JAR SALADS -- perfect for a healthy office lunch! Add everything into your jar, dump into a bowl and enjoy!

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.

Chickpea & Quinoa MASON JAR SALADS -- perfect for a healthy office lunch! Add everything into your jar, dump into a bowl and enjoy!

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

MASON JAR SALADS with lemon-mustard dressing, chickpeas, veggies and QUINOA!

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.

MASON JAR SALADS with lemon-mustard dressing, chickpeas, veggies and QUINOA!

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!

MASON JAR SALADS with lemon-mustard dressing, chickpeas, veggies and QUINOA!

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

MASON JAR SALADS with lemon-mustard dressing, chickpeas, veggies and QUINOA!

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MASON JAR SALADS with lemon-mustard dressing, chickpeas, veggies and QUINOA!
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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!

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword chickpeas, healthy salad
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 Servings
Calories 370 kcal
Author Alyssa

Ingredients

for the salad

  • 1 cup canned chickpeas
  • 1 cup chopped cucumbers
  • 1 cup chopped cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 3 - 4 cups arugula

for the dressing

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Begin with the dressing. Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl. Taste and adjust seasoning if desired.
  2. 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.
  3. When serving, pour contents of the mason jar into a bowl. Stir around to help get dressing distributed and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Chickpea & Quinoa Mason Jar Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 370 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 28%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 436mg 18%
Potassium 798mg 23%
Total Carbohydrates 45g 15%
Dietary Fiber 9g 36%
Sugars 7g
Protein 11g 22%
Vitamin A 47.8%
Vitamin C 87.5%
Calcium 14.5%
Iron 26.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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  1. 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)

  2. 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!

  3. 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?

  4. 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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