Mason Jar Salads, Meal Prep Monday!

Hello Everyone,

I’m back! So sorry for the delay. I’ve been super busy buying a house and all! I will make sure that as soon as I get my rooms all set up, pictures will be coming. I also have some projects I want to do to make my house my own.

So, as some of you may know, I’m extremely busy! I work full time, put in 15 hours at my internship, and have classes (although I’m currently on a break). So meal prep is necessary if I want to eat healthy and on a budget. I’ve recently fallen in love with mason jar salads. They’re simple to put together, and the mason jar keeps the food fresh. At my internship, I need something I don’t need to heat up and that I can eat quickly. I have sometimes 5 minutes between clients. These salads are a life saver.

Some notes before I continue: (1) I do not like lettuce. I attempt to avoid using lettuce as a green wherever possible. (2) I am indifferent towards quinoa, so I know almost nothing about the different types.

So this salad was inspired by the premade Spinach Power salad at Trader Joes. What you’ll need

1 bag fresh spinach
1 can garbanzo beans/chick peas
1 pack frozen edamame
1 cup cooked quinoa
Salad dressing of choice (I used a soy ginger sesame dressing).

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I used Trader Joe’s frozen edamame, which only took 5 minutes to cook. Put down as much spinach as you want for your salad. I love spinach so I added a lot!. Then layer the quinoa, edamame, and chickpeas until the jar is full. I put my salad dressing into separate containers, because I don’t like soggy greens, but if this doesn’t bother you, or you need a one jar solution, put the dressing in first before laying down your spinach.


When you’re ready to eat, all you have to do is pour in the dressing, recap your jar, and shake!