These Mason Jar Cob Salads are the perfect on-the-go lunch or easy dinner for back to school week. They’re filled with fresh ingredients and proteins that will keep you fueled for a great day! They are easy to adapt and prep ahead.
It’s the start of a new school year which means I am prepping all the food and easy meals for a great first week!
I love having meals on hand that are already prepared. Mason Jar Cobb Salads are great for a quick evening meal or for a healthy lunch for mama.
If I am prepping ahead for our family dinner, I’ll make sure to have a few loaves of french bread on the side to help fill tummies.
During a typical homeschool week, I’ll feed the kids a separate lunch and read out loud to them while they’re eating (you can see our favorite read aloud books here). Once they have finished lunch, I’ll sit down and enjoy one of these salads. It’s such a treat knowing that I have a healthy meal waiting for me after teaching my kids!
Layering Tip for Mason Jar Salads
Layer your heaviest ingredients at the bottom when assembling a mason jar salad. Proteins, cheese, and egg. Your lighter ingredients will go towards the top like the tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce.
Other Mason Jar Salad Tips
- Keep your dressing in another container until you’re ready to eat. There are Mason Jar Salad recipes out there that suggest placing your dressing in the very bottom, but I have found the Mason Jar Salad to be the tastiest when the dressing is stored separately.
- When you’re ready to eat- you can either pour your dressing right into the jar or you can pour your salad out onto a plate.
- If you’re in a crunch for prep time, you can use rotisserie chicken and pre-shredded cheese for your salads.
- Hard Boiled Eggs
- Shredded Cheddar
- Crispy Bacon
- Diced Chicken
- Ranch Dressing
Mason Jar Cobb Salad
- Bacon extra crispy
- Diced Chicken rotisserie works great!
- hard boiled egg
- shredded cheddar
- cherry tomatoes
- ranch dressing
- Prepare your hard boiled eggs and set aside to cool.
- Prepare your bacon however you prefer until it's nice and crispy. Set aside.
- Chop up your chicken and set aside.
- Shred your cheddar cheese and set aside.
- Chop up your cherry tomatoes and lettuce.
- In the bottom of a mason jar assemble using your bulkier ingredients first. The following order works well. Chopped chicken, bacon, hard boiled eggs, shredded cheese, cherry tomatoes and lettuce.
- For the dressing, you can make your own and store in a separate mason jar. Or you can use your favorite store bought!