Apple, Cranberry and Almond Mason Jar Salads Recipe

Yields: 4 salads
Prep: 15 minutes

Ingredients

For the Greek Yogurt Poppyseed Dressing

  • 5 ounces plain Greek yogurt (choose non-fat or low-fat for a lighter option)
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallots
  • 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Salad

  • 4 (32-ounce) wide-mouth mason jars
  • 2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded (or use rotisserie chicken)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 apples (your favorite variety), chopped
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 6-8 cups mixed greens

Instructions

1. Make the Dressing

  • Whisk together all dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

2. Prep the Chicken (if not using rotisserie)

  • Season the chicken breasts with garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Cook the chicken in your preferred method (pan-frying, baking, grilling) until cooked through. Let cool slightly before shredding.

3. Assemble the Salads

  • Important: Layer ingredients in this order to prevent greens from getting soggy.
  • Place 2-3 tablespoons of dressing in the bottom of each mason jar.
  • Next, layer in the following order: celery, apples, shredded chicken, sliced almonds, dried cranberries, and green onions.
  • Top with a generous portion of mixed greens.
  • Seal the jars tightly with lids.

4. Store and Enjoy

  • Refrigerate for up to 3-4 days.
  • When ready to eat, shake the jar vigorously to distribute the dressing, then dump the contents into a bowl or eat straight from the jar.

Tips

Get creative with your greens: Use spinach, kale, arugula, or whatever you prefer.

Customize: Add crumbled goat cheese or feta, swap almonds for pecans or walnuts, or try different dried fruits.

Make it vegetarian: Omit the chicken and add chickpeas or crumbled tofu for protein.

Pack it to-go: Mason jar salads are fantastic for work or school lunches.

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