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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!

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!

How to make the Chickpea & Quinoa Mason Jar Salad Recipe

Chickpea & Quinoa Mason Jar Salad

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Preparation 0:05 2017-08-16T00:05:00+00:00
Cook Time 0:00 2017-08-16T00:00:00+00:00
Total Time 0:05 2017-08-16T00:05:00+00:00

Serves 2     adjust servings

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!

by Alyssa

Recipe Notes

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

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 389kcal Calories from fat 164
% Daily Value
Total Fat 18g 28%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Transfat 0g
Sodium 1014mg 42%
Carbohydrate 48g 16%
Dietary Fiber 11g 44%
Sugars 7g
Protein 13g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

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Calories 2000 2500
Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less than 25g 80g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g 375g
Dietary Fiber 25g 30g

 

These Quinoa MASON JAR SALADS are an easy way to have a healthy lunch at the office! Layered so nothing gets soggy, they're the perfect way to get in your veggies!

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