This Thai Quinoa Mason Jar Salad recipe makes meal prepping healthy, meatless, vegetarian (and easily vegan) lunch for the week super easy! Protein from the edamame and quinoa, fiber from the veggies, and delicious flavor from the easy Thai dressing.
Properly layering the salad ingredients is KEY to having the salads last for days in the fridge without anything getting soggy.
Dressing – This always goes in the bottom so you can separate it from ingredients to keep things nice and crisp.
Proteins – This recipe is vegan, so we’re using edamame as the protein but you could add something like chicken in this layer as well.
Grains – Quinoa!
Vegetables – Any veggies that aren’t leafy greens.
Leafy Greens – These always go last so they are the furthest away from the dressing. No leafy greens called for in this salad, but if you wanted to add any do so last!
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I have to use mason jars? I like to use mason jars because they easily keep the dressing separated, are glass so no staining or keeping smells like plastic does, and can be put into the dishwasher for easy cleaning. You can use a different container, but you may need to put the dressing in its own individual container and the ingredients may not stay as crisp and fresh.
How long can these salads last in the fridge? In the mason jars, the salads keep for 4-5 days in the fridge. By the 5th day, the veggies may lose some of their crispness, but will still taste great and be perfectly fine to eat.
I don’t like ____, can I substitute? You can omit any ingredient you like! Go ahead and add more of something or add a different veggie, protein, or grain. As long as you follow the layering ‘rules’ stated above, it will still be great.
What size of mason jar? I wrote this recipe using the quart (32oz) sized mason jars. They are big and make large very filling salads. You could use pint (16oz) sized jars and make more salads. This is good option if you want the salads to be the side, instead of the main course.
Where can I buy mason jars? You can find mason jars at many stores! Most grocery stores will carry them, at a store like Target or Walmart, even hardware stores. Or of course you can find them online!
Thai Quinoa Mason Jar Salads are perfect for meal prepping healthy lunches (or dinners) for the week. Loaded with vegetarian protein and filling fiber. Layer up the ingredients in jars then dump a jar in a bowl when ready to eat!
1 cup dry quinoa, cooked according to package directions
1 10oz bag shredded red cabbage
1 10-12oz bag frozen shelled edamame, cooked according to package directions
1.5 cups shredded carrots
2bell peppers, thinly sliced
1/2 cup rough chopped cashews
4–5 quart-sized mason jars
1/3 cupolive oil
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoonrice wine vinegar
1.5 tablespoonshoney, substitute maple syrup to make vegan
1 tablespoonchili garlic sauce
1 tablespoontoasted sesame oil
1/2 large lime, juiced
1/2 teaspoonground ginger
1/2 teaspoongarlic powder
Prep the Salad Ingredients. Cook the quinoa, cook the edamame, and chop the veggies.
Make the dressing. In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients.
Assemble the Mason Jar Salads. See note regarding number of jars to use. Evenly divide the ingredients among the jars in layers. Start with the dressing, then edamame, then cooked quinoa, followed by bell pepper, carrots, cabbage, and topped with chopped cashews. Put lids on the jars and store in the fridge until ready to eat.
Eat and Enjoy! When ready to eat, just dump a jar in a bowl, toss things around a bit with a fork, give a dash of salt and pepper if you’d like, and enjoy.
Servings: This recipe makes either 4 or 5 quart-sized mason jar salads. If you want 5 salads, each jar may be slightly undefiled like in the pictures. If you want just 4 salads, then the jars will be packed to the rim.
How Long do they last? In the mason jars, the salads keep for up to 5 days in the fridge.
Category:Meatless Monday, Salad
Keywords: Mason jar salad, quinoa salad, Thai salad, quinoa mason jar salad