Chicken, Apple and Pecan Salad in a Jar

Easy, portable salads that can be made ahead for the week – they stay fresh so you never have a soggy salad again!

Chicken, Apple and Pecan Salad in a Jar - Easy, portable salads that can be made ahead for the week - they stay fresh so you never have a soggy salad again!

I kind of have a thing for mason jars. No wait, I’m obsessed with them, really. I just have a use for them for anything and everything –  from drinks, to storage, to decorative purposes, and now salads.

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Now if you haven’t been making mason jar salads, you are definitely missing out.

Mason jar salads can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge so you can plan out your week’s lunch as needed. It’s quick, it’s easy, it’s amazingly fresh and best of all, your coworkers will be giving you some dirty-jealous looks.

It’s obviously a win-win all around.

Chicken, Apple and Pecan Salad in a Jar - Easy, portable salads that can be made ahead for the week - they stay fresh so you never have a soggy salad again!

Chicken, Apple and Pecan Salad in a Jar

Easy, portable salads that can be made ahead for the week – they stay fresh so you never have a soggy salad again!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chopped kale leaves
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, chopped
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 cup grapes

For the chicken salad

  • 2 boneless, skinless thin-sliced chicken breasts
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, optional
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, or more, to taste

Directions:

  1. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper, to taste. Add to skillet and cook, flipping once, until cooked through, about 3-4 minutes per side. Let cool before dicing into bite-size pieces.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine chicken, Greek yogurt, red onion, celery, mayonnaise, almonds and lemon juice; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. To assemble, divide chicken mixture, kale, cranberries, apples, pecans and grapes into four wide-mouth canning jars with tight-fitting lids.*

Pint-sized jars are great for individual salads but quart-sized jars can also be used for larger quantities.

These jars will keep for 3 to 5 days.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 359.6 Calories from Fat 123.3
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13.7g 21%
Saturated Fat 1.4g 7%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 49.0mg 16%
Sodium 84.8mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 39.5g 13%
Dietary Fiber 6.2g 25%
Sugars 25.9g
Protein 24.5g 49%

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