Thursday, July 18, 2013

Greek Quinoa Mason Jar Salad!

As part of my Sunday ritual I always prep breakfast, lunch and sometimes dinner for the week ahead. I was inspired on Pinterest to make a "mason jar salad" - this is where you have dressing or wet ingredients on the bottom, hearty veggies or cheese in the middle and lettuce at the top - that way the lettuce doesn't get soggy and gross!  Sounded like a plan to me! 

{4-6 servings}
1 C Quinoa, unprepared
1 English cucumber, diced
1 Red onion, diced
16 oz. Cherub tomato, halved
12 Calamata olives, sliced
1/2 Bunch green onion, sliced
6 Basil leaves, fresh, sliced
2 Lemons, juiced
2 TBS Olive oil
2 TBS White wine vinegar
Salt & Pepper to taste

1. Cook quinoa as package indicates. {Should be just like rice, 1 part quinoa to 2 parts water!}

2. Prep cucumber, onion, tomato, olives, green onion, and basil while quinoa cooks and add to large bowl.

3. Once quinoa is cooked let it cool for 5 minutes {at least} then add to bowl with the rest of the ingredients. Voila, you're done!

Here are the nutritional stats for the greek quinoa, with my exact ingredients, divided into 5 servings. 

Adapted from this recipe. 

You will need: 4-6 mason jars, crumbled feta cheese, and greens!

1. Evenly distribute greek salad to your mason jars. I made 5 for my work lunches for the week!
2. Add 1/4 C of crumbled feta as the next layer! This cheese is "hearty" and should keep the greens from getting soggy. 

3. Top with greens! I like to cram as many as I can in there but you can add the greens to your liking! 

AND WE'RE DONE! This probably took me one hour from start to finish - totally worth it to have a week of healthy lunches ready to eat!  Let me know if you try this out or already make your own mason jar salads!

As part of my Sunday meal prep tonight I will also make 3 days worth of green smoothies, bake a pork loin and roast some veggies I need to use up. But right now I'm off to watch Orange Is The New Black {you have to watch this if you liked Weeds} on Netflix with the hubs!



  1. Does the nutrition information include the feta and the greens?

    1. Honestly... this was over a year ago and I can't exactly remember! But, if not, I add 1/4 C Feta (which is 70 cals) and 2 cups greens so its a little over 300 calories total :)