This Mason Jar Salad with Mango is the perfect
Table of Contents
- Reasons This Recipe Will Have You Buying More Mango
- What Goes Well With Mango? The Ingredients You’ll Need
- Optional Mix-Ins
- How to Layer a Salad with Mango For the Best Flavor
- Tips and Tricks for the Best Results
- Common Questions About This Mason Jar Salad with Mango
- More Meal Prep Salad Recipes
- Mason Jar Salad with Mango Recipe Recipe
Reasons This Recipe Will Have You Buying More Mango
There’s nothing better than all the fresh produce available when the weather turns warm! From juicy fruits and crisp veggies, we can’t get enough, and we’re always looking for ways to pack more into our meals.
And what better way to do that than with a vibrant salad recipe? Our newest creation, this mason jar salad with mango might be our favorite yet!
Not only is it super pretty, but it’s also:
- Absolutely bursting with flavor and nutrients.
- Naturally gluten-free, nut-free, vegetarian, and dairy-free-friendly.
- Great to prepare ahead of time for easy meals throughout the week.
- Super quick and easy to make to get you in and out of the kitchen fast.
What Goes Well With Mango? The Ingredients You’ll Need
While we enjoy snacking on mango all on its own, it turns out its sweet flavor and juicy texture pair well with a wide variety of ingredients. As a result, there are countless ways to prepare a salad with mango.
Here’s everything we used:
For the Dressing
- Olive Oil – This forms the base of the dressing, providing healthy fats and a bold, peppery taste.
- Lemon Juice – Lemon juice helps enhance the flavor of the mango and brightens the savory seasonings. For the best results, we highly recommend using freshly squeezed juice instead of bottled varieties.
- Seasonings – A simple blend of dried oregano, salt, and pepper helps provide warmth and depth to the flavor.
For the Salad
- Feta – The creamy consistency and sharp, tangy flavor provides a nice contrast to the crispness of the veggies and the sweetness of the mango.
- Olives – Use Manzanilla green olives, Kalamata olives, or a mixture of both.
- Lentils – Make sure your lentils are cooked until tender, drained, and cooled completely. Otherwise, they could cause your produce to become a bit soggy.
- Tomatoes – Sweet, tarty, and tangy, tomatoes are a great way to add color and texture. Keep reading to learn how to dice tomatoes with ease!
- Cucumber – We recommend using English cucumbers as they have a thin skin and a sweet flavor, but any variety you like best can be used.
- Mango – You can’t have a salad with mango without the mango! For the best results, look for mangoes that have a pleasant smell and are firm yet give just slightly when squeezed.
- Mixed Greens – Any type of greens like spring mix, spinach, lettuce, or kale can be used.
Honestly, there’s not much you can’t include in this mason jar salad with mango. Feel free to mix and match whatever you have on hand.
For instance, some of our favorite extra options include:
- Protein such as chicken kofta, beef kofta, or shrimp.
- Extra veggies like sliced bell peppers, mushrooms, and onions.
- More fruit including pomegranate seeds, peaches, berries, and avocado.
- Toppings such as chopped peanuts or cashews, sesame seeds, wonton strips, and croutons.
How to Layer a Salad with Mango For the Best Flavor
When it comes to making a mason jar salad that holds up, it’s all about layering! Follow the steps below, and you won’t have any issues.
- Prepare the Dressing. Divide all of the salad dressing ingredients into thirds, and add them to the bottom of a mason jar. Whisk to combine.
- Layer the Salad. Next, divide the salad ingredients into thirds, and layer them on top of the dressing in the jars.
- Store. Place the lid on top, and store your salads in the fridge.
- Serve. To enjoy, invert a jar onto a plate, shake out all the ingredients, and dig in!
Tips and Tricks for the Best Results
- Layer Properly. For the best results and to prevent your salads from becoming soggy, you’ll want to start with the wet ingredients. Then, layer the ingredients in order of the heaviest items, ending with the greens.
- Add the Feta First. We like to add the feta first so it absorbs the dressing, soaking up lots of flavor!
- Don’t Overcrowd. Your jars will be full, but they shouldn’t be cramped. Otherwise, your fruit and veggies could become crushed and soggy.
Common Questions About This Mason Jar Salad with Mango
Stored in airtight containers, this mason jar salad with mango will stay fresh in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Yes! Lentils are naturally gluten-free, making them a great option for those with Celiac disease or who are following a gluten-free diet.
If you can, we highly recommend using fresh mango as it will have the best flavor and texture. However, if needed, frozen mango can be substituted. Just be sure to let it thaw and drain any excess moisture first!
Meal Prep Salad Recipes
If you enjoyed this mason jar salad with mango, you won’t want to miss out on more of our
Mason Jar Salad with Mango Recipe
For the Dressing:
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil
- 3 Tablespoons lemon juice freshly squeezed
- 3 teaspoons dried oregano
- Salt to taste
- Black pepper to taste
For the Salad:
- 3/4 cup feta cheese
- 3/4 cup Manzanilla green olives or Kalamata olives whole or sliced
- 1 1/2 cup cooked lentils
- 1 1/2 cup tomatoes diced
- 1/2 cup cucumber chopped
- 1 cup mango chopped
- 3 cups mixed greens or greens of choice
- Divide the salad dressing ingredients evenly among 3 mason jars. Whisk until smooth.
- Layer ⅓ of the feta, olive, lentils, tomatoes, cucumbers, mango, and mixed greens on top of the dressing in each jar.
- Seal, and store in the fridge for up to 5 days.
- To serve, invert the ingredients onto a plate, and enjoy!
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.