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Easy Greek Salad In a Jar With Quinoa Topped With Homemade Oregano Vinaigrette
Never in my life did I think I'd be so excited about a salad recipe - yet here I am.
This easy greek salad with quinoa is my latest obsession. Not only is it ridiculously delicious for a salad, but it is also major meal prep goals because it's a salad.. in a jar.. and all I have to do is dump it out onto my plate, drizzle some salad dressing on top, and lunch is served!
As a new mom, meal prep has become a huge part of my life or else this mama doesn't get to eat. Can you relate?
Salad jars are SO convenient for those middle-of-the-week lunches where you have absolutely no time whatsoever to prepare a meal from scratch but you also don't want to resort to the fast-junk-food-lane.
Ingredients needed for greek salad in a jar with quinoa
quinoa - We're using tri-colored fluffy quinoa in this recipe but you can definitely use regular white quinoa too. Greek salads are traditionally made with farro, but in order to keep it gluten-free I use quinoa. You can use farro instead if gluten doesn't bother you.
arugula - We need some greens in this salad so I opted for arugula instead of the common lettuce or spinach. Now, I will admit I was a bit hesitant at first because I'm not a huge fan of arugula. Arugula has a very distinct flavor and bite to it and I wasn't sure if I was going to love a huge salad made with this green.
However, I'm pleased to say it turned out delicious and I do not regret making this salad with arugula. I encourage you to try it even if arugula isn't your favorite green.
kalamata olives - Green olives will work here as well but I wanted to use kalamata because that is what is traditionally used in greek salads, and honestly I find that kalamata olives are much tastier than regular green olives. However, they are a tad bit more expensive so if all you have on hand are green olives go for it.
cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and red onions - Because you can't have a delicious greek salad without these essentials. I like to use cherry tomatoes but you can use whole tomatoes cubed.
feta cheese - Crumbled on top for extra flavor. Totally optional. If you want to keep it vegan just skip the cheese.
ingredients for the homemade healthy greek salad dressing:
If you're going to make a healthy greek salad, don't ruin it with store-bought dressing.
Making your own is so easy and this one is full of flavor.
red wine vinegar - You can use apple cider vinegar if you don't have any red wine vinegar on hand.
olive oil - for that oily base
dried oregano - the star of the show
dijon mustard, lemon juice, garlic, and salt - for delicious flavor
how to make a greek salad with quinoa in a jar
Making a salad in a jar is the easiest thing ever.
All you need is a large mason jar, like this one, or a similar glass jar with a lid.
I highly suggest you make the quinoa the night before so that it has plenty of time to cool down in the fridge before you place it in the jar or else the heat of the quinoa will cause the fresh veggies to wilt.
On the day of your salad jar prep, all you have to do is chop up all of your veggies and begin layering your jar.
I like to layer my jars in this order:
- cherry tomatoes
- red onions
- and top with feta cheese (optional)
Prep the dressing in a smaller mason jar and store separately. This salad jar should keep fresh for 3 to 5 days in the fridge.
Once you're ready to enjoy your greek salad, empty the jar out onto a plate and top with the dressing.
Let's talk greek salad in a jar serving sizes:
This recipe as written makes ONE salad jar which equates to one large greek salad or two small side salads.
If you're eating this greek salad as your main entree, then it is enough for one serving. If you are eating this salad as a side in addition to another main entree, then it is enough for two servings.
If you want to make several of these greek salad jars for the week then just double or triple the recipe depending on how many salad jars you want to make. 🙂
Easy Greek Salad In a Jar With Quinoa Recipe
An easy greek salad with quinoa, but we’re layering it in a jar and storing it away for later #mealprepgoals. We’re talking arugula, cucumbers, tomatoes, and more. So yum.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 1 salad jar 1x
- Diet: Vegetarian
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 cucumber, diced
- 1/4 of a red onion, chopped
- 1/4 cup kalamata olives, halved
- 1 cup roughly chopped arugula
- feta cheese to crumble on top of the finished salad
Oregano Lemon Vinaigrette:
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 medium sized garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon pink himalayan salt
- Cook the quinoa. You can follow the package instructions or if you want to do it my way you can check out this post here where I break down the step-by-step process on how to cook quinoa on the stove top. It would be best to make the quinoa ahead of time (like the day before) so that it has plenty of time to cool down before you stick it in the jar.
- While the quinoa is cooking chop up all of the veggies and set them aside.
- Prepare the oregano + lime vinaigrette. Add all ingredients to a small bowl or cup and whisk all ingredients together.
- Once the quinoa is fully cooled down (I pop mine in the fridge for a few hours), begin layering your jars. I highly recommend these 32oz mason jars, or something similar. I like to layer it in this order bottom to top – quinoa, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red onions, olives, arugula and top with feta cheese. Close the lid and store in the fridge until you’re ready to eat your salad! Veggies should stay fresh for 3 to 5 days. Once you’re ready to eat your salad, pour the jar out onto a plate/bowl and top with dressing.
- You can obviously skip the entire “salad in a jar” part.. just make it in a big bowl and eat it right away. No worries!
- The feta cheese on top is optional. If you need to keep it vegan, just leave it out.
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