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Tex Mex Mason Jar Salads: Fresh, Flavorful & Perfect for Meal Prep

Mar 12,2024 | Yvette Rose

This Tex Mex Salad Jar is a vibrant and flavorful meal that's perfect for meal prep. It's dairy-free, making it suitable for those with dairy sensitivities or anyone looking for a lighter option. The recipe includes layers of black beans, corn, tomatoes, and greens, with a zesty dressing to tie it all together. Here's how to make it:

So here's how you want to pack your salad:

  1. Dressing
  2. Protein
  3. Toppings
  4. Greens

How Long with Salad Last in a Jar

May last at least 4 – 5 days in the fridge. Since the greens and dressing are separated, and everything is airtight, the veggies will stay fresh almost all week long.


  • 1 cup cooked black beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 cup sweet corn (fresh, canned, or thawed from frozen) optional
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • 2 cups mixed greens (such as romaine, spinach, or kale)
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro (optional)
  • 1 ripe avocado (diced)
  • 1 lime (for juice)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Zesty Dressing:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar or lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste



  1. Prepare the Dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, apple cider vinegar or lime juice, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Adjust the seasoning to your taste.
  2. Layer the Salad: Start by adding a portion of the dressing to the bottom of each mason jar. This helps to keep the salad from getting soggy 
  3. Add the Beans and Corn: Place a layer of black beans and corn over the dressing. These hearty ingredients will absorb the flavors without getting mushy 
  4. Add Veggies: Continue layering with red bell pepper, red onion, and cherry tomatoes. These add a fresh crunch and vibrant colors to your salad 
  5. Top with Greens: Add the mixed greens on top. By placing the greens away from the dressing, you'll ensure they stay crisp until you're ready to eat 
  6. Garnish: Finish with diced avocado and a sprinkle of cilantro for an extra burst of flavor. Squeeze a bit of lime juice over the avocado to prevent browning 
  7. Seal and Store: Tightly seal the mason jars and store them in the refrigerator. These salads can stay fresh for about 4 days, making them perfect for meal prep 
  8. Serve: When you're ready to eat, shake the jar to distribute the dressing, pour it into a bowl, and enjoy your fresh, flavorful Tex Mex Salad Jar!

This recipe is not only dairy-free but also customizable. You can add or substitute ingredients according to your preferences or dietary needs. For example, you can include a layer of quinoa for extra protein or replace black beans with chickpeas. Enjoy your healthy, portable, and delicious Tex Mex Salad Jar!

  • Calories: 287 per serving
  • Protein: 34 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 35 grams
  • Fiber: 6 grams
  • Fat: 3 grams
  • Sugar: 16 grams