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With only about 10 minutes of prep (and no cooking!) you can prepare these healthy Chicken Taco Mason Jar Salads to keep in your refrigerator for a busy week ahead!

Whether you serve them as portable lunches or last-minute dinners, these salads are loaded with fresh veggies, plenty of cheese, and almost 40 grams of protein for a nutritious and satisfying meal at any time of day!

A chicken taco salad in a mason jar

Have you jumped on the salad-in-a-jar bandwagon yet? If not, let me introduce you to your new favorite prep-ahead option for the warm weather months!! By strategically layering a variety of fresh and tasty ingredients, you can prepare an entire salad in advance (dressing included)…and it won’t even be soggy the next day!

A layered chicken taco salad in a mason jar with a fork at the side

In my opinion, the key to creating a hearty salad that actually tastes like a meal is to choose a wide variety of flavors and textures that will fill you up and keep you going. I always want plenty of spice, plenty of filling fresh veggies, some crunch, something creamy, and plenty of lean protein. THAT is the recipe for a perfect entree!

A close up of a chicken taco salad with creamy dressing in a mason jar

By far, my favorite ingredient in this particular dish is the Sargento® Fine Cut Shredded 4 Cheese Mexican. We use this in quesadillas, in regular tacos, in taco salads, in casseroles, and in just about anything else that calls for shredded cheese. In fact, if I let them, my boys will eat it straight-up by the handful! I just don’t love the mess on the floor afterwards…

A product shot of Sargento Mexican cheese

The blend is rich, creamy, and an easy way to add delicious Mexican flavor to my cooking — thanks to the off-the-block freshness of the Monterey Jack, Cheddar, Queso Quesadilla, and Asadero cheeses.

After all, when I’m making a meal that’s full of fresh veggies and seasonal produce, I also want my cheese and other ingredients to be as fresh as possible. And since I can easily grab the Sargento® Fine Cut Shredded 4 Cheese Mexican on my regular shopping trips at Kroger, it has become a staple in my kitchen.

Variations & Tips For This Chicken Taco Salad

  • Why not try adding some pickled jalapenos for a spicy kick
  • Bell peppers would be a nice addition
  • Try adding a few tortilla chips on top of the salad greens to act as croutons
  • Add extra spices to the dressing such as chilli powder and paprika
  • Remember to always add the salad dressing into the jar first followed by ingredients that won’t go soft and get soggy such as vegetables and cheese.
  • Always add the salad greens and any croutons last

Packets of Sargento cheese on supermarket shelves

Enjoy this perfectly portable, picnic-friendly meal that everyone will love!

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A chicken taco salad in a mason jar

Chicken Taco Mason Jar Salads

5 from 5 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 306 kcal
Delicious and easy chicken taco mason jar salad that are great for on the go lunches or picnics.

Ingredients
  

For the dressing:

  • ½ cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt can substitute with mayonnaise or sour cream
  • ½ cup taco sauce can substitute with your favorite salsa, but it will create a thicker and chunkier dressing, so you may need to thin it with a little bit of water or milk
  • 4 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 12 ounces cooked diced Southwestern-seasoned chicken (I find this in the refrigerated section of my grocery store, but you can substitute with any cooked chicken that you season with a little bit of taco seasoning or southwest seasoning)
  • 1 cup black beans from a 15-ounce can, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup corn can use fresh, frozen, or canned & drained
  • 1 cup halved grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup 4 ounces Sargento® Fine Cut Shredded 4 Cheese Mexican
  • 4 16 ounce/pint-size wide-mouth jars*

Instructions

  • Whisk together dressing ingredients in a small bowl until completely combined.
  • Place an equal amount of dressing at the bottom of each jar.
  • Divide remaining ingredients among the jars, layering in the following order: chicken, black beans, corn, cheese, tomatoes and lettuce. Twist on the top to seal your salads and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • When you’re ready to eat, just dump the jar onto a large plate or bowl and enjoy!

Notes

*If you want extra room for even more lettuce at the top, I suggest bumping it up to a quart-size jar.
Variations & Tips For This Chicken Taco Salad
  • Why not try adding some pickled jalapenos for a spicy kick
  • Bell peppers would be a nice addition
  • Try adding a few tortilla chips on top of the salad greens to act as croutons
  • Add extra spices to the dressing such as chilli powder and paprika
  • Remember to always add the salad dressing into the jar first followed by ingredients that won't go soft and get soggy such as vegetables and cheese.
  • Always add the salad greens and any croutons last

Nutrition

Calories: 306kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 30gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 58mgSodium: 1610mgPotassium: 800mgFiber: 6gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 4840IUVitamin C: 9.7mgCalcium: 403mgIron: 3mg
Keyword: chicken taco salad, Mason jar salads
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Tex-Mex
Author: The Seasoned Mom

 

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sargento®. The opinions and texts are all mine.

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