Mexican salad in a jar


Many of you might be indulging in mexican flavors today for Cinco de Mayo.  I would and will never turn down a good mexican meal filled with some of my most favorite foods.

This past Friday my parents came into town to visit family and spend some time with their granddaughter.  About an hour after they arrived we loaded up into our vehicle and made our way to Abuelo’s for fajitas and margaritas.  Now my dad is a huge beer and whiskey drinker but when he offered to buy a pitcher of margs I was shocked.  My dad drinking a margarita over a beer?  It was definitely a shocker to me but hey I got a free drink from it or maybe two.

Mexican salad in a jar

Now when I eat mexican food I always leave stuffed.  I say the same things over and over.

I ate too many chips.

I had too many margaritas.

I can’t believe I actually ate 2-3 tortillas plus my meal.  (Homemade tortillas are my weakness.)

Why do I do this to myself?  There is NO self-control when I’m at a mexican restaurant.  Hence why I needed to celebrate Cinco de Mayo but with a healthy Mexican salad in a jar.  If salads aren’t your thing please check out these other Cinco de Mayo recipes that are tremendous.

ENJOY ~ Meagan

Mexican salad in a jar

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Mexican salad in a jar

Yield: 2 jars

Total Time: 15 minutes


3 cups lettuce
1 cup cooked corn
1/2 cup cooked black beans, drained
1/2 cup diced tomatoes
2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup crumbled tortilla chips
6 cilantro leaves for topping


Divide the ingredients into half for two separate salad jars.

Place the following ingredients into the jar starting with lettuce, corn, black beans, tomatoes, cheese, chips and cilantro.

Put the lid on and store in refrigerator until ready to eat. Top with your favorite dressing and season with salt and pepper.


15 Responses to “Mexican salad in a jar”

  1. 1
    Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — May 5, 2014 at 7:18 am

    I am ALWAYS looking for more salad in a jar suggestions. This one might just be my favorite yet. I love Mexican salad and yours looks so tasty!


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    Beth @ The First Year — May 5, 2014 at 7:31 am

    Meagan, this is so fun! I love the layering – thanks for sharing friend!


  3. 3
    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor — May 5, 2014 at 8:10 am

    I have a backyard casual dinner party coming up and these would be great to serve!


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    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — May 5, 2014 at 8:41 am

    And this is why you are the smart one of the group! I will be eating gobs of this salad after a day of gluttony!


  5. 5
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — May 5, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Pretty sure I ate my weight in chips and guac last night so this salad is just what I need to celebrate Cinco de Mayo today! :)


  6. 6
    Gloria // Simply Gloria — May 5, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Meagan, how genius! Such pretty layers, too!


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    Tina @ Mademoiselle Gourmande — May 5, 2014 at 11:43 am

    They look so pretty in the jar!

    I can never get enough of Mexican food! :)


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    Andi @ The Weary Chef — May 5, 2014 at 11:45 am

    These are so pretty! I definitely could use healthy recipes that give me the Mexican flavors I love. I overindulge too! Thanks for a delicious salad idea :)


  9. 9
    Colleen @ FoodieTots — May 5, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    How fun. My kids would love this!


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    Carol at Wild Goose Tea — May 5, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    What a fun fun lunch to bring to work. I thru my lunch time at my desk. Sometimes that can seem kind of grim, BUT one of these cuties would certainly be uplifting. Healthy and tastes good at the same time—my favorite combo.


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    Christine from Cook the Story — May 6, 2014 at 8:30 am

    portable salad, for the win!


  12. 12
    Cilleriania — February 18, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    Just wondering what size mason jars to use. You have mentioned in another post they need to be packed in well to store for a couple of days.
    Thanks :)


    • Cilleriania replied: — February 18th, 2015 @ 6:02 pm

      Just realised the ‘you’ above was another site linked to yours, but I would still love to know!


    • azestybite replied: — February 18th, 2015 @ 6:49 pm

      Hi Cilleraiania,

      I used a 16 ounce jar for this salad.


      • Cilleriania replied: — February 20th, 2015 @ 6:00 pm

        Thanks :)

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