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Tropical Sriracha Chicken Salad + 6 Healthy Salads in a Jar

April 13, 2015

Change up your usual salad game with this spicy and sweet Tropical Sriracha Chicken Salad. It’s packed full of veggies and flavor with an added boost of protein from the Sriracha-Pineapple Marinated chicken breast. 

Change up your usual salad game with this spicy and sweet Tropical Sriracha Chicken Salad. It's packed full of veggies and flavor with an added boost of protein from the Sriracha-Pineapple Marinated chicken breast. I don’t even know where to begin with this post. I considered discussing how absolutely gorgeous every single one of these salads looks, how brilliantly talented my blogging besties are or how it’s taken me far too long to jump on the food in a jar train. I could also dedicate this entire post to my deep love for sriracha sauce, but my guess is that if I start on this topic I may find myself writing a novel.

If you feel as passionately about sriracha as I do, then you know what I mean. It’s basically a religion.

Evidently, so is food in jars. Or anything in a mason jar for that matter. People freak out over any and all things mason jar. Don’t believe me? Spend approx 30 seconds on Pinterest and you will see what I’m talking about. Pinterest in a jar.

My blogging ladies and I wanted in on the never-dying trend so we set out to each create a salad in a jar.

6 Healthy Mason Jar Salad Recipes - you don't know salad until you've tried it out of a mason jar! They're healthy, portable and don't get your veggies soggy. Perfect for lunch on the go.I needed them to explain to me why people eat salads out of jar since I eat salad out of my designated gigantic salad bowl. Apparently, there are two reasons:

1) If you layer it correctly you can have your entire meal (dressing included!) in one container without the ingredients getting soggy. 

2) It’s easily portable and you never have to worry about it spilling which is precisely what happened to the salad I am currently eating on the train #lessonlearned.

With that, how about we check out some of their amazing creations? Scroll down to the bottom for my recipe for Tropical Sriracha Chicken Salad…in a jar.

Just in time for Spring, Lee from Fit Foodie Finds made a Spring Cobb Salad with a Raspberry Basil Vinaigrette. Some of the ingredients you’ll find in this jar of yumminess: bacon, egg, chicken, cucumber, tomato, and raspberries!

Get the recipe –> HERE

6 Healthy Mason Jar Salad Recipes - you don't know salad until you've tried it out of a mason jar! They're healthy, portable and don't get your veggies soggy. Perfect for lunch on the go.Lexi from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen brought the spice with her Thai Chopped Chicken Salad with Chili Vinaigrette. It’s loaded with veggies and protein with hints of chili and lime and a touch of sweetness from the dressing!

Get the recipe –> HERE

6 Healthy Mason Jar Salad Recipes - you don't know salad until you've tried it out of a mason jar! They're healthy, portable and don't get your veggies soggy. Perfect for lunch on the go.Brittany from Eating Bird Food is taking advantage of the spring’s bounty with this Strawberry Spinach Salad with roasted asparagus, grilled chicken, crunchy cucumber slices, avocado, red onion, toasted almond silvers and a citrus poppy seed dressing. It’s way healthier (and prettier) than your average restaurant salad!

Get the recipe –> HERE

6 Healthy Mason Jar Salad Recipes - you don't know salad until you've tried it out of a mason jar! They're healthy, portable and don't get your veggies soggy. Perfect for lunch on the go.Taylor from Food Faith Fitness‘ Chicken Taco Salad makes a delicious Mexican lunch in a jar! It’s a healthy twist on a restaurant favorite that may sound simple but it’s BIG on flavor.

Get the recipe –> HERE

6 Healthy Mason Jar Salad Recipes - you don't know salad until you've tried it out of a mason jar! They're healthy, portable and don't get your veggies soggy. Perfect for lunch on the go.Kelly from Nosh and Nourish’s Carrot Noodle Salad is vegan, but don’t let that fool you. It’s filled with plant-based protein so that you’ll actually stay full ’til dinner! It’s the perfect way to transport healthy, nutrient-packed salads to work… and it’s gorgeous, delicious, and totally satisfying.

Get the recipe –> HERE

6 Healthy Mason Jar Salad Recipes - you don't know salad until you've tried it out of a mason jar! They're healthy, portable and don't get your veggies soggy. Perfect for lunch on the go.And now onto yours truly’s! I’ll be honest, I kind of struggled with this theme. Mostly because I find myself eating the same boring balsamic vinegar salad all the time. Originally I made a Paleo Kale Salad and while C loved it, I wasn’t totally sold on the dressing. Let’s be real…caesar dressing needs cheese. Sorry Paleo friends!

Thankfully Lee came through on this one and totally deserves credit for the idea behind this Tropical Sriracha Chicken Salad. I’m so happy her salad brain is more creative than mine since this salad turned out AMAZING. And I’ll admit it was super easy to just grab a jar out of the fridge, give it a good shake and then eat.

Change up your usual salad game with this spicy and sweet Tropical Sriracha Chicken Salad. It's packed full of veggies and flavor with an added boost of protein from the Sriracha-Pineapple Marinated chicken breast.The chicken is marinated in a sriracha-pineapple mixture and the salad dressing has even more kick with additional sriracha and lots of lime juice! The avocado won’t brown thanks to all of that lime juice but don’t worry, the fresh pineapple helps to cut some of the sourness. It was surprisingly easy to make, convenient to eat on the go (or straight from the fridge like me!) and it’s packed-full of vegetables. I am SO over my boring balsamic salad! Pass the sriracha pahhhhleaseee.

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Tropical Sriracha Chicken Salad

Cook Time 1 hour 10 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins

Ingredients

Chicken Marinade

For the Dressing

For The Salad

  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup fresh pineapple chunks
  • several handfuls of baby spinach
  • Two large (16oz) mason jars

Instructions

  1. Place marinade ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Coat chicken in marinade and let sit in fridge for at least one hour.
  3. Heat up a grill pan to medium-high heat (or use a BBQ) and cook on each side for 4-5 minutes or until center is no longer pink. Set aside to cool.
  4. Once cool, cut chicken into chunks.
  5. Mix together dressing ingredients and divide evenly between two large mason jars.
  6. Onto the dressing in each mason jar divide cubed avocado.
  7. Divide cherry tomatoes, pineapple and chicken evenly into each jar.
  8. Top each jar with several handfuls of spinach and then secure lid.
  9. Store in refrigerator and when ready to each, give a good shake and then either eat out of the jar or pour into a bowl to eat.

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Notes

*You can eat this out of a jar and just build each salad in a bowl and top with dressing.

Change up your usual salad game with this spicy and sweet Tropical Sriracha Chicken Salad. It's packed full of veggies and flavor with an added boost of protein from the Sriracha-Pineapple Marinated chicken breast.Have you jumped on the salad in a jar trend? Mason jars, overrated or the key to life?

  • Reply
    Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama}
    April 13, 2015 at 6:30 am

    I store my salads in a jar, but don’t eat them out of the jar. 🙂 I’ve been prepping salads in a jar for a few years, and it really is helpful to have a fresh salad ready to go (well, ready to dump onto a plate…) at lunch time.

    Your salad looks incredible. Love all the flavors you’ve got going on!
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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs For Food
    April 13, 2015 at 10:21 am

    This looks so good! Very creative too. Pineapple and sriracha sounds pretty amazing!
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    Cassie
    April 13, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    I love Sriracha! Mmm, all these salads look great!

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    She Rocks Fitness
    April 13, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    I have never made a salad in a mason jar, but I LOVE to eat/drink my smoothies out of mason jars. They just look prettier and are more fun to eat…Who knows why the heck it does, but hey I am just going to roll with it, because it makes me happy to drink my green smoothies out of them! 🙂
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    Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets
    April 13, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    I love the tropical twist in your salad. Sweet meets heat. It’s what happens when pineapple and sriracha mate.

    My issue with salads in a jar is that’s once you squeeze in all the toppings, there’s no room left for lettuce or at least not the quantity I’d like to consume. I’d need salad in pitcher to be satiated. 😉

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    Kim
    April 13, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    Wow – these all look awesome!! I still haven’t done the salad in a jar yet – not sure why.
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    Brittany
    April 13, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    Sriracha + pineapple sounds like a match made on heaven to me. Can’t wait to try it!
    Brittany recently posted…Strawberry Spinach Mason Jar Salad with Citrus Poppyseed Dressing

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    C
    April 26, 2015 at 10:27 am

    Oh dear lord, this salad was so delicious, just made it this morning together with my boyfriend. We both loved it! Amazing, I gave it a link through my small blog 😉 Will definitely keep checking your blog out in the future, great recipe, thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      April 27, 2015 at 8:17 am

      So happy to hear that! My bf loved it too. Thanks so much 🙂

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    plasterers bristol
    May 19, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Hmm these look delicious, thanks for posting up this recipe, looks quite simple to make.

    Simon

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    Celeste
    March 4, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    Was it really 1 Tablespoon of fish sauce for the Tropical Sriracha Chicken marinade? I made this exactly as described and it was horrendous. I love Thai food and I like the flavor of a little added fish sauce (what would Tom Yum Gai be without a touch of fish sauce?) but 1 T was way way too much! When I pulled the lid off my food processor the smell of the marinade was nauseating. I almost dumped it out at that point. I should have. But I trusted your judgement, let my chicken marinate as directed, and cooked it on the grill. When I took my first bite of chicken it was absolutely disgusting. Dinner was ruined.

    Just a word of warning to anyone who attempts this salad; a little fish sauce is delectable, this recipe on the other hand is revolting.

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