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Spicy Mango Quinoa Food Prep Salad Jars

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Food prep salads in a jar

Prep

10 minutes

Cook

15 minutes

Yield

2 large salad jars

These food prep salad jars are full of spicy mango quinoa salad that are so flavorful and delicious.

This quinoa salad recipe is perfect for food prep. Make them ahead on Sunday and have a grab-and-go lunch that’s healthy, filling, and entirely versatile to whatever salad ingredients you have on hand. This version is a spicy mango quinoa salad that you are going to love. The perfect sweet and savory combination.

Food prep salads in a jar

Why you’ll love this food prep recipe:

  • Sweet & Savory: The perfect combination of sweet mango with the spice from the jalapenos
  • Easy: Prep these ahead in just 25-minutes and you’ll have a healthy lunch ready to grab all week long
  • Versatile: Add your own ingredients and flavor combinations

Ingredient Notes:

Mango: I love mango! It’s so flavorful and can be used in sweet and savory dishes. It’s good for you and so sweet and delicious.

Edamame: Rich in vitamins and minerals, edamame is a great plant-based protein that is fantastic to snack on or add to salads.

Food preps in a jar

How to make food prep salad in jars:

  1. Prepare the quinoa, cooking it to your preferred doneness and set is aside to cool.
  2. While the quinoa is cooking, prepare the rest of the ingredients for the salad. Then, prepare the dressing by whisking or shaking all of the salad dressing ingredients together – set aside.
  3. To make the walnut topping, add all of the ingredients to a food processor and pulse until combined and the almonds are very small pieces.
  4. To assemble, use a 750ml / 26oz jar. Divide the ingredients between the two jars, starting with the dressing at the bottom followed by the diced jalapenos, halved tomatoes, cubed mango, chopped basil, cooked quinoa, orange segments, edamame beans and topping with the crumble.

Expert Tips & FAQ:

What does food prep mean? Essentially food prep is just prepping food ahead of your week so you have easy, healthy options to grab when your week is too busy to cook.

What are good foods to prep? You can basically prep most things. Pre-cut your veggies with hummus, and your fruit. Make salads but keep the dressing on the side (or the bottom) like in these jars, or make soups or stews that you can easily reheat.

How do I meal prep for the week? Find a recipe that you want to make (like this one) and add all the ingredients to your next grocery stop. Then on Sunday, set aside time to prep meals for the week. Some people like to just make recipes for lunch in advance but you can always do this with dinners too.

What are the top 5 food prep steps? Make a meal plan, make a grocery list, make a prep plan (what day will you do it), prep your ingredients, and then get cooking.

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Spicy Mango Quinoa Food Prep Salad Jars

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These food prep salad jars are full of spicy mango quinoa salad that are so flavorful and delicious.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Salads
Cuisine American-Inspired
Servings 2 large salad jars
Calories 801 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the salad

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 2 jalapenos, diced
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 mango, cubed
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cooked edamame
  • 1-2 oranges, segmented

For the lemon dressing

For the walnut topping

Instructions
 

  • Prepare the quinoa, cooking it to your preferred doneness and set is aside to cool.
  • While the quinoa is cooking, prepare the rest of the ingredients for the salad. Then, prepare the dressing by whisking or shaking all of the salad dressing ingredients together – set aside.
  • To make the walnut topping, add all of the ingredients to a food processor and pulse until combined and the almonds are very small pieces.
  • To assemble, use a 750ml / 26oz jar. Divide the ingredients between the two jars, starting with the dressing at the bottom followed by the diced jalapenos, halved tomatoes, cubed mango, chopped basil, cooked quinoa, orange segments, edamame beans and topping with the crumble.

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Notes

  • Prepare your salad a few days in advance! It can keep in the fridge for 3-4 days.
  • Instead of prepping in jars, mix all of the ingredients together as a delicious side salad.
  • If you’d like to amp this salad up further, add in your favourite chopped protein.
  • Want more meal prep salad jar ideas? Check out these recipes.

Nutrition

Calories: 801kcal | Carbohydrates: 93.2g | Protein: 22.5g | Fat: 41.3g | Saturated Fat: 5.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 25.3g | Sodium: 665.7mg | Fiber: 14.4g | Sugar: 25.4g
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