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Protein Egg and Quinoa Salad Jars

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A protein-packed meatless salad in a jar made with quinoa, lentils, arugula, avocado and hard boiled eggs are perfect to pack for work, the beach, picnics, or anywhere you need a portable lunch on the go.

A protein-packed meatless salad in a jar made with quinoa, lentils, grape tomatoes, arugula, avocado and hard boiled eggs are perfect to pack for work, the beach, picnics, or anywhere you need a portable lunch on-the-go!

A protein-packed meatless salad in a jar made with quinoa, lentils, arugula, avocado and hard boiled eggs are perfect to pack for work, the beach, picnics, or anywhere you need a portable lunch on the go.

This was inspired by a similar lunch I had last week in Manhattan. It was so delicious and simple I made it the next day and share with my cousin, who loved it! I made a simple lemon vinaigrette and placed the avocados in the bottom of the jar to keep them from browning and it worked like a charm. I usually cook up a batch of quinoa to throw in salads throughout the week and bought cooked lentils from Trader Joe’s which made this salad come together quick. Perfect for vegetarians who are always looking for ways to get more protein in their diet or anyone who wants to incorporate more plant based foods in their diet.

A protein-packed meatless salad in a jar made with quinoa, lentils, arugula, avocado and hard boiled eggs are perfect to pack for work, the beach, picnics, or anywhere you need a portable lunch on the go.

Protein Egg and Quinoa Salad Jars

4.86 from 27 votes
6
Cals:362
Protein:15
Carbs:29
Fat:22
A protein-packed meatless salad in a jar made with quinoa, lentils, grape tomatoes, arugula, avocado and hard boiled eggs are perfect to pack for work, the beach, picnics, or anywhere you need a portable lunch on-the-go!
Course: Lunch, Salad
Cuisine: American
A protein-packed meatless salad in a jar made with quinoa, lentils, grape tomatoes, arugula, avocado and hard boiled eggs are perfect to pack for work, the beach, picnics, or anywhere you need a portable lunch on-the-go!
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 25 mins
Yield: 2 Servings
Serving Size: 1 jar

Ingredients

  • 1/2 large lemon
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • 3 oz avocado, 1/2 med haas
  • 1/2 cup cooked lentils, I bought them at Trader Joes
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa 
  • 1/2 cup halved grape tomatoes
  • 2 cups baby arugula
  • 2 large eggs, hard boiled

Instructions

  • Whisk the lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper in a small bowl and divide in 2 pint sized mason jars. In this order, layer the avocado, lentils, quinoa, tomatoes, arugula and egg dividing equally. Close jar and refrigerate for up to 2 days. To eat, shake well and pour onto a plate and eat!

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Nutrition

Serving: 1 jar, Calories: 362 kcal, Carbohydrates: 29 g, Protein: 15 g, Fat: 22 g, Saturated Fat: 4 g, Cholesterol: 186 mg, Sodium: 294 mg, Fiber: 9 g, Sugar: 2 g

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100 comments on “Protein Egg and Quinoa Salad Jars”

  1. Delicious! I did make a little extra dressing because I found it to be a little dry as is but otherwise a great lunch salad!

  2. I can’t express how great I felt after eating this incredibly delicious salad! I thought it would not be enough… I followed everything exactly as written and I am full for the rest of the work day! I can’t wait for tomorrow’s lunch! It was out of this world! It deserves 10 stars!!!!

  3. Fantastic Salad for on the go. Bring a bowl to dump it all into, don’t try to eat it in the jar. It will keep you full for hours and give you great energy.

  4. Have been eating these all week for lunch and love them! So filling and they make me feel great about what I’m eating. Saving as a staple, thanks!

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    Susan Shakked

    Loved this! Added a few craisins for a  touch of sweetness too! I used a glass bowl with a cover instead of the mason jar so I was able to eat it right out of the bowl!

  6. I really wish there was a note or something about replacing the lentils from Trader Joes. I love your recipes, but not all of us live near a trader joe’s and this makes some of your recipes difficult to guess at

    1. Trader Joe’s cooked lentils makes it easier but like you, I am far from a Trader Joe’s. It is just a convenience to have them ready made. I bought a bag of lentils and made them, super easy and worked great.

  7. Could you substitute something for the lentils? I am nowhere near a Trader Joes and I don’t know where to get them…