This Mason Jar Antipasto Salad comes together with olives, artichokes, tomatoes, cheese, salami, and a tangy dressing for a big burst of  Mediterranean flavor that will spice up your lunches!

Mason Jar Antipasto Salad

Funny story, I always thought that “antipasto” meant NOT pasta—just anything that wasn’t pasta because my brain has gone to straight mush after 5 years of parenting and no sleep (can I get some praise hands for #teamnosleep?). Based on my definition of the word, cake is antipasto. So is literally everything in the world that isn’t noodles of some sort, which is just..well…not my brightest, shining admission. DON’T JUDGE ME!  No sleep remember?!

Actually antipasto means “before the meal,” so most of the time, it’s traditionally served as an appetizer, much like you would find here in the states. We took some liberties with this Mason Jar Antipasto Salad, and added generous chunks of cheese, chicken, and salami to make a hearty complete meal. This makes a large amount of food that can be used all week!

Mason Jar Antipasto Salad

This is the perfect addition to our lunch time series for a couple of reasons:

  1. It’s best served cold.
  2. It’s easy to throw together, as it’s mostly comprised of prepared ingredients that can be picked up at your local salad bar, or grocery store canned and jarred food aisles.

Who doesn’t love a good jarred concoction?!  We’re talking ease of preparation, travel, refrigeration, all in one easy to clean storage container.  Are they so last season?  If so, we’re bringing them back baby via this super flavorful Mason Jar Antipasto Salad!

Mason Jar Antipasto Salad

Let us know, are mason jars in or out, and would you like to see more in the future?!  Comment below with what you’d like to see in a jar!

Mason Jar Antipasto Salad

5 from 1 vote
By Jess Gaertner
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
The perfect cold lunch salad, in a handy container for easy clean up!


For chicken:

  • 1 pound chicken breast rinsed and patted dry
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

For salad mixture:

  • 1 1/2 cups assorted brined olives pitted
  • 3/4 cup pickled garlic
  • 2 cups pickled artichoke hearts quartered
  • 2 cups tomatoes quartered
  • 8 ounces cheese of choice cubed*
  • 4 ounces salami quartered
  • 1 large head of romaine lettuce chopped

For Vinaigrette:


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and place chicken breasts on the pan.
  • Brush each breast with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes or until juices run clear.
  • When chicken is cooked through, remove from oven, let cool, then cube into bite sized pieces.
  • While your chicken is baking, prepare your dressing by whisking all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl until well incorporated and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine remaining ingredients, except for romaine, and mix well.
  • Pour dressing over salad ingredients, and stir to coat evenly.
  • To pack mason jars, place chopped romaine in the bottom of the jar to fill about 1/3 of the way.  Then add antipasto mix on top for the remaining 2/3.
  • Secure lid, and store in the refrigerator until ready to eat.
  • ENJOY!

Recipe Notes

  • For dairy-free/Whole 30: omit the cheese


Calories: 422kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 1829mg | Potassium: 641mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 7539IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 282mg | Iron: 2mg

Additional Info

Course: Salad
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 422
Keyword: antipasto salad, mason jar salad

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Cassy Joy Garcia, a New York Times best-selling author, of Cook Once Dinner Fix, Cook Once Eat All Week, and Fed and Fit as well as the creative force behind the popular food blog Fed & Fit.

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  1. I brought this salad to a family 4th of July gathering and it did not disappoint. It was easy and got better overnight. everyone loved this one:)

    1. That’s so great to hear, Julia! Thanks for sharing this with us!

  2. This looks SO delicious and perfect for meal prep lunches! Do you know what size mason jars were used? Thanks!

    1. Or couldn’t you put the romaine at the top, so that it’s not soggy, whilst everything is marinating in the dressing…