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9 Next-Level Mason Jar Recipes for Your Best Lunch, Ever

These healthy mason jar salad recipes will solidify your place as the office #foodsetter. You're welcome.
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Mason jars salads are the perfect way to pack healthy, leafy green lunches every day. "The jars offer built in portion control, which is a critical part of weight loss and weight maintenance," says registered dietician and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Torey Jones.

A salad in a jar is a genius way to transport dressing to the office without spilling it all over your bag. Mason jar salads also keep greens from getting soggy. The key is in how you layer your ingredients. The dressing should always go in first. Grains and protein like quinoa or chicken should go in next. Put your delicate greens and veggies in last so they don't get drenched in dressing.

Now that know how to build the perfect mason jar salad, here are nine healthy, must-try salad in a jar recipes. From mason jar salads to other easy, healthy mason jar meals (in case you aren't a lettuce person), these gorgeous, delicious, easy recipes will inspire some serious lunchtime envy.

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Burrito Mason Jar Salad
Fact: Burritos are delicious. Another fact: They aren't exactly good for your waistline, thanks to giant tortillas and toppings like sour cream and cheese. This slimmed-down (but still delicious) burrito bowl salad in a jar recipe will satisfy your cravings without sending you into a post-lunch food coma.

Makes five servings


3 cups cooked quinoa
2 cooked chicken breasts
1 large sweet potato, cut into small chunks
3 cups chopped lettuce
5 tbsp Greek yogurt
3/4 cup shredded cheese
1/2 cup fresh cilantro
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp lime juice


Heat the coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sweet potatoes and sear on all sides. Reduce heat to medium low and cook until fork-tender. Let cool.

Toss the quinoa with the lime juice, lime zest and 1/4 cup cilantro.

Put 1 tablespoon of Greek yogurt at the bottom of each mason jar. Add two tablespoons of sweet potatoes, followed by 3-4 tablespoons of quinoa then 1-2 tablespoons cheese. Pack the rest of the jar with lettuce, seal it and refrigerate.

(Source: Strictly Delicious)

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Simple Mason Jar Salad
This hearty salad by Eat Within Your Means has plenty of protein and healthy fats, thanks to walnuts (rich in omega-3s) and a dressing made with almond butter.

Makes one serving.


3 tbsp raw almond butter
1 tbsp unseasoned rice wine vinegar
1/8 tsp salt
1 tbsp maple syrup
2 tsp toasted sesame oil

3 cups mixed greens
1 stalk celery, diced
2-3 radishes, thinly sliced
1/4 green apple, thinly sliced (soak in salt water to prevent browning)
1/3 cup almonds


Combine all the ingredients for the dressing into a sealed container and shake until emulsified.

Add two tablespoons of dressing to the bottom of the mason jar. Stack ingredients in this order: apples, radishes, celery, walnuts, mixed greens. Seal and refrigerate.

Can be stored for 3-4 days.

(Source: Eat Within Your Means)

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Summer Salad in a Jar
You can whip together four servings of this veggie-rich, perfect-for-summer salad in a jar in just 20 minutes. If you're a carnivore, simply add your meat of choice.

Makes four servings.


1 cup orzo
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp grated lemon zest
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 cup chopped fresh herbs
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 pint halved cherry tomatoes
1 cup halved snap peas
8 ounces fresh mozzarella balls
5 ounces baby spinach


Cook the orzo as directed on the package. Let cool.

Whisk the oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, herbs, salt and pepper together to make the dressing. Divide it among four mason jars.

Layer the ingredients in the following order: cherry tomatoes, orzo, snap peas, mozzarella, spinach leaves. Screw on the lid and refrigerate.

(Source: Earthbound Farms)

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Chicken and Orzo Mason Jar Salad
Give extra zip to this mason jar salad with creamy, Greek yogurt dressing. The addition of orange zest and balsamic make it ultra flavorful and spruce up a tired chicken-and-orzo dish.

Makes four servings.


Creamy Citrus Dressing:
2 tbsp Greek yogurt
1/4 cup orange juice
1 1/2 tsp orange zest
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste

2 cups cooked orzo
1 whole chicken breast, shredded
2 whole roasted red peppers, diced
1 cup red onion
2 cups fresh spinach


Whisk together salad dressing ingredients.

Layer the in the following order: 2-3 tablespoons dressing, peppers, onions, orzo, chicken, spinach.

Seal and store in the refrigerator.

(Source: Recipe Corner)

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