Mason jar salads are the perfect make at home lunch. They’re not only a great way to use up leftovers, but also so easy to prep ahead of time. In order to make a mason jar salad that’ll hold until lunchtime, you’ll need a go-to layering technique. If you’re looking to make a large, hearty salad, use a quart-sized mason jar for the best salad visual.
This version also includes cooked farro to add some filling whole grains. Here, the layering isn’t as important since no greens are included and all of the ingredients will taste great when they’re infused with the dressing. You can fill your jar 3/4 of the way and shake the salad when you’re ready to eat. This is a wonderful option when you’re on the run and don’t have access to a separate bowl.
Buffalo Chicken Salad
Think of this as a healthy spin on your favorite Buffalo chicken wings. It’s easy to reproduce with store-bought or homemade ingredients. This salad dressing is easy to prepare with just a few pantry ingredients. If you want more heat, you can adjust the proportion of hot sauce. If you’d like a hint of sweetness, you can stir in a little brown sugar to taste. It’s really that simple.
Burrito Bowl in a Jar
Everyone loves a filling burrito bowl from Chipotle, but our wallets don’t love paying for one every day. Make this simple vegetarian burrito bowl at home for a fraction of the cost and even more nutrition. You just need to combine all of the ingredients in a bowl with a whisk and use it as much as you like at the bottom of the jar. You can keep the rest in the refrigerator.
Thai Peanut Noodle Salad
This Thai noodle is like takeout, but better! It’s a great way to use leftover pasta and the nutty dressing comes together so quickly. The following recipe makes a lot of dressing. You can save it as it refrigerates well and works on top of chicken and rice. Top with some sliced red peppers and finish the jar off with chopped romaine lettuce. You can also just leave the lettuce out if you want it to only be a noodle salad.
Everyone loves a Caprese salad filled with mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil and this is a portable way to bring enjoy the deliciousness at work. This combo includes some pasta to make it extra satisfying. You can also add some grilled chicken to bump up the protein.
These simple salad prep will perfect for on-the-go breakfast or lunch. Easily to bring everywhere with cute jars. When you’re ready to eat, flip the salad into a bowl. Since you stacked the lettuce last, it’ll fall to the bottom and all the other ingredients will land on top, just as it would normally be when you serve a salad!