Bringing a lunch doesn’t have to be boring. Let us help you mix it up! We’ve put together a list of ten mason jar salads guaranteed to keep you out of the lunch rut.
The trick to eating healthy at work is to bring food you want to eat. It seems obvious, and yet, many of us end up tossing our soggy brown bags in favor of sub-par cafeteria hamburgers. We get bored with the same lettuce, tomato, and vinaigrette combination day in and day out. We just need something different to help us stay on track.
Mason jar salads are a great way to keep work lunch from getting boring. With an unending list of ingredient options and a made for transport vessel, they’re perfect fuel to bring to the office. We’ve put together our top 10 picks by category. So, whether you’re a lettuce hater or a gourmet aficionado, we’re bound to have something that will make bringing a lunch better. Shall we take a look?
Our Top Picks
Chicken Taco Salad
We already know we love taco salads. We love them even more in jar form. For extra fun, add in pickled jalapeños and tortilla strips!
Get the Recipe: Taco Mason Jar Salads
There are variations of this one all over the web, but they all have the same basic principles. Use all the colorful vegetables, add a gingery or citrusy dressing, and add-in whatever you’d like as a protein source. Gold stars awarded to those who manage every color of the rainbow.
Get the Recipe: Rainbow Mason Jar Salads
Greek Chickpea & Chicken Salad
Tangy red onions, creamy feta cheese, and grilled chicken make this one a classic. There’s nothing extreme or crazy about it, but we like this one for its straightforward take on mason jar salads.
Get the Recipe: Greek Chickpea and Chicken Salad in a Jar
Crunchy Thai Salad
This one’s lighter on the lettuce, heavier on the raw, crunchy veggies. The recipe calls for chopped chives, but if you don’t have any on hand, cilantro works as well. Just don’t skip the chopped peanuts!
Get the Recipe: Crunchy Thai Salad
For the True Gourmet
Arugula and Watermelon Salad
Arugula and watermelon are a classic pairing. The peppery green works well with the sweet summer fruit. What makes this one special is the addition of mint and almonds. Altogether, it’s an end of summer flavor explosion you’re sure to fall for.
Get the Recipe: Watermelon, Feta & Arugula Mason Jar Salad
Chicken Apple & Pecan Salad
We love the pop of green grapes in this salad. For an extra special treat, try candied pecans in place of the raw, chopped ones.
Get the Recipe: Chicken, Apple & Pecan Salad
Roasted Cauliflower Salad
Roasting vegetables gives a whole new depth to simple salads. This one’s also paleo and vegan-friendly, so there’s no excuse not to try it!
Get the Recipe: Roasted Cauliflower Salad
For the Lettuce Haters
Asian Noodle Salad
Loaded with colorful veggies, but not a hint of leafy greens, this is a salad for all the salad haters who still want a healthy lunch. It’s made with soba noodles, which are traditionally gluten-free (check your labels), and a sweet peanut dressing that we can’t stop eating.
Get the Recipe: Asian Noodle Salad
Israeli Pasta Salad
A much more traditional pasta salad than the one shown above, we like this one for its simple dressing and array of colorful toppings. For extra protein, you could throw in some shredded chicken, or enjoy with a falafel.
Get the Recipe: Israeli Pasta Salad
Super Quinoa Cucumber Salad
Not a leaf of lettuce to be found here, but we’re not sacrificing health. With the number of superfoods in this one, there’s no way you leave feeling bad about yourself.
Get the Recipe: Super Quinoa Cucumber Salad
There you have it; our top 10 picks for mason jar salads. That’s two weeks worth of work lunches, in case you weren’t counting. Give them all a try and see how we did. At the very least, we can promise you won’t be bored with your lunch!