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These Mason Jar Salads Are Your New Go-To Lunch

Your lunch break is looking a whole lot better.
06/06/2014 07:00am ET | Updated July 7, 2014

Bringing lunch to work can feel like a chore -- it requires planning, getting up early to pack your lunch or remembering to prepare it before you go to bed. It needs to be portable and it needs to be exciting, but it also can't be smelly (sorry tuna fish or egg salad sandwich lovers. We're fans, but we can't handle the odor in the office). Not only is it difficult to motivate to bring your lunch and find the right thing, it's also difficult to sustain the practice. After so many days of making the same thing, you inevitably tire of it.

Fear not. The mason jar salad is here to solve all your lunchtime problems. It's portable, healthy, easy to make and offers room for plenty of variety. It's the perfect solution, and it's about to be your new best friend this summer. You can layer so many vegetables and grains in the jar, and mix and match so many different ingredients that you'll never get bored.

Packing your salad in a jar is also an amazing way to solve the classic soggy salad problem. If you pack a pre-dressed salad for lunch, the greens will be limp and soggy by the time you're ready to eat it. And who has a separate salad container to bring in addition to the salad itself? The mason jar salad keeps your greens from getting dressed until you're ready to mix it up. All you have to do is put the salad dressing in first and layer in ingredients one by one, leaving the salad greens on top. You should start with the heaviest, most non-absorbent ingredients first.

Here are 12 mason jar salads to try for your next lunch break. Let us know what your favorite combinations are!

1
Greek Pasta Salad
Niki Lowry
Get the Greek Pasta Salad recipe from Niki via The Muse
2
Green Garden Mason Jar Salad
lunchbox.com
Get the Green Garden Mason Jar Salad recipe from lunchbox.com
3
Lunchtime Layered Taco Salad
petit elefant
Get the Lunchtime Layered Taco Salad recipe from petit elefant
4
Fresh Fruit Salad
This Gal Cooks
Get the Fresh Fruit Salad recipe from This Gal Cooks
5
Chicken & Spinach Salad Jars
Food52
Get the Chicken & Spinach Salad Jars recipe by foxeslovelemons from Food52
6
Chickpea Salad
Niki Lowry
Get the Chickpea Salad recipe from Niki Lowry via The Muse
7
Single Serve Layer Salad In A Jar
The Chic Table
Get the Single Serve Layer Salad In A Jar recipe from The Chic Table
8
Caprese Pasta Salad
Niki Lowry
Get the Caprese Pasta Salad recipe from Niki Lowry via The Muse
9
Mason Jar Salad With Lemon Garlic Tahini Dressing
The Cozy Vegan
Get the Mason Jar Salad With Lemon Garlic Tahini Dressing recipe from The Cozy Vegan
10
Sunny Kale Kruncher
lunchbox.com
Get the Sunny Kale Kruncher recipe from lunchbox.com
11
Mason Jar Zucchini Pasta Salad With Avocado Spinach Dressing
Sugar Free Mom
12
Chopped Taco Mason Jar Salad
Organize Yourself Skinny
Get the Chopped Taco Mason Jar Salad recipe from Organize Yourself Skinny

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