Meet the Sullivans: How to Prepare Lunch in a Jar

January 22, 2014

How to Prepare Lunch in a Jar

You might remember that I'm an "expert contributor" (I'm not really an expert in anything, but they so kindly call me that along with the other actual experts they enlisted) to Learnist, and every once in a while I like to share some of my most recent boards. Today I want to share with you one of my personal favorites of all the boards I've created for them, How to Prepare Lunch in a Jar!

A while back Keith and I were sitting on the couch and he was patiently listening to me go on and on about some of the neat things I had found online recently. One of them was a recipe for how to prepare a salad in a mason jar. As I told him about it he actually seemed to be really interested in what I was telling him -- shocking, because my Internet finds are not always of the greatest interest to my husband. It goes both ways though... the latest NFL news or NBA trade are not my jam either.

Anyway, in the new year we all start off with goals to be a better, healthier, thriftier version of ourselves. Keith remembered those salads in a jar I told him about and asked if I would put them together for him last week for lunch. He usually takes leftovers from dinner the night before, a protien shake or sometimes a Amy's Organics frozen burrito. I happily obliged, since cooking for my family is one of my favorite things to do.

Last week we went with Chicken Taco Salad, which included (from bottom to top) dressing, black beans, diced tomatoes, sweet corn, shredded chicken and lettuce.

Then last week I made him BBQ Chicken salads, which included (from bottom to top) light ranch and BBQ sauce as the dressing, black beans, cherry tomatoes, corn, shredded BBQ chicken, lettuce and a lime slice.

And this week I made Chicken Caprese salads, which include (from bottom to top) light balsamic dressing, fresh mozzarella, whole cherry tomatoes, diced chicken breast, chopped fresh basil and romaine lettuce.

Please take a few minutes to check out my How to Prepare Lunch in a Jar board on Learnist, where you'll see lots of other recipe ideas for salads you can pack in a jar, dressings to liven them up and info graphics that will help you figure out how to layer your salads when making your own concoction. My biggest tip is to keep your dressing as far away from your lettuce as possible -- no one likes soggy lettuce!

I'm thinking of doing either an Italian Chopped salad or a version of my favorite Factory Chopped salad (without the avocado) for next week! Any other ideas?


hello erin said...

not only are these adorable but they look delicious. i could totally get onboard with more mason jar lunches!

Meredith said...

these look so yummy, I have to try them!!! Does the lettuce stay pretty well during the week? Is it really soggy by Friday's?

Christina @ Still Lucky said...

This is awesome! I'll have to try the BBQ Chicken Salad, that sounds delicious.

Val said...

I adore a great salad in a jar.

Kitty and June said...

I love your different variations! Try anything with blue cheese??

Elizabeth [Chasin' Mason] said...

Ever since you posted these on Instagram, I've been curious! Thank you for sharing! Does your husband take anything else to lunch besides the salad or are the salads big enough to be filling?

Sarah @ Sarahphrasing Life said...

I love making these salads for lunch, they're so easy and prepping them on Sundays is a breeze :) what dressing do you use in your chicken taco version?