7 Beautiful Lunches Packed in Mason Jars

Adriana Velez | May 12, 2014 Food & Party

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I'll admit, the mason jar trend has gone way too far. We're stuffing them with everything from flowers to glitter to brownie mix. But I'm not ready to toss mine out just yet, and here's why: They make gorgeous lunches. Fill one with layers of deliciously bright vegetables and suddenly that ho-hum salad is an experience for the senses. Here are 7 lunches packed in mason jars that will charm you into bringing a healthy meal to work with you every day of the week.

The key to making this work is to put heavy, wet ingredients at the bottom, and keep the greens up at the top. Otherwise, you're limited only by your imagination and the contents of your refrigerator!

  • 7 Mason Jar Lunches

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  • Antipasto Lunch

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    If you love antipasto, here's a great way to enjoy it for lunch. Fill your jar with sliced zucchini, bell peppers, artichoke hearts, olives, and maybe some chunks of mozzarella and salami. The add a little olive oil.

  • Ham With Honey Sauce

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    This looks like a great use for baked ham leftovers. It's ham on the bottom with a honey and brown sugar sauce, greens, and strawberries (which don't have to go in the salad).

    I love how one Instagram user asks, "but why in a mason jar?" Man, if you have to ask, you just don't get it.

  • Cucumber, Quinoa, and Greens Salad

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    Wow, a whole week's worth of lunches, packed and ready to go! Looks like dressing at the bottom, cucumbers, shredded carrots, quinoa, and greens at the top. And they should be fine in the refrigerator by Friday. Here's some advice from this Instagrammer:

    1. Keep the dressing and "wet" veggies from touching the lettuce.

    2. If you fill the jars all the way there's no room for condensation.

  • Chickpeas With Lemon Vinaigrette

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    People who love mason jar lunches also happen to love quiona -- what can we say? This lunch uses red quinoa -- along with chickpeas, spinach, peppers, cucumbers, and a lemon viaigrette.

     

  • Tacos in a Jar

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    All the makings for tacos here: Grilled chicken, salsa, corn, carrots, and green pepper in the jar. Bring corn chips to scoop your lunch out of the jar.

  • Spiral-Cut Veggies

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    Don't these cheery colors make you want to eat a healthy lunch? This one has cucumbers, yelow bell peppers, red cabbage, carrots, zucchini noodles (made with a vegetable spiraler), and a garlic tahini dressing.

  • Granola, Yogurt & Fruit

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    Who says your lunch has to be a salad? How about breakfasty lunch instead: Yogurt, granola, and berries

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