Bored with Bag Lunch? Mason Jar Salads Review & Giveaway

The Mason Jar Salads book arrived just in time.  You see for the past couple months, my kids have had summer jobs that extend over meals.   Early shift means bag lunch.  Late shift, dinner.  Snag a double shift, brown bag both.  marson-jar-salad-cookbook

I can’t begin to tell you how old PB&J has gotten.  

Trying to eat healthy and local only adds to the challenge. “No you cannot have a friend deliver lunch from MacDonald’s.” cut-cherry-tomatoes

When I was offered a review copy and giveaway opportunity for the book Mason Jar Salads and More by Julia Mirabella, I was intrigued but a little skeptical.  Would it just be a bunch of salad recipes stuck into a jar? 

When the book arrived I was excited to see that it is indeed more–gazpacho anyone?  Packing breakfast?  How about smoothies and oatmeal.  Dinner?  Soups and Sandwich Fillings.  Snacking?  Dips and Salsas.

Also included are smart packing tips like:

  • Dressing goes in the bottom (usually).  Pack ahead without risking premature absorption or soggy greens!  add-tomatoes
    • Vinaigrettes work best (logical if you think about it).
    • Solid ingredients like chopped carrots go on top of the dressing.  These form a strong base and don’t soak up the dressing underneath.


  • And so on…

The salads are creative, with ideas like Strawberry & Goat Cheese Salad or Spinach, Radish & Quinoa Salad, and topped off with homemade salad dressings.  Ever wonder why salads sometime lack flavor?  It may be because water is often the #1 ingredient in your bottled dressing.  Going homemade is easier than you think!top-w-cheese

Need more ideas for using these recipes?  I think a jarred salad or two would be great for a sick friend or as a moving gift.  At just over 50 cents for jar and lid (if found on sale), it won’t even matter if they don’t make it back (you could spend that on a single use, disposable aluminum tray).salad-almost-done

If your lunches could use some help–or you just want to try some new salads (or soups, or dips…), you should take a look at Mason Jar Salads.  And consider my giveaway below!

This giveaway, sponsored by Ulysses Press, is for one copy of Mason Jar Salads.  It is open to US residents and closes on Aug 31, 2014.  To enter, leave a comment letting me know your favorite healthy “bagged” lunch.  For a second entry, follow Art of Natural Living on twitter (@iwilkerson) and leave a second comment (or let me know if you are already a twitter follower).  The winner will be picked randomly, contacted by email and have 48 hours to get back to me with confirming information or a new winner will be chosen.

Footnote:  the salad recipe (below) was so much fun, I even got my tomato hating daughter to eat cherry tomatoes!


Crispy Prosciutto and Butter Lettuce Salad
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528 calories
29 g
37 g
42 g
17 g
12 g
393 g
1022 g
10 g
0 g
28 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 528
Calories from Fat 367
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 42g
Saturated Fat 12g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 24g
Cholesterol 37mg
Sodium 1022mg
Total Carbohydrates 29g
Dietary Fiber 5g
Sugars 10g
Protein 17g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 ear of corn, cooked
  2. 1 teaspoon olive oil
  3. 2 slices prosciutto
  4. 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  5. 2 cups butter lettuce (or greens of your choice
  6. 1 ounce Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
  7. 1 quart size Mason jar
For the dressing
  1. 1 1/2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  2. 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  3. pinch of salt
  4. pinch of oregano
  5. black pepper to taste
  1. Sautee the prosciutto in olive oil until crispy. Drain, cool, then crumble or cut into small pieces.
  2. Prepare the vinaigrette by whisking together the dressing ingredients.
  3. Cut kernels from cooled ear of corn.
  4. Assemble the salad in the following order. Start on bottom with the vinaigrette, then add the tomatoes. Follow with corn, lettuce, cheese and prosciutto.
  5. Cover the jar and refrigerate until ready to use.
  1. Actual calorie count may be lower since some of the dressing is likely to run off. Just slightly modified from the original...
Adapted from Mason Jar Salads and More
Adapted from Mason Jar Salads and More
Art of Natural Living

66 thoughts on “Bored with Bag Lunch? Mason Jar Salads Review & Giveaway

  1. Karen D

    I’m boring: egg salad sandwich with lettuce and tomato on homemade bread does it for me!

  2. Judy Perkins

    I am going to use a mason jar salad (with lettuce, tomato, corn and Gorgonzola) to take to a friend who is undergoing medical treatments. Great, healthy idea!

  3. Chelsea

    Oooo, this book sounds fantastic. My favorite healthy lunch right now is a big green salad with quinoa and loads of fresh veggies. I’m also partial to avocado toast when I’m in a hurry.

    Also, I’m following on Twitter!

    Thanks for the great giveaway.

  4. Jessica Kuxhause

    I have been really digging bleu cheese after I tried the Chickpea Veggie salad at Potbelly’s a few weeks ago, and I’ve been taking variations of it to work since.

    The salad includes bleu cheese, chickpeas (or other beans that I have on hand), tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, and red onions, on a bed of spring greens or spinach. I have a great pear-infused white balsamic that I put on top. Mmm!

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  7. Sharill R.

    The truth? My favorite bagged lunch is a turkey sandwich 🙂 Bread, Mayonnaise, Oven Roasted Turkey Breast (from the deli), Medium Cheddar Cheese, Greens, Cherry Tomatoes (because they are sweeter), BACON!, and the other slice of Bread 🙂

  8. Lisa Stover

    I love to take zucchini, cherry tomatoes, baby carrots, and mushrooms that have been sauteed in olive oil with lemon pepper seasoning. It’s delicious 🙂 Sometimes I will add kale too.

  9. Katrina

    My favorite packed lunch is leftovers of any time. I have had some random lunches over the years, but it beats throwing away extra food.

  10. Nicole-Lynn

    My favorite bagged lunch is a roasted turkey sandwich with cheddar, slices of apple and honey mustard on wheat bread. Some pretzels and cantaloupe! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  11. Taryn T.

    Honestly, I don’t have a favorite healthy bagged lunch. I have just started packing mason jar salads, but my ideas need some help! I would love to win this cookbook!

  12. Denise C

    My fave bagged lunch I had recently was homemade peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. And by handmade, I mean we made the bread and the jelly as a family thing. I didn’t say it was healthy, but my favorite!

  13. Maureen

    My favorite bagged lunch is an avocado salad on homemade bread and topped with fresh greens and tomatoes! Yum

  14. Peggy Johnson

    I like a fresh salad with spinach, leaf lettuce, radicchio, tomatoes, cucumbers, 5 bean salad, hard boiled egg and some grilled chicken slices…YUM

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