How to Make a Mason Jar Salad : Lunchbox!

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I’m sure by now you’ve been subjected to the Mason Jar craze! What isn’t to love about the classic look of home decor, painted jars, mason jar tumblers / drinking glasses and more from your grandma’s old stash! But something I found about a year ago has stuck with me and became a kitchen staple.

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The Mason Jar Salad

Anyone can create their own salad and place them in a jar to stay fresh for 7 – 10 days!  It’s the convenience and handiness that I love for my busy days.  There are many different recipe combinations that you can create to make your own salad in a jar, but here are some basic tips that should be applied across the board to ensure maximum freshness and less prep time!

Wash and dry Wide Mouth Quart Mason Jars (lids and bands too).

I wash as many as I use with then current ingredients on hand.  If I have busy schedule for the week I will make at least 6 jars of salad (one for each day of the work week and one to grab and go on the weekend)

Prep (clean, cut, dice, slice, etc) all your ingredients for your salad.

Ingredients can vary for any salad created.  My creations usually consist of a handful of vegetables, salad greens, cheese and dressing.  If I’m in the mood for something sweet I’ll grab oil, strawberries, greens and mozzarella cheese.  The creations are endless, but try to use things you like and won’t get sick of over a week’s time. ;)  You’ll want to actually eat the salads you’ve made!

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Build / Create Your Salad in a Jar / Layering Instructions

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  • DRESSING:  ALWAYS, always, always, put the dressing on the bottom first.
    •  You can add as much or as little as you prefer.  I mainly choose a vinaigrette as they come out easier when you’re ready to eat and spread over my salad when dumping onto my plate.  Here’s a tip: When using a dressing that is creamier (think, Ranch!) or thick it’s best to turn your jar upside down the morning you plan on eating the salad.  This will help the dressing run off the bottom and onto the salad making it easier to get out when it’s time to eat.

salad in a mason jar veggies

  • VEGGIES / FRUIT
    • Put in as much as you’d like.  A basic vegetable salad I’m creating will always contain: chopped carrots, green olives, diced onions, green peppers and mushrooms on top of the dressing.  I love how the veggies will soak up and marinate in the vinegary dressings to take in the flavor.  These also act like a barricade to keep the meats and greens out of getting soggy!  {Once I used chopped broccoli, this was the only time I’ve made salads in jars that I couldn’t eat after about 6 days.  I’m not sure if the broccoli went bad but the smell was HORRIFIC! I had to dispose what was left of my salads — therefore, I don’t use this ingredient any more.}

salad in a mason jar meat toppings

  • MEATS 
    • Grilled, chopped and diced chicken is my go-to for mason jar salads.  It’s easy for me to prepare a few chicken breasts at a time on the grill and then chop them up to spread across a weeks’ worth of lunches.  Again, your taste buds may differ and you may want chopped ham, sliced steak or tofu!  Whatever works for you… the “meats” are added on top of the veggies so they don’t soak up the dressing.
  • CHEESES / SEEDS / TEMPERAMENTAL VEGETABLES
    • Adding shredded cheese in on top of the meat is my next step.  You can also use cheese crumbles such as blue cheese or feta.  My personal favorite is cheddar.  Above the cheese you’ll add your salad topper like sunflower seeds ~ or dare I say BACON (bits) :) .  This is the time you’ll add temperamental veggies such as avocado that would otherwise be ruined by laying in the dressing.

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  • GREENS
    • Time to stuff the rest of your jar with all the greens you’ve ever desired.  I personally prefer romaine hearts or spring mix but simple iceberg lettuce will even suffice.  I stuff the lettuce in the jar so it’s packed to the brim.  I even push the rest of my salad down when I am stuffing in the lettuce so I can cram in twice as much as room allows.

 As long as you keep the jar upright the salad will stay fresh and the lettuce won’t be soggy.  {Bleh, soggy lettuce. } I stack them up in the fridge and then keep them in there until I leave for work that day or until we are headed out on a busy weekend.  For about an hour or less of prep time, I’ve made my lunch for a week solid!  I throw the jar of salad in my bag and take it along.  If I can refrigerate throughout the day I’ll do so until lunch time.  (Like I mentioned before, if I’ve used ranch dressing I’ll turn it upside down to get the dressing off the bottom of the jar)  When it’s time to eat I pop off the ring and lid and dive right in or pour it out on a plate / bowl so I can mix it all up.

 Want an even EASIER way to prep salad in a jar?

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You know, there’s an even more fashionable and clever way to create an easy Salad on the Go in a Mason Jar.  By adding a BNTO to go container right under the lid of your mason jar you can keep your dressing (peanut butter, dip, hummus, yogurt, milk) separate from your salad (veggies, grains, cereal, chips, and more).  These are so cool and make packing a quick snack even easier.  You can purchase a BNTO Travel Mason Jar Container from my Etsy Shop for only $8.75 or as a complete mason jar lunchbox set for $15!

*This post contains affiliate links to items that I make a small portion of commission when purchased.  As always, I would never suggest a product I didn’t love and use myself.

Cheesy Mummy Dogs

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Kids love to eat foods that are turned into fun characters. Cheesy Mummy Dogs are great for an afternoon snack, lunch, Halloween party, or anytime. They only take minutes to make and are so yummy. These are always a hit in our house for lunch and sometimes dinner and I am sure they will be a hit in your house too.

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Crescent Rolls
8 Single Slice American Cheese
8 Hot Dogs
Mustard
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Directions

  1. Roll out the Crescent Rolls and separate into 8 triangles.
  2. Cut a slit down the middle of each hot dog.
  3. Lay a piece of single slice cheese on top of the crescent roll.
  4. Add the hot dog.
  5. Roll the cheese and hot dog into the crescent roll.
  6. Take the end point of the crescent roll and stretch it out to wrap around like a mummy.
  7. Place on a cookie sheet (add Pam to avoid sticking).
  8. Cook according to the crescent roll package.
  9. Let cool for a minute and then add 2 eyes with mustard.
  10. Enjoy.

10 Gameday Snack Recipes

10 GAMEDAY SNACKS

What’s the one thing that everyone loves most about the Super Bowl, the World Series, and every other major sporting event? The food of course! With football season upon us, every Sunday will most likely be dedicated to quick and easy meals to dish out without missing to much of the game! The whole “chips and salsa” has been over played a bit. Make all your game-day guests drool and surprise them with these fun appetizers, cocktails, and unique sides. They’re full tummies will thank you!

  1. Jalapeno Popper Potato Skin {Miss Information}
  2. Flank Steak Bites {A Little Claireification}
  3. Hearty Spinach Artichoke Dip {Everyday Lounge Act}
  4. Baked Southwestern Eggrolls {The Pinning Mama}
  5. Buffalo Ranch Chicken Dip {Pink When}
  6. Avocado Tomato Salad {Two Cavaliers}
  7. Pizza Balls {Modern Mommyhood}
  8. BLT Pizza {Susie QTpies Cafe}
  9. Surprise Ingredient Margarita {Thirty One 10}
  10. Craft Beer Cheese Fondue {A Night Owl}

Monster Cupcakes

Monster cupcakes

In addition to the post I made earlier today for my Brain Cupcakes, I decided to make another Halloween Cupcake called Monster Cupcakes. They are perfect for any Halloween party! The fun part is that you can decorate them any way you would like to. You can make them spooky or just fun!

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1 Box of Cake Mix (chocolate or white)Vegetable Oil
Eggs
Water
White Frosting
Food Coloring
Black Gel Color
Spice Drops
Rips Licorice (for the tongues)
Colored Eyeballs

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Directions

  1. And ingredients, mix, and bake cake mix as directed on the cake box.
  2. When cupcakes are finished, take them out of the oven and let cool.
  3. Separate frosting into small bowls and mix the desired color in each bowl with food coloring.
  4. When cupcakes are done, frost each one with desired color.
  5. Then, add faces with eyes, licorice, spice drops, and black gel color.

I picked up all my ingredients from my local Kroger store or grab some fun Halloween Cupcake kits on Amazon listed below!

Sassafras / Mummy Cupcake Kit
Sassafras / Eek! Edible Eyeball Cookie Baking Kit

Brain Cupcakes

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Here is a fun cupcake for a kids Halloween party at school or at home. And they are so easy to make with just a few ingredients. You can make chocolate, vanilla, pudding, or Jell-O cupcakes. The part that makes them spooky is the top creating a brain that is somewhat realistic. Check out how to make them below with step-by-step instructions and ingredients.

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1 Box of Boxed Cake Mix
Vegetable Oil
Eggs
Water
1 Packet Strawberry Shortcake Frosting Creations
1 Packet Mocha Frosting Creations
1 Container of Duncan Hines Frosting Creations (not pictured)
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Directions

  1. Follow instructions on Boxed Cake Mix and bake accordingly.
  2. Let cupcakes cool  after you take them out of the oven.
  3. Prepare your frosting color by adding a pinch of Strawberry Mocha and a pinch of Mocha Frosting Creations Powder until you get a flesh color.
  4. Use a Cupcake Decorator with a round circle attachment. (I use Wilton Dessert Decorator Plus to decorate my cupcakes.) Draw a line down the center of the cupcake. Then, do a zig-zag on each side of the line to create a brain like effect.

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Use can use them as a centerpiece of your Halloween table and place them on a Halloween CupCake Stand and Holder to make it easy for the kids to grab and enjoy!